Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Nuclear Weapons in Wrath and Hope

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

Why would God allow the earth to experience the terrible devastation of a nuclear war in the end times?

Is He not the God of love and compassion? The God of all mercy? Certainly the Bible makes plain that God is all of that. Yet we also learn from the Bible that "Our God is a consuming fire," (Hebrews 12:29) and that He will not leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:7).

It is interesting to note the way God judges sin in individuals and nations. We find that He almost never seems to bring immediate judgment for sin. He allows people to lead cruel and wicked lives for years while enjoying prosperity. This is the great stumbling block that has caused many to question either God's love or His involvement in human affairs. Job cried out, "The tents of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure — in what God provides by His hand" (Job 12:6).

We find that sin has an accumulating effect. In the book of Revelation we read about Babylon: "Her sins have reached up unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities" (Revelation 18:5). In Genesis, Abraham was told that his descendants would have to wait 400 years before they could take possession of the promised land, for "the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete" (Genesis 15:16). It appears that God lets sin "pile up" for years, or even generations before it provokes Him to act in swift decisive judgment and destruction. In Romans, Paul writes that sinners are "storing up for themselves wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God" (Romans 2:5).

If that is true for nations and individuals, could it not also be true for the entire planet? What if God has been restraining His judgment for thousands of years, while men have filled the earth with blood, hatred, war and immorality? Could it be that the terrible plagues and judgments in the book of Revelation are the accumulation of God's wrath over the history of mankind, stored up for that season of time which would immediately precede the return of the Lord Jesus Christ? This certainly appears to be the thought given in the sixth chapter of Revelation where the world's leaders, along with the rich and the poor of the earth cry out, "The great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (Revelation 6:17).


Is there any hope?

Up to this point the picture seems grim and hopeless. And in a certain way it is. There is no hope for this present evil age. It is under a death sentence from Almighty God. The flood of hatred, violence, immorality, abortion, homosexuality, and the mockery of all that is good and holy will finally produce a response from heaven. God has decreed that this present evil age shall pass away in a flame of fire, death, and judgment. No amount of peace talks, goodwill conferences, or think tanks will be able to change that.

Likewise those who refuse to repent and turn to Christ are in a hopeless situation. There is no peace or security for those who determine to live life by their own rules. When God's wrath begins to fall, it will overtake the rich and the poor, the celebrities along with the unknown, the sophisticates with the simpletons. No hiding place on earth, no amount of wealth or prestige, no measure of cleverness or ingenuity will be able to spare people from the wrath to come.

The good news in all of this is that God has always provided a hiding place whenever He poured out His wrath. In Noah's flood, that safety was found in the ark. In the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot was told to flee to the mountains. Rahab found safety from the destruction of her city by staying in her house with a scarlet cord tied to the window.

In these last days God's hiding place will be found, not in a cave in the mountains, not in a mammoth ark, but in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was on His Cross that Jesus took the wrath of God upon Himself, in order that those who would put their trust in Him might be spared. The Scriptures tell us, "For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:9). For those whose godly lives reveal that they have truly placed their faith in Jesus, He will come and take them unto Himself.

6 comments:

hartdawg said...

when i look at society, especially the younger generation, and the public schools, i cant help but think the cup of Gods wrath must be pretty close to full. surely his wrath is coming soon!

Anonymous said...

Please don’t shoot me as the messenger; can you confirm this?

“The detonation of a nuclear bomb, cannot take place by conventional means but by a “Geometric Harmonic” set up when the sun is in a certain position in relation to the centre of the earth and the device which is to be triggered. Designing a nuclear bomb is easy, but the hard part is finding the trigger. They cannot be set off at any time or place but only twice a year as the earth revolves around the sun it passes the same spot twice annually”.

Now IF this is true? The times of detonation are able to be predicted; in which case making a sneak attack impossible and could be pre-empted by any countries defence system.

Any thoughts?

son of thunder said...

Anon, I don't know where you read that, but it is absolute nonsense.

An atomic bomb can be exploded just like any other bomb: at any time.

There are two types of nukes.

One uses nuclear fission where you can split the nucleus of an atom into two smaller fragments with a neutron. This method usually involves isotopes of uranium 235 or 233 or plutonium 239.

The other is fusion where you bring two smaller atoms, usually hydrogen or hydrogen isotopes (deuterium, tritium), together to form a larger one (helium or helium isotopes); this is how the sun produces energy.

The way a modern fission weapon works is a conventional explosive fires creating a shockwave. The shockwave propels the plutonium pieces together into a sphere. The plutonium pieces strike a pellet of beryllium/polonium at the center. The fission reaction begins. The bomb explodes in 550 billionths of a second.

A fusion or thermo-nuclear bomb is more involved and needs a fission nuke to detonate, but is much more destructive.

So, the point is: you can detonate anytime, anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Ok thanks for clarifying! I got it from the teaching of New Zealand evangelist the late Barry Smith – I thought it was too good to be true so its back to worrying again I guess.

son of thunder said...

Worry? I didn't worry during the Reagan/Cold War years, so I'm not gonna worry now. And you shouldn't either.

Even though I'm guilty of it, worry is sin. It is a distinct lack of trust in the God Who said He's got our backs.

Anonymous said...

Point taken about worry, but I do hope and pray I dont see Israel or you in the U.S. EMPed or whatever. Too much sad stuff going on for my liking, it was bad enough when we had to beware of the I.R.A. doing their thing, at least they didn't have suitcase nukes. One of my sons at age 14 and school friends were dangerously near Horseguards in London, heard, felt and smelled the bomb and was close to being mown down by the police cutting across the grass where they were having a picnic. We also had to get off a plane super quick due to an IRA bomb threat - it was serious but they never told us a thing. Same thing having to leave a shop - bomb safely disarmed thank The Lord. Thankfully I'm too young to remember my mums fear as the Nazi's dropped their little messages onto our heads. I reckon I have some reason to be just a little nervous about the present day conflict?
Praise The Lord and Maranatha!