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In light of what is taking place in Ukraine and its heart-rending and life-altering impact, I’ll pause the “What In God’s Name” series today to instead offer a prayer for peace.
However, before the prayer I’d like to go back to a giant statue that was put up by the United Nations at its NY headquarters in November (2021). Though it has since been removed, the statue was mounted as a symbol of international peace and security.
In many ways that statue resembled an end-time “beast” described in the books of Daniel and Revelation. And the naming of the statue—“peace and security”—is also eerily close to a biblical reference only that in using the phrase the Bible issued a caution:
While people are saying, “Peace and safety”, destruction will come on them suddenly ….1 Thessalonians 5:3
Today the world is teetering on the brink of war with the invasion of one sovereign country by another.
I’m not at all a doomsday alarmist. However, when world events align to biblical prophecies, I believe we should pay closer attention. It’s not a time to be scared or hysterical. Rather, as Jesus puts it—lift up your heads, look up, for your redemption is at hand (Luke 21:28).
So I invite you to join me in this prayer for peace and for those being directly impacted by the invasion.
And together we say: AMEN (so be it)!
Shabbat Shalom. May the God of Peace—Jehovah Shalom—bring peace to our hearts, our homes, our communities, our world.
Join me next week when I’ll pick up the series looking at the 6th of the 7 redemptive names of God—Jehovah Raah—our Shepherd.
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