MIF 5:6 (Nov-Dec 1973)
“Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars … such things must needs be.” “The Lord … He maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the earth (Mk. 13:7, Psa. 46:9).
How strangely contradictory these statements appear! How we wish that the latter were even now true. But in spite of the efforts of the United Nations, the former is very descriptive of our century.
The Middle East, the cradle of the human race, especially has been the centre of countless wars, ever since ancient times. Untold sufferings have arisen from the hatred and the strife among the nations, both ancient and modern who have lived or still live around the Fertile Crescent. Semetic and Sumarian people were frequently locked together in battle. Mahomedans slaughtered Christian, and professing Christians attacked and slew Mahomedans. Arabs and Jews perpetuate the same destruction of life and property. Wars with only faint rumours of peace predominate the news media until the heart sickens and cries out, O Lord, how long!
The rejection of the Prince of Peace has produced a grim harvest of death and desolation. Men have sown the whirlwind and of the whirlwind they have reaped destruction. “Whatsoever a man (or a nation) soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Christ will return to trample His foes beneath His feet and to establish Himself as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then, and not until then, will He make wars to cease unto the end of the earth. Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”