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Summary: Sweet peace the gift of God’s love.

Peace Peace When There Is No Peace

The latest violence in the Mid-East has gotten everyone in an uproar and some are talking about Armageddon while others are screaming for peace and cease fires. I find it interesting that the Secretary General of the UN could have been called Kofi Anonymous while suicide bombers were killing civilians in Israel but when the Israel had enough and started fighting back then he gets vocal. How sweet. Most of the UN is made up of countries that hate the US so I say we need to kick them out of NY. Let them build a new building in Germany or Moscow. The crime rate in NYC would go way down as criminals that are diplomatically immune leave. Trying to get a consensus from your enemies is not only foolish but very dangerous. If we sought God’s will rather than the will of the UN we would be much more prosperous and secure than we are now.

Matt 24:1-14

24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. KJV

Much of this passage reads like today’s newspaper yet no politician or journalist really wants to admit that this prophecy is being fulfilled. Had this been written by Nostradamus or found on an Aztec ruin it would be in all the papers constantly as scenarios developed. Wars and rumors of wars have been on the increase since 1900. We have had two major World Wars, a Cold War, police actions and numerous operations in the last century and we are seeing more opportunities for war very day and that is just the scenarios we are playing a role in let alone all the civil wars all over the world. Add to all that increasing numbers of terrorist attacks and you are hard pressed to find a place of peace on the earth.

Rev 6:3-4

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. (KJV)

To all the Doves around the world I must say that I share the desire for peace but it will not happen. Fussing and carrying on and endangering the troops won’t stop the war but may bring a needless end to some of our lads and lasses. In Matthew 24 and here in Revelation we see that war is going to be a part of our experience until Jesus returns.

One of the young men of our church has left for the Marines. I prayed with him and begged God to bring him back safely to us. I told him that after God you listen to that DI in great detail because no matter how hard he may seem and how stupid some things may sound just do them for that man is trying to keep you alive in the battle. We shall have wars and there is one coming that will make all the rest look like backyard squabbles between four year olds.

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