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Peace—worldwide permanent peace among all nations and peoples—has been a perpetual hope and dream of mankind. It's the stuff of countless stories, sermons and songs—and wishful thinking.

Endless strategies have been proposed and tried. Think of all the peace demonstrations, peace talks and peace treaties! But leaders are too often people “who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts” (Psalms 28:3 Psalms 28:3Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts.
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). They're deviously manipulating to get a bigger piece of the world. Sadly, even sincere negotiations are often fruitless.

God inspired Jeremiah to write a poignant portrayal of world history: “They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly [margin: superficially ], saying ‘Peace, peace!' when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14 Jeremiah 6:14They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
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). The Contemporary English Version paraphrases this as, “All they ever offer to my deeply wounded people are empty hopes for peace.”

Man on his own cannot discover lasting solutions. “The way of peace they have not known” (Isaiah 59:8 Isaiah 59:8The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whoever goes therein shall not know peace.
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). They are spiritually blind (verse 10).

The conduct of nations reflects the behavior of people. International relations will be peaceable only when all people are peaceable. And Scripture promises that this will eventually come to pass.

World peace will require people to have “a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 18:31 Ezekiel 18:31Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, O house of Israel?
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). Only God can give us that new heart and spirit. For the people God is calling now, He is offering that change. When Christ returns, that offer will be extended to all people.

During Christ's first coming, He was not trying to bring about peace on earth (Matthew 10:34 Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
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). But world peace will begin when the Prince of Peace returns to earth. Then “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7 Isaiah 9:7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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).

Christ's peacemaking will not be by appeasement, which is the granting of concessions to enemies in hopes of buying them off. Rather, He will forcibly put down rebellion and establish His Kingdom on earth. Then He will set about reeducating all mankind and bringing about their spiritual conversion.

At that time, the nations will be led to “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 Isaiah 2:4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and 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 any more.
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That is when “everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid” (Micah 4:4 Micah 4:4But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.
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Someday we will finally see true peace on earth. This is a central aspect of the message Jesus and His apostles preached—the message Paul referred to in Ephesians 6:15 Ephesians 6:15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
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as the “gospel [or good news] of peace.”