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70. Peace on Earth



"Peace on earth" is always depicted in the Bible as an evil thing:

Job 12:5 - "He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease."

Job 16:12 - "I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark."

Psalm 123:4 - "Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud."

Isaiah 32:9 - "Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech."

Isaiah 32:11 - "Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins."

Isaiah 33:7 - "Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly."

Jeremiah 25:37 - "And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the LORD."

Jeremiah 48:11 - "Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed."

Jeremiah 49:31 - "Arise, get you up unto the wealthy nation, that dwelleth without care, saith the LORD, which have neither gates nor bars, which dwell alone."

Ezekiel 23:42 - "And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads."

Ezekiel 39:6 - "And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD."

Daniel 11:21 - "And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries."

Amos 6:1 - "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!"

Nahum 1:12 - "Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more."

Zephaniah 1:12 - "And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil."

Zechariah 1:11,15 - "And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction."

Luke 12:19 - "And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry."

1 Thessalonians 5:3 - "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."


Peace on earth is proclaimed by the false prophets:

Jeremiah 6:14 - "They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."

Jeremiah 8:11 - "For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."

Micah 3:5 - "Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him."


Christ did NOT come to give peace on earth:

Matthew 10:34 - "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."

Luke 12:51 - "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division."


Peace on earth without God is no peace:

Isaiah 57:19-21 - "I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."


Only God can give true spiritual peace, and this is not earthly peace, but spiritual:

Psalm 25:13 - "His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth."

Jeremiah 46:27 - "But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid."

Philippians 4:7 - "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."