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Men have invented fearful nuclear weapons of mass destruction that could destroy millions of lives and end the world if God should permit it. The prophecy in Revelation 11:18 concerning the final movements that will usher in the second coming mentions that the time is ripe for God to “destroy them which destroy the earth.” This verse shows that immediately before Christ comes back to this earth men will have the potential for destroying the earth.
There have been a number of dreadful nuclear incidents in history sufficient to have started a global war between world powers. Why have these not exploded into a universal destructive war? Bible prophecy gives the answer in Revelation 7:1-3. The four winds of universal destruction are being held back by angels until God seals His faithful children.
No one can tell how far God will permit men to go in destroying certain cities or countries by nuclear warfare. But this we do know from Bible prophecy: no nuclear devices of men will ever bring the end of the world. God Himself will bring the end by the second coming of Christ “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:10, 13).
God’s destruction will come suddenly when men least expect it. For it is written, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). The Bible says, “In the last days perilous times shall come” (2 Timothy 3:1). So, God’s judgement is coming like it came at the flood in the days of Noah. Jesus Christ declared that as it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be in these last days (Matthew 24:37).
In His service,