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Isaiah makes a prophecy in chapter two of better days that will come. He proclaimed (NKJV):

2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days

That the mountain of the Lord’s house

Shall be established on the top of the mountains,

And shall be exalted above the hills;

And all nations shall flow to it.

3 Many people shall come and say,

“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

To the house of the God of Jacob;

He will teach us His ways,

And we shall walk in His paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth the law,

And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4 He shall judge between the nations,

And rebuke many people;

They shall beat their swords into plowshares,

And their spears into pruning hooks;

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

Neither shall they learn war anymore.

Many people are aware of the statue “Christ the Redeemer” that stands high above Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Less known is the statue “Christ the Redeemer of the Andes” which stands on the border between Argentina and Chile.

Those two countries had been at war over their borders. As a celebration of the peaceful solution of the long and bitter boundary dispute which came after a treaty was signed in 1902, the statue was unveiled on March 13, 1904

The 25-foot-high statue is of Christ standing on a globe, holding a cross in his left hand, and raising his right arm as a signal for peace.

Engraved at the feet in Spanish are the words, “Sooner shall these mountains crumble into dust than Chileans and Argentinians break the peace which at the feet of Christ, the Redeemer, they have sworn to maintain.”

To commemorate the peace, it is said that the statue was made from the bronze of melted-down cannons that had been used as instruments of war.

What a glorious vision Isaiah had when this will happen on a global scale. When there is reshaping weapons of war into tools for harvest. He says that is the kind of world that will be. And it could be now if all people would begin to practice the instructions here in God's Word. May we pray for that day.

But you can partake of His peace today!

To promote ultimate peace, we proclaim Jesus who died on the cross for our salvation. The power of that good news is that it will bring peace with God, and ultimately a final lasting world peace.

Think about how the world would be, no, think about how our lives would be if we would be willing to submit to God and allow Him to help put off the old ways, and begin to let the beauty of His Way rule in our lives.

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