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News you can use

This link to the Economic Collapse Blog has an excellent list of 27 reasons why the Japan nuclear crisis is worse than the government and media are telling us.

“We are not just talking about a repeat of Chernobyl. We are possibly talking about “many Chernobyls”, it is stated on the blog. Here are the top indicators on his list, and these are just a few:

#1 Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is urging all people living within 30 kilometers of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility to stay indoors.
#2 Andre-Claude Lacoste, the head of France’s Nuclear Safety Authority, says that the containment vessel surrounding the No. 2 reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex is “no longer sealed“.
#3 Radiation levels in Tokyo are already 10 times above normal levels.
#4 Reuters is reporting that some residents of Tokyo are already starting to flee the city.
#5 Radiation levels in one city north of Tokyo, Utsunomiya, were recently reported to be 33 times above normal levels.

Fact based, and clear, the list should give you chills, or make you cry. 12 million people live in Tokyo…and things do not look good for them.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson said today on Democracy Now! that children who live near the reactors should be evacuated, and that the Fukushima meltdown is at the level of Chernobyl right now.

People have reported tens of thousands to millions of dead fish in New South Wales, Australia.

Also in South Wales from March 11, about 26,000 trout have been found dead at a fish farm in Rhondda.

Dead fish wash ashore in Hawaii, from roiled and/or polluted tsunami waters.

On the mainstream news today, the guy who predicted the 1989 San Francisco California “World Series” quake predicted a major quake at California … during a window of March 16-19.

And now comes the supermoon, “On March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles” with the inevitable question as to whether it will trigger natural disasters. Some think yes.

The dollar is tanking, and the Feds are deploying radiation equipment to the west coast of the US. Lots of different news items for your consideration, and none of it is normal. Read, understand, be informed, but always pray and be ready to meet Him who is coming in the clouds for His own! The time draws nigh.
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Christians, this is where the rubber meets the road

The immediate future looks very, very dim for all of us on planet earth. The Japan situation is one where we simply do not have words any more. The human toll, the infrastructure toll, the economic toll, the financial toll and the nuclear toll affects everyone on this planet, whether you are Japanese, American, or Finnish. As a matter of fact, the Finns are buying iodine pills like they are going out of style, which they are. Over at The Economic Collapse blog, Mike Snyder noted: “[Japan is the] 3rd largest economy in the world … Could this be the “tipping point” that pushes the Japanese economy over the edge and into oblivion? … The truth is that the economy of Japan was already deeply struggling before this disaster. The national debt of Japan is now well over 200% of GDP and there seems to be no doubt that they will need to borrow massive amounts of money to deal with the aftermath of this crisis. Up until now the Japanese government has been able to borrow money at ultra-low interest rates of around 1.30 percent for 10-year bonds, drawing on a huge pool of savings from its own citizens. But in light of what has just happened, will the citizens of Japan still have enough resources to continue to fund the rampant spending of the Japanese government? At this point, it is estimated that this gigantic mountain of debt breaks down to 7.5 million yen for every single citizen of Japan.”

Add to that the cost to rebuild, mainly from scratch in places, and you have a serious dent in Japan’s and the world’s economy.

The nuclear situation is dire. Here is a photo from satellite of nuke reactor #1 (left) and #3 which still had smoke rising from its most recent explosion. [Photo credit: Photo DigitalGlobe / Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND]

They are destroyed. The steel housings of the construction are hanging outside the building and have actually melted on the concrete, you can see them running parallel to each other from top to bottom. The core is clearly visible, the overhead protective structure is completely obliterated at the very least. They are talking about radiation, plutonium, cesium, chromium and/or MOX getting into the atmosphere. Reactor 3 was burning MOX (mixed oxide fuel) fuel which is a VERY radioactive fuel when used.  MOX is bad because it will burn hotter then regular uranium. This was warned to be a bad fuel IF the plant were to come close to meltdown. Here is a link to Japan’s MOX program.

