WHEN CHRIST BRINGS A SWORD IN MATTHEW 10:34
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
This statement of The Messiah can easily baffle any believer simple because this seems to contradict His other statement especially that recorded in John 14:27 when He said, (John 14:27a) “27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you…”
The very peace imparted by the Savior is the same blessing of peace that the apostles shared in their writings (James 2:16; 1 Peter 5:14; 2 John 1:3; Jude 1:2). What does The Savior mean in His statement in Matthew 10v34? How could He say that He brings a sword and NOT PEACE when in fact He was the prophesied Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6)? It would be far from the truth to think that The Lord was mistaken in His statement, nor would it be fair to think that He contradicted Himself. After all, He is the Truth and cannot contradict His own teaching.
The only logical approach in understanding this specific statement of The Lord is to consider the fact that Yeshua-Christos was Himself a prophet, and thus the possibility of this Messianic utterance to be a prophetical statement - a foretelling of a future event rather than a statement of an event on its then present time. Let us then bring our focus of Matthew 10v34 based on a prophetic context from the One who is duly recognized to be God’s greatest prophet. If His statement in Matthew 10v34 is indeed one of His prophecies, then its fulfillment would be in another time frame. If so, when would this be?
Are there other prophecies that can point to His statement in Matthew 10v34 to be of a prophetical statement and can relate with The Christ being a warrior with a sword?
THE HORSEMAN WARRIOR OF REVELATION
The Apostle John has seen in his vision a warrior, a horseman on a white horse with a bow:
1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
When the first seal of the scroll in the book of Revelation was opened, the Apostle John saw a horseman on a white horse who has a bow. How else was this horseman described by John based on his vision of Him? He was given a crown and He went out conquering.
Let us hypothesize that the horseman seen by John on a white horse was The Savior Himself while utilizing an abductive reasoning process in order to truly qualify Him to be the specific Entity involved. The following key prophetical elements are:
1) the bow
2) the crown
3) the task of conquering with a specific goal to conquer
The bow easily points to the fact that the prophesied Entity is indeed a warrior since a bow is a weapon. The crown given points to His authority or position of power of being a royal or a king. And because He is a warrior-king He expands His domain by conquering, an act that is the exact opposite of being peaceful. With these three prophetical elements, we can jump to a conclusion that this warrior-king who does not bring peace but war is none other than The Lord Yeshua-Christos, The Son of God. What makes us even more certain in our claim? And when is the time when He has become the Warrior-King who brings a sword vice peace in Matthew 10v34?
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The horseman on a white horse is the same apocalyptical king (also called Faithful and True) whose name is The Word of God with the great title of KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. He is none other than The Son of God Yeshua-Christos as He was, and still is and for eternity, The Word of God (Jn. 1:1). And what is His ultimate sword that He will use as the prophesied warrior? The sharp sword that will come out of His mouth that He will use to “strike nations”.
THE TIME AND EVENT PROPHESIED
After establishing The Messiah’s statement in Matthew 10v34 to be a prophetical statement, we now ask when is the prophesied time when He shall become the crowned conquering King?
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
The time prophesied when God’s Son shall become The King of Kings who shall set out to conquer will be during the final battle against Satan and his armies “whose number is as the sand of the sea” (Rev. 20:8). Conquered He did, as depicted in John’s vision - He captured the beast, the false prophet and the devil and cast them in the lake of fire and brimstone. And with the sword coming out of His mouth He killed everyone else and blotted them out of existence as their flesh were eaten by all the birds - just like how The Messiah Yeshua once foretold in the 24th chapter of Matthew (v27), "for wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together."
What further cements our presentation that The Messiah is indeed the Entity whose mouth shall produce a deadly sword?
“Listen, O coastlands, to Me,
And take heed, you peoples from afar!
The Lord has called Me from the womb;
From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
2 And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
Hundreds of years before The Messiah's earthly appearance Isaiah already prophesied of One called from His mother's womb whose mouth was made like a sharp sword by God. No one else could have this fulfilment but The Christ.
The statement of The Messiah in Matthew 10v34 is a prophetical warning of what will take place during the final battle between Him and His army against Satan and his multitudes. This will take place after His millennial reign. If so, then His statement in Matthew 10v34 is not in conflict with the prophetical and evangelical fact about Him since it remains that before that time period, The Lord Yeshua remains to be God’s genuine love and peace unto mankind.