219. Kingdom culture of peace.
Peace is the culture ( social behaviour of a particular people or society) of the Kingdom of God, because where there is righteousness, there is peace. But when there is no righteousness in a nation, there will be no peace among its people, because "there is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked." (Isaiah 57:21) Christianity is generally perceived to be a peaceful religion, because most Christians do not disturb the social peace of the nation when spoken against, or take up arms when threatened. Thanks be to him who is their leader, who has offered his peace to his followers. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives." (John 14:27) Those who have been credited with the righteouness of Christ by faith, are send as emissaries (a person sent as a diplomatic representative on a special mission) of the Kingdom with the message of peace. They are send with the following instructions: "As you enter a home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you." (Matthew 10:12-13) It was also the practice of the kingdom of Israel to offer peace to their enemies before waging a war. 'When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace ... If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to the city.' (Deuteronomy 20:10) The Kingdom of God has offered peace to the world through its envoy, who is called the 'Prince of Peace'. At his birth, the heavenly hosts sang: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests." ( Luke 2:14) But the rest of the men have rejected his offer and therefore, he will lay siege to the earth, beginning with the tribulation. 'When the Lamb opened the second seal ... another horse came out, a fiery red one. It's rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other ...' ( Revelation 6:3-4) At the end of the seven years of seige, the Prince will come with his armies to capture the enemy and establish the kingdom of heaven on earth. The armies of earth will be foolish enough to wage a war against the armies of heaven, as it will be a total wipeout (instance of being destroyed or overwhelmingly defeated.) 'Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured and with him the false prophet ... The two of them will be thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur ... The rest of them were killed with the sword ...' (Revelation 19:19-21) This will mark the beginning of the Millennial rule of Christ, thereafter, eternity! 'Of the increase of his government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.' (Isaiah 9:6-7) Amen.