People on conspiracy sites all over the place are putting up wind and jet stream maps to determine when and where the radioactivity will arrive in the US and in other places. All three reactors are in meltdown mode and today even the mainstream newspapers are discussing the radiation fallout and putting up maps. They are buying gas masks, getting treated for radiation poisoning, hospitals are filling up…it is truly a doomsday scenario. The spectre of radiation raises the spectre of a chilling thought: the Revelation 4th seal of death through pestilence could well be radiation. Maybe not, but it shows us how He could lift a finger there and over here something completely un-thought of comes forth.

What can we as Christians do? We know to pray. We know to donate. We also know to rely on the promises of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Rely on His promises! This time is where the rubber meets the road. I painted a realistic picture for you and it is truly a doomish one. But He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) Lest you forget what is ahead for us, and perhaps SOON:

‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Revelation 3:5) What a comfort to be known and spoken of by the God of the Universe!

Ps 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Yes, we have afflictions, and more may be coming down the pike, but what a blessing to know that we will be delivered!

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:18). Does this compute? The God of the Universe, will come to you. He will come right now if you need Him, pray if you need comfort. He is there, right beside you.

We are looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13). We are the generation that will see Him from life to eternal life without death! We are blessed to see Him soon, His glorious appearing! “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” (Mt 17:1-2). We will see Him through glorified eyes, gaze upon His bright face!

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. – John 14:1-3

So though the near future looks dim on planet earth, this is not our home! It looks very bright for us in New Jerusalem.

He knows your name, He is readying a place for you, He is bright like the sun and so you shall be bright, and He is coming to gather you to His bosom. Do not quiver in fear, this is where the rubber meets the road in your faith! Stand strong and ready, “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.‘”
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Will there be nuclear war?

At the time just before the Tribulation begins, Israel is attacked by an evil coalition of nations that include Russia, Iran, Turkey and others. During the Tribulation, Israel is attacked again.

Zechariah 5:1-4
Then I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, there was a flying scroll. And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.” (30 X 15 feet) Then he said to me, “This is the curse that is going forth over the face of the whole land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears will be purged away according to the writing on the other side. “I will make it go forth,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name; and it will spend the night within that house and consume it with its timber and stones.”

A scud missile looks like a rounded cylindrical scroll of about thirty feet in length and fifteen feet in diameter… and the effects of radiation linger in the house…

Zechariah 14:12
“Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.”

Many interpreters take this to mean something in modern warfare, such as a nuclear bomb or a neutron bomb. “A Neutron Bomb, also called ENHANCED RADIATION WARHEAD, specialized type of small thermonuclear weapon that produces minimal blast and heat but which releases large amounts of lethal radiation. The neutron bomb delivers blast and heat effects that are confined to an area of only a few hundred yards in radius. But within a somewhat larger area it throws off a massive wave of neutron and gamma radiation, which can penetrate armor or several feet of earth. This radiation is extremely destructive to living tissue.” source

Alternatively, the plague which comes upon Israel could be the Ebola Virus, which also causes the flesh to rot from the insides.

I bring this up because nuclear issues are in the news and they all surround Israel and the Gog-Magog nations. Suddenly everything is about nukes, who has them and who will use them. After 70 years of nuclear ambiguity, Israel suddenly is being outed in her nuclear capabilities. It is entirely possible that the last battles of the Tribulation may be nuclear in nature. There is an IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna on June 7 over which I urge Christians to pray and be watchful. I pasted below, in its entirety, a great essay on the subject of Israel and nukes from “Israel Behind the News.” It’s readable and sheds light on this important and dangerous topic.

NUCLEAR AMBUSH FOR ISRAEL?
By Ronen Bergman,Investigative Reporter,Yediot Ahronot
Published in Yediot Ahronot, May 12, 2010 /Sat May 14 2010

In the midst of the Munich Security Conference that was held four years ago, a number of Arab representatives tried to place Israel’s nuclear capabilities on the agenda. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld gave Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, who was sitting in the crowd, a smile and shot them down. Everyone knows that Israel has to defend itself against existential dangers, said Rumsfeld, and ended that debate before it even began.

