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WORLD PEACE IN GOD'S OWN WAY
Let all the people who want to see a righteous world government established over the earth now be calm and hearken to sacred prophecy. Cease fighting or quarreling over immaterial matters. No political party can bring mankind relief and happiness. No religious organization of Christendom can bring what you desire. In fact, no human organization can bring you any real blessing, for all such things will and must soon pass away. The world crisis is here, and the all-important question is regarding God's kingdom of righteousness and the relationship you bear to it.
Christ Jesus, installed as acting King A.D. 1914, is the righteous chosen Servant of Jehovah God and to him Jehovah has committed the rulership of the new world. As to him Jehovah says through his prophet Isaiah: "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall declare judgment to the nations .... A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the nations hope." (Matthew 12:18-20, Am. Stan. Ver., margin, as quoting Isaiah 42: 1-4) So you can find no hope of relief by looking to the rulers of this wicked world, but above is the positive statement of God Almighty that in the name of Christ Jesus, the Rightful Ruler, the belie;·ing people of all nations will hope. Just why will they hope in his name? The same prophet, Isaiah, answers: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD [Jehovah] of hosts will perform this." - Isa. 9: 6, 7.
Yes. Jehovah God will have world peace, and have it in his own way. And when he brings peace, it will come to stay. It should be plain, to all who think, that there could be no real peace on earth until wickedness is completely put down. While unrighteousness rules, some will be taking advantage at the expense of others. The strong survive for a time, and fall when another stronger one rises up. Disorder, strife, oppression and murder have thus ruled for millenniums, because Satan, the wicked one, has been the "god of this world". There must come One greater and stronger than Satan the Devil, One who acts in exact harmony with Almighty God and under his direction and who will joyfully obey his commandments. Then in peace and righteousness he will draw the people of good-will to him. Long ago Jehovah God foretold by his prophets the coming of this mighty One. This One, who would be the peacemaker for the people between themselves and especially with God, must also be the Redeemer of humankind.
Hence it was that Jehovah God arranged for his beloved Son to leave the courts of heaven and be born as a male child, then grow up to manhood's estate, suffer death to provide the price of redemption for man, but be raised from the dead and become the great Ruler of the new world and establish peace for all time among men. Therefore, when Jesus was born at Bethlehem-judah, where God's prophet Micah (5:2) foretold he would be born, God caused his mighty angel from heaven to announce this prophecy: "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David." Immediately following that prophecy concerning great joy for all the people, a host of angels joined in the song of praise, which was heard by shepherds. Truly the words of that song were prophetic, because they foretold the day when the people would be at peace and when Jehovah God would bring them peace through his beloved One who was born that day in the natal city of David. The angels sang: "Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will."-Luke 2: 10-14, Douay.
At the conclusion of the ''battle of that great day of God Almighty" that great prophecy must be fulfilled. God will fight for peace, and then peace will be on earth forever; and this he will do by his mighty Warrior Son, Jesus Christ. Like a mantle of light peace will cover the earth, and goodwill toward men will be permanently exercised. Consequently, men who presumptuously try to run ahead of Jehovah God and to call for the establishment of peace by their human arrangements are an abomination in His sight.
Under the peaceful rule of Christ Jesus there will be no officials who will collect money by taxation and then loan that money to the farmer with a view to making the farmer a serf at last. There will be no more the harsh and oppressive government agents to browbeat and put the people in fear and harshly judge and misrule them. The battle of Armageddon will end all oppression. That is what Psalm 72: 4 means when it says: "He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor." No more will people be put in fear of losing their homes that they have builded at great effort and sacrifice, nor will they be compelled to destroy portions of their crops, and their animals, in order to keep up higher prices fixed by commercial exploiters. A reflection of what is coming is found in Isaiah's words: "And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them"; to which words "Micah adds: "And none shall make them afraid."-Isa. 65:21; Mic. 4:4.
How well the people know that small property owners have long been oppressed by those who have religious authority, political power and financial strength! The wage earners have been treated unjustly concerning their wages. The widows and the orphans have been oppressed, and the hand of the oppressor has been upon all the weaker ones in every nation. Such oppression has been aided and abetted by those religious leaders who have called themselves by the name of Christ. (Jas. 2:6, 7) But under the administration of God's righteous government by Christ all oppression must stop, because the Ruler will reign in righteousness. No oppressor will be permitted among the people any longer. (Zech. 9:8) Concerning the time that he comes to his temple for judgment proceedings Jehovah God says : ''I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the sojourner from his right, and fear not me, saith Jehovah of hosts." -Mal. 3:5, Am. Stan. Ver.
As for the poor, the administration of that Theocratic Government will be favorable to them: "With righteousness shall he judge the poor." (Isa. 11: 4) Everyone will be compelled to deal fairly with his neighbor or take the sure consequences. "Thus hath Jehovah of hosts spoken, saying, Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother; and oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the sojourner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart." (Zech. 7:9, 10, Am. Stan. Ver.) The time to start doing this is right now.
Under present worldly governments people who produce nothing lie upon their beds and work out schemes to defraud their fellow men. Such practice will not be let exist under the righteous government of Jehovah God by Christ. None of schemes like those will be let mature. Then there will be no theft of lands with oil deposits and other like crimes committed. There will exist no more cruel corporations called trust companies and cartels to burden the people unjustly. Says Jehovah's Word: "Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage." (Mic. 2: 1, 2) What do they care for others' heritages?
Ah, the rule of the new world under Jesus Christ will not only bring lasting peace and prosperity but also give the people liberty from sin, Devil and death and lead them fully into the paths of righteousness and bestow upon them everlasting life here upon a paradise earth. Said the New ·world's Ruler: "The hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment." (John 5:28, 29, Am. Stan. Ver.) And, at 1 Corinthians 15: 25, 26, we are told: ''He must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." Beloved dead ones will return from the graves, and all who love God and his King will then walk together amid the flowers beside the peaceful waters, singing together the praises of the Most High God. Tears of bitterness will cease to flow, and the fear of death will disappear forever. In matchless symbolic phrase the apostle John says: "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things [of this present evil world] are passed away." -Rev. 21:4.
The battle of .Armageddon, which is just ahead, will open the gates of that glorious, righteous rule of the new world, and that rule will be seen and felt throughout the earth. Because of this great change for good that is just at hand Jehovah God commands his witnesses on earth today to tell all nations that Jehovah God by his King Christ Jesus reigns, and that "the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously". (Ps. 96: 10) Hence Jehovah's witnesses are now telling the nations.
Do you desire that New World rulership and the blessings it will bring1 Regardless of what other men might want, Christ Jesus is now the rightful Ruler of the New World and is going to rule it in righteousness. All the wicked he will destroy. All the people will have an opportunity to choose to serve Satan the Devil and be destroyed, or to serve Jehovah God and his King and live forever. The time is here for you to choose. May every Watchtower reader who sincerely desires to see the New World rule in justice and who desires to enjoy these blessings which God has provided through Christ take his stand now on the side of Jehovah God. Then further inform yourself of the great truths of God's ·word now due to be understood, seek righteousness, and do right, and prove your integrity to him and his King until his eternal vindication takes place at Armageddon. Then your blessings will be complete.