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Lunatics bomb innocent bystanders. Children are slain in the streets. Innocent girls are trafficked as sex slaves. People live in fear of senseless random acts of violence. Governments are unstable. Economies fluctuate. Sabers rattle. Fingers point. Households dissolve. Morale is low. Confidence is shaken. Will it ever get any better? Allow me to offer you some words of hope in the midst of the chaos.
In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house
will be the highest of all—
the most important place on earth.
It will be raised above the other hills,
and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
People from many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of Jacob’s God.
There he will teach us his ways,
and we will walk in his paths.”
For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion;
his word will go out from Jerusalem.
The Lord will mediate between nations
and will settle international disputes.
They will hammer their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will no longer fight against nation,
nor train for war anymore. Isaiah 2:2 – 4 NLT
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. Isaiah 11:6 – 10 ESV
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:1 – 4 NLT
Our hope in the midst of all that goes on around us is in the return of King Jesus. In that day justice will reign. Everything in the world will be made right. All forms of pain and tragedy will be forgotten; not even a distant memory. Therefore we cry the Church of all ages, “Maranatha!”, which, translated from Aramaic, means, “Our Lord, come!” We all look with longing hearts and expectant gaze to that day when the whole world will be living in the Reign.