Matthew 24:6. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
War has never ceased, from the time Cain killed his brother until today. History is the record of man’s inhumanity against man, and so it will be until the Prince of Peace comes to rule the earth. One nation, or, before nations, one people-group, has always invaded another, claiming the land as their own. It is not new. Even in the Americas, where we love to beat our chests in agony over shoving the Native Americans off their lands, it was not new before the Europeans came. The pre-European history of the Americas is a bloody and brutal story of one tribe attacking another to claim that territory as their own as they migrated across the continent seeking new and better hunting and sustenance, building their own empires.
Such is the nature of the human heart. It still goes on. The map of Europe has been redrawn countless times. The names of the African countries change on a regular basis as new men rise to power.
Jesus told His disciples that there would continue to be wars and rumors of wars, but that this in itself was not a signal that the end times were near. This was simply the sad course of the result of the evil that resides in the human heart.
There will come a day, though, when nation shall rise against nation to a point that has not yet been seen, even in World War I or World War II. It will be terrible, and it will be final.