Micah 4:1-8 "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more."
THE whole world has for a long time been
boasting that civilization and Christianity
have won the day, that the world has become
God's Empire and that the blessings
of the Millennium are ours to enjoy. Aid
Conferences and Peace Councils and Peace
Commissions have flared up for the moment,
only to die down. The cry of "Peace, peace,"
has brought no peace. We are beginning
to see that we have been deceiving ourselves
into thinking that the nations of the earth are
kingdoms of God. We are beginning to see that they
are merely kingdoms of this world, kingdoms of
the Gentiles, and that the Prince of this world
is actually Satan, a liar from the beginning who
abode not in the truth.
We see it clearly. The Kingdom of God has not
yet come. We are glad, however, that the Divine promise
assures us that it will come and explains to us that the
All-Wise Creator is even now preparing his chosen and elect
people for the special role they will play in that Kingdom of
glory, by which the whole world is to be blessed.
But all are not yet convinced of these Bible truths.
Some point to the coins of the various kingdoms, which
declare that "In God we trust," and that the several emperors
and rulers of earth are reigning "by the grace of
God" and claiming that they are of Divine appointment;
while the Pope also makes the still greater claim that he
is the personal representative of Messiah and his Kingdom
and the only one authorized to reign over and to govern
the rulers of the earth.
To convince the more prejudiced nothing further
should be necessary along these lines than to point out
the difference between present conditions and those which
the Scriptures declare will prevail when Messiah will take
his great power and reign. The King of glory will put
down sin in its every form and death in its every form
and will release and uplift all the willing and obedient of
all the families of the earth--including those who have gone
down into the great prison-house of death--the
The hope for humanity is the Messianic Kingdom described
in this lesson. The "mountain of the Lord's
house" signifies the Kingdom of God's house.
It will be established in the top of, or above the kingdoms
of the world. It will be exalted amongst the nations and
all peoples will flow to it. There will be an attraction
in it for all peoples. It will lead them to climb upward.
The attraction which will thus draw mankind will be the
blessings of health and restitution, which the Kingdom
will be prepared to grant to all peoples as they shall come
into harmony with its requirements.
That Kingdom will be closely identified with the Zionist
movement and the Holy Land. The Kingdom itself will be spiritual,
invisible to men, but its earthly agents will be visible and they
will be Jewish -- Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the Prophets.
The Jews, already gathered to the Land of Promise, will go there
in increasing numbers, and all of the faithful of them will go in sympathy
and representatively, through financial assistance. The Israelitish hopes
and promises will attract that number strongly first. And gradually all
the nations, learning of the grace of God, and the blessings of restitution
to be bestowed, will say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain
of the Lord and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us
of his ways and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go
forth the Law and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
Isa. 2:3; Mic. 4:2.
The Peace of God Established
Verse 3 tells of how Messiah's judgments will be manifested,
favoring most the nations which are most righteous
and rebuking all unrighteousness. The effect will be that
wars will cease. The metal previously used in weapons
of destruction will be used in plowshares and pruning
hooks. The earth shall no longer be soaked with human
blood, but be tilled for the blessing of the race, with none
to molest nor make afraid.