These wise words were written down over a hundred and seventy-five years ago, and they are just as important now as when they were first penned. The phrase was first written by the novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu.
Words are powerful, especially when they are framed in wisdom and peace. True words spoken and written down through the deep hearts of men and women, serve as a reminder to us of how we should live.
The psalmist says, “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer,” Psalms 45:1.
I am also reminded of the scripture that speaks of, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver,” Proverbs 25:11.
Wise words penned down and spoken with great care, can deter a war. Wise words can bring about peace rather than violence and bloodshed. Thousands of lives can be saved through the mere stroke of a pen, and they can indeed, be mightier than the sword.
But because of greedy hearts and deceit, violence and war is often decided instead of a negotiation. Lands and property and human lives are weighed in the balance, and oftentimes, they are discarded like an old rag doll, or a rusty wagon.
And yet, sometimes war is inevitable, when all of the other resources have run out. There have been countless wars over the millennia, and sometimes they may have been unavoidable. God gave the directive in Deuteronomy to kill the Amorites. “And the Lord our God delivered him over to us; and we defeated him with his sons and all his people. So we captured all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, women and children of every city. We left no survivor,” Deuteronomy 2:33-34. The Amorite king had refused the Israelites safe passage through their land, and their wickedness would have spread, if they not been killed.
Time doesn’t allow me to talk much about how our own government sent the Native American race to live on small plots of land, and how thousands were slaughtered.
Time doesn’t allow me to go into great detail about how the Crusades in their search for “truth” went out in their religious fervor directed by the papacy, to rid the surrounding lands of wickedness.
The growth and spread of Islam had prompted the military expeditions of the Crusades, but in time it, became quite clear that their motives were to migrate and conquer.
And with the spread of ISIS, the slaughter of many lives are being lost. And diplomacy and gentle words mean nothing to them, only how violent acts can give them power and cause fear in the hearts of many. We see violence in our streets, and in our schools, universities and movie theaters. We even see it in our churches, where a crazed young man comes and kills many during a bible study.
A sword or an instrument of war, can strike, and its blow is final and irreparable. The loss of life is seen across the battlefield, and the cries of men, women and children are echoed in the blood that was spelt there. But a few drops of black ink written down on parchment paper, can prevent the slaughter of thousands.
A pen is such a small instrument and yet, through its act of writing, is much more powerful than a thousand swords or tens of thousands of military weapons.
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword,‘” Matthew 26:52.
“There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health,” Proverbs 12:18.
“But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye not be consumed one by another,” Galatians 5:15.
One act of violence begets another act of violence, and bloodshed begets more bloodshed. And yet if someone came into my home with the intent of hurting my family, I wouldn’t just sit idly by allowing them to be killed.
The time will come when our land will be invaded by infidels, and many lives will be lost. At that time negotiations and diplomacy may not work, because some men only understand military might and gunfire. And yet, God will protect his own, and he will supernaturally keep them safely under his wing.
Some will hide in bunkers under the ground with their supplies of food, water, and guns, while others find shelter hidden in various places.
The truth of the matter is that there is a time for all things under the sun.
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven —
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace,” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the Lord is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?