— Foretold as much as 100
1945, it began to be technologically feasible to end life on this
planet.”—Michael Grosso, “Analyzing the
Future,” in Isaac Asimov, ed., Living in the Future (1985), p. 18.
did we seek to uncover that last, that deepest, secret? But now it is done
and we stand aghast at what crazed men can now do to the rest of us.
has survived, thitherto, through ignorance. Can he continue to survive now
that the useful degree of ignorance is lost?”—Bertrand Russell, Has
Man a Future? historian and philosopher (1961), p. 69.
Then came the 43-year nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. For decades, there was a massive bipolar face-off between the Soviet Union and America; and the rest of the world quietly sat back and nervously watched.
But then, when the Soviet Union broke apart in 1989, everything changed again. Over a dozen smaller nations began preparing for war against one another—or against us.
In the 1990s, nations once again were arming,—but this time it is different. We have now entered upon a situation that has steadily grown almost unmanageable.
there are too many actors in the drama, too many loose nukes, too many
individual terrorists. It is too easy to buy nuclear bombs, too easy to
make chemical and biological ones.
leading scientists and intelligence experts of America tell us they long
for the days of the cold war, when things were peaceful!
comparison to the present, in some ways it seems like
the Cold War was a piece of cake.”—National Security Seminar, late
1990s, held at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
no mistake: The 1990s and beyond have hurled us into an increasingly
dangerous world. The entire world is becoming increasingly militarized,
and many of the belligerents are fanatics.
now live on the edge of a sudden military attack which could destroy major
attack which need not come from the skies. It can be brought in on
trucks. Yet there are a number of other, equally dangerous
problems. This is the story of what we are facing. Why it will come.
And what you need to do to prepare for it.
All the terrorists and rogue nations need is the raw material—the
uranium or plutonium.
Once they have that, they can build the bombs. The underpaid workers at
Russian storage sites are glad to secretly sell quantities of it. Bribery
and black market selling have been standard market procedures in Russia
Writing in a 1997 intelligence digest, a nuclear weapons expert, Graham Allison, described the situation: Once fissionable material is obtainable, it can easily be made into weapons. Transportation of the material is not difficult. A simple bomb design can be made with less than 20 pounds of plutonium.
would be easy to sneak such a bomb into America or another Western nation.
groups want the nuclear material and are willing to pay a lot to get it (Graham
T. Allison, “The Number One Threat of Nuclear Proliferation Today: Loose
Nukes from Russia,” The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Winter/Spring
1997, p. 65).
mentioned by officials, but a very serious “weapon,” would be the
small airplanes parked at thousands of private airports in America. It
would be easy to load explosives into a small plane, fill it with fuel,
and fly it into government buildings. The combination of explosives and
aviation fuel would be terrible. Jetliners are also not adequately
protected. America is not guarding its airplanes!
worst scenario, next to nuclear bombs, includes chemical and biological
Chemical weapons: The raw materials are relatively easy to get, and the finished products do not have to be kept alive. But, unlike germs, the chemicals cannot reproduce. So they can affect only a small area—unless a crop-dusting plane is used, which could cover a large city.
a large terrorist syndicate could make tons of chemical weapons.
But it is known that Iraq has stockpiles of them. The 1995 Tokyo subway
attack used a chemical weapon (sarin gas). Because an extremely small
amount was used, few people died.
Biological weapons: Most feared are anthrax (a bacterium) and smallpox (a virus). Both are highly lethal. Inhalant anthrax kills nearly 90% of its victims; but anthrax is not communicable.
kills about 30%, but can be transmitted with horrifying ease. Experts
believe smallpox is the worst of the two.
is turned into a weapon merely by releasing airborne spores for people to
breathe. A plane flying over New York City could easily do it. Within a
few days cold-like symptoms develop. By the time the symptoms are
noted, treatment is too late. Death follows within a week.
is the third major “weapons-grade” disease. Russian defectors have
declared that, before its collapse, the Soviet Union was developing new
super plagues (primarily strains of anthrax and smallpox which were more
lethal), against which there would be no known antidotes. Following that
collapse, it became far easier for foreign agents to bribe guards to sell
them quantities of it.
17 nations are believed to have biological weapons programs, many of which
The ABOVE STATEMENT was
written prior to September 11, 2001. If anything, the situation is now even more
dangerous. We are hurtling toward oblivion. Only God can help us; yet, by
our immoralities, we are declaring that we do not want His help.
join the rest of America and the world in deep sorrow over the recent
tragedies in New York City and Washington, D.C., which took the lives of
thousands of innocent people. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the many who
have suffered loss in these tragedies as well as in the ongoing battle
against worldwide terrorism.
are stunned as we consider that a terrible climax is now developing before
our eyes, events leading to the destruction of this world. Yet, according
to Bible prophecy, God is permitting this to happen. He often allows
developments to work toward a climax, just as they have in the past. He
did it in Noah’s day, when He sent a flood of waters that buried the
wicked. He did it in the days of Abraham, when He destroyed the cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness. When wickedness reaches a
certain point, God steps in.
predicted that, when conditions in the entire world became as evil as they
were in the time of Noah and Sodom—the end would come!
we reached that point? Are the worldwide calamities a sign that we have
reached the end?
one hundred years ago the primary author of this book, E.G. White, was
shown in vision what was to happen to the great cities of this world. Here
are a few examples:
is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine
and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands
perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more
frequent and disastrous.”—EGW, Great Controversy, 590.
one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon
to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven . . The
scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked at the
lofty and supposedly fireproof buildings and said: ‘They are perfectly
safe.’ But these buildings were consumed as if made of pitch. The fire
engines could do nothing to stay the destruction. The firemen were unable
to operate the
engines.”—EGW, 9 Testimonies, 12-13 (1909).
the night I was, I thought, in a room but not in my own house. I was in a
city, where I knew not, and I heard explosion after explosion. I rose up
quickly in bed, and saw from my window large balls of fire. Jetting out
were sparks, in the form of arrows, and buildings were being consumed, and
in a very few minutes the entire block of buildings was falling and the
screeching and mournful groans came distinctly to my ears. I cried out, in
my raised position, to learn what was happening: Where am I? And where are
our family circle? Then I awoke.”
—EGW, Manuscript 126 (1906).
a vision of the night, I stood on an eminence, from which I could see
houses shaken like a reed in the wind. Buildings, great and small, were
falling to the ground. Pleasure resorts, theaters, hotels, and the homes
of the wealthy were shaken and shattered. Many lives were blotted out of
existence, and the air was filled with the shrieks of the injured and the
terrified . . One touch, and buildings, so thoroughly constructed that men
regarded them as secure against every danger, quickly became heaps of
rubbish. There was no assurance of safety in any place.”—EGW,
9 Testimonies, 92-93 (1909).
“The crisis is stealing gradually upon us. The sun
shines in the heavens, passing over its usual round, and the heavens still
declare the glory of God. Men are still eating and drinking, planting and
building, marrying and giving in marriage. Merchants are still buying and
selling. Men are jostling one against another, contending for the highest
place. Pleasure lovers are still crowding to theaters, horse races,
gambling hells. The highest excitement prevails, yet probation’s hour is
fast closing, and every case is about to be eternally decided. Satan sees
that his time is short. He has set all his agencies at work that men may
be deceived, deluded, occupied, and entranced until the day of probation
shall be ended, and the door of mercy forever shut.”—EGW, Southern
Watchman, Oct. 3, 1905.