The Nuclear Holocaust
Holy Prophecy is rife with promises of a great nuclear destruction. Inside and outside the Bible are passages which offer great detail of this physical judgment by fire. These occur from Isaiah to Malachi to the Little Apocalypse in the New Testament to John's Revelation to the Books of Enoch and II Baruch.
We do not have the text in the original Hebrew but only in Syriac, which came from Greek. Hence we cannot go back and check the original text. Any substitutions that were introduced in that path are now unknown to us. But we can surmise. For example, the word Gentiles probably was nations in the original Hebrew = goim.
|29:1 And He answered and said unto me:
'Whatever will then befall the whole earth; therefore all who live will
48:43 For all this multitude are going to corruption, nor is there any numbering of those whom the fire devours.
70:8 And it shall come to pass that whoever gets safe out of the war shall die in the earthquake, And whoever gets safe out of the earthquake shall be burned by the fire, and whoever gets safe out of the fire shall be destroyed by famine.
4:1 And the Lord said unto me: "This city shall be delivered up for a time, and the people shall be chastened during a time, but the world will not be given over to oblivion."
In our modern world we have difficulty understanding the psychology of the people of ancient times. While we may go through the processes of life as did our ancestors, attitudes of holiness and righteousness as they knew them may escape us. Many of those people lived devoutly, and this psychology carried on down in many of our ancestors to modern times. It shows heavily in the writings of a man who said he visited with God, on God's headquarter world. We may not know his name, but his tone of devotion shows profoundly.
|From Chapter 91
5 For I know that violence must increase on the earth, and a great chastisement be executed on the earth, and all unrighteousness come to an end . . .
7 And when sin and unrighteousness and blasphemy and violence in all kinds of deeds increase, and apostasy and transgression and uncleanness increase, a great chastisement shall come from heaven upon all these, and the holy Lord will come forth with wrath and chastisement to execute judgment on earth.
8 In those days violence shall be cut off from its roots, and the roots of unrighteousness together with deceit, and they shall be destroyed from under heaven.
9 And all the idols of the heathen shall be abandoned, and the temples burned with fire, and they shall remove them from the whole earth, and they shall be cast into the judgment of fire, and shall perish in wrath and in grievous judgment for ever.
And in an instant, suddenly, you will be visited by Yahweh of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire.
Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust. For they have rejected the law of Yahweh of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the anger of Yahweh was kindled against his people, and he stretched out his hand against them and smote them, and the mountains quaked; and their corpses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away and his hand is stretched out still.
1:9 If Yahweh of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah.
Jeremiah offers us a detailed description of the modern state of Babylon, the biblical code word for the United States. I shall cover this theme in my paper on the United States. The important point here is that the nuclear holocaust will affect the entire planet, and not merely one nation. Nuclear debris and its radiation will spread throughout the earth's atmosphere. Our modern civilization will be destroyed in this stupendous event.
Thus says the Lord 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.
Ezekiel repeats the warnings of Isaiah and Jeremiah. He offers us details that should suggest to God's people means to preserve themselves in the face of world devastation.
Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will set my face against them; though they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them; and you will know that I am Yahweh, when I set my face against them. And I will make the land desolate, because they have acted faithlessly, says the Lord Yahweh.
The results of nuclear radiation shows how one cannot escape the fire. We might escape the nuclear bombs but we cannot escape the results.
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 with sackcloth, and horror covers them; shame is upon all faces, and baldness on all their 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 the Lord; they cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.
We know the world will not be given over to oblivion. Yahweh our God has wonderful and beautiful plans for the future of this planet. Meanwhile, as part of the transition to reach those goals, we must suffer through the Great Nuclear Holocaust. Baldness occurs on all heads because of the nuclear radiation. What good is gold and silver when there is no food to eat? This is the stark reality of what we face.
For Israel has forgotten his Maker, and built palaces; and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour his strongholds.
Joel offers one of the most important revelations concerning the coming judgment. Jews, living in the Holy Land, must escape the destruction of modern Israel. All those who remain in that land will be destroyed. The survivors will be on the mountains far from that land, as described in Ezekiel. The nuclear explosions will bring devastating fire and huge columns of smoke. The nuclear debris in the atmosphere will cause the stars to disappear, the sun to decline in its brightness, and the moon to look like blood.
