5 Yeshua replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 6 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah (i.e., anointed by G-d).’ They will deceive many. 7 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. (Mark 13:5-7, compare with Matthew 24:6-8 and Luke 21:8-13)
Whenever a nation enters into a conflict, the first thought that enters into the minds of many is that of Messiah’s expected return to deliver his faithful ones from such a devastating calamity prior to the world ever coming to an end. Yes, they might claim to believe in the Creator and follow Messiah’s teachings; however, the preconceived notion that war is a hallmark that foretells Messiah’s coming actually goes against what Yeshua taught in his forewarning to his disciples. Instead of turning to Scriptures and reading for themselves what Yeshua taught, many turn to their local soothsayers looking for answers that wind them up at a hefty financial cost.
Why, then, do these conflicts occur? According to Jackson and Morelli, authors of Handbook on the Political Economy of War used by Stanford University students, they offer the idea that wars occur between nations and sovereign states for a number of different reasons. They even explain to great extent the failed infrastructure between these sovereign nations that results in war. The main idea that they do present is the thought that “[…] one of the sides involved [in leading the war] has to expect that the gains from the conflict will outweigh the costs incurred” (Jackson and Morelli 2009, pp 2).
Like Jackson and Morelli, The United States Army of War College explains the reason why wars occur.
“Simply put, a war of ideas is a clash of visions, concepts, and images, and— especially—the interpretation of them. They are, indeed, genuine wars, even though the physical violence might be minimal, because they serve a political, socio-cultural, or economic purpose, and they involve hostile intentions or hostile acts […]” (Web 2013).
Military experts continue to add,
“It is important to note the difference between wars in which ideas are used mainly to support a physical clash of arms, and others where ideas are either the casus bellior the principal weapons. Both types of conflicts are, strictly speaking, wars of ideas. In the former, however, military power initially plays a leading role by defeating an opponent's armed might, then shifts to a secondary, yet still important role by providing security during reconstruction” (Web 2013).
Do agencies exist that carefully monitors worldwide events? Of course! Global Security constantly reports events as they transpire. They report civil unrest. They report the failures of predicted infrastructures between nations that may lead to said kinds of conflicts. They even report wars that are currently taking place between two sovereign nations! Anyone can be kept informed by visiting their link. The fact of the matter is that as scary as so many soothsayers and doom predictors might make it seem, the reports demonstrate that most of the world’s nations are more at rest with one another than at war. (Web 2013)
So, what exactly was Yeshua’s concern? Yeshua was concerned about his disciples’ well-being. He was specifically concerned about the disadvantages his disciples would fall victim to as a result of the rise of false prophets that would occur during these periods of conflicts: many will come in my Yeshua’s proclaiming to be Elohim’s anointed (reference Mark 13:6).
In order for us not to fall victims to the snares of these false prophets, Yeshua taught three very important things for us to exert during these conflicts. Firstly, he said,“Don’t panic” (reference Mark 13:7). Secondly, he comforts us in telling us that “these things must take place” (reference Mark 13:7). Lastly, he tells us that and “the end won’t follow immediately” (reference Mark 13:7).
By considering Messiah’s own instructions, we as his modern day disciples do not fall prey to the emotional and financial abuse of these false prophets that keep surging up around the world. Instead, we remain faithful and alert as well as forewarn others of the dangerous snares that these false prophets employ in hopes of gaining the people hearts so that they too may follow the teachings of Messiah Yeshua and worship Israel's sovereign Elohim.
To end this study, let’s summarize.
This study reveals that wars occur whenever there’s an ideological difference exists. The nation’s leader reasons that the outcome of winning the war outweighs the loss incurred by military strength, so physical conflict arises. When such physical conflicts arise between nations, Messiah instructed us how we should react and forewarned that such a circumstance give rise to false prophets to ensnare innocent victims as prey.
5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what Elohim has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. 7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Messiah Yeshua came in a real human body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with Elohim. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Messiah has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:5-9)
Do wars foretell Messiah's Coming? No, they do not. According to Yeshua, wars foretell the rise of false prophets who are searching for innocent victims to prey upon.
1. Echevarria, Antulio J., II, Dr. "Wars of Ideas and the War of Ideas." Strategic Studies Instituted: US Army War College. Www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil, June 2008. Web. 22 Dec. 2013.
2. Jackson, Matthew O., and Massimo Morelli. "The Reasons for Wars: Handbook on the Political Economy of War." Standford.Edu. Ed. Chris Coyne. Http://www.stanford.edu/~jacksonm/war-overview.pdf, Dec. 2009. Web. 22 Dec. 2013.
3. "Military." The World at War. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2013.
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