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One of the most stubborn conflicts in the world today is between modern Israel and the Palestinians. Most Bible scholars agree that, in one sense, it is a family conflict among Abraham’s descendants. Whatever the source, we long to see it end. The Bible is clear that a day is coming when Jesus Christ, King of Kings, will rule from Jerusalem in righteousness and justice. One day, war will cease all over the world; peace and harmony will replace fear and insecurity. The prophet wrote about that day: (Micah, Chapter 4) “In the last days, the mountain of the LORD’S house will be the highest of all—the most important place on earth. It will be raised above other hills; people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.’ The LORD will mediate between peoples and will settle disputes between strong nations far away. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, and train for war anymore.” We know we must do all we can to foster peace now. Still, we look forward to the day when Christ fulfills God’s promise to bring peace on earth.

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