Peace and War, War and Peace

By Elizabeth Prata

When people say, “There is peace and security,” destruction will strike them as suddenly as labor pains come to a pregnant woman, and they will not be able to escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

The world will always be seeking the increasingly elusive quality of peace and security. The word security is from the Greek compound word, meaning not and totter. The notion behind the word is they will be looking for a ‘firmness that equates to security.’ There is nothing on the earth that offers a foundational firmness that equates to security. There is no treaty, no house, no nation, no leader, no idea, no government that will offer the security that God does. The only security there is, is God. That is why the drive to find peace and security ratchets up at a frenzied pace as time marches on, because as the world crumbles into not-peace (war) and not-safety (chaos), they look toward something, anything, that will provide security.

We know war does come. There is no peace. The Tribulation opens with a horseman riding on the waves of war, unleashing it upon the world. (Revelation 6:3-4). Damascus is destroyed, (Isaiah 17), The Middle East goes to war (Psalm 83), Iran attacks Israel (Ezekiel 38-39), and the rest of the world is drawn into war after war (Matthew 24:6).

Jeremiah 8:10b-12 speaks of conditions that mirror ours today,

“From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the Lord.”

The Old Testament priests and prophets spoke of superficial things, not getting to the heart of the matter, which was their sin and their failure to repent. We have that today, preachers refusing to speak of sin but instead treating the people with a bandage when what they need is a tourniquet. They dress the wound as if the people are not dying. They focus on stamping our social ills, proclaiming a ‘woke theology’ which is no theology,  refraining from speaking true Gospel words such as sin and repent.

The false prophets speak of peace (“God loves you”) but there is no peace, none inside themselves with God and none outside themselves with each other. They are so seared with sin that they don’t even blush anymore. They have no shame at their deeds, and they will be brought down and punished. As it was then, it will be again.

Jesus is the author of time, the conductor of events, the creator of all the universe. He knows what will happen because He created the plan for it happening, and He told us about it. We can trust it because He cannot lie. The stunning thing is that He shares His intentions with us at all! He did so in the Bible, and if you own one, read it. It will make you love our Savior all the more.

If you are not saved, then the Bible will never make sense to you but you can turn on the linguistic translator almost instantly, by repenting and submitting to Jesus as Forgiver of your sins. He will send the Holy Spirit to you to indwell you and reveal the truths of His word. Then you will understand it.

And what of us, still here, still walking in His light on this side of the veil? Well, we continue to do what we do. We raise our children, we love our families, we share His name and His truths where He has planted us. Until He uproots us through death or catches us up through rapture, we persevere, fighting the good fight. These are exciting times, because His word is vibrantly flowing from His book to life and beyond. The true prophets (in this ea, pastors and teachers) are going aobut their business and fulfilling their ministry.

Praise Him that we have His word, can read it, cling to it, and through it, look toward the most important person of the Universe: Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected. And soon to return.

What a day that will be!

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7 thoughts on “Peace and War, War and Peace

  1. Amen! Wonderful post. No God – No peace, Know God – Know peace. An old one but a good one. The world will never understand the peace that only our God provides and like you said, those who do, we hold on to what we are doing, live for Him and wait for His return (or our death). And yes, what a day that will be! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Maybe those who created the accepted understanding of the ‘end times’ made mistakes. They were only human. “WHEN they say, ‘Peace and security,’ THEN sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3) There cannot be a one world government where dissenters are jailed or killed and there be peace and safety. There will be those pretending to go along just to survive. This is just one observation I have made.

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    1. Could well be. Thanks for the comment. I’d advise just one thing, if I may…for the same reason you begin your comment, that maybe people ‘made mistakes’ in interpreting the scriptures related to the last things, I’d say that stating something “CANNOT” be is also perhaps unwise. The Pharisees made mistakes in interpretation thinking that Jesus CANNOT be the Messiah because they did not understand the scripture saying He would be a suffering servant, first. Thanks for yoru observation. Time will tell, won’t it? I can’t wait for the Day He calls us up there.

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      1. Why do you point to the Pharisees when 1,970 years have passed of Bible scholars who have ignored much of Jesus’ own recorded words just as much as the Pharisees (Judaism’s Rabbis)? Truth: A study of Jesus’ statements is eye-opening, especially when one considers the culture/schooling of his audience! Logic: there is no peace and safety under a globalist, feudal society, one world government. Paul was an end-timer, too. I’m just saying that the more I have been shown by the Holy Spirit, the more I realize that we are probably wrong in our supposed understanding of the end of this age.

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      2. “Bible scholars who have ignored much of Jesus’ own recorded words just as much as the Pharisees (Judaism’s Rabbis)” ? No. Your statement is a sweeping genralization. God has raised up Bible scholars in every single generation whose commentaries and sermons, books and tracts have edified many millions of Christian.

        The word of God, ‘1970 years old’, is the only truth. It does not expire. It is living and active. The Holy Spirit illuminates the word. But the word itself is God’s revealed truth. That is where your mind should be.

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