The Nuclear Holocaust

The fact of a nuclear holocaust was repeatedly foretold by Melchizedek in his collaboration with the prophets and seers of Israel. See The Urantia Papers, page 1024.
 

"This same Melchizedek continued to collaborate throughout the nineteen succeeding centuries with the many prophets and seers, thus endeavoring to keep alive the truths of Salem until the fullness of the time for Michael's appearance on earth."
 

Refer also to the statement that these warnings came down to us in modern times, page 1023.
 

"And in the sixth century before Christ, through an unusual co-ordination of spiritual agencies, not all of which are understood even by the planetary supervisors, Urantia witnessed a most unusual presentation of manifold religious truth. Through the agency of several human teachers the Salem gospel was restated and revitalized, and as it was then presented, much has persisted to the times of this writing."
 

Of course, those religious truths are now preserved in the Bible, through the prophets and seers.
 

They were warnings to all of God's people to preserve themselves during the great tribulations.
 

As stated in The Urantia Papers, in reference to our modern secular and godless social order:
 

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"But beware! this godless philosophy of human society will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness, war, and world-wide disaster."
 

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"The complete secularization of science, education, industry, and society can lead only to disaster. During the first third of the twentieth century Urantians killed more human beings than were killed during the whole of the Christian dispensation up to that time. And this is only the beginning of the dire harvest of materialism and secularism; still more terrible destruction is yet to come."
 

Following are examples of messages from Melchizedek found the Bible:
 

Joel 2:30-32

"And I will give portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.

The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes.
 

"And it shall come to pass that all who call upon the name of Yahweh shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as Yahweh has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom Yahweh calls."
 

(Note: the phrase before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes is not properly translated. The word translated before means face, or in the face of, and by inference to be before the face of, and hence, by further inference, before. The order of the words is in the face of, come, day of, Yahweh, the great, and the terrible.)
 

Jer 51:58

"Thus says Yahweh of hosts: The broad wall of Babylon shall be leveled to the ground and her high gates shall be burned with fire. The peoples labor for nought, and the nations weary themselves only for fire."
 

This world trauma was also described by Jesus, but the exact form is not reproduced in The Urantia Papers. The events of the Tuesday Evening Discourse were reworked in the Papers to prevent rejection by modern godless minds. (A unique problem faced by the Revelators in order to get the Revelation into circulation in the modern secular environment.)
 

Matt 24:15-16

"So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains."
 

The context is the end of the age. Obviously, Jesus was concerned about his people among the Jews who would be living in the modern state of Israel.
 

Much debate has centered around the phrase abomination of desolation.
 

For purposes of discussion I offer here the explanation found in Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
 
 

 

ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

 

A despicable misuse of the Temple of the Lord during a time of great trouble-- an event foretold by the prophet Daniel. 

The phrase is found in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 as a quotation from Daniel 11:31 and 12:11. In Daniel, the words mean the abomination that makes desolate

 

In other words, Daniel prophesied that the Temple would be used for an abominable purpose at some time in the future. 

As a result, God's faithful people would no longer worship there -- so great would be their moral revulsion, contempt, and abhorrence at the sacrilege -- and the Temple would become desolate

 

According to the verses in the gospels, a similar misuse of the Temple would take place in the future. This would show that a time of great trouble was coming on Judea. People should take warning and flee to the mountains, Matt. 24:16; Mark 13:14. 

 

Some believe Daniel's prophecy was fulfilled about 165 B. C. when Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), Greek ruler of Syria, polluted the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem by sacrificing a pig on the holy altar. This sacrificing of an UNCLEAN pig was the worst kind of abomination that could have taken place. These people also believe the prophecy in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark was fulfilled when the Romans sacked the Jewish Temple about A. D. 70. But others believe just as strongly that neither of these prophecies has yet been completely fulfilled. They insist that the abomination of desolation refers to the idolatrous image or the man of sin who will take over God's place in the Temple and make people bow down and worship him, 2 Thes. 2:3-4. According to this interpretation, this will be the final act of sacrilege that marks the beginning of the end time.


