In a speech on the Middle East peace process, addressed to the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used pthe word "peace" 24 times and "security" 23 times! In a world of terrorism, which we experience today, this focus on “peace and security” simply makes sense. For example, this morning, the Wall Street Journal states that somewhere in the world, a radicalized Muslim "will try to blow up innocent men, women, and children in a suicide mission". The New York Times this morning reported that, yesterday, the German Interior Ministry ordered simultaneous raids in three German states against radicalized jihadists networks.
Since September 11, 2001, the world has begun to seriously focus on “peace and security”. One year following the attack upon the United States on 9/11, President Bush used the phrase “peace and security” three times in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 12, 2002, which was the first time I knowingly heard the phrase used in a public speech. In his first public address after being elected president, Barack Obama used the same phrase, “peace and security,” when he announced: “To those who seek peace and security: We support you.” Then, in an address to the UN General Assembly Interfaith Conference on November 12, 2008, former Prime Minister, and current Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of Israel, Shimon Peres addressed the need for “peace and security” in the Middle East and called for help from the UN to achieve it. On June 4, 2009, the Israeli Foreign Ministry Department published this official response to President Obama’s Cairo speech: “We share President Obama's hope that the American effort heralds the beginning of a new era that will bring about an end to the conflict and lead to Arab recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, living in peace and security in the Middle East.”
Examples of world leaders focusing on “peace and security” could be multiplied many times over. Aside from the use of this term in interviews and speeches, examples of its usage could also include the U.N. website devoted to "peace and security" and the Open Letter from the U.N. Security Council calling for "peace and security" in the Middle East (particularly mentioning Israel and the Palestinians), as well as scores of websites devoted to “peace and security”.
As emphatic as the usage of “peace and security” has been in recent years, its use has seemingly skyrocketed in the past year and a half. Why is that?
Of course, an obvious answer would be because terrorism has increased, intensifying the need for “peace and security”. But I believe the real answer is that the focus on “peace and security” is part of God’s prophetic plan.
The Bible tells us that “peace and security” will be the proclamation of the world just prior to the final seven years before the return of Christ to the earth (see 1 Thessalonians 5:3). God will bring about the conditions to cause the world to believe it has finally achieved “peace and security”. But, as God clearly tells us, it will not last. (For more on this, see Apocalypse 2012: The Ticking of the End Time Clock—What Does the Bible Say?)
As that time draws nearer, those of us who believe God’s word, the Bible, should expect “peace and security” to be used more and more by international leaders. And if you have paid attention, you have seen an increased emphasis on “peace and security” by world leaders even within the past year. Listen for this phrase—particularly coming from the Obama administration and from Israeli leadership—and I believe you will see what I mean.
Certainly, this growing use usage of “peace and security,” as predicted by the Bible, should galvanize our faith in God’s word. In addition, the increased world focus on “peace and security” seems to indicate we are drawing near to fulfillment of end-times Bible prophecy, which ought to increase our preparation for Christ’s return and keep us looking up!