But the reality nowadays is completely different.

For the first time in its history, the International Atomic Energy Agency is going to discuss the atomic arsenal that is ascribed to Israel. Section eight of the agenda for the IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna on June 7 ought to be troubling to Israel for two reasons. The first is that the Israel Atomic Energy Commission and the Israeli intelligence community learned yesterday about the existence of this section from an Associated Press report, and not from their own sources. The second and more important reasons is that this constitutes the further erosion of the wall of nuclear ambiguity that Israel has maintained around the “textile factory” in Dimona.

Had the US administration acted differently, none of this would have happened. While the senior American representative at the Munich conference four years ago derailed the debate on Israel’s nuclear arsenal, American representatives at the very same conference that was held this February squirmed and provided vague answers about the need to free the Middle East of nuclear weapons, identical to the official statements that have recently been issued by the White House and the State Department on this issue.

Why are the Americans doing that? Does this not constitute the violation of the secret agreements that were reached between Golda Meir and President Nixon, that Israel would scrupulously maintain its nuclear ambiguity and the US, in exchange, would not demand that it either sign the NPT or open its nuclear installations to IAEA supervision? What truly is prompting President Obama to attack us on this front as well or, at the very least, to sit with folded arms while others do so?

One possible answer is that Obama is motivated by a liberal ideology that truly believes that the powder-keg known as the Middle East truly can be defused before peace reigns here. Another possible answer pertains to the fabric of relations between Israel and the United States. The US is furious with Israel about its behavior on the Palestinian track and that is why it has partially removed the protective vest that it has provided to Israel for so many years on the nuclear issue. There are some members of the Israeli intelligence community who believe that the Americans are so fed up with Netanyahu that they enjoy seeing us bleed.

Either way, the Arab states have correctly read the changes in Washington and are bombarding us in Vienna. On April 23 the Arab representatives sent IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano a letter in which they asked him to report to the board of governors everything the IAEA knows about Israel’s nuclear capabilities and to demand that Israel permit supervisors to enter its nuclear facilities. Amano recently sent a letter to the foreign ministers of the 151 IAEA member countries and sought their recommendations as to how to persuade Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

If Israel were a signatory of the NPT, the IAEA meeting could have led to a UN Security Council debate and a ruling that Israel was in violation of the treaty. Based on that ruling, the UN Security Council then would have the right to impose sanctions against the violating country. Since Israel never signed the NPT, that is a scenario that cannot occur. Yet the very fact that such a meeting is being held by such an important forum that oversees global nuclear proliferation, for the first time since that agency was established 52 years ago, is very problematic from Israel’s perspective.

The position that was drafted by Yehiel Horev, the former director of security in the security establishment, posits that any discussion, debate or demand to supervise the turn of events in Dimona is bad for Israel. If the ambiguity dissipates, warned Horev and his colleagues, Israel will find itself on the list of countries under international boycott, and even the United States, under any administration, would be obliged to change its policies. That would be damaging to science, the economy and Israel’s national security.

Others, such as Professor Uzi Even, one of the founders of the reactor in Dimona, believe that the time for nuclear ambiguity has passed. Israel, believes Even, needs to achieve a status similar to India’s. While it does not publicly brandish the nuclear weapons it possesses, it is a signatory of the NPT and enjoys the international consequences resulting from this.

The problem is that the upcoming IAEA meeting is liable to erode Israel’s policy of nuclear ambiguity, but also its ability to cope with Iran in the diplomatic arena. The very fact that someone has placed Israel, Iran and Syria on the agenda of the same meeting makes the Israeli Foreign Ministry fight against a nuclear Iran much more difficult.

Ultimately, this sort of meeting is going to damage Israel’s shaky international standing. Everyone eager to lash out at Israel, and not only in the Arab world, is going to exploit this meeting to demand that the very same steps that are being taken against Iran be taken against Israel. As is, Israel has been suffering from mounting isolation and delegitimization as the national home of the Jewish people. In that kind of reality, raising the issue of Israel’s nuclear capabilities is the last thing that we need.