 

These interpretations depend upon cold assumptions, taken without textual foundation.
 

Jesus did not use the world Temple. His phrase was holy place. Temple is an inference and assumption. The context shows that Jesus meant Jerusalem and Judea, the place holy to Jews and Christians for thousands of years.
 

Jesus did not use the word sacrilege. His word was desolation. Desolation means destruction or complete despoliation.
 

Jesus did not use the word idol. He did not use the word pig. His word was abomination. It means an extreme disgust and loathing. All assumptions from this word are based on notions about the application. He could have meant any device, instrument, mechanism, or object.
 

What device, instrument, mechanism, or object would be an extreme loathing to men? What would bring destruction or complete despoliation?
 

Until 1960 we had no idea for the explanation of this passage other than those proposed by historic tradition. The men of those generations had no clue as to the intent of Jesus in his remarks; they could only speculate. They searched for answers. Since Jesus referred to the passages in Daniel, many interpreters saw those remarks as reference to historic events. Those interpreters naturally assumed that the abomination of desolation was the act of Antiochus Epiphanes in defiling the Temple. However, how that abomination brought complete despoliation was difficult to understand. Furthermore, fundamentalist Christians took exception to that interpretation because Jesus was clearly referring to the end of the age. Historic explanations were not adequate. Those segments of Christianity then devised a scenario built around other New Testament passages about some despicable personality who would appear in the last days to take his seat in the Temple of God, thus to defile the Temple. They rejected the historic application and replaced it with a future application. They rejected an historic figure and replaced him with a future figure.
 

But the latter explanation was merely borrowed from the traditional notions of a human figure somehow defiling the Temple. Little did anyone realize that Jesus meant an inanimate object, and not some human figure.
 

With the advent of nuclear weapons this passage took on an altogether different possibility. Now it had clear implications. The abomination still was a despicable or loathsome object. The desolation was now easily nuclear destruction. The interpretation is simple, without any assumptions about historic or future personalities defiling the Temple.
 

Thus we have understanding of his warning to get out of Judea and flee to the mountains. If God's people among the Jews remain in Judea they will be destroyed by nuclear missiles. And we can now recognize how his remarks confirm the passage in Joel 2.
 

How simple it is when fulfillment comes. Until it comes mankind can only engage in wild speculations.
 

This leads to an important insight. Prophecy was designed by Melchizedek with symbolic figures that would provide truth, but with recognition of that truth withheld from mankind until the ripening of events.
 

We can now return to Daniel and see those passages in a completely different light.
 

This is the way the Revised Standard Version gives Dan 11:31:
 

"Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the continual burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate."
 

Unfortunately, as in other critical passages, the translators could not recognize the allusion, and added words to make sense in their eyes. The phrase burnt offering has no foundation in the text. It is assumed from similar passages in the Old Testament where the Hebrew phrase olah tameed means burnt offering continual. But the word olah is missing here.


  A list of words in literal translation shows the following:

  • forces + forces from him + from, out of, on account of

  • shall appear + to stand, to remain

  • and profane + to profane, to defile, to pollute, to desecrate

  • the temple + a sacred place, a sanctuary, a holy place and fortress + a place or means of safety, a protection, a refuge

  • and shall take away + to turn aside, to depart

  • the continual burnt offering + continuity, perpetuity, continual

  • And they shall set up + to give, to put, to set, to bestow,

  • the abomination + a detestable thing, an abominable thing, an abomination

  • that makes desolate + to be desolate, to be appalled, a horror-causer

We can see that the word temple is not in the text. Again, it is assumed. The holy place could just as well mean Jerusalem or Judea. The word translated fortress is similar. It could mean Judea (or modern Israel) as the place of refuge, or safety, or protection, sought so avidly by modern Jews.
 

