Friday, August 28, 2009

End Time Wars - #3-4 Conventional And Nuclear

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

The Bible describes nine separate end time wars. We have looked at the first two of these conflicts — The War of Extermination based on Psalm 83 and the First War of Gog-Magog based on Ezekiel 38-39. Both of these wars may very well happen just before or after the Rapture, but most likely sometime before the upcoming 7-year Tribulation.

Now certainly into the Tribulation in the sequence of end time wars, we will look at the Conventional and the Nuclear Wars of the Tribulation.

3) The Conventional War of the Tribulation — Revelation 6

The book of Revelation states that a major world war will break out soon after the Tribulation begins. This war is described in Revelation 6.

Four Hoursemen

Although the Antichrist will rise to world power in Europe through cunning, deception, and intrigue (Daniel 8:23), he will have to resort to military power to conquer the world. Asia, Africa, and South America have spent too long casting off the shackles of European colonialism for them to suddenly surrender their sovereignty peacefully to a new European dictator — regardless of how brilliant and charismatic he may be.

We are told in Revelation 13:7 that the Antichrist will ultimately achieve "authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation." This authority will be achieved through war. Revelation 6 records the outbreak of this world war. It results in the death of one-fourth of humanity, or 1.5 billion in today's terms (Revelation 6:8).

The War of Psalm 83 results in the destruction of the inner ring of Muslim states around Israel. The War of Ezekiel 38 and 39 produces the defeat of the immediate outer ring of Muslim states.

But the vast majority of all Muslims live outside the Middle East, the largest Muslim nations being Indonesia (201 million), India (144 million), Pakistan (140 million), and Bangladesh (115 million). These nations are the ones who are most likely to produce the strongest resistance to a Western, non-Muslim dictator, and they will be destroyed either in this war or the one that follows it.

In other words, I believe God is going to use the Antichrist as His hammer of wrath to destroy Islam.

But many other nations in the world will also have to be subdued, and that leads us to the next war of the end times.

4) The Nuclear War of the Tribulation — Revelation 8 & 9

At some point, the book of Revelation indicates that the conventional war will morph into a nuclear holocaust, resulting in the deaths of another one-third of Mankind, or another 1.5 billion people (Revelation 9:15). This means that in the first two wars of the Tribulation, more than one half of humanity will die.

A hint that the conventional war will become a nuclear one is found in Revelation 8:7 where it states that the escalation of the war will result in one-third of the earth being burned up. Another hint is found in Revelation 16:2-11 where we are told that "loathsome and malignant" sores will afflict people at the end of the Tribulation, something that would be a natural consequence of radiation from the use of nuclear weapons.

It could very well be that this nuclear holocaust could be what Jesus had in mind when He stated that in the end times men will faint from fear over the expectation of the things coming upon the world, "for the powers of the heavens will be shaken" (Luke 21:26).

This war is portrayed in the book of Revelation in chapters 8-9 as a series of "Trumpet Judgments."

In the fourth installment of this "End Time Wars" series, we will look at the fifth and sixth wars in the end times sequence — both the War in the Heavens and the War Against the Jews and the Saints.


Billy said...

With all these wars going on how will Israel have a period of peace and security? How would it be possible to rebuild the Temple with a world wide warring conflict occuring? When will there be time to mark everyone with the mark of the beast if nuclear war is going on?

I guess it's hard to sort out all these events with out some sort of visual timeline.

Nathan, do you know of how/where I can view an accurate timeline of end times events?

son of thunder said...

Israel's peace and security will be in place before the Trib. period. Their Muslim neighbors will be virtually wiped out, and how do we know that brokering a peace deal (not necessarily the covenant with Israel at that time) isn't how AC gets launched into power?

Paul said...

I THINK that Israel will feel at peace and secure when the Muslim countries are defeated and they have a treaty with AC guaranteeing
their safety and allowing them to rebuild their temple. They will have 3.5 years to enjoy this false peace while AC goes about conquering the rest of the world.

I think there is a lot of time for the mark and the other acts aside from war because especially if they are nuclear the actual battles will be over in days not years.

