Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. Joel 2:1-2
I’m 56 and, for the first time in my life, there is serious talk about nuclear war. I remember the anti-nuclear protests across Europe in the 1980s, but those were led mostly by front groups from the enemy Soviets. That, and they really weren’t very realistic. Today, the US is fighting a proxy war with a nuclear power, and the leader of Russia has threatened to use nuclear weapons. It’s causing fear and panic, especially among the elites.
Nuclear war is a choice. It’s man’s choice. It’s the choice of Mister Biden, President Putin, Chairman Xi and the heads of all the nations that possess nuclear weapons. It’s a conscious but avoidable choice. The annihilation that would happen with detonating these weapons would be so widespread that it would kill millions, maybe billions, of people. But it’s still an avoidable choice. I hope it’s one that’s never made because it would be senseless murder.
Not so the end of time. Judgment Day won’t be a choice we can avoid. Nuclear incineration would be the result of Satan influencing man’s choices, leading to widespread death and destruction. But man’s choices – reached by listening to Satan far too often – are the only thing that will lead to misery and terror on the day when the Lord ends history. For those who spend their lives here reveling in what the prince of this world offers, it will be the worst possible day. Nuclear war will be preferable to standing in front of a just Lord Jesus if you don’t believe in Him.
For Jesus’ followers, however, it will be a day of light, of true liberating freedom. On that day, He will end all sin, end all anguish, end all pain. He will demand accounting from even His believers, but on their accountability, He will also step in and say, “penalty paid in full.” His light will drown out all darkness. His justice will crush all sin. He will remove all pain and tears, and usher in a universal eternity of love, adventure, and joy. For the believer, Judgment Day will be the best day ever.
Jesus has made it all possible. What do you choose? The terrors of this world or the safety and peace of Christ?
For more reading: Numbers 10:2-7, Job 9:7, Isaiah 8:22, Ezekiel 34:12, Amos 5:18, Zephaniah 1:14-16, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 9:2, Joel 2:3
Lord, usher in Your eternity now. And put peace in the hearts of the nuclear warmakers.
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