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“Mankind has never been in this position before,” Winston Churchill wrote in 1924. “Without having improved appreciably in virtue or enjoying wiser guidance, it has got into its hands for the first time the tools by which it can unfailingly accomplish its own extermination. That is the point in human destinies to which all the glories and toils of men have at last led them. They would do well to pause and ponder upon their new responsibilities.
“Death stands at attention, obedient, expectant, ready to serve, ready to shear away the peoples en masse; ready, if called on, to pulverize, without hope of repair, what is left of civilization. He awaits only the word of command. He awaits it from a frail, bewildered being, long his victim, now—for one occasion only—his master” (The Gathering Storm).
If we don’t heed Churchill’s warnings before and after World War ii, a nuclear war will quickly put everything into perspective. But what a terrifying tragedy if we fail to heed.
Churchill said the people then were living in a “fool’s paradise.” Today our fantasy world is far more distorted.
We are living in the time of the lion’s roar, but don’t realize it! “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7-8). Christ has warned us again about a coming nuclear holocaust (Matthew 24:21-22). But even if we don’t heed, Christ is going to intervene to prevent us from destroying every human being.
We can heed this warning and avoid the worst suffering ever on planet Earth. Each one of us must choose. The consequences of that choice are truly monumental!