Is Lasting Peace Possible In The Middle East? (NASB)
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Yes, it is not only possible but an absolute certainty. However, under present conditions it is totally impossible. Are you confused? Let me try to explain.
Ever since Adam disobeyed God and was expelled from the Garden of Eden, “sin entered into the world, and death through sin” (Romans 5:12). The disease of sin affected everyone born into the world, causing enmity toward God, hatred toward mankind and the resulting strife, suffering and death. It has been clearly evident in the past and present history of man, and will be so until God intervenes in judgment, that “the path of peace they have not known” (Romans 3:17).
When God chose Israel as His earthly people they promised to obey His holy law. He gave them the law to prove to them their inability to keep it, that they were ruined by sin and needed a Saviour. Their failure mirrored the condition of all mankind, “that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God” (Romans 3:19).
After centuries of disobeying the Word of God and turning to other gods, Israel’s crowning sin was rejection of their promised Messiah. Christ came as prophesied in the appointed way, to the appointed place and at the appointed time. Alas, “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). The nation as a whole rejected Him and demanded that He be crucified. It was not only Israel, but the nations of the world as well that rejected Him. We read in Acts 4:26-27, “The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ. For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel.”
A Worldwide Problem
The “Prince of Peace” was rejected. There is no change today in the attitude of the Middle East countries nor the nations of the world concerning Him. The rejection of Christ is a wicked thing, and Scripture says, “‘There is no peace for the wicked,’ says the Lord” (Isaiah 48:22). All attempts of men to bring lasting peace to the volatile situation between Israel and her neighbors will be futile. Until Christ is received, peace is impossible!
The Only Solution
The nations of the Middle East and of the world at large will not have lasting peace until the Lord Jesus comes to judge this world in righteousness. The unrighteousness of disobedience to God and rejection of His Son must be judged. In fact, God has “fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:31). Isaiah tells us, “when the earth experiences Your judgments the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (26:9); also, “Behold, a king will reign righteously … And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.” (32:1,17).
Christ shall come to this earth with His saints to judge and reign! “This One will be our peace” (Micah 5:5). Only then will the long-standing hatred between Israel, the Arabs and all the nations of the world be replaced with peace because “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:9). Jerusalem will be the capitol of the world. Christ will sit upon His throne and reign in righteousness. Peace in the Middle East and the whole world will not only be possible, but an abiding reality as prophesied in Revelation 11:15, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
What the Future Holds
Then will also be brought to pass the fulfillment of Isaiah 2:4, “And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples; and they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.”
Can the reader have true, lasting peace on a personal basis? Today, when an individual repents toward God and puts his trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, his heart is changed and peace is given. To all such Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Christ made peace by the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20), and the person who trusts Him as Savior is forgiven and justified by faith, and has “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
To have that peace you must believe now that Christ died for your sins and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) before the day of grace ends with the coming of the Lord to the air to rapture all believers to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). To be left behind on earth, or to die in your sins, will mean eternal judgment in hell for your rejection of Him (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12; John 3:36). —Donald T. Johnson