Two Minutes Closer to Midnight
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (bas) moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock up two minutes—so it is now five minutes to midnight, symbolizing human annihilation—on January 17. The Bulletin Online explained,
Reflecting global failures to solve the problems posed by nuclear weapons and the climate crisis, the decision by the bas board of directors was made in consultation with the Bulletin’s board of sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel laureates.
bas announced the clock change [January 17] at an unprecedented joint news conference held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Society in London. In a statement supporting the decision to move the hand of the Doomsday Clock, the bas board focused on two major sources of catastrophe: the perils of 27,000 nuclear weapons, 2,000 of them ready to launch within minutes; and the destruction of human habitats from climate change. In articles by 14 leading scientists and security experts writing in the January-February issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (http://www.thebulletin.org), the potential for catastrophic damage from human-made technologies is explored further. Created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock has been adjusted only 17 times prior to today, most recently in February 2002 after the events of 9/11. By moving the hand of the clock closer to midnight—the figurative end of civilization—the bas board of directors is drawing attention to the increasing dangers from the spread of nuclear weapons in a world of violent conflict, and to the catastrophic harm from climate change that is unfolding. The bas statement explains: “We stand at the brink of a Second Nuclear Age. Not since the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has the world faced such perilous choices. North Korea’s recent test of a nuclear weapon, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a renewed emphasis on the military utility of nuclear weapons, the failure to adequately secure nuclear materials, and the continued presence of some 26,000 nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia are symptomatic of a failure to solve the problems posed by the most destructive technology on Earth.”
With the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel all possessing a military nuclear capability, Iran on the verge of attaining the same, and now, even “pacifist” Japan making noises about the need to obtain nuclear defensive weaponry, plus political voices in Germany seeking the same, the world has never been a more dangerous place. Add to this the missing nuclear weaponry that has been spirited out of arsenals of the former ussr, combined with the increasing volatility of global terrorism, and we have a recipe for apocalyptic disaster.
Imagine that! These scientists say you and I have only five more minutes until all human life has been exterminated!
So what are you going to do about it? Is there anything you can do? There is a great deal you can do. However, you must act now—while there is time.
These outstanding scientists who operate the Doomsday Clock see little or no hope for mankind. But there is abundant hope. It’s time we all faced the truth and the only hope there is or ever will be!
But first let’s look more closely at the bad news. There is another dimension that makes the bad news even worse. Iran is about to produce nuclear bombs. But there is much more to this frightening story. The Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is eager to plunge the world into the nuclear abyss for religious reasons! This is a frightening new dimension to the nuclear equation—a mad man who will soon have nuclear power and he wants nuclear warfare! We are facing dangers that are hard to even imagine. This planet has become a huge cauldron of violent and unparalleled danger.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the former Israeli prime minister, may be elected again soon. He is saying that we are already in World War iii and likens Iran to Germany in 1938, one year before World War ii began.
That is how he evaluates world conditions today. Here is what Netanyahu said when Glenn Beck interviewed him on Nov. 17, 2006: “Iran is Germany, and it’s 1938, except that this Nazi regime that is in Iran, that’s a religious kind of fanaticism, but it wants to dominate the world, annihilate the Jews, but also annihilate America. Remember, we’re the small Satan. You’re the big Satan. …
“We’re just the first way station en route to you [the U.S.]. So there is this fundament fanaticism that is there. It’s a messianic cult. It’s a religious messianic cult that believes in the Apocalypse, and they believe they have to expedite the Apocalypse to bring the collapse of the West” (emphasis mine throughout).
As Hitler rose to power in 1938, almost everybody was in a state of denial about Germany and world conditions. People are also in a state of denial today. And the danger now is 10,000 times worse!
What could be more deadly than thinking that way today?
Mr. Netanyahu was asked, “What makes you say we should take this nut job at his word?” Here was his answer:
Well, I was getting this question in the 1990s, and I said that the West really doesn’t understand militant Islam. So I wrote a book in 1995, and I said that, if the West doesn’t wake up to the suicidal nature of militant Islam, the next thing you will see is militant Islam is bringing down the World Trade Center.
Other nut ideologies don’t do that, but militant Muslims do, and they are competing. They have two strains: the Sunni type, led by al Qaeda, who have done the World Trade Center; the Shia types, led by Iran, who want to top that by having nuclear weapons with which they can dominate the world, ultimately bring down America. We’re merely the first target. They hate us because we’re you, and we’re the first station, in the Middle East. They hate Israel because it represents America. They don’t hate America because of Israel, because we’re part and parcel of that same free, to their minds, hated hedonistic civilization. [In this evaluation, the terrorists are right.] … The Soviet Union had enough firepower to destroy the United States, but they realized that you would destroy them, so they were deterred. They were not suicidal. But militant Islam is suicidal. They often put their zealotry, their ideology above their survival. That’s why you didn’t have any Communist suicide bombers, but militant Islam produces hordes of them, battalions, and they smash into buildings in New York. Now, do you doubt that if, for example, al Qaeda had nuclear weapons, this city would not exist today? … And Seattle could disappear, because they’re not deterrable. That’s the whole point. If they were a normal power, a normal regime, without this crazy messianic cult of death, the idea that millions have to die in order for their particular Islamic messiah to come, millions have to die, and the sooner the better, in their view, because they have this cult, that’s what makes them so dangerous, if they acquire nuclear weapons to realize it.
Iran is the head of the terrorist snake. Netanyahu is discussing New York City being obliterated by terrorists. The Bible discusses cities “without inhabitant” in several Bible prophecies. Nuclear annihilation is also discussed. Thankfully God is going to stop this disaster just short of man’s extinction. (This is explained in our free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.)
Why are these terrorists introducing a threat that we have never faced before? Because you can’t deter suicide bombers—and they are about to get nuclear devices! That is the deadly problem we face today. There is no way to deter people and places from suicide bombers.
Also we lack the will to confront Iran. That nation is the supreme problem behind all terrorism.
Then Mr. Netanyahu was asked about cutting and running from Iraq. Here was his answer:
I think you’re going to find it a lot more difficult than you think, because what happens when you run, when you cut and run, from terror, terror has this unfortunate quality of chasing you. This is, however, an American decision you make. …
[W]hether you leave in phases, you leave with a timetable, you leave with no timetable, you stay in Iraq, ok, either way, if Iran acquires nuclear weapons next door, you lose Iraq. Not only do you lose Iraq, you lose the entire Middle East, and you lose control of the world oil supply, and your cities come under a nuclear threat of a crazy, fanatic regime. So the question is: Why is the American debate exclusively focused on Iraq when you should look next door? And the last thing you should do—whatever you decide on Iraq, I would give one piece of advice: Do not mortgage that solution to the Iranians. Do not get into a situation where you are giving the Iranians any kind of license to develop their nuclear program in exchange for anything that they do with you in Iraq, do or not do. You should stop the Iranian nuclear program because it is a great threat to the security of the world and the security of the United States.
So where is the hope? Mr. Netanyahu says that “in the long term, the free peoples always win.” But is that true? No it isn’t, but that is his only hope.
There is no hope in man! There never was and never will be. That is the supreme lesson that God is teaching mankind—the hard way.
Every man and woman on Earth must learn that lesson. The sooner we learn it the better!
There is hope that will lift you to a wondrous new level of living. Request our free booklet about hope based on the epistles of the Apostle Peter.
There will always be spiritual hope. But you must act while there is still physical hope—you only have “five minutes” left to act!