Summary: God will keep us in Perfect Peace if our minds are stayed upon Him! Trust in the Lord and not in the arm of the flesh.
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Pastor James May
Isaiah 26:3-4, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:"
Our nation is involved in a war with Iraq. At this very moment there are young men and women who are placing their lives on the line with the hope of establishing a lasting peace from terrorism and threats from another dictator bent on world domination. While we may be certain that victory over Saddam Hussein and Iraq’s military power will be accomplished, it is just as certain that we will not have perfect peace when the battle is over.
All over the globe there is fighting, oppression and civil unrest. There is no limit to the number of places where another “hot spot” will erupt like a volcano of hatred and the weapons will begin to speak death to those who are on both sides of these conflicts.
World War I was called the “war to end all wars” but less than 25 years later the world was once again engulfed in World War II. Even as World War II ended in utter defeat of the enemies of freedom and democracy another war began. The Cold War began as an arms race and military standoff between the world’s superpowers brought mankind to the brink of annihilation time and again. The conflict in Korea began less than 5 years after the surrender of Japan on the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Almost at the same time that the Korean War was being fought by our military forces, there was a little far away country already embroiled in a fight for its life with the French Army.
The French were defeated and ousted from that country and within months President John F. Kenney dispatched American Special Forces to that country and thus began the longest war in the history of our nation in a little insignificant country called Vietnam. That war and all of the political unrest that resulted from it began to tear our country apart.
Even as that conflict was closing in 1975 the world was on a steady march toward its destiny of Armageddon. Multitudes of civil wars and guerilla warfare popped up all over the globe as the spread of Communism threatened to choke the fires of freedom in every nation on the globe. Countries and places that we had not given much thought of became the center of our attention for brief periods of time as battles were fought in Panama, Granada, Kosovo, Somalia, and the list goes on.
Right now, even though we may defeat Saddam Hussein and destroy his ability to wage war, that will not end the threats of the terrorists. The ugly specter of war still looms over the horizon as we hear of threats from the North Koreans and their nuclear capabilities, the widespread social unrest in nearly every nation on the globe, the distrust of America by most of the Arab nations, and the religious hatred of Islam against all other religions.
Man may strive for peace but he can never bring peace. The scriptures are very clear concerning the ultimate course of events that will bring this world to its knees before the coming of the Lord.
In searching for and desiring peace we can already see that mankind is being placed in a position to accept anyone and any power that will promise the peace that they seek. Mankind is ripe like a swollen grape and ready to be taken in by a man that will rise in the midst of great turmoil, international threats of war, economic disaster on a global scale and a world that has gone mad. The Antichrist will appear on the scene in the not too distant future. It is most likely that he is already alive and being prepared for the moment that he will step out into the pages of prophetic history to begin his reign of terror that will only be halted by the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.