World War I - The War to End All Wars?
Updated: Feb 25
It has been over 100 years since the War to End All Wars ended in victory for those who had “fought to make the world safe for democracy.” A celebration of thanksgiving followed, and a holiday was established to commemorate that great Day of Remembrance. However, good desires and intentions not based upon the truth of God's Word will most often produce false hope. As it turned out, that was not the “war to end all wars.” Not even remotely close. An even greater war soon followed, only to be repeated by innumerable national wars and revolutions around the world.
Instead of a world of liberty and democracy, many of the world’s nations are now under the brutal heel of totalitarian dictatorships. With the threat of potential nuclear obliteration hanging over the world, the prophecy of Christ is being literally fulfilled:
“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth” (Lk 21:26).
And we haven’t seen nothing yet. The greatest wars that this world will ever know are yet to come, such as the Great Tribulation wars (Rev 4–19) or the war of Psalm 83 or the war of Gog and Magog at the end of the one thousand year reign of the Lord Jesus Christ as King on earth.
Isaiah 2:4 declares:
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
In the 26 centuries or so since Is 2:4 was first uttered, there has been a war going on somewhere in the world at least 11 out of every 12 years, and that coupled with how the world at present goes, it seems that such a promise could never be fulfilled.
Yet it is God who has promised, and only He can accomplish it.
“He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people.” (Is 2:4).
“Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end. . . . The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Is 9:7).
When the Lord Jesus Christ comes again,
“he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth” (Ze 9:10).
Finally, world peace will come, and then:
“The kingdoms of this world [will] become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rev 11:15).