Read Isaiah 11
Focus on verse 6
The dream of great leaders down through the ages has often been to bring about worldwide peace. The last two world wars were both billed by some as the war that would end all wars, yet the world today seems no closer to world peace than it did centuries ago. In fact the current world situation seems to be closer to resembling whirled peas – messy greenish mash up of smashed vegetables – than world peace. While there have been little glimmers of hope in places – little corners of the world where people have lived peaceably for a span of time – this has typically only lasted until some invading nation charged in and either wiped them out or carried them off.
World peace is an enigma that many have pursued with little success. If it were possible to bring about world peace, what would it look like? Would it involve armed guards at every street-corner enforcing the resolution of peace upon the people? Or would it perhaps be a movement of the people that makes it entirely unnecessary for the police to enforce anything because everyone would willingly comply with the laws of the land? Personally the second scenario sounds more attractive to me, but also seems more unlikely.
While this seems a little farfetched, I believe such a time may soon be coming. A time where people willingly keep the law and abide in peace with each other. Not only people but animals also. The prophet Isaiah describes a vision of such a time in today’s chapter when “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and he calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.” (v. 6)
This time will occur only after Jesus Christ returns to earth to set up His kingdom to rule the earth with true love, justice and equity. Interestingly during this time it would seem that carnivorous beasts will change their habits as well and begin eating vegetation as the herbivores do. This time of world peace under the benevolent rule of Christ will apparently last a thousand years. There is of course much speculation, and varying views among biblical scholars in regard to particular details of how and when this will all play out. I believe it is important that we not get to caught up in the details.
Jesus describes these times to some extent in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 25 but it seems His concern is not so much that we get the details all correct, but that we anticipate His imminent arrival, yet with the understanding that while we wait we can find peace in our relationship with Jesus, and can bring peace to people around us as they see Jesus in us.