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The dark time of nukes

I’ve often used the Ezekiel 39:9 verse to show that the Gog-Magog battle described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 must occur at the start of the Tribulation.

“Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up–the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel.”

For the Israelites to burn the weapons as fuel for 7 years, there must be 7 years of time on earth left to burn them. But a question on Jack Kelley’s site made me think more deeply about the verse besides just timing. Here is the exchange:

Q. “I was reading an article on the Bible Prophecy Today website titled, “Israel Considers Nuclear Power.” And as I’m reading, it pops in my head that during the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39 the Lord specifically says the people of Israel will use the weapons of the Horde that will be coming against them and burn them into fuel and for 7 years the energy needs of Israel will be met. Israel has been looking into ways to produce more electricity to meet the country’s growing energy need. Now they use coal, but its not efficient enough. I really think this shows just how in control God is that he not only is going to destroy Israel enemies but at the same time meet this need! What do you think? Am I reaching to much?”

A. “No, I don’t think you’re reaching. And when you stop to think about it, what other source of energy is there that could begin as a weapon and be converted into enough energy to supply the entire nation’s needs for 7 years? I once calculated that in 2002 it would have taken over 120,000 tons of combustible material to meet Israel’s energy needs for one day. It pretty much has to be nuclear.”

This interpretation makes sense to me. The precursors to Iran’s achieving nuclear weapons are astounding. It would not take much to see that Obama’s dragging his feet on sanctions, his hostility toward Israel, and his misplaced friendliness toward the Palestinians would embolden the Iranians enough and give them the window of time to succeed in their nuclear goals. So how close are they?

The Australian reports bluntly:

“US allows Iran its nuclear vision”
“US President Barack Obama has decided to abandon any serious effort to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He is determined instead to live with a nuclear Iran, by containment and, if possible, negotiation. This is the shifting tectonic plate in the Middle East. This is the giant story of the past few weeks which the world has largely missed, distracted by the theatre of the absurd of Obama’s contrived and mock confrontation with Israel over 1600 apartments to be built in three years’ time in a Jewish suburb in East Jerusalem.”

The lack of concerted effort to halt Iran’s nukes in in the face of the facts of the recent advances of “Iran’s missile program, which has no conceivable military use except to carry nuclear weapons, and which can now reach Europe and in due course will have a longer range…” That Iran has likely passed the tipping point and in actuality is near to their goal is widely understood by viewing their very public successes in their nuclear programme. NY Times reported a few days ago that: “Six months after the revelation of a secret nuclear enrichment site in Iran, international inspectors and Western intelligence agencies say they suspect that Tehran is preparing to build more sites in defiance of United Nations demands.” (image source)

Of course they are. They have repeatedly said they are stopping at nothing and that nothing will deter them. They said it again yesterday.

The American Thinker site gives us some more information on that Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the US: “The Washington Times is reporting this morning that the CIA believes Iran already has the capability to build a bomb if they chose to do so. This was self evident after the Iranians announced they were going to enrich their uranium hex from 4% to 20%. If you can enrich to 20% you can certainly enrich to the 85-90% level necessary to build a bomb.” Of course they can.

What does all this add up to? A few things. First, the nuclear genie, who left the bottle in 1945 but remained tethered to the bottle, has broken loose. The notion of actually using nuclear weapons as a means of fighting nation against nation is now floating about and gaining tenability. The idea no longer engenders the immediate reflex reaction of recoil and repugnance as it has in the past.

Secondly, a close reading of the scriptures shows us that nuclear use will come to pass. Not only do the verses referring to Israel’s burning of the (nuclear) fuel for 7 years as stated above, but Zechariah 14:12 paints a picture of what happens to the human body during a nuke strike: “Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.” Isaiah 17:1 pronounces that Damascus will cease from being a city, it will be a heap of ruins, no longer recognizable as even being a city. Only nuclear weapons can do that. Isaiah 34:4 shows us “All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll;” and that image is repeated in Rev 6:14 “The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” This effect actually occurs during a nuclear blast. The continuing force of a nuclear blast wave drives everything away from its super-heated center, with winds up to 400 miles per hour. After a few seconds the winds rush back to fill the partial vacuum left from the blast. And of course, nukes can make the mountains move from their place. (I wrote more about the likely use of nuclear weapons here.)