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 coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh. 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.
We come now to one of the most profoundly important revelations to be given to this generation of the Judgment. Unfortunately, the Book of Daniel is filled with images that are mostly undecipherable to us, yet mixed with great revelations. Perhaps the book was corrupted as the Book of Enoch was corrupted, and as the later Book of Revelation was corrupted. Perhaps the writer wrote in images that were presented to him but he himself did not understand, as he so states. But this abstruse imagery has left translators with incomprehensible language. They did not understand this passage, attempting to place upon it a meaning that suited their concepts. However, within this matrix of confusing images are nuggets of great revelation.
Our concern here is in the word continual or perpetual.
I provide here this explanation from Strong's Exhaustive Concordance dictionary number OT:8548 tamiyd (taw-meed'). This word is from an unused root meaning to stretch; properly, continuance (as indefinite extension); but used only (attributively as adjective) constant (or adverbially, constantly); elliptically: the regular (daily) sacrifice. KJV translations of the word are: always, continual (employment), continually, daily, ever (-more), and perpetual. In all cases in the OT, one translation word could be substituted for another, either continual or perpetual. Even use of daily is an assumption to suit the translators. Note how it is designated elliptically.
Most frequently this word is used in an adjectival genitive construction with olat for the continual burnt offering (olat tameed) made to God every morning and evening (Ex 29:42; Num 28:6,10,15,23; Ezra 3:5; Neh 10:34; cf. Ezek 46:15, every morning; and the continual (minha) meat offering, Num 4:16; Neh 10:34; Lev 6:13. Num 4:7 refers to the "bread of continuity" meaning the bread that was always there. Other uses of the word and related meanings are found in the sense of completeness but always with a definite modifier.
The word is also used adverbially in connection with the cult to denote constancy in cultic duties (e.g., Aaron's breastplate, Ex 28:29-30). Some passages, however, stress constancy of personal devotion, e.g., Hos 12:6, "Turn to your God; keep mercy and justice and wait on your God continually." The Psalms likewise urge, "let his praises continually be in your mouth" (Ps 34:1, Ps 71:6), "hope continually in the Lord" (Ps 71:14); "let God's truth continually preserve you" (Ps 40:11); "let prayer be made to him continually" (Ps 72:15), and "keep his law continually" (Ps 119:44). Isaiah promises that the Lord will continually guide those who respond to the social needs about them as evidence of true spirituality. Indeed, "Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually" (1 Chron 16:11).
In all cases, either adjectively or adverbially, we can make sense of the passage. But when we come to Daniel an incompleteness in the sentence structure faces us. Of all uses In the OT the word is used alone, without a modifier, only in Dan 8:11-13; 11:31; 12:11. In order to make the revelation sensible to them the translators threw in the phase, burnt offering, (or sacrifice), without justification. Since it was used thus elsewhere in the OT they assumed it was intended by the author.
However, this is only an assumption. The continual might mean something drastically different.
I list here all uses of continual found in Daniel.
12 And the host was given over to it together with the continual through transgression; and truth was cast down to the earth, and the horn acted and prospered.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to the one that spoke, "For how long is the vision concerning the continual, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled under foot?"Dan 11:31
Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the continual. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate.
We can see from Dan 8:11 that cosmic transactions are described. A "little horn" grew great, (exceeded its heavenly authority), and cast some of the stars of heaven to the earth and trampled upon them. This could be a reference to Lucifer, the System Sovereign, or to Caligastia, the Planetary Prince. The "stars of heaven" were all those celestial beings caught in the heavenly Rebellion. This little horn magnified itself, even to the Prince of the Host of Heaven, meaning Michael, but the continual was taken away from him and his heavenly status (place of sanctuary) was overthrown, (by Michael). The continual in this case meant his designated heavenly authority, not a burnt offering.
