Summary: We will look at the prospect of peace as our troops are engaged in a battle in Iraq. At these times people wonder what the situation is and whether we are in "end times". We will look throughout the Bible for insight and peace.
Can One have Peace with War
Will there be war
What not to place trust in
What to trust in
DBF Sunday Sermon, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, various, 3/23/03
I am always amazed during times like this with the questions by people at times like these, who are squandering there lives and times upon themselves rather than seeking after the things of God.
Inevitably people are asking, “Do you think we are in the end times?”
This is and absurd question for most, since Paul rightly told us that we are all living in the end times, especially if we die today or tomorrow, that will be the end of us in this temporal time.
The only question really should be am I ready for what is sure to follow this time of war?
The bible tells us that there are but two choices at the final judgment…eternal life and light in the Presence of God…or eternal hell and damnation in the presence of the Prince of this current world.
This is an opportunity window that God has given each Christian to share their faith and peace, be ready to lift up the dying, lend a shoulder to the crying, and show the love that is our light to this world.
Because of the uncertainty of many, I will speak towards a few things that come up during these times.
The men and women of America, Britain and Australia are working diligently to reign in a state level terrorist who fashions himself to be a Messiah. Well, Saddam you are about 2000 years too late and no man will ever be the Messiah apart from Jesus Christ…so give it up.
We need to beware not to place our trust in our technology, even when it is so very easy to do so. We will look at God’s warning on this behalf.
If we place our hope and trust in anything, lets put it in the only place that will bring us peace and bring safety and protection to our men and women and the innocent people of Iraq whom God also loved enough to send HIS only begotten Son to die for.
Will there be war
Eccles. 3:1-11 (KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?  I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Will there be war?
There has been wars for the 6000 plus years of recorded human history, there will be wars until Christ returns again in the final battle so the answer is:
God’s word confirms this;
Genesis 14:2 (KJV) That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.
Joshua 11:18 (KJV) Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.
1 Samuel 19:8 (KJV) And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.
2 Samuel 3:1 (KJV) Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
2 Samuel 22:35 (KJV) He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
1 Kings 14:30 (KJV)And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.
1 Kings 15:32 (KJV) And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.