Destruction, displacement and death—these were the consequences of
war in the prophet Ezekiel's time. After he was sent into exile with
the Hebrew people in 597 BC, Ezekiel predicted the devastation of
Jerusalem. Although their military defenses had been successful in the
past, Ezekiel admonished the people about any illusion of security and
warned against false prophets who were saying, "'Peace,' when there is
no peace" (Ezek. 13:10). His dire warning came to pass a decade later
with the destruction of Jerusalem.
Destruction, displacement and death—sadly, these evils continue to accompany war today, including putatively just wars.