Third, things are occurring exactly as the Lord intended and told us ahead of time. What a blessing it is to have a Sovereign God who wants a personal relationship with us! What a blessing that He gave us his Word to study, so we can know these things and take comfort in His promises! There is also something else we can know, and that is that any person who has appealed to Jesus for forgiveness of his sins and repented, claiming Him as Lord and Savior, will NOT BE HERE when the nukes fly.

In due time, the world will be dark, literally dark “The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.” (Is 13:10). No light! The world will be spiritually dark too- “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11) No Light! You can know that you will be part of the blessed Church safely sequestered in heaven during the Tribulation, if you are sorry for your sins and ask Him to forgive. If you have done so, you will receive the Holy Spirit sealed inside you to educate you and guide you on His paths. For now,

“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” (John 12:36)

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Here a nuke, there a nuke, everywhere a nuke nuke

After a decades-long cessation in the news from the words nuclear, preemptive, nuke, and strike, those words are back in print. Worse, their reappearance conveys hardened military philosophy, discussion, and perhaps use. Knowing prophecy and its revealing that nuclear strikes (likely) occur in the Tribulation, nuclear as a concept-only will remain moot for not much longer. I wrote this week that I believe the bible foretells nuclear exchanges during the Tribulation. One-Fourth of all humans will die within three and a half years. That is over 2 BILLION people. We also know that the Gog-Magog war Russia and Iran are major aggressors. That these countries are both in the news this week with the word “nuclear” attached to them is no surprise. Heavy hearted, nonetheless I offer the following news excerpts:

Russia unveils new nuclear doctrine
“Lowering the threshhold for the use of nuclear weapons, Russia has said it reserves the right to hit back with nukes in case of an aggression, in a new doctrine which may be a veiled warning to China and rising NATO powers.”

U.S. Should Embrace Using Nukes for Nuclear Threat Only, Experts Say
“Perry argued that nonproliferation and disarmament efforts have “stalled or even reversed” in the last decade, noting that Russia and China today are said to be building new nuclear weapons. “North Korea has gone nuclear and Iran is following close in its footsteps,” according to Perry. If those countries develop their own arsenals “I believe we will cross over a nuclear tipping point, greatly increasing the danger of a nuclear catastrophe in the world,” he said.”

The End of Obama’s Vision of a Nuke Free World
“Perhaps the most telling indicator of failed nonproliferation policy on the part of the Obama administration is the fact that there has been no progress on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.”

Clinton: Iran Nuke Could Trigger Nuclear Arms Race in Middle East
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that if Iran acquires a nuclear bomb it could trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which would create “dangerous” problems in the region.”

I believe the aforementioned tipping point has been reached. The US and other nations underestimate the fervor with which the current Iranian Administration believe that it is their duty to start a war so that the world can be expunged of sinners and thus herald the final Mahdi’s arrival. They believe this Mahdi or Twelfth Imam is the ultimate savior of humankind and is the final Imam of the Twelve Imams over the ages. They believe that this final or Twelfth Imam cannot appear until the war begins. Ahmadinejad has stated before that he feels he is the appointed one to start that war to cause the the Twelfth Imam to arrive. He and the Iranian Clerics including the Supreme Leader Khomeini are firm on this. And there is no motivator like religious fervor, for better or worse. These leaders’ harsh words and actions certainly bear out their intent to create a nuclear materiel. For them in their mindset, having materiel without using it is no good to a country intent on bringing their savior to earth through horrific war. They will use it, they have said so over and over.

It is to earth’s peril that on this point at least, we fail to take them at their word.

