Yeshayahu Sixty-Five: Terrorism

“A wolf and a lamb shall graze together, and a lion, like cattle, shall eat straw, and a serpent-dust shall be his food; they shall neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mount,’ says the Lord (Isaiah 65:25).” I feel like I’ve written something similar to this a few times as I’ve read through this book, but when I read prophecies like this, all I can think about is why they haven’t come true. Over the last few years, it feels like the world has deteriorated, with acts of terror being committed at such a high rate that we’ve become almost complacent to them. Yesterday, the airport in Istanbul was bombed by ISIS, and more than thirty innocent people are dead. It’s getting to the point where it’s scary to go anywhere, because you never know when you could be the one who just happens to be in the place that’s attacked. My husband is going to be in the Istanbul airport next week. Who’s to say that he’ll be safe? Or that any of us will be?

But in this text, God tells His prophet that no one will destroy on the holy mountain, Jerusalem. This obviously hasn’t been true – terror attacks in Jerusalem are tragically regular. So when will this utopian vision come to be?

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