Since the science gave mankind nuclear weapons, the thought of a 3rd world war, and the devastating effects it would have on mankind can never completely be pushed out of our minds. We built our lives happily fulfilling long term dreams, and that is okay, we have to, but then sometimes we are reminded that it can all abruptly come to a halt.
Our fragile peace on earth hangs by thin rags of a thing called MAD. [Mutual Assured Destruction] Between the great nuclear powers of the world, they have this not too much spoken off insurance policy. “You attack me, be assured that I will have enough attacking ability left to destroy you too, and then there’s nothing left of both of us. Thus it is MAD for you to come after me, and MAD for me to go after you. Come after my land bases, and I will strike back from some sub which you don’t know where it is.” And on that insurance policy rest the peace of the whole world. Not very reassuring is it?
The very fear of nations that a supposed rogue nation like Iran might acquire nuclear weapons brings back thoughts that someone could try to break the silent rules of mad. Thus we find economic efforts and all sorts of negotiations are applied to stop more nations from becoming members of the small but powerful society of nuclear MAD nations, lest the whole world goes up in smoke. But with the deteriorating character of mankind, it seems only a matter of time before someone tries to break the rules of MAD. Will it finally happen?
Only a look into the future will tell, and it’s in that respects that Bible prophecy has a proven track record. " MALACHI 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."
When the Enola Gay swept past its target and released its deadly cargo, crew members told of thousands of fires that started all over the city of Hiroshima at once. As those fires raged and combined, it sucked in all the available oxygen and became deadly tornadoes of fire which sent tons of debris into the air. That was a terrible day of fires. A sad day. Luckily only one nation at that time could start such fires. Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBFyNC2xitU and then remember that power is today in the hands more than one nation made up of not so upright people. Then take a look again at what Malachi sees when he sees another such a day coming that will involve the world. This day of the Lord has been prophesied just about everywhere in the Bible. Right now this is man’s day, man’s rule, man’s church, but the day of the Lord is coming. It’s a day or 1000 years wherein the Lord shall rule with His own [1000 years in God’s terms is just one day-II Pet.3;8] This day is also called the millennium.
But now just before that day comes on, man and the works of his hands will somehow vanish. And this is what Malachi speaks of here. The removal of all mankind BY HIS OWN HAND. For Zechariah 14 says man’s hand will be against that of his neighbor in that day.
Malachi says the wicked will burn up leaving them no root or offspring? Total destruction? No old people [roots] or no young people [branches or offspring] will survive? What other then atomic fire can do such damage? A natural fire started in one end of a city won’t destroy all the people but a nuclear fire bomb released on a city certainly could. Is this what the prophet seen? A day of nuclear burning, with heat greater than that of the old baking ovens he knew about? When Malachi said that in his day, he could certainly have drawn a couple of laughs. But no one is laughing at the idea anymore. Science has finally advanced to the point where Malachi foresaw they would. Isaiah saw more of this:
" ISAIAH 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible."
The star constellations of heaven not giving it’s light? What other than nuclear clouds or the nuclear winter effects could block view to the stars, moon or sunlight? The land shall be desolate? What could cause such devastation? I looked at pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki taken in 1945 just after the nuclear destruction there, and the place looked like a barren smoldering ash heap. Where once streets were filled with beautiful humans, plants and colorful buildings in the vibrant colors of life, I saw only grey to black barren burned down wastelands with only stumps remaining of the once pretty works of man and God. How terribly sad those images.
The phrase “desolate land” fitted well there. In times such as that the pride of the wise, the pride of nations disappear, and only a somber mood of utter despair remains. All the projects we opened with pride by cutting a lint to mark a new beginning, gone in a single moment of madness.
Zephaniah joins in and speaks of this coming misery also:
" ZEPHANIAH 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers."
There is the prophecy of desolation, the waste land effect, and the bitter cry of mighty civilized men again. When the civilized becomes uncivilized with his mighty weapons of mass destruction, dark mushroom clouds of dust and burned materials will fill the lands. Whosoever strikes first in a nuclear war, has to do so decisively at full strength, releasing all his might so as to try disable as much as possible of the enemy to minimize effective response. Indeed it will be a day wherein synchronized attacks from land and sea will leave the skies in thick darkness of radioactive clouds, that will provide the substance for the nuclear winters that will follow.
Notice in the last verse there how God talks about an alarm against the fenced cities. Yes, most of our cities are usually fenced off from adjacent farmlands. And the day will surely come when the sirens of war [alarms] will go off to tell people to take cover against missile attacks. Zechariah joins in and speaks in more detail of some of the nuclear effects on the human body.
“ Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem. Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongues shall consume away in their mouth.”
I will now quote from a book by John Hersey containing eye witness accounts of the aftermath of Hiroshima. Watch the effects Zechariah described:
“ Mr. Tanimoto found about twenty men and women on the sands pit. He drove the boat on to the bank and urged them to get aboard. They did not move and he realised that they were too weak to lift themselves. He reached down and took a woman by the hands, but her skin slipped off in huge, glove-like pieces. He was so sickened by this that he had to sit down for a moment. -Page 65- “Hiroshima” by John Hersey
Watch what happened to the eyes of some of those who looked up at the time the bomb exploded and remember what Zechariah said concerning eyes:
“ On his way back with the water, he got lost on a detour around a fallen tree, and as he looked for his way through the woods, he heard a voice ask from the underbrush, " Have you anything to drink ? " He saw a uniform. Thinking there was just one soldier, he approached with the water. When he had penetrated the bushes, he saw there were about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state: their faces were wholly burned, their eye sockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks. (They must have had their faces upturned when the bomb went off; perhaps they were anti-aircraft personnel.) Their mouths were mere swollen, pus-covered wounds, which they could not bear to stretch enough to admit the spout of the teapot.” From “Hiroshima” -Page 73- by John Hersey
Also look at the video to see how these things happened in Hiroshima. And it is prophesied to happen on a much larger scale. All this will happen when God will finally allow mankind to execute judgment on one another. By his own wickedness, man will bring himself to non existence. God can only plead right now that man accepts His council and turn to Him. With so few relying on His council, it thus comes down to a place where God only has a right to dictate matters in the lives of the few who wishes to follow Him in Spirit and in truth, and save them like He did Noah and that small group back there. That is the inevitable path we left Him with. When it happens we shall only have ourselves to blame. Behold that day is coming. When that day finally arrives, I will know I did what I had to.
If millions, no billions is going to loose their lives then they have a right to know what is coming. No amount of voices crying out warning of that day is enough. God had messengers throughout the ages, but He also through those messengers called a bride who has become the Voice of God as the word of God is in her. He speaks through both messenger and bride. That bride makes His voice sound like the sound of many waters. I would love to be just one of those voices of His bride who speaks as He ordains. She is guided by Him and responsibly represents His Name. Her successes and her failures, is His concern. And if the Bible is the only Book that accurately foretold events for hundreds of years, then everyone has a right to understand all of that plus what will concern them in future. I wrote about past prophesies which you can find by clicking on my name, to show the accurate track record of the Bible I believe in, and about future events to warn. Not all wants to be saved, but all must know! The information must get to them whether they want to believe in it or not.
While it is much easier, safer and pleasant to speak to those who already believe or are willing to receive, and very unpleasant to write out here on account of the brutal assaults atheists might launch, it must be done to try to save, warn and inform, for God will never bring a man to judgment without warning him first. For that reason I do what I do to the best I can. Please take a look at that video and this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPUJtqTtQTs then reconsider the Scriptures.