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The Meaning Of Hiroshima

Sixty five years ago an atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, Japan. The impact was felt around the world. People were shocked, stunned! Deep down, everyone knew the world would never be the same. What has occurred in the 65 years since is a matter of record. The scientific advances, the arms race, the effect of the nuclear age upon peoples and nations are all too familiar; we live with it every day.

On the morning of August 6, 1945, though it was wartime, it was business as usual in Hiroshima. The streets were full of people. Men and women were on their way to work or shopping, children were going to school. The air raid siren started to scream. But no one paid any attention. The lone aircraft over the city was thought to be on a reconnaissance mission and did not appear as a threat.

Forty-three seconds later, there was a searing, blinding flash, brighter and hotter than thousands of suns. Instantly, within a half mile of ground zero, people, animals, carts and houses were no more. They simply evaporated. Disintegrating bodies, in some cases, left permanent “shadows” etched on rocks or concrete surfaces.

In the area surrounding ground zero, people out in the open had their clothes burned off and their skin seared. If they were looking directly at the flash their eyes were burned in their sockets. In that moment 100,000 human beings died, and half again that many would die later from burns and mutilation.

Then came the blast and shock wave. Traveling thousands of miles an hour, if flattened everything for miles in all directions. This was followed by the fireball and resulting firestorm, which consumed everything in its reach. A heavy cloud of smoke and dust spread and began to rise cloaking the city in thick darkness. The mushroom cloud ascended to 40,000 feet and blotted out the sun. Radioactive fallout from the cloud brought death and lingering sickness to those who had survived the flash, the blast and the firestorm.

A memorial museum (called Peace Park) was built in Hiroshima to teach the rest of the world about the horrors of nuclear weapons. Man does not seem to have learned much from the legacy of Hiroshima.

Nations continue to prepare for war in the name of maintaining peace. Doomsday planners (defensive and offensive strategists) continue their search for ever more devastating weapon. There is no end to the arms race. Today’s vast stockpiles of weapons are a hundred or a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bombs which ended World War II.

Many nations today have the ability to manufacture their own nuclear weapons; there may be other faster ways to obtain these weapons, by buying them or by stealing them. It is a terrifying prospect.

Unless there is a turnaround, man’s time on this planet is short. This is the same prediction made more than 1900 years ago by the greatest newscaster of all time, Jesus Christ!

In the book of Matthew, chapter 24:3, Jesus’ disciples came to Him and asked this question: “When will this happen? And what will be the signal for your coming and the end of the age?”

Christ then proceeded to outline the news for them. He predicted that war, violence and trouble of every kind will increase, and then suddenly, the world will be plunged into the crisis at the close of this age (v. 21).

Daniel describes the world situation as “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation” (Dan. 12:1). Matthew’s account says there was never a time of trouble so great since the beginning of the world.

Let us face it. For the first time in the history of the world, man is capable of laying waste entire cities at once (Ezk. 6:6).And dreadful as it is, it is also possible to exterminate every living, breathing thing from the face of the earth.

Our generation is living in the last days of human civilization. We are fast approaching the climax at the close of man’s day on this earth. The atom bombs that exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago catapulted us into the Nuclear Age. More than that, they signaled that mankind had entered the biblical “time of the end.”

God revealed to Daniel key prophecies of the end time. Daniel must have been extremely eager to understand them and to know the final outcome. But God firmly said, “Go thy way Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (Dan. 12:9).

In the end time everything would come together in a grand scenario of events. Those living in the last days could know that the end was near. Daniel and others living before that time could not. God did not choose to give them full understanding that far in advance.

But, amid all this grim news, there is still good news! There is a way to rise above the present gloom and face the future with confidence. This is a stimulating and exciting time for those who grasp the full significance of the age in which we live. It is the special privilege of this generation to hear the Good News, “gospel” means “good news” of the way to peace. Though most will not heed, you can understand world news, know the future and see the conclusion of human history, the “restitution of all things” by Jesus Christ.

We gather for you the hidden meaning behind the real world in which you live. We watch world trends. We use the Bible to bring you understanding of the news behind the news. Why? So you will be warned, and it is hoped come to see what is about to occur and believe it! You must believe it before you will act! That’s the nature of human beings. Throughout history, human beings have had a tendency to turn away from the unpleasant and refuse to act on what they suspect or feel deep down to be true. This is one reason the world is in the trouble it is today.

The next step for you is to pray that God will include you among the few who will be accounted worthy to escape the tribulation period ahead of us (Luke 21:36; Rev. 3:10).

God’s true servants in the end time along with concerned scientists and men of vision are branded as “doomsday prophets.” The world does not want to hear the truth. The whole world has strayed so far from God that truth is no longer recognizable. Only the wise will stop, and listen and consider and act! You can escape the coming time of trouble which will precede the return of Jesus Christ to this earth to reestablish the government of God over all nations and bring us peace!

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