Hosea 2:18. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
In that day, in this passage and many other prophetic writings, refers to the Millenium, during which the entire earth will be totally under the control and authority of Jesus Christ. So while Hosea, the prophet, is seeing the return of Israel from Assyria and to God, he is also seeing into the far future in which there will be no conflict with the wild animals, the birds, and the “creeping things of the ground.” I have a really hard time visualizing children playing with or near poisonous reptiles, as we read in Isaiah 11:8, but the sting of sin and death will not mar the kingdom of Jesus Christ. What was once dangerous will become safe. Furthermore, God will remove weapons of warfare, and mankind will be able to rest in peace and security.
This all seems unattainable in our day, doesn’t it? Today, we are all appalled at the plight of Americans, Christians, Afghanis who helped the Americans all being left to the tender mercies of the Taliban. The shame of deserting our own people and those who helped us is a stain that will follow us down through whatever is left of earthly history. At this very moment, Christians are being ruthlessly hunted down. Missionaries are in great danger. The church in Afghanistan has already experienced mass murder, and there will be more. The Taliban never disappeared from Afghanistan during the years that the American army stayed. They simply hid in the numberless mountains and caves, awaiting the moment when it would be safe for them to swarm over the land with no interference, re-establishing their authority over the people and ruthlessly punishing those who dared to turn away from Islam to Christianity. The stockpile of weapons and ammunition left there by the American army is enormous, providing the Taliban with all they need to accomplish their end goal.
It seems hopeless, doesn’t it? I know it’s hard, but we MUST keep our eyes and our faith on the fact that God is still in control, and that there will come “that day” of such peace that the world has not seen since before Adam and Eve questioned God’s authority in the Garden of Eden.