North Korea and Iran

The Growing Nuclear Family of Nations

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” – Matthew 24:21,22

NUCLEAR warfare is one of the greatest threats to the survival of the human race. The number of nuclear warheads already has the potential to destroy all of earth’s population several times over. A new word has been coined to describe this threat – “overkill.”

The nine nations in today’s nuclear family may possess as many as 26,000 nuclear warheads today. The Wikipedia on-line encyclopedia estimates the following totals:

Country Est. Warheads Since
United States 5,735-9,960 1945
Russia 5,830-16,000 1949
United Kingdom 200 1952
France 360 1960
China 130 1964
India 40-50 1974
Israel 75-100 1979
Pakistan 30-52 1998
North Korea 1-10 2006

In addition, there is unconfirmed speculation that Iran and Saudi Arabia may also have such devices.

The North Korean Fear

The testing of a nuclear device by North Korea in 2006 raised special fears. It was not so much that they might use such a weapon on their nearby foes of South Korea or Japan or against the United States, though they reputedly have missiles capable of doing so. But the greater fear is the potentiality of their selling these weapons to rogue governments or to a terrorist organization such as Al Qaeda

North Korea has shown a propensity for such sales In the past they have sold missiles or missile components to Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Conventional weapons have been traded to these plus Angola, Ethiopia, Burma, Indonesia, Iraq, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, and Zimbabwe. In total dollar sales of weaponry they rank ninth in the world.

The main motive for aggressive trade may b3 to feed a stagnant economy The per capita income is one of the lowest in the world, at about $750 per year. Heavy industry is the chief source of income, and thus armaments form a vital part of their trade.

The Iranian Threat

The danger of Iran developing a nuclear arsenal is more ominous. Not only are they a supplier to such terrorists as Hezbollah, but they are highly influenced by radical Shiite clerics who foster hostilities against both Jews and Christians.

The recent statements of Iranian president Achmenijad that Israel should be wiped off the face of the map, coupled with the knowledge that Iran already possesses missiles capable of striking Israel, further heightens the concern that if Iran does develop nuclear warheads they are likely to use them.

If one nation does use its nuclear capability, others may respond in kind, thus fomenting a worldwide holocaust.

Nuclear warfare may indeed carry with it the potential to destroy all human flesh.

Unprecedented Trouble

Such trouble should not be unexpected to the student of the Bible. The prophet Daniel, writing of the end times, predicts: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1).

As the text at the head of this article states, the trouble would become so severe that it would be so sever it would threaten the death of the entire world population

It is no surprise them, considering the magnitude of this period of turmoil that, as Jesus himself had foretold, it would be a time when we would see “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26).

The Golden Lining

If such a predicament were all we have to look forward to, the future would be bleak indeed. Fortunately, the Bible describes these fearful days as only a transition to better times ahead,

Using the nation of Egypt as a metaphor for the entire world, the prophet writes, “And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them” (Isaiah 19:22).

Again, describing present circumstances as a dark night, the Psalmist pens these words of assurance: “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

Yet once more, in Psalm 90:3, is the reassuring promise, “Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.”

Restitution of All Things

The scope of this process when God will say, “Return, ye children of men” is the theme of a sermon by the Apostle Peter in the temple in Jerusalem. The promise he holds forth is summarized in Acts 3:20,21: “And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”

These “all things” include:

Life: Not only the obtaining of life by being raised up from the grave, but also the knowledge of God’s laws and the perfect ability to live by them so that mankind can maintain that life for ever.

A Perfect Environment: God’s plans call for not only the restoration of life but also for bringing earth itself to the perfect conditions enjoyed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Peace and Harmony: Not only will God’s new society be one which will end war that pits man against his fellow, but harmony will exist between man and beast,

A Summary of Man’s Eternal Future

A beautiful summation of that time when God’s kingdom shall rule on earth is given in Revelation 21:4,5: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

Therefore there is no need to fear, for God’s tomorrow will be better than today.

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