“In days to come…….neither shall they learn war anymore”
In days to come the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever. (Mic. 4:1-5 NRS)
The country in which I reside sets aside $778 billion dollars for national defense. In other words, they spend $778 billion for the potential to wage war. The weapons we have created have the potential to end life on this planet. For my entire life my homeland has been engaged in war somewhere in the world. It is not just the country I live in. This whole world is filled with countries who are engaged in killing one another. Why, why do we as a race of beings find ourselves compelled to try and destroy one another? There is no righteous answer for this other than human beings do not full understand the purpose for our existence nor the consequences of not walking in the name of the Lord.
However, this will not always be so. In the days to come, we are told that God is going to intervene in our world and end the strife and conflict we live with daily and “neither shall they learn war anymore.” It is hard to imagine or even dream about such a world. Yet, this is something we can be assured of when Jesus returns.
When Jesus came the first time, he brought the possibility of peace between human beings and God. When he comes again, he will bring the actuality of a forever peace in which we will understand and embrace. A world in which there is no more war or weapons of war is wonderful dream that will come true.