This chapter gives us some great social ministry verses that would be good for us to know and know well. Look first at vs. 4 and you will read “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Doesn’t that sound a bit like this:
But the prophet transitions from speaking about a time when we would study war no more, to a time that the people have been humbled and so the Lord of hosts will come again and cast judgment upon them. It makes your head spin a bit as we read that people will flock to his holy mountain to worship him, but then in the next verses we read that people will enter the caves of rocks and holes in the ground in order to flee from the terrible presence of the Lord.
But it does all make sense within a context of the coming of the Christ. When God does come back he will turn against anything that is lifted up against him and considered not his ally, but his enemy. This is indeed considered a time when God will come back and make all things new, and make all things right under his reign. A part of that would be to abolish war. Maranatha!!