How Christ will rule the World - 3
The League of Nations, which was first conceived in think tanks aiming at world peace, failed to prevent the outbreak of World War 2. The reason can be seen in the complete lack of reference in its planning, to the guidance of God in His written record. In that word is -
“the wisdom that is from above which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” - James 3:17. So seeking peace by forming a league among the nations is not according to Divine wisdom. There first needs to be purity from the moral corruption seen in human nature.
In the beginning, man acted in favour of the serpent’s suggestion to rebel against his Creator’s instructions. God therefore announced a state of mutual hostility between those of mankind who would continue following the serpent, and those who would choose God’s way -
“I will put enmity between you (the serpent with his suggestion to rebel against God) and the woman, and between your offspring (those who follow the serpent’s suggestion) and her offspring (Jesus, with those who choose obedience); He shall bruise your head (a mortal wound), and you shall bruise (a temporary wound) His heel” - Genesis 3:15.
Both “offsprings” are involved in a warfare. The first pursues peace by political means for a world in whose populations are ignorance, superstition, oppression and cruelty. If their efforts were successful, it would only make more permanent the same ignorance, superstition, oppression and cruelty in those populations. “There is no peace for the wicked, says God.”
The other “offspring” proclaims that “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world...We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” - 2 Corinthians 10:4.
But the time will come when “we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete” - v. 6. While Jesus has completed his personal warfare with sin and is victorious, those “in him” by belief and baptism await until Jesus returns, and then they will be with him when “he shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” - Isaiah 2:4.
Jesus describes the spiritual warfare which he has ignited in his people - “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!... Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” - Luke 12:49.
Christ has proclaimed war against ignorance, superstition, oppression, “and against every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God”. This warfare will continue until his return. So only after that will Jesus return to wrest control by force from mortal men, to place it under himself and his faithful ones -
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end ... to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever” - Isaiah 9:7.
Even though the League of Nations failed to prevent World War 2, another attempt to promote world peace was made by establishing the United Nations Organization.