After the outbreak of the First World War, H. G. Wells published a book, The War That Will End War, and that phrase became one of the most common expressions of the time. Unfortunately, not only was it not the last war, it seems today we live in a time of endless war. Many assemble themselves to make war on other groups of people for theological, political, and sometimes even for financial reasons.
Jesus said, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is not yet, it is still to come” (Matthew 24:6).
I often hear people say that the terrible conflicts in our world must mean that the Lord’s coming is soon. But Jesus indicates that we must be patient because the “end is still to come.” He is saying that the world will be embroiled in war until He returns, and that certainly seems to be the case. There have been wars throughout human history. But the promise of Micah is: “He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes of strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Micah 4:3, NLT).
What a wonderful promise. Let us pray for that day to come soon. Maranatha. “O our Lord, come!” “Even so come Lord, Jesus!” Revelation 22:20.
Gordon Bietz, D.Min.
Southern Adventist University