A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 23          June 1, 2003
The Voice of Jesus
"This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
Peace on Earth?
The False Teaching
Pope John Paul II: On this World Day of Peace 2003, let us all resolve to . . . trust in the merciful and compassionate God who calls to brotherhood, and confidence in the men and women of our time because, ... they bear the image of God in their souls. It is on this basis that we can hope to build a world of peace on earth.
Billy Graham speaks for many: But someday we will know peace . . . God will intervene and Christ will rule as King and Lord over all the earth ... Satan will be banished, and all the evil and deception that dominate our world will be destroyed. The Bible says, "But in keeping with his promise we are looking to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13) The Sou. Baptist view:
The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace. This hope is vain!
Exposing the Error
Humans will never learn. The voices of prophets, ancient and modern, testify to this universal yearning in the heart of man, but history trumpets, No!  Never has there been a secure peace, nor is there peace today. Many see the state of Israel as setting the stage for the return of Christ and the reign of the Prince of Peace. Look at the history!  Its founding has brought only strife and more war.The race changes not. Men are ever driven by the conquest of glory, the quest for riches, the imperative of self defense and, yes, the dream of peace -- on their terms. An ancient prophet has a word for today's false prophets of peace: Thus says the Lord God: "Because you have uttered delusions and seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, says the Lord GOD. My hand will be against the prophets who see delusive visions and who give lying divinations; . . . Because, yea, because they have misled my people, saying, `Peace,' when there is no peace; (Ezek.13:8-10)  Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. [Jesus, (Mathew 10:34)]
Declaring the Truth
I have not come to bring peace. You say he is coming back to bring peace? Listen to him! I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.(Jn 14:3) Yes, Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Here is his promise: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.(John 14:27) Christians are hearing impared because they are of the world, and Jesus does not give world peace. He gives his peace only to his true disciples, who are not of the world, and he gives it now! Only believe his Word and you have his peace, but you must detach from the world and follow him!  It is vain to pray for world peace while refusing his gift! Hear him: I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.(John.16:33)
Hear and believe him. Only then will you have peace, not war:
My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants
would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.(John 18:36)More