“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
“And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
“And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” – Isaiah 11:6-9
In the beginning, the time of the Most Ancient Church, people of our earth lived together in innocence and peace. This was the childhood of the human race. As individuals we have our childhood, in which we are free from cares and anxieties and the future is full of promise.
As we grow up and come to maturity and look back on those days, we see their contrast with the present and we look forward to a future in which innocence will again be restored and people will live together in peace without anxiety for the future. In world affairs this is the idea of the millennium, with which our text is commonly associated.