Will the current peace process in the Middle East yield lasting peace? The answer to this question is a resounding NO. The perilous, volatile, and troubled times in the Middle East, and specifically in Jerusalem, will not cease until the end of the age, which is the time when God has completed His dealings with mankind. However, when lasting “peace” comes at the end of the age, that “peace” will be the person of Jesus the Christ. For this reason, lasting “peace” in the Middle East, especially in Jerusalem, cannot be achieved by human interventions. The lasting “peace” in the Middle East, in Jerusalem, and in this entire world only will be possible when the prophesied King of Kings and Lord of Lords appears as the prophesied Prince of Peace.
Ironically, this Prince of Peace (Jesus the Christ) will come to this Earth revealing the Lion of Judah’s ferociousness. That is to say, when ALL of the prophecies about Jesus the Christ’s Second Coming have been completed, the “peace” in the Middle East, including the “peace” of Jerusalem, will have been achieved by a bloodbath (a horrendous scene of carnage). Indeed, this bloodbath is the ironic necessary cleansing that this entire world must experience before everlasting Shalom (wholeness or peace) can take place.
The Prince of Peace’s majestic and powerful second appearance on the Earth will be witnessed by the entire world. Christ will make His glorious appearance by riding a white horse through the clouds. At the moment Christ appears, there will be no doubt that He is the prophesied only begotten Son of God, because on His head will be many crowns. He also will be wearing a robe on which are the titles: “Word of God” and “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” The “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” title also will be written on His thigh. Following Him will be the armies of Heaven (His hosts of angels and saints) [cf. Revelation 19:11-16].
His feet will hit and split the Mount of Olives. Then, with His sharp sword that comes out of His mouth, He will destroy the nations participating in the Battle of Armageddon. Next, His angelic host will gather all of Christ’s enemies and load them into “…the great winepress of God’s wrath.” Then Christ’s enemies will be compressed “…in the winepress outside the city,” and their blood will flow from Jerusalem “…in a stream about 180 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle” (cf. Zechariah 14:3-4; Joel 3:12-13; Revelation 14:18-20 and 19:15, NLT).
Should we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and include in our prayers for peace the entire world? The answer to this question is a resounding YES. Clearly, when King David says in Psalm 122:6a that people should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, he is aware of what he is asking, for in Psalm 83:4 a psalmist in King David’s day writes about Israel’s end-time enemies saying to one another: “Come…let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence” (NLT). King David, thus, knew that real peace in Jerusalem could not be achieved by human means. For sure, King David knew that evil leaders would come to power who not only would call for but also would attempt to annihilate the Jewish people by wiping Israel off the map, which today’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hoping to achieve with nuclear weapons. For these reasons, the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations’ Road Map for Peace never will work!
Furthermore, the prophet Ezekiel prophesies that the full restoration of Israel’s valley of dry bones (cf. Ezekiel chapter 37), which began in 1948 when Israel became a nation in one day, only will be completed when God intervenes and destroys those nations in which their leaders presume, during the end times, that they not only should invade Israel but also should annihilate the Jewish people by wiping the country of Israel off the map (cf. Ezekiel chapter 38-39). Therefore, if ever there was a time that people should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for peace in the Middle East, and for world peace, that time is now.
In our prayers, however, we also should be sure to pray that God’s Will be done instead of our own wills, because there never could be any way for us to get around God’s Perfect Will. His Perfect Will is for the Prince of Peace to put an end, once and for all, to the perilous, volatile, and troubled times that not only are presently in the Middle East, especially Jerusalem, but also those troubled times that eventually will spread throughout our entire world.
Finally, only Christ is God’s covenant of peace that has been promised to the Jewish people. That is why only the supernaturally Jewish-born Jesus who also is God can be the mighty King of Kings and Lord of Lords who will rid God’s holy land, the Middle East, and the entire world, of the evil that makes wars. Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, the everlasting true “peace” that Jesus the Christ brings about only can happen through a bloody and violent conquest.