Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

Nuclear Radiation in Bible Prophecy?

Nuclear Radiation: Chernobyl and Japan

The nuclear radiation, now being released from Japan’s 4 reactors, is said to be second only to the Ukrainian Chernobyl disaster in severity.  I wondered if there was anything in the Bible about “nuclear radiation.”  I couldn’t think of any such scriptures, so I called my friend Larry (2 days ago) to ask him.  Larry knows the Bible better than most, so if it was there, he would probably know.  He said there are many scriptures that appear to refer to nuclear fires, bombs and explosions but, like me, nothing came to mind concerning the invisible, hazardous radiation emitted from nuclear catastrophes.

I dropped it.  Well yesterday I called Keith Lunders concerning other Bible matters.  I haven’t visited with Keith for a month or 2.  Sure enough, he was just thinking about calling me!  He wanted to tell me about something he had just learned about Chernobyl.  Namely:

Chernobyl means:  “wormwood”

Students of Bible prophecy are familiar with this word which, until now, has been a total mystery to me.  With Keith on the phone, I looked on Wikipedia for ChernobylSure enough it reads:

ChernobylName origin: The city is named after the Ukrainian word for mugwort or wormwood (Artemisia vulgaris), which is чорнобиль "chornobyl".

Some prophecies in the Bible read:

"...for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD... And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant... Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. (Jeremiah 8:14 – 9:15)"

"Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. (Jer 23:15)"

Here the prophet of Lamentations, a son of Israel, is anguishing from his vision of God’s wrath upon Zion:

 "I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.  He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.  Surely against me is He turned; He turneth His hand against me all the day.  My flesh and my skin hath He made old; He hath broken my bones.  He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail…He hath filled me with bitterness, He hath made me drunken with wormwood.  He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. (Lam 3:1-19 *Note)”

*Note: This scripture is used to make my point (about “wormwood”) but I should not leave this scripture out-of-context.  The Lord’s Mercy endures Forever.  The prophet of Lamentations continues:

“My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.  This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. (Lam 3:20-25)”

And finally, in the Last Days, in the midst of the Great Tribulation:

"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. (Rev 8:10-11)"

So Chernobyl means “wormwood.”  I think this is a sign for us to understand one of the many woes that are facing us in these last days.  Remember:  these tribulations do not come in great intensity all at once.  But instead they will creep upon us as “birth pangs.”  In Matthew 24 (1-7) Jesus described certain events that lead to His “coming, and the end of the world.” (I think nuclear radiation could very well be included in these).  In verse 8 Jesus said “All these are the beginning of sorrows.

The Chernobyl disaster occurred in 1986.  Since then, many other “signs of the times” have been increasing in frequency. As a woman’s labor pains increase, in both intensity and frequency, so shall be the signs of His coming:

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. ‘Do you see all these things?’ he asked. ‘I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’  Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains. (Matt 24:1-8 NIV)”

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.  (Mark 13:8 NIV)”

“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. (1Thes 5:3 KJV)”


1 comment:

  1. Zechariah 14:12

    King James Version (KJV)

    12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.