"Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den.
They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea."
A few weeks ago, we were studying this passage in Bible Study Fellowship. As I was thinking about it and traditional teaching on it, I had a Spirit illumined moment. I have always been taught that all of this would occur because the Prince of Peace was ruling. Hostility would cease. What I saw with clarity was a healing. Fallen creation is not simply hostile. Fallen creation is hostile against the blood.
Christ has shed His blood to offer us life and redemption. Our vampire loving culture tries to falsely mimic they blood's ability to give life. War. Abortion. Murder. Hostility toward the blood. We are not merely hostile. Our fallen world is hostile toward Christ and His beautiful method of redemption.
When Christ comes and creation is healed by His presence, the hostility toward the blood will be healed.