Descriptions of a nuclear war are written of several times in the scriptures. The quotes in this blog are taken from the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible. Some bible passages can tax your brain trying to understand them but after years of reading they become clearer.
What is not clear is that is this God’s power using the elements of nature, as he so often does, or is he using man’s own destructive power?
The first reference I’ll talk about is in the book of Zechariah. This describes the “end times” when the Jews are back in their homeland.
Zechariah 14: 12-15
12, And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13, And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14, Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15, And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.
Take the lines where Zechariah wrote:
“their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.”
What power known to humankind do we know that would cause such an horrific effect? This will happen while the armies in question (The enemies of Israel) are still stood on their feet, meaning instantly, before their skeleton hits the ground. A nuclear explosion would cause this effect. Zechariah states that all the animals in and around the area shall perish likewise. Nothing escapes a nuclear explosion.
Taking Hiroshima as an example; the city was destroyed with one bomb and thousands of people killed instantly. Today’s nuclear warheads are estimated to be a 100 times more powerful.
Israel has had the atom bomb since the 1950s, although under secrecy and has not been publicised to the world. Certain friendly and allied countries know this but avoid the issue. At present they are the only country in the middle East with nuclear capabilities.
When did Zechariah write these predictions of the future?
In the book of Zechariah, chapter 7, verse 1, king Darius is mentioned in his fourth year, which places the date at 519/518 BC. Chapters 9-14 has no specific reference to date either, but since it was in Zachariah’s lifetime, obviously, it is placed around 40 years later in 480 BC. The writing of this prophesy took place around 2500 years ago when the usual weapons soldiers had to fight with were swords. Zechariah must have found this vision from God very strange and frightening and hard to contemplate. Hence the unusual description of someone from that era in ancient times trying to explain a future nuclear war.
let’s now have a look at what Isaiah said.
(Isaiah lived around 700 years before Christ).
Isaiah 13: 9-11
Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. 9, For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. 11, I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.
This verse speaks of the earth not receiving any light. It is understood by science that if the world would be plunged into a global nuclear war, the devastation would be so vast that the world would be in darkness or semi darkness. Science even states that the world could suffer a lack of sunlight for up to two years, causing a type of temporary ice age, (nuclear winter). This condition would be due to the effect of the masses of dust clouds in the atmosphere created by the “mushroom” effect of multiple nuclear explosions and blocking out the sunlight.
What about Damascus?
17: 1-3 An oracle concerning Damascus.
Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. 2, The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. 3, The fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.
Damascus is said to go back to a time before recorded history and many scholars believe that it is the oldest city continuously inhabited from ancient times to the modern day. Aroer is a town to the East of the Dead Sea, on the bank of the River Arnon, in present day Jordan. In biblical times it was occupied by the Moabites.
The city of Damascus has seen much destruction through history, right up to today, indeed, the modern Syrian civil war has seen vast swathes of the city destroyed by bombing and made uninhabitable, but it has not yet been totally destroyed. Damascus has not yet ceased to be a city. This being the case, the prophesy relates to a future event.
At evening time, behold, terror! Before morning, they are no more! This is the portion of those who loot us, and the lot of those who plunder us.
This verse seems to indicate an incident that will be swift, in less than a full day. Total destruction before the next day arrives. Israel’s enemies will be destroyed in such a short time.
66:15-16 Final Judgement and Glory of the Lord
“For behold, the Lord will come in fire,and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will the Lord enter into judgement, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many.
That element “fire” keeps repeating in the scriptures as a destructive force that will be used in the end times.
Now let’s take a look at What Jeremiah says:
(Jeremiah began prophesying in 627 BC).
31, The clamor will resound to the ends of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against the nations; he is entering into judgement with all flesh, and the wicked he will put to the sword, declares the Lord.’ 32,“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, disaster is going forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth! 33, “And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.
In this prophesy Jeremiah mentions many nations, from one end of the earth to the other, the whole earth at war, not just a particular area or continent. Another point to make is that the number of dead will be so great, in such a short time, that mourning and burying will be impossible and the bodies will be left to rot in the open.
49: 23-27Judgment on Damascus
Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet. 24, Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee, and panic seized her; anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her, as of a woman in labor. 25, How is the famous city not forsaken, the city of my joy? 26, Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day, declares the Lord of hosts. 27, And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.”
We have the “fire” element, again on Damascus. To destroy a city totally by fire almost instantly would take a mighty force. Nuclear warheads are that fiery force.
Ben-Hadad was originally the title of of the Armenian king in ancient times. It was claimed as a title for further kings. The Aram kings had attacked Israel extensively during biblical times, judgement brought on to the Israelites but eventually judgement was reversed and God punished Israel’s enemies by “fire.”
Ben-Hadad eventually became a title for a leader of a deity just as Pharaoh was for the Egyptian rulers. Ben-Hadad: ruler of Damascus.
Now for the prophesies of the NT
Matthew 24: 21-22
21, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22, And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Mark 13: 19-20
19, For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20, And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
These two passages taken for Matthew and Mark respectively are about Jesus talking to his disciples regarding the “end times,” the ” tribulation” as it is often referred to in the bible.
Jesus is speaking of a disaster that has not been seen before, even greater than the two world wars. A disaster so great that the world won’t see again. A disaster in the form of another world war, but this time using nuclear weapons. This time the world is heading towards total annihilation.
Jesus goes on to say that if it isn’t stopped, then no life will be saved, the human race will wipe itself out. But there is hope for humankind. Jesus goes on to say that those days will be shortened before the end is played out by humanity. The only one who can stop this destruction is Jesus himself. He is speaking of his second coming. He will come back to earth at the height of a nuclear world war and stop it before it’s to late.
The book of Revelation is a whole book of twenty two chapters on the subject of the end times. The destruction of the world in the stages leading up to the return of Christ and the imprisonment and destruction of Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet. It then goes beyond into the new world set up by God, judgement day and a new beginning.
It is a book that is written symbolically and can be difficult to understand, but the more it is read, the clearer it becomes. It should be read in conjunction with the book of Daniel. In Daniel lies the key to understanding Revelation. The book of Revelation is a story in itself and a separate subject to be covered at a later date.