About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Swords Into Plowshares
It was 1982 when then
Prime Minister of Israel, Menachem Begin, approached the podium of the
General Assembly at the United Nations.
Immediately, the Arab and Communist delegates left their seats
and walked out in protest. Begin
was a Zionist Revisionist, a disciple of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the leader of
the early 20th century Revisionist Movement that advocated a
Jewish homeland in
Begin has always been a
polarizing personality. The
British viewed him as a terrorist. The
Arabs viewed him as the worst of all enemies.
Jimmy Carter viewed him as a frustratingly stubborn negotiator.
Politically conservative Jews viewed him as a staunch defender of
Begin opened His Bible to
Isaiah 2:4 and began to read in Hebrew.
"He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes
for many people. They will
beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks
(Isaiah 2:4 NIV)." Everyone
at the United Nations was familiar with this passage of Scripture.
It's one of the most quoted passages of the Bible.
It was the hope of the United Nations to implement the peace
predicted in this passage.
Begin explained, when,
how, and why, swords would be beaten into plowshares from a contextual,
grammatical, and linguistic, perspective.
That would have thrilled me but it was the reason for the boredom
seen on most faces of those left sitting in the General Assembly.
Many Christians would
agree with much of Begin's assessment of Isaiah, chapter 2.
According to the text, swords will be beaten into plowshares and
spears into pruning hooks in the last days, as our English Bibles state.
From Begin's knowledge of the Hebrew language and grammar, he
understood "last days" to be better translated as "bright
future", as in Israel's bright future. Whatever
the case, world peace will come when the mountain of the Lord's temple
is established and all nations will stream to it as seen in Isaiah 2:2.
Peace will come when people come to the temple of the God of
Jacob to learn God's ways and be instructed in the Word of the Lord that
will go forth from
From my understanding of
the Bible on this issue, and, from how I believe Isaiah must have
understood this issue, international peace will be realized when
Israel's Messiah, who Christians understand to be the Lord Jesus Christ,
returns to rule the nations from Jerusalem.
I know that sounds ridiculous to many in today's anti-Christ
culture. I also know that
not all Christians hold to this particular view of Isaiah 2:4.
Not all Christians believe that Israel
still has a place in prophetic history.
If you believe as I do,
you, like me, can't begin to imagine the moment when the Lord Jesus
Christ is publically inaugurated as King of the world.
It will make the inauguration of the President of the United States
look insignificant. It will
make the coronation of the future King of England look irrelevant.
All nationalities, all ethnicities, everyone from everywhere,
will bow before Jesus and confess that He is indeed Lord over them.
What a day that will be. I
agree with Revelation 22:20. "Come