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Now, we turn from weeping and wailing to happiness and hallelujahs! We are still observing the battle of Armageddon taking place, as the Christ comes to war against the kings of the earth with the sword of His mouth. For those who cling to the way things are, and love their comforts and distance from poverty, this is a cause for lamentation, as the previous two chapter covered. Those who comprise Christ's Body from every people, tribe, language, and nation will join in this battle of Truth and lies, Grace and hate, Joy and fear, and will have reason for celebration! This is why Jesus quoted the prophet Micah at one point and proclaimed that He had come to bring a sword which will divide families, friends, and communities. We all must decide which army we will choose to enlist: one employs force, violence, and death, while the other wars with truth, love, and humility. Which crew will you join, my friends?
Earlier in the Book, we have one of the four horsemen, the rider on the white horse who "came out conquering, and to conquer." Here, we have the contrasting image of Jesus as the Rider on the white horse as One who effortlessly slays liars with the Truth. Beyonce certainly slays, but Jesus is the original Slayer! The ease with which this destruction occurs must be highlighted, as this is the slain Lamb who does not need violence to conquer, but only Love. To view this through the eyes of vindictive retribution coming from a wrathful God is simply misguided, and unfaithful to the Text. We do not see things as they are, but we see them as we are, and those who see Jesus as iNFLiKTing violence upon His persecutors are unfamiliar with the Way of true Peace. Truly, this is the battle of Armageddon that takes place every moment!
One could call this battle "the war to end all wars," but it is a different kind of war; one that does not involve tanks, guns, and bombs, but creativity, ideas, and philosophy. When Jesus says, "the meek will inherit the Earth," this is what He means. Those who submit to Grace and the Laws of the Universe who entrust all that they are to Love, Light, and Life will find an imperishable inheritance awaiting them. Happy is the one who engages their heart, mind, spirit, and body with the world in order to participate in its salvation. Blessed is the one who is in the world, but not of it. Endless mercy will be showered on those who decide to use their time, talents, and treasures in service of the Way, Truth, and Life. Anyone, anywhere who creates anything is pouring out their lives on behalf of God, whether they are Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Atheist. The inverse is likewise true: any who dedicate themselves to the destruction of the Earth will be met with the reciprocating force that they demonstrate, no matter what may be their religious or political affiliation. May we all find our differences as complimentary in the sight of God and humans, and use these differences in service to the restoration of the world!