Article 20 Is it time for other nations to protect themselves?

 

I was reading a newspaper article the other day where the idea was being revisited of more nations, like Japan and South Korea, having their own nuclear bombs to protect themselves from threats like North Korea. This is not a new idea by any means, and even President Trump mentioned such a possibility in his campaign last summer. Instead of the United States bearing the major responsibility to keep other nations protected from one another, it was suggested that perhaps it’s time to let them do that for themselves via their own nuclear programs. In theory, this could certainly save the United States a lot of money, and could even benefit us financially as we sell nuclear products to other nations.  Does this sound preposterous? Maybe, but then maybe not, as things continue to change in the political world in which we live.

Personally, I am not sure if the North Korean threats are real or just a lot of boasting, but nevertheless, they are pushing toward the use of nuclear bombs to solve their own conflicts with other nations, including the US.

The book of Revelation predicts such a reality amongst nations before Christ returns, particularly in chapters 8 and 9, where 1/3rd of the earth is destroyed by such nuclear exchanges and wars. If you read these chapters, remember that John the God-inspired author of Revelation is trying to describe the implements of war he saw in his vision from the Lord but had never seen in his own lifetime.  The most lethal weapons of his day were swords, shields, spears, horses, chariots, and bows & arrows.

For the moment, most of the major powers of the world that have nuclear weapons are against spreading nuclear bomb capabilities to other nations. They even have an agreement between one another to ensure this, called the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

However, should events change, and conflicts escalate with nations like North Korea, or even Iran in the future, then watch out, for the predictions outlined in the book of Revelation may not be all that far off. And unlike the wars of the past where guns of all kinds, tanks, battleships, aircraft, missiles, and even poison gas ruled the day, nuclear strikes will certainly rule future battles.

From the beginning of the 20th century to today, fifty-one wars have been fought where 160 to 220 million people have been killed. The worst one time killing of mankind happened in Nagasaki and Hiroshima where 200,000 were killed with just two nuclear bombs.  None have been used since.  But with World War III as Revelation predicts, over two billion will be killed in just the first part of the War. A bit sobering don’t you think?

The reason for such a rise in causalities is that as powerful as those two Atom bombs were in World War II, the H-bomb, which is likely to be the bomb of choice in the next war, is ten times more powerful and destructive. And there won’t be just one nation dispensing it, but many.

To sum up, should other nations begin to procure their own nuclear arsenals, which seems more likely now than ever before, then I suggest that you get ready for those last days mentioned by John in his book of Revelation. The first and most important thing you can do is to get your relationship with Christ settled, for He may be returning sooner than you think.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed; keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his servants in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’ ”Mark 13:31-37