The Invention of Nuclear Weapons
By Dave White
In what was called the “postmodern” world, that period of time leading up to the 20th and 21st centuries, the Bible was definitely not chic. Passe’ was would be the more appropriate term. For instance, in 1967, John Lennon, leader of the popular Rock and Roll band “The Beatles,” declared most accurately, that in Great Britain the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus Christ.”
And so they were. In the late 20th century, people, for the most part, just weren’t reading (or living) the Bible; let alone bible prophesy. If they had, they would have known, along with those crazy “Born Agains,” that a terrible nuclear confrontation was looming just prior to the return of Jesus Christ.
A prerequisite to His return was the availability of nuclear weapons among the nations. We’ll discuss the specific chronology of events later, but for now, let’s briefly peruse some of the scriptures that clearly describe the detonation and effects of a nuclear conflagration.
Remember, at this point we are not trying to interpret all of the scripture and the coming events, (some of which may already have happened and some of which may still be in the future), we simply want you, the reader, to know what we believed and why we believed we were living in the last days before the rapture.
In the book of Revelation, chapter 6, and beginning in verse 12 we read:
I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood.
And the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a GREAT WIND.
THE SKY WAS SPLIT APART like a scroll when it is rolled up, and EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WERE MOVED out of their places.
Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and every free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks and the mountains;…
For the great day of the wrath has come, and who is able to stand?
Then, read in Chapter 8:
And the seven angels, who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and ALL of the green grass was burned up.
The second angel sounded was , and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood,
And a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.
The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers, and on the springs of waters.
The name of the star is called wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. (Revelation 8:7-13)
Hal Lindsey, in his book The Apocalypse code, points out that the Apostle John, writer of the Book of Revelation, is describing 21st century wartime technology with a 1st century vocabulary and understanding. Considering the context, John did a great job. For instance, in Rev 8:7 he describes hail and fire, mixed with blood, being thrown to the earth. And look what this “hail and fire” cause; one-third of the earth is burned, one-third of the trees are destroyed, and ALL of the grass! In verse 8, SOMETHING LIKE a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the ships are destroyed, and a third of the living creatures die! This was the Apostle John, circa 95, A prisoner of Rome, jailed on the island of Patmos, describing a nuclear war. For those of us who believed, and studied, these descriptions were unmistakable.
But remember, it’s not too late. If your reading this, whatever time it is, however late in history, there is still time to call upon the name of The Lord and God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That’s what this whole scenario is about. God made a promise to Abraham that He intends to keep.
Yes, You have missed the rapture, but God has not closed the door yet. There are still 7 years to go from the moment of that great vanishing. Seek Him while He may be found. Time is now running- 7 years and counting.
In Revelation 6:12-15, the trees are shaken with a great wind and the sky was split apart and every island and mountain were moved… The kings of the earth trembled! In first century terms, what else could this be? More circumstantially, how could anyone living than make that up? Absolutely incredible.
And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone.
A third of mankind was killed by these plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.
For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm. (Revelation 9:17-20)
Again, one-third of mankind was killed…“ by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone.” It should be noted that the events described in the Book of the Revelation were given to John in a vision. John was seeing all this like we would see a movie. In Revelation 1:19 the Lord speaks to John: “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place.” Now re-read the above scriptures (Revelation 6:12-15, Revelation 8:7-12, Revelation 9:17-20) and see if you don’t see it like we “fanatics” saw it.
500 years before the birth of Christ the prophet Zechariah recorded another prophecy regarding the future of Jerusalem and how God will deal with Her enemies:
And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only One, and His name will be the only One.
People will live in it, and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security.
Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
(Zechariahriah 14: 9,11,12)
How else can you describe being assaulted by a nuclear or hydrogen bomb- their flesh rotting while they are still standing! And their tongues rotting in their mouths. It’s a terrible scene, yet it is a phenomenon that could occur after the advent of nuclear/biological warfare; in other words, it could happen at any time.
Sometimes it’s hard to read about and comprehend the wrath of God. A natural, human question would be: how could a loving God allow such horror? (read 1 Corinthians 2:14).
We’ve lived in the age of grace for so long it’s hard to imagine a loving God allowing such wrath and destruction to fall upon mankind. How can anyone say they fully understand the mind of God, how He balances love and justice, mercy and punishment. There have been many good books written on this subject. But it is clear that these plagues and wars are inflicted by man against man. It would seem God is simply allowing mankind to wallow in our own mire.
It seems the lesson of history is that God has given us the free will to choose Him, to choose what he called the fruits of the spirit of God; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; that is, the essence of Himself. We have simply chosen to ignore Him, to do our own thing. And so, in the absence of love there is hate, in the absence of peace there is war, in the absence of good there is evil, and when you ignore God continually, you get evil multiplied.
Now, there were and are many “do-gooders,” some jokingly called them “tree-huggers,” who liked to call themselves “humanists”- those people who would exalt mankind above all else, claiming we simply have not reached our potential of “Godhood.”
Humanism attempts to manufacture the attributes of God (Love, peace, joy, kindness, etc.) apart from God; but that is simply impossible. Apart from God, every good work has a selfish motive, which spiritually ruins its effectiveness and worthiness.
That’s what humanism has missed, the effect each act has on the spiritual world. For every act of true love (which takes faith and belief in God) releases God’s divine energy, and every act that is not carried out by faith in God stands in opposition to Him. By the late 20th century and early 21st we as a people were in outright and overt rebellion against the revelation presented in the bible.
God has given us the freedom to choose. A freedom not to choose wrong, but to choose right. What kind of freedom would it be if your only choice was to obey God? That isn’t freedom. Yet it’s why Christ came:
It was for freedom that Christ set us free.
For you were called to freedom, brethren, only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)
We really are without excuse. He came down from the throne of the almighty, a place we can not even imagine, and humbled Himself in becoming a man. He did this to show us “The Way,” that God’s way is not only the right way, but that it can be lived here on earth. He did this to show us what love really is.
I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)
I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in the darkness but will have the light of life…
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:12,32)
Again, he gave us the freedom to choose;
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in (not agrees with) Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
This is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil.
For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light….
Freedom is not licensing to do anything you will. With freedoms come responsibility, the suffering of consequences, both good or bad, sowing and reaping. Without responsibility, there is no true freedom, only bondage to licentiousness and sin. That’s why Jesus said:
“The truth will set you free”.
Approximately 1,900 years ago (AD 95) the Apostle John, a prisoner of Rome, living on the island of Patmos, predicted (inspired by God) in the last days Russia and the myriad of Islamic nations to the south and west would all be avowed enemies of Israel.