Except for historical flashbacks, the ArcPoint trilogy is set in the year 2165, during the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ. The existence of such an era is debated amongst Biblical scholars and theologians. They will point out that nearly all of the book of Revelation is about tragic end-time events, referred to as the great Tribulation. Less than one chapter talks about the thousand years that follow. However, I base the ArcPoint scenario on other Bible verses, and nearly eight hundred supporting verses. One set of such verses is from Isaiah, and talks about:
Revelation 6:4 warns us of a time when peace will be taken from the earth. Isaiah, however, talks about what follows after that:
Is. 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Is. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Is. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
In verse two we see when (last days); in verse three, where (Jerusalem). In verse four, we need to take note of what’s happening. A long-needed shift in attitudes is taking place. Throughout history, humans have taken what they wanted from others by force. This verse says that’s going to stop. Even more important, it won’t be stopped by force.
Weapons of warfare—at that time swords and spears—will be turned into agricultural instruments—plows and pruners. No longer will a peace treaty be used as an excuse for the warring factions to regain military strength. War will no longer be considered as a means to an end.
Differences of opinion may still exist, but arguments won’t be settled with clenched fists or a Smith and Wesson. Instead, people will seek others for wisdom regarding resolution of their grievances. For problems at an international level, they will travel to Jerusalem to seek Jesus, the Prince of Peace. The meaning of the name Jerusalem is ‘foundation of peace’.