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Iran is a nuclear nation

The most important news of the day has got to be Iran’s announcement that they are now a nuclear state. I don’t know why this surprises the power-brokers, it has been widely touted that Iran would have a nuke by 2010. It’s now 2010. You do the math, lol. I wonder what Israel will do?!

I believe the bible foretells nuclear war. In Isaiah 17:1 it says “An Oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.” Only nukes could obliterate a city thoroughly enough for the city to be uninhabitable and unrecognizable. Even the massive and continual German bombing of London in WWII didn’t raze the city.

The nuclear issue is hugely important. Though nukes have only been used twice since their invention (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) I believe the bible foretells their use in quantity during the Tribulation. There are many verses that could be interpreted that way, but here are a few:

In Matthew 24:29 it states “The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky.” Joel 3:14-15 and Mark 13:24 say the same. Nuclear winter effects are similar. When Mt. Tambora erupted in 1815 it produced a volcanic winter known as “Eighteen Hundred and froze to death” (1816). Severe summer climate abnormalities destroyed crops in Northern Europe, the Northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Famine was the result. Sunsets were spectacular, brown and red snow fell all over the globe, the skies were dark and the cold persisted for two years. That was just one eruption. Imagine the effects on a globe where nukes are falling in number.

Revelation 6:15 – “Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.” Why do they hide in caves in mountains? To shield themselves from the effects of nuclear blasts and fallout? Otherwise they would hide in homes and buildings, no? Mount Weather is the underground bunker to which the President and Congress is evacuated in the event of an emergency, such as when copters flew them to the facility on 9/11. Also, Cheyenne Mountain is another cave-like bunker facility to which the military would continue operations in case of nuclear exchanges.

Rev 6:14 “And the sky receded as a scroll…” this effect actually occurs during a nuclear blast. The continuing force of a nuclear blast wave drives everything away from its super-heated center, with winds up to 400 miles per hour. After a few seconds the winds rush back to fill the partial vacuum left from the blast.

Rev. 9:18 “A third part of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur.” Sulfur also known as brimstone, is a by-product smell of bitter fallout.

Revelation 8:7 we see that “A third of trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.” Joel 2:30 says, “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.”

Revelation 8:10-11 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Zech 14:12 “Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.” John Hagee mentioned that this scenario is a perfect example of the effects of a nuclear blast on the human body.

It seems likely that nukes will be used liberally during the Tribulation…pray now to receive Jesus as savior and forgiver of your sins, and you will dine with Him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb rather than hide in caves shivering from nuclear winter.

Prophecy note: The rise of Iran, Russia, and China in these articles below coincides with the players that the book of Revelation says will be belligerent, powerful war-mongers in the Tribulation. Iran and Russia being the leaders of the Gog-Magog war and China being the land of the Kings of the East (Rev 16:12) mounting a 200 million man army.

President Ahmadinejad declares Iran a nuclear state
Iran is now a nuclear state, President Ahmadinejad told a huge rally of supporters on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran had produced a first batch of uranium enriched to a level of 20 percent and that it was capable of achieving much higher levels of purity – up to 80 per cent.

Iran: Destroy Israel if it strikes
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Syrian President Bashar Assad that Israel “must be resisted” and finished off “once and for all” if it launches a military operation in the Middle East, Reuters cited an Iranian report on Thursday.

China threatens to dump US Treasuries over Taiwan arms sale
Majors General Zhu Chenghu and Luo Yuan and Colonel Ke Chungqio of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army were quoted in an official Chinese publication calling for the Chinese government to retaliate against the United States economically for the recent decision to sell $6.4 billion of arms to Taiwan. China has already announced unspecified sanctions against U.S. companies that participate in the sale.

Twitter diplomacy: Envoy says Russia will ‘kick ass’ of US
Russia’s ambassador to NATO said Wednesday in a post on his Twitter feed that the proverbial Russian bear would “kick the ass” of the United States and its allies if cornered by a new US missile shield.

Nations are rising, as the bible said they would be!