A Gift For Peace

'Let Us Beat Swords Into Plowshares', is the name of the bronze statue by the Russian sculptor Evegeny Vuchetich - unveiled in New York City on 21 May 1960.

At the time, the United Nations Office of Public Information commented:-

“The statue is in bronze and represents the figure of a man holding a hammer in one hand and, in the other, a sword which he is making into a plowshare, symbolizing man's desire to put an end to war and convert the means of destruction into creative tools for the benefit of all mankind



On two occasions, using words similar to those describing Vuchetich's statue, the Prophets and Apostles foretold of an 'age' (yet to come) in which there will be lasting peace, justice and prosperity upon this Earth:-


This is what Isaiah, son of Amos saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: “In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the nations; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream into it. Many peoples will come and say 'Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.' The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. THEY WILL beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks." (Isaiah 2:1-4)


And in Micah also we read: “He [the Lord] will judge between many peoples and will settle many disputes for strong nations far and wide. THEY WILL beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no-one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken (Micah 4:3, 4)


This future millennial reign of our Lord Jesus Christ upon this Earth, is also described throughout the New Testament in a number of various ways: and its affect upon the 'creation' has been foretold by the Apostle Paul:-

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us" - [i.e. the "us," in this context, refers only to those who share in Christ's sufferings, (verse 17)] - "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.* Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." (Romans 8:18-23).  See Govett's exposition of these verses  in- ‘The Groaning Creation Delivered


[* When sin and disobedience occurred in the Garden, the curse fell upon creation also, (Gen. 3: 14, 17, 18).]


“But do not forget this one thing dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2.Pet. 3: 8).  

But there can be no 'golden age' without the bodily presence of its rightful King: and today, like it was during David's time, multitudes of the Lord's people, - "Say nothing about bringing the King back" (2 Samuel 19:10): and because our Lord Jesus Christ has not yet established His Millennial Kingdom, regenerate believers have come to regard that Kingdom as nothing more than a rule of Christ in their hearts

During David’s time, King Saul was rejected by God because of his disobedience, and David was chosen and anointed king over Israel by Samuel the prophet of God. But Saul held on to his God-given authority and rule all the time David, and a few of his faithful followers, were rejected and in danger of loosing their lives. During this time of trial - a time when God's replacement king (David) was rejected (as king of right) by the majority of the nation of Israel - Scripture does not regard as years of his reign. It was only after Saul was slain and “the crown that was upon his head” ( 2 Sam. 1: 10) removed, that David was anointed at Hebron “over the house of Judah” (verse 11). Nor was David regarded by God as reigning over all the tribes of Israel, until seven years after he was anointed at Hebron, and after his rival Ishbosheth was cut off, (5: 1).

What was true in the type is also true in the antitype.  Our Lord Jesus Christ was anointed King at the time of His baptism (Luke 3: 22; John 1: 32-34), and later proved himself fully qualified to rule (at God's appointed time) when tested by Satan in the desert.  But, as yet, He is presently absent, and only King of Right; He is not here present, and King in Fact.  Satan is still this world’s ruler under God - although, like Saul, he has been rejected by God because of disobedience.  Satan continues to hold possession of his kingdom, while Jesus’ faithful followers are being rejected by the majority of the Lord's people. Only after Satan is cut off – (at the time of the return of the God's Messiah-King) - will Jesus' reign of righteousness and peace upon this earth commence.

The character of Christ's Millennial Kingdom depends on the PRESENCE of its King.  Now is the time for His faithful servants to proclaim the coming of that Kingdom, with a view to gather out from amongst His redeemed people, those who are willing to believe and obey the “Gospel [good news] of the kingdom”: they will be its rulers when the Power and King of that Kingdom appears. There is a vast difference between having “the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom” (Matt. 13: 11, N.I.V.) and hearing the "the message about the Kingdom" (verse 19) now, during this day of grace; or from feeling the sceptre of the kingdom, after its King has rejected those of His servants that fall away and are "unfruitful" (verses 21 & 22).

God's promises, which were made to our Lord Jesus Christ concerning HIS Millennial Kingdom, have not yet been fulfilled. The transference of the Kingdom has not yet occurred and until that time arrives many of Christ's faithful servants are being oppressed, rejected and even slain at the hands of unbelievers.  But when the “Son of Man” strikes powerless, dethrones, and consumes all of His foes, then, and only then, will His loyal followers (the overcomers) be rewarded and rule with Him “a thousand years” (Rev. 20: 4) - NOT UNTIL TILL THEN!


A. L. Chitwod explains the situation perfectly as follows:-

“A principle of Divine government set forth in the type of Saul and David shows the necessity of an incumbent ruler, although rejected, continuing to reign until replaced by his successor.  The government of the earth is a rule under God through delegated powers and authorities.  In this respect, Satan rules directly under God, and a great host of subordinate angels directly under Satan.  Even though Satan and his followers have been rejected, they must continue in power (as Saul and those ruling with him) until replaced by Christ and His followers (as David and his followers taking the kingdom).  God will not, at any time, allow conditions to exist upon the earth wherein there is no divinely administered government through delegated powers and authorities.  Even though the government of the earth is today in disarray because of Satan's rebellion, it is still under God's sovereign control (Dan. 4: 17-34).

The present age is the time during which the antitype of David's faithful followers being gathered unto him occurs.  As during David's time, so during the present time - there must be a period, preceding the King coming into power, during which the rulers are called out.  David's men were the ones who occupied positions of power and authority with him after he took Saul's crown.  Thus will it be when Christ takes Satan's crown.  Those who are being called out during the present time are the ones who will occupy positions of power and authority with him during the coming day.

Satan will be allowed to continue his reign until God's purpose for this present age has been accomplished.  Then, he and those ruling with him will be put down, and an entirely new order of rulers will take the kingdom.  Christ will enter into the position previously occupied by Satan, and Christians will enter into positions previously occupied by angels ruling under Satan.  Since Christ (replacing Satan) will wear the crown presently worn by Satan, it only naturally follows that Christians (replacing subordinate powers and authorities) will apparently wear crowns presently worn by angels ruling under Satan.  All of these are crowns which neither Christ nor Christians can come into possession of until Satan and his angels have been put down at the end of the Tribulation... 

"Crowns are mentioned a number of places in the Book of Revelation, and the entire matter is with a view to ultimately positioning crowned rulers on the throne during the coming age.  In chapters two and three, overcoming Christians have been promised crowns; in chapter four, with the same end in view, the twenty-four elders cast crowns before God's throne; and in chapter nineteen, with the same end still in view, Christ returns with many crowns upon His head.  And the crowns which Christ will have on His head at this time, if any identity is to be made, can only be the crowns previously worn by the twenty-four elders.

The crowns upon Christ's head at the time of His return (19: 12), contextually, point to His announced position as "King of kings, and Lord of lords" (19: 16).  All power had previously been given unto Him (Matt. 28: 18); and, assuming His kingly position, He will exercise a heretofore withheld segment of this power.  At this time He will not only be in possession of many crowns but He will also take possession of all remaining crowns (those worn by Satan and his angels).  Then, all these crowns - having to do with rulership over the earth - will be dispensed to those who are to rule and reign in the coming age.  Christ will retain the crown taken from Satan; and Christians, who had previously been shown qualified at the judgment seat, will come into possession of crowns formerly possessed by angels."