Nathan Jones said...

Billy, I've posted a projected timeline at the bottom of the last Gog-Magog article. That what you're looking for?

glen walling said...

i believe the trumpet judgments are more literal such as a meteor falling into the sea (the two witnesses couldn't be blamed for nuclear war)
also when reading the judgments in the old testament there is no reason to believe these judgments could not be literal
god knows perfectly well how secular the world is these days and what would be the point of vague judgments like nuclear war?
why should people think god is doing this?
i believe the trumpet judgments are literal direct judgments of god to warn people and to save as many souls as possible, in preparation for the greatest deception ever
it is after these judgments (probably the fifth), that peoples minds will be made up and god will send a delusion on the hearts and minds of those who willingly ignore gods obvious warnings of his wrath and end up taking the mark of the beast
as for the boils, i believe that is a result of those who take the mark of the beast, (a chip maybe?)
during the seven bowls

glen walling said...

i forgot to mention that if people received boils from radiation, why would they blame god?
if however they receive them from taking the mark of the beast (during the seven bowls when they know without any doubt gods wrath is on the earth and that the antichrist isn't really god), then it makes more sense

hartdawg said...

HELLO EVERYONE! i havent been to the library in awhile but i can read the post. glen, when reading your comment i got up outta bed (i work graves) and rushed over here. i'm in totat agreement with you on this. this is what i think and let me know if this makes sense. the 1st 4 judgements are clearly MANMADE, the 5th seal is occuring in heaven as a result of MANS persecution. the 6th seal is AN ACT OF GOD cuz people reconize it as such the 7th is ALSO GOD. the 1st 4 trumpets COULD BE WAR OR GOD, the 5th trumpet is CLEARLY DEMONIC and the 6th trumpet APPEARS to be demonic by the context. the 7 vials/bowls ARE GOD HIMSELF. let me know if i'm off my nut or if that makes sense

son of thunder said...

Good to hear from you, Hartdawg! I was starting to think you gave up on us. I was actually thinking about you today, buddy!

Glen, I have long thought that the mountain that falls into the sea is a meteorite or asteroid. Up until a few years ago, NASA and the USAF never really considered a near earth object (NEO) as a threat because they didn't know they were there! Now, we're working on ways to deflect or destroy one.

Is it coincidence that now, at the end of days, this is very real threat?

son of thunder said...

One more thing, hartdawg. If it makes you feel better, I think you're off your nut. :)

Paul said...

Thirty years ago I was challenged to decrypt the Four Horsemen. It took me a couple of years to do it and I put those decryptions down on paper. Some of the decryptions are as follows:
Russia would fall/change it govt.
There will be a world economic crisis with extreme debt and inflation. Food will become extremely expensive. The US govt will fall/change form of government.
There will be a 3rd World War
Genetically engineered diseases will destroy over half the world's population. It will mainly be a eugenic war.

Book is titled A Dragon This Way Comes and it has been out there for over 3 years now.

Junbuggg said...

Thunder, I thought about that as well.....I googled "wormwood" one day and came across a site, out of austrailia I believe, it is a project called "wormwood project" that purpose is to find ways to deflect or distroy an NEO that might threaten us oneday. :-/ I thought it was interesting that they would name it "the wormwood project".

son of thunder said...

It is interesting that it would be called "Project Wormwood", but I think someone in the naming process had a rudimentary knowledge of Revelation and thought it was a clever name.

But, you never know. That could be God giving us a clue.

hartdawg said...

tuff to say for certain. bottom line is millions will die!

hartdawg said...

by the way thunder, as for me being of my nut, to justify myself i always say there is no normal or abnormal. only common and uncommon. since i`m "uncommon" that just makes me more of a gem

glen walling said...

the first 4 seal judgments are very vague and difficult to determine with our mere human minds
i really don't even attempt it, but in general i believe the seven seals represent an unfolding of general events that go all the way to either the 7th trumpet or armageddon
i don't see how the sixth seal ends before the trumpet judgments