But more importantly, the phrase and shall take away the continual burnt offering, is only three Hebrew words, shall remove the continual. Burnt offering has nothing to do with this passage. That the passage implies a burnt offering is borrowed from the use of the word tameed in other OT passages where it is found along with the world olah. But what is meant by continual? It has no modifier. Could the phrase mean to take away continuity, or to remove perpetuity? Could it mean the removal of the continuity of Jewish identity?
 

Then translation of the verse more realistically follows from this understanding:
 

"Forces from him shall appear and profane the holy place and the refuge, and shall remove the continuity, and they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate."
 

The modern state of Israel took advantage of secret information from the United States, with the unauthorized gift of nuclear materials, to develop nuclear weapons. This was admitted by President Jimmy Carter in 1973, and was published by Time magazine and the PBS program Frontline.
 

Now, indeed, we have action at the end of the age. No longer is this some mysterious Antiochus Epiphanes. The him is not necessarily a man, but rather a nation, or a force.
 

Dan 12:11

"And from the time that the continuity is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days."
 

I do not wish to engage here in interpretation of the time frames which may be specified in these passages. However, the fact of the taking away of the continuity probably means the end of independent political rule by the Jews. The passage would then mean that the modern state of Israel will be under foreign domination for three and one-half years. The setting-up of the abomination of desolation will be the employment of those weapons of horror. Then the end will come.
 

Such proposal is confirmed by other passages. The remarks by Jesus are echoed in Luke, with additional details.
 

Luke 21:20-22

"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written."
 

That is the key event for Jews, and all others, too seek refuge in the mountains.
 

Revelation 11:2 also says the nations will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.
 

Then the final destructions will come.
 

Matt 24:21-22

"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.
 

"And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened."
 

Thus we can see the context of these remarks. Indeed, no idol, nor any pig, nor any other imaginary object in the holy place would be capable of bringing a great tribulation that would threaten all life upon this planet.
 

Survival of mankind is assured. God spoke to his people.
 

Jer 30:11 For I am with you to save you, says Yahweh; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will chasten you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished."
 

Many aspects of the nuclear event are given.
 

BALDNESS ON ALL HEADS

 

The result of nuclear radiation:
 

Isa 3:24

"Instead of perfume there will be rottenness; and instead of a girdle, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth; instead of beauty, shame."
 

Isa 15:2

"The daughter of Dibon has gone up to the high places to weep; over Nebo and over Med'eba Moab wails. On every head is baldness, every beard is shorn."
 

Amos 8:10

"I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day."
 

Ezek 7:16-19

"And if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains, like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, every one over his iniquity. All hands are feeble, and all knees weak as water. They gird themselves in sackcloth, and horror covers them; shame is upon all faces, and baldness upon all heads. They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing; their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Yahweh; they cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity."
 

Does anyone need a reminder how our material wealth was the goal of our lives? Pretty homes, fancy automobiles, and retirement accounts?
 

POISONING OF WATER

 

Again the result of nuclear contamination:
 

Jer 8:14

"Why do we sit still? Gather together, let us go into the fortified cities and perish there; for Yahweh our God has doomed us to perish, and has given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against Yahweh."
 

Jer 9:15

"Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will feed this people with wormwood, and give them poisonous water to drink."
 

Jer 23:15

"Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts concerning the prophets: "Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and give them poisoned water to drink."
 

Rev 8:11

"The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died of the water, because it was made bitter."
 

SHELTER IN ROCKS AND CAVES:
 

Isa 2:19-21

"And men shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. "In that day men will cast forth their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats, to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth."  
 

Hosea 10:8

"The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed. Thorn and thistle shall grow up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us, and to the hills, Fall upon us."
 

Luke 23:27-30

"And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover us.'"
 

Rev 6:15-17

"Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?"
 

Jesus said the residents of Judea should flee to the mountains. The passage in Ezekiel says the survivors will be on the mountains.
 

Why the mountains?
 

Because of nuclear residue. It will drift down from the sky and concentrate in lower elevations.
 

Can anyone doubt the meaning of these passages? Are they not a warning to all of us? Will we cast them aside, and be lost to the future of this world?