It seems a lot of people are predicting America will strike Iran → Iran will strike Israel → Israel will nuke Iran → sparking global nuclear war with muslims, Russia & China against America and Israel, bringing human civilization to an end. But someone sent me an interesting study about, “Can America Survive an All-out Nuclear Attack?” The answer is yes. And here’s the reason:
Imagine if every major population-center in America is suddenly annihilated in simultaneous, surprise nuclear attacks and America instantly loses 225 million lives. America can still retaliate – because their defence and command systems and weapons are already positioned far away from major centers, underground and all around the world in subs, ships, airbases, and satellites. So America will then begin to systematically annihilate her enemies using superior nuclear weapons. No country can finance a long war against America. As President Bush once said, “Any country who chooses a war with the United States has chosen its own distruction”. Then a global “nuclear winter” will set in as a result of the thousands of mushroom clouds rising into the stratosphere all around the world. America’s enemies won’t have the ability to survive the geophysical aftermath caused by their own war. But America’s 75 million survivors will have a better chance than anyone. They will migrate away from high radiation areas and spread throughout continental America. They will begin to rebuild (just like the world rebuilt after the bubonic plague which wiped out a third of the world’s population in only a few months). America will re-emerge as the world superpower, with one difference this time – her enemies won’t exist anymore.
Even if modern Israel gets totally annihilated in a nuclear war, Israel could be rebuilt again – because America currently has about the same number of Jews living in it as actually lives in Israel.
So after the initial horror of global nuclear war, the world that emerges from it could actually be a far better and more free place, with America and Israel again dominating but this time with unprecedented peace and prosperity (in much the same way that the horror of WWI&II actually rid the world of Nazism, the Ottoman Empire and Japanese expansionism, and “auschwitz” resulted in the birth of, rather than the annihilation of, Israel).
So there you go. The point being? Even if a nuclear war happens, end-times alarmists need to be mindful that it could end-up being something a future generation will read about in history books. Therefore no end-time preacher should be asserting that Jesus must come in our lifetime just because Iran tested a few fireworks over the weekend! Jesus could come – but He might not either. No man knows the day nor the hour. Our job is not to know when – our job is to be ready, and to preach the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.