Dan 8:12 shows that a part of the host of heaven together with their continual heavenly authority, through transgression, was cast down (not literally to the earth), and this horn acted and "prospered" against his Creator. This does not mean that he did well, but that he used his heavenly status to bring rebellion.
Now we can better understand what Daniel meant by continual. It was not a burnt offering, but a heavenly authority. It was continual in the sense that this authority was perpetual. Perhaps Daniel was at a complete loss of words when he came to this image, and merely left a word out of his text. Or perhaps continual by itself captured the perpetual authority. Then the word is used as a noun, not as an adjective or adverb.
And he said to him, "For two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state."
We know from history that the numbers given in the Daniel text could not be literally true. Since we are dealing with cosmic transactions, not earthly affairs, this can have meaning only if a vaster time frame was meant. Perhaps it meant hundreds of thousands of years. Then the restoration will come when Melchizedek assumes his rulership of the earth, to bring the "sanctuary" back to its rightful state. Since the planetary rebellion occurred about 200,000 years ago this speculation may not be far from the truth.
The difficulty that we now face in the Daniel passage is reference to the transgression that makes desolate from Chapter 8 and the abomination that makes desolate from Chapter 11. Since the passages from Chapter 8 were describing cosmic transactions, the transgression that makes desolate was intended to describe heavenly affairs. This transgression should not be confused with the abomination from Chapter 11.
Chapter 11 goes through a survey of historical events. The early part of the Chapter might describe Alexander the Great, Cleopatra of Egypt, the Muslim conquests, and the Crusades down to verse 13, where the end-of-time years is mentioned. But the overall flow of destiny in the balance of the text becomes very confusing. However, we can clearly decipher the abomination that makes desolate. The continual that is taken away is the heavenly protection on the State of Israel. When the State of Israel resorted to military might this continual was removed. Those events are an historical fact; they were implemented decades ago.
The phrase, hashicoots mashowmeem, should be understood literally, not figuratively. Something extremely loathsome will cause a complete desolation. That something is a nuclear weapon.
The State of Israel has developed nuclear weaponry since the 1950's. A summary of her nuclear work has been published at:
Various estimates exist of the number of nuclear weapons now in her possession. Although everyone around the world has this knowledge, Israel has never publicly admitted it. Her Arab and Muslim neighbors have conditioned their difficult relationships with Israel ever since based on this knowledge.
From May 26, 2008,
Israel has 150 nuclear weapons in its arsenal, former President Jimmy Carter said yesterday, while arguing that the US should talk directly to Iran to persuade it to drop its nuclear ambitions.
The passage in Daniel becomes crucially important because Jesus mentioned it in his final discourse to the Apostles.
15 "So when you see the abomination that causes desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 17 let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; 18 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. 19 And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 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 again. 22 And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
Human reactions to this abomination are clear.
1. Ezek 7:16-20 -- And if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains. Matt 24:16 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Why the mountains? Because of radiation from nuclear fallout. Fallout will sink more to lower elevations; less to higher elevations. Those who flee from Judea should not seek refuge in the mountains of Israel, which reach to 3,000 feet, but in the higher mountains much farther away.
2. The urgency of the flight can be seen in the advice of Jesus given in verse 17. This urgency is also seen in verse 18.
3. Nuclear fallout will affect the physical human body. Hair will fall out. It will also affect mothers who are carrying child, and those who are nursing. The radiation will concentrate in the nutrients reaching the womb and in mother's milk. A very unpleasant picture indeed!
4. Your flight will be much more manageable if you have the summer warmth. (From survey of the nuclear nations, and the animosities that prevail, we know that the nuclear warfare will be in the northern hemisphere, not the southern.) The interjection of the Sabbath into the text is an interpolation by some earlier Christian editor, imposing his image on this warning. Whether Sabbath or weekday, the flight will not respect ancient religious traditions.
5. This event will bring the greatest tribulation ever seen by mankind. Such magnitude of suffering will never be seen again.
6. If Jesus, as Michael, had not taken a hand to reduce the nuclear exchange, no human being will survive!
Now is the time for God's people living in the State of Israel to flee to the mountains.
But who will listen? Who will prepare?
To be continued.
Paper 13 of a series.
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