People of earth long for peace. Even those who are fighting in wars have a longing for peace, yet peace seems so far away.
Many people wonder if peace is possible, and also wonder about animals and the future of the earth. The nations of the world are trying to bring peace to the Middle East, and fail; particularly with peace concerning Jerusalem. The nations want things their way; not God’s way; and until the Prince of peace is come there will not be peace on earth; except as we find peace in our own hearts and lives through the cross of Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection.
What will peace look like when Jesus comes to earth again? We must realize that when He comes again there will first be a reckoning with all that is evil. It will be put away. The poor will be judged with righteousness the wicked bankers, financiers, CEO’s of big corporations who have labored to fill their pockets, and rob their employees will destroyed.
What about the animal kingdom? We can see the results of the “fall of mankind” by watching the animal kingdom, and that of the kingdom of men. With animals we have meat eating beast, flying, and non-flying; and they feed themselves on the lesser sized animals. In most situations that I have witnessed a cat and dog cannot dwell together side by side without the dog growling, or attacking the cat; there are a few exceptions, but rare. My brother used to have a dog that would allow an old yellow cat to lay on his back while he was resting. Rare indeed. In Isaiah 11 we find these verses concerning our Lord’s coming reign on earth and animals…
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:6-9 (KJV)
If you will notice these animals listed are from the gentle, meek type to the ferocious, meat eater and poisonous kind. The wolf, the lamb, the leopard, the baby goat, the calf, the lion cub, the fatling; and not to leave man out; a little child “leading them”. The child leading them would probably mean that it would not be uncommon in that day to see a spontaneous parade of these animals together with a child in the lead. “Fiction” you may think or say. Not if God says it. Nor do I believe it to be allegorical of a general peace on earth. To make this allegorical you would need to make the rest of prophecy, even that of the first coming of Messiah, as allegory; and that just would be a lie, and deception.
The wolf and the lamb dwelling together! Is this really possible? It happened one other time following the “fall of man”. At the flood [believing what God says in His Word] God brought two of every kind of land animal to the ark; two wolves, two sheep, two leopards, two goats, two bovine, and two lions and two bears; and there was peace while they were coming to the ark, getting on the ark, on the ark, and getting off the ark. When they disembarked from the ark the sin nature of humanity affected them once more.
The millennial kingdom or our Lord fascinates and excites me. I long for that day when I will look into the eyes of my Master, then fall at His feet, and worship my Lord and Savior. Then will spend the Millennium with Him, serving those who populate the earth and worshipping Him for all eternity.
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-Tim A. Blankenship