As with all the wonderful conditions in the millennium, they will flow down from Christ’s throne. This is especially true of peace and justice, which is pictured for us in Isaiah 9:6-7.
Isaiah 9:6-7 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
I also like Isaiah 32:16-17.
Isaiah 32:16-17 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness will abide in the fertile field. 17 And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.
Notice in these verses that righteousness comes first, then peace. The wonderful state of peace on the earth, with “quietness and confidence,” will be a result of the work and establishment of righteousness and truth. This work I think will come mainly in the form of teaching and instructing. Jesus, along with His servant teachers will teach people from all nations as they come to Him in Jerusalem (Isa. 2:3); but I think that from time to time, He and His disciples will go out to them, especially if there is an urgent need. He will not only present His principles of peace and wisdom in lecture form, He will also rebuke many and show them their errors. As a result, they will no longer learn tactics of war; they will instead learn the ways of peace—how to find peaceful solutions to their problems. As Isaiah 2:4 says,
And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.
As time goes on and people are multiplied on the earth, many will not believe and will cause trouble and violence. In this case Jesus’ work of peace will come in the way of a decisive and immediate crackdown—a severe punishment (Isa. 66:14). Thus, in that day, all the ungodly will be exposed for what they are—Jesus will expose them (Isa. 32:5-7).
But the godly and those who work at peace will be praised and honored. This will be especially true for Israel. They will set the example of peace for other nations; and in return, peace will come to them from many nations like a river, as many gifts are brought to them—just as in the days of Solomon (Isa. 60:16; 66:12). (References used: Isa. 2:4; 9:4-7; 11:5-9; 32:5-7, 16-18; 33:5-7; 42:1-4; 54:13; 55:12; 60:15-18; Jer. 23:5; 31:23, 29-30; Ezek. 28:25-26; 34:25, 28; Hos. 2:18; Mic. 4:2-4; Zech. 9:10.)
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