Christine Darg

By Christine Darg, Jerusalem Channel

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is looking to start a colony on Mars to escape the approaching Apocalypse.

Humans must prioritize the colonization of Mars so the species can be conserved in the event of a third world war, Musk said recently. He believes “it’s important to get a self-sustaining base on Mars because it’s far enough away from earth that [in the event of a nuclear war] it’s more likely to survive than a moon base.”

Thankfully, we don’t need a survival base on Mars or the moon. The Bible teaches that there’s going to be a new heaven and a new earth where the righteous will rule when Jesus returns. The New Jerusalem is about to descend!

Peace and safety, peace and security—these have become modern mantras. The Bible does predict world peace, but it will be a false peace before genuine peace is achieved by the return of the Prince of Peace.

Man’s false peace will demand that world religions conglomerate; absolute truth will be scorned and compromised for an ecumenial and politically correct religion. True believers will be told– as we’re hearing too often already– “You’re a hater, you’re intolerant, you’re the scum of the earth.”

In Daniel 8: 24, the man of peace will destroy wonderfully.  The Hebrew for wonderfully means powerful to an extraordinary degree. He will evoke wonder and astonishment. The Bible foretells that the kingdom of Antichrist will “stand up against the Prince of princes.”  This is Jesus the Messiah Himself, the Prince of God, who presently sits at God’s right hand.

We can only look to the Prince of peace for true and lasting peace.

“Peace for our time” was a phrase spoken by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his notorious speech concerning the Munich Agreement in 1938.  Chamberlain’s statement “peace FOR our time” is often misquoted as “peace IN our time,” which is a phrase from the Book of Common Prayer, “Give peace in our time, O Lord.”

When I hear “give peace in our time” chanted in an Anglican service, I think to myself, the only way God can grant true peace in our time is for the Prince of Peace to return and rule this world. At best the petition is a prayer for the hastening of the Lord’s return!

But instead of watching for Jesus, most of the world is hoping for the false fix of a new world order, some sort of socialist Utopia. Besides, not everybody can afford to escape to Mars! The definition of Utopia is an imagined place where everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia in the year 1516 by Sir Thomas More. Mankind has never achieved Utopia and never will until Jesus rules from the throne of his father David. Never forget that the angel Gabriel said to Mary in Luke chapter 1,

“You will give birth to a son, and you will name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be given the throne of his ancestor David and His Kingdom will never end!”

In Revelation 20, the Bible promises a period of 1,000 years in which Jesus will rule the whole world. All the nations will obey the government of Jesus, and Satan will be chained in jail. Over the whole world there will be genuine peace. The government of Jesus will be in Jerusalem. There will be peace over the whole world and nations will not wage war anymore. As in the time of Jesus’s ancestor King Solomon, many people will come up to Jerusalem and ask King Messiah to settle disputes. There will even be peace in the animal kingdom and the environment. The knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth.

So my dear friends, we must learn from history and take note of the fact that there was a false confidence that peace was assured in Europe prior to World War II. We admire Sir Winston Churchill, despite his human foibles; we admire him because he refused to be deceived by Hitler’s false façade of peace. And Hitler is the closest thing to anti-Christ that this world has seen so far. Hitler envisioned a third German empire that would last a 1,000 years. Hitler’s dream of a 1,000- year reich was a satanic counterfeit of Jesus’s 1,000-year reign from Jerusalem.

Many at first were fooled by Hitler, just as many in the future will be fooled by the anti-Christ. Chamberlain and many other leaders were conned into thinking that Hitler was a “gentleman,” but thankfully Churchill was never deceived by Hitler.  Churchill stood alone.  Almost everybody misread Hitler at first. When the Munich Agreement was signed, the fate of Czechoslovakia was sealed, virtually handing it over to Germany in the name of peace. Less than a year after the agreement, Hitler continued his aggression and invaded Poland. Likewise the coming Man of Lawlessness, the Anti-Christ, under a pretense of peace, will invade countries.

Jesus warned that the End Times will begin with deception.  In Matthew 24: 3, the disciples came to Him privately and asked, “Tell us, when will these things be and what will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age?”  Jesus replied that the first sign will be deception: “See to it that no one misleads you for many will come in My name saying, `I’m the Christ,’ and will mislead many.”  I’ve never seen such exponential deception as in recent years and months. People are calling “good evil and evil good,” and many are acting and talking like they’re insane without the ability to carry out sound reasoning. We’re living in days of great deception already.

The tribulation period will start with a false peace. The people’s passion for peace at any price will lure them into the snare of the Antichrist. First Thessalonians 5 verse 3,

“While they are saying peace and safety, then destruction will come.  And it will come suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child and they won’t escape.”

They’ll be all saying “peace and safety,” and the day of God’s vengeance will come. Jesus’s Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 takes us from the beginning of the time called the Tribulation right on through to the return of Jesus. The first phase is this deceptive and elusive lust for a false peace will turn out to be a covenant with death, by would-be Nobel Peace Prize winners, but their efforts will disintegrate into war.

The end-time period will escalate from war to famine to natural disasters and pestilences, even the mysterious abomination of desolations, the desecration of the rebuilt temple, then the last sign will be the literal sign of the Son of Man appearing in heaven with great glory. It’s all beginning to happen, and whether they like it or not, many people know the coming of the Lord is near. In fact, references to the Apocalypse no longer are mentioned by men wearing sandwich boards proclaiming “the end is nigh” but by savvy business magnates like Elon Musk.

Debates about the Apocalypse often come up in secular discussions. Many environmentalists talk of some sort of impending Armageddon. With threats from North Korea, politicians also make reference to the Apocalypse.

So much talk about peace, so much activity and summits about peace, it’s a sure sign of the Last Days.  In the remaining days that we have, may we preach the true peace to be procured in our hearts in our Savior’s name.  When we’re born again, we enjoy a new freedom, a new joy despite our circumstances, and we discover a peace that the world cannot give us. Amen!