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The Lord of Sabaoth
by Wayne Blank
"He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth"
The King James Version uses Sabaoth twice in the New Testament in referring to "The Lord of Sabaoth" (some translations of the Scriptures use "Sabaoth" in these verses whereas others use "hosts"):
"For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will The Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias said before, Except The Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha" (Romans 9:28-29 KJV)
The basis of the New Testament usage of the word Sabaoth is its military origin in the Old Testament, translated in these examples as "The Lord of hosts":
"Then said David [see King David] to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in The Name of The Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."
The difference between The Lord's great military power and man's war capabilities however is that The Lord's armies are coming to end war forever (see the Fact Finder question below).
"The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of The Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire." (Psalm 46:7-9 KJV)