The Herald of Jehovah's Kingdom
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Unity for peace
 
    More persons are coming to the conclusion that what the earth needs is a strong government commanding respect and with power available to reach around the globe. However, more than a global government is needed if a durable peace with an unfluctuating prosperity is to be brought in and kept. Righteousness, with an unselfish devotion to it, is the only basis for lasting peace. A global administration would be no guarantee of righteousness, but rather could become the instrument of higher powers for the greatest oppression yet upon all humankind. No human government or league of governments has ever been able to legislate, or can legislate, righteousness into selfish and imperfect men. Concerning that indispensable factor to peace Jehovah’s prophet has written, giving us hope of something better than a foredoomed man-made affair: "Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." (Isa. 32 : 16-18) Another heart-cheering promise is: "The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth." - Ps. 72:3, 7.
    None of such promises of the reign of peace with righteousness apply to or depend on a human system of rulership, either present or postwar; otherwise, the promises would fail of realization. It never seems to enter the heads of natural men that the reason for the spreading of wickedness and injustice and the continual failure of peace measures is higher than man; that there are powers unseen and more mighty than all men and human governments put together, and that these have prevented till now the establishment of righteousness, peace and prosperity on earth.
    Hard-headed, materialistic men of the world will laugh at the bare suggestion that invisible demon powers under a chief of demons are responsible. They will cry "Sedition!" at the bald statement that, regardless of the honesty and good intentions of many men of affairs, yet human organizations political, commercial and social have been overreached and seized control of by such super-human demon forces, and that religion has kept men in the dark on the situation and has thus put them off their guard and admirably aided the scheme of the demons. Though the Bible, which expresses the above promises concerning righteousness and peace, frankly declares that the chief of the wicked demons is "the god of this world", yet such worldly-wise men choose to ignore it. They never examine into whether they could be worshiping and serving the ambition of such god for universal domination. Despite their unbelief, the fact remains that "the whole world lieth in wickedness", and no government of human origin has been able to change the case, and all the prayers of religion have been mocked with failure. Only one conclusion is possible.
    There must be righteous heavens over humankind if there is to be a righteous and peaceful earth. And heavens does not mean what is visible in space over our heads; it means intelligent higher powers, more powerful than men and invisible to them because of their superiority. The inseparable connection between heaven and earth for the sake of permanent righteousness, peace and happiness to humankind is clearly revealed in the apostle Peter’s words of hope to Christians, especially those living now: "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." - 2 Pet. 3: 13.
    The "god of this world" is not the Mighty One of righteousness, but he has spread a heavens of unrighteousness over men, up above their reach and beyond their control or power to throw off for relief. He has overpowered the earth with it. That is why he could show Christ Jesus "all the kingdoms of the world" and claim them as his own; for which reason Jesus refused them from Satan the Devil at any price or consideration. (Luke 4: 5-8) Hence the invisible control of the human governments of this world has not changed hands from that day to this, and the present "distress of nations, with perplexity" shows it. Happily, however, this very international distress, which is without remedy, is proof positive that Satan the Devil’s uninterrupted rule over men ended in A.D. 1914. The destruction of his wicked heavens of demons and also of the earth he engineers is at hand by the act of the Almighty God of righteousness. (Luke 21: 7,25-28) That will be the victory crowning "the battle of that great day of God Almighty". Thereafter the promise of a new earth beneath righteous new heavens will be fulfilled to "men of good-will", and the peace of that post- Armageddon "new world" will never have an end. - Rev. 16 : 14-16.
    For peace and order there must be unity of mankind, and they can never have it with their present national and racial divisions and religion. Said a New York Protestant clergyman quite recently in his Sunday sermon: "On every hand churchmen are demanding that the nations plan for greater unity and co-operation, while many of them are apparently blind to the fact that religion itself constitutes one of the great divisive forces in our very own civilization .... Perhaps this global war will help to drive us to a global faith." (New York Times, June 21, 1943) But the faith of which religion will it be? And if such global religion were to be forced upon men for the sake of religion’s survival, religion would still be divisive, between Jehovah God and man. Does not the clergyman know that religion, which was first introduced in Eden, divided man away from Jehovah God? Yes, the "god of this world", who blinds men to the gospel of Jehovah’s provision of salvation through Christ, is the deceitful one that foisted religion upon this earth. (Gen. 3: 1-24) Religion can never bring unity of man with man, nor of man with God. It is sure to fail as the guide and means to a
durable peace of the nations.
    The only certain means to unity, with its fruitage of peace and prosperity, is the worship in spirit and in truth of the God of righteousness, in whom no iniquity is possible. That God is the true and living God, “whose name alone is JEHOVAH.” It is written: "Jehovah is in his holy temple; Jehovah, his throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. Jehovah trieth the righteous; but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth .... For Jehovah is righteous; he loveth righteousness: the upright shall behold his face." - Ps. 83 : 18; 11: 4--7, Am. Roy. Vet.
    No one can truly worship the Most High God without loving righteousness. Peace and righteousness among men that live on earth will not come until they unite in the sincere worship of Jehovah God according to the knowledge and understanding of the truth. His undefeatable will is that all creatures crowned with life in heaven and in earth shall be gathered together in one as to their worship of Him, because he is the Supreme One, the Almighty God. Only such as do so will prove worthy and be authorized to live everlastingly. There must therefore be a grand assembly of creatures to the enlightened worship of Jehovah; and such means nothing other in its effects than an assembly for peace and prosperity. It is now under way. Particularly with reference to men on earth, it began in A.D. 1918, after the coming of Jehovah’s royal Messenger, Christ Jesus, to the temple for judgment, from and after which coming Jehovah has been representatively in his holy temple. (Hab. 2: 20; Ps. 27: 4; Mal. 3: 1-4) All persons of good-will toward Jehovah are now invited to join the assembly.