Russia is the most militarily aggressive nation in the world. One of the most alarming news stories in recent memory was their debut of the Satan 2 missile in October 2016.
This weapon is powerful enough to wipe out the United Kingdom, France or Texas. It will weigh up to 10 tons and will boast the capacity to carry its weight in nuclear cargo. Such a payload would cause a blast 2,000 times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of World War II! The missile’s warhead is designed to be impossible to intercept because it does not move on a set trajectory. The Satan 2 will be much faster than its 1970s-era predecessor. Russia started building it in 2011; it is set to become usable in 2018. That’s next year! The world will have to face the possibility of defending itself against this missile next year!
Meanwhile, Russia has been aggressive in the Middle East, destroying thousands and thousands of innocent, helpless lives through its support of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria and the oppressive leadership in Iran. Russia has also seized control of Georgia and part of Ukraine. As Russia builds a super military force, America and other nations grow weaker. Where is all this headed? What kind of future will we have? Many intellectuals fear that it’s only bad news from this point on. We are facing the blackest nightmare in human history. Our number one concern is human survival!
Thankfully, the good news far outweighs the bad news. God allows mankind to suffer for a reason: to teach us that we simply cannot solve our problems by ourselves. The sooner we learn that, the sooner God can intervene and give us the kind of world we really desire. He expects us to believe in Him more than nuclear missiles or anyone who possesses them.
The biblical books of Chronicles and Ezra reveal how we can achieve everlasting peace.
The last verses of Chronicles are virtually identical to the first verses of Ezra. Ezra was written several years before Chronicles, yet Chronicles appears to be the perfect lead-in to this book. That can be quite confusing! We can’t understand the Bible unless we are childlike and teachable before God.
The Jews began to go into Babylonian captivity in 605 b.c. (ii Chronicles 36:20). Jeremiah prophesied that the people would be set free after a specific amount of time (verse 21). This is the context for the conclusion of Chronicles.
“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up” (ii Chronicles 36:22-23). When the Persian Empire conquered the Babylonian Empire, the Jews gained their freedom and great favor in the eyes of King Cyrus of Persia. Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.
The conclusion of Chronicles leads directly into Ezra, which, again, was written earlier. Still, Ezra is a book about building Jerusalem, building a temple, and building a wall around the city. This message is a fitting continuation of Chronicles, especially when we view it spiritually.
Bible commentaries that can’t make the proper connection between Chronicles and Ezra are looking at these books from a physical and chronological standpoint. Lange’s Commentary writes, “The identity of the close of the second book, ii Chronicles 36 verse 22, with the beginning of the book of Ezra, especially as the passage presents no truly satisfactory close for our work, raises the expectation that some connection exists between it and the latter book.” These Bible scholars don’t tell their readers what the connection is!
An Everlasting Throne
Isaiah chapter 2 describes a time when all nations will look to God’s house in Jerusalem for instruction. People will finally want God to teach them! There will never again be another war. Weapons will be converted into farming implements. War will be an unfamiliar subject in the history books. That’s a promise from God. If we don’t believe that, then the Satan 2 missile begins to look extremely intimidating.
God will build a utopia on this Earth that extends out into the universe. He wants us to get in a building and creating state of mind. The conclusion of the Bible gives us a vision beyond the stars. It tells us exactly how to solve the crisis of nuclear annihilation about to be caused by powerful men who have destruction on their minds.
God organized the Bible so that the book of Chronicles would be the conclusion. The very first word of Chronicles is Adam. The first Adam was physical; he lived in the Garden of Eden until God cast him out. The second Adam is spiritual; He is our Messiah! The second Adam ate from the Tree of Life instead of the Tree of Death. Instead of rebelling against God, he conquered the devil—the evil spirit being who inspired the Satan 2 missile. Satan only builds with the end goal of destruction.
Chapters 10-29 of i Chronicles discuss King David’s throne. David is the theme of the entire book! Our Messiah descends from the line of David. He will sit on the same throne when He comes to Earth to save man from himself. That throne still exists in Britain today, where one Satan 2 missile could wipe out the entire nation. That’s the cold reality of our dangerous world. We await a wonderful time when every sword, spear, nuclear silo and rocket launcher will be converted into plowshares, pruning hooks, tractors and harvesters. We will enjoy an agrarian society in which every human has a plot of land and an opportunity to build and to create the way God does. Finally, all of humanity will experience true peace and joy.
Our Messiah will rule from King David’s throne for all eternity. “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 of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7). God was the firstKing of Israel; He will also be the last.
Plant the Heavens
Ezra is a prophetic book; its message actually points to a spiritual building project that will extend into the entire universe. You can prove that from your Bible. God is in the middle of a mountain-sized building project of re-creating Himself in man so we can rule the Earth and the universe with our Messiah!
In Ezra are two end-time prophets: Haggai and Zechariah. These men recorded prophecies that apply to your life right now. They discuss two end-time religious leaders, Zerubbabel and Joshua. One of them relied on God. As a result, he created three of the most beautiful college campuses and built some of the most magnificent feats of architecture the world has ever seen! (Zechariah 4:9). “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” ( verse 6). God’s joy was this man’s strength! (Nehemiah 8:10).
You won’t have joy if you’re building Satan 2 missiles and exploding them and killing millions or billions of people. You certainly won’t have joy if you’re a victim of one of those missiles. This is the real world! If there is a God, there has to be more to life than constant terror!
The other end-time religious leader turned away from God. This is why God commands His loyal people to raise up the ruins. “In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old” (Amos 9:11). You have an opportunity, today, to build something really great for God! Two understand more about these two leaders request Stephen Flurry’s free book Raising the Ruins to understand.
God is calling us to build. “And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth,and say unto Zion, Thou art my people” (Isaiah 51:16). God is going to plant the heavens, using us—if we allow it.
This is the only solution to the deadly Satan 2 missile and any other threat to human life. God wants to rebuild the Earth and then the universe with you! That’s what the end of Chronicles and the start of Ezra are all about.