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Wednesday, January 17 2018
The Doomsday Clock
"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth ... And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever"
The so-called "Doomsday Clock" idea was invented in 1947 by an association of atomic scientists as a symbolic warning of the possibility of nuclear war. Typically, the clock has hovered a few minutes before midnight i.e. the possibility of nuclear war, in their opinion, was very high, or even inevitable (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
The good news is that Bible prophecy makes plain that humanity isn't going to be allowed to destroy itself with nuclear weapons (or anything else) - although nuclear missiles are going to be launched, by someone, but they aren't going to be allowed to detonate on their target (see the Fact Finder question below).
There is however a "doomsday" coming. A very good one.
The English-language word "doom" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, dom, that is the very same word that is used as a suffix in the word kingdom. Why? Because it meant, as other words that originated from it, dominion or domicile. "Doom" meant the end of something that was replaced by something much greater. The Bible uses the term "end of the world," as in the end of Satan's world, in exactly the same way.
So then, does the Bible have a "doomsday clock"? Is there something in the Holy Scriptures that tell us when the countdown to the end of Satan's present buffoon world and the Kingdom of God will begin? Answer - yes.
While many supposed "leaders" over the centuries have claimed that "the end is here!" (and made fools of themselves, some repeatedly, when it didn't happen as they claimed), there is one, and only one, Biblical guarantee that tells us when the countdown has begun, and exactly how long it will last - the 42 month ministry of the "two witnesses."
The return of the Messiah to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return) will be preceded by a 42-month period of great tribulation. During that time, the entire world will come to know four people, two on each side, who will miraculously dispute the LORD's Truth versus Satanic deception. At the end of the 42 month period, all four of them will be killed - with the "two witnesses" of the LORD resurrected to eternal life (see below), and the "beast" and his "great false prophet" cast into the lake of fire where they will be obliterated forever (Revelation 19:19-21).
The "two witnesses" will "prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days" (42 months), after having been given the miraculous means to defend themselves: "if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed."
When their ministry has been completed, the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) will permit the martyrdom of His two witnesses. Their dead bodies will be left in the streets of Jerusalem "three days and an half."
"11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein [see The Holy Place In History And Prophecy and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today]. 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
The two witnesses will then be resurrected and ascend to heaven, just like the Messiah did, not far from where the Messiah did, from which they will then return with the Messiah.
"11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud [see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?]; and their enemies beheld them.
The martyrdom and resurrection of the two witnesses will occur at the same time as the final "abomination of desolation" (see The Abominations Of Desolations By The Kings Of The North And South).
"11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever [see The Coming World Dictator and The Church: Mission Accomplished].
Fact Finder: What does the Holy Bible say about the launch of nuclear missiles?
This Day In History, January 17
38 BC: Octavian (who became the first emperor of the Roman empire; see The Roman Emperors: Augustus) divorced Scribonia and married Livia Drusilla, thereby ending the political peace between the Second Triumvirate (see The Politics Of Rome) and Pompey. Augustus was Emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7). An actual in-his-lifetime portrait of the man who called that famous Bethlehem census is shown below.
395: Upon the death of Emperor Theodosius I, the original Roman Empire was no longer ruled by a single leader. As a political and military entity, it thereafter began to be moved northward, where it became officially known as "The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
683: The Battle of al-Harrah. A Syrian army supporting the Umayyad caliph Yazid I defeated the rebel forces of Medina.
1287: King Alfonso III of Aragon invaded the Spanish island Minorca.
1377: Pope Gregory XI restored the papacy to Rome from Avignon, France, where it had resided for 72 years. It had been moved there by French Pope Clement V in 1305, to escape the political turmoil in Italy at the time (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1524: Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed from Madeira in search of a route to the Pacific Ocean.
1562: The Edict of St. Germain took effect by which the Huguenots (French Protestants) were recognized in France. On the same day, the Duke of Guise and the Cardinal of Lorraine formed a union to block the edict.
1595: Henry IV of France declared war on Spain.
1601: The Treaty of Lyons was signed between France, Spain and Savoy under which Henry IV gained Bresse, Bugey, Gex and Valromey.
1648: England's "Long Parliament" passed the "Vote of No Addresses," ending negotiations with King Charles I and setting the stage for the second part of the English Civil War.
1773: The Resolution, under England's Captain James Cook, became the first ship to enter Antarctic waters. Cook and his crew explored and charted vast areas around the world.
1811: The Battle of Calderon Bridge during the Mexican War of Independence; a force of 6,000 Spanish troops defeated a Mexican revolutionist force of 100,000.
1852: The United Kingdom recognized the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.
1912: Robert Falcon Scott's expedition reached the South Pole, a month after Roald Amundsen of Norway.
1939: The Nazi government in Germany prohibited Jews from working as dentists, veterinarians and chemists (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: The Soviet Red Army liberated and occupied Warsaw, Poland, from German forces.
1946: The United Nations Security Council held its first session.
1957: Canada's last aircraft carrier (Canada had 3 aircraft carriers during the Second World War to Cold War era), HMCS Bonaventure (shown in the photograph), was commissioned. The ship was ordered scrapped in 1969 by the Liberal regime of Pierre Trudeau.
1961: Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was murdered. He had been a leading proponent of the Congo's independence from Belgium.
1961: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower delivered a national televised farewell address, warning of the self-destructive influence of the "military-industrial complex" i.e. arms manufacturers making billions in profits for "defense" by getting gullible or puppet politicians elected to start or provoke wars all around the world.
1966: A U.S. B-52 bomber collided in mid-air with a refueling tanker over Spain. 8 people were killed, and the bomber released its H-bomb into the Atlantic.
1977: Double-murderer Gary Gilmore became the first person to be executed in the U.S. since the reintroduction of the death penalty. He chose a firing squad.
1991: Operation Desert Storm began the Gulf War against Iraq.
1991: Harald V became King of Norway. He succeeded his father, King Olav V.
1994: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Northridge, California. Damage was estimated to be over $20 billion, making it one of the most expensive disasters in U.S. history.
1995: More than 6,000 people were killed after a strong earthquake struck central Japan. Measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake, centered around the port of Kobe, was the biggest quake to hit Japan in half a century.
1996: The Czech Republic applied to become a European Union state.
1998: Matt Drudge broke the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
2007: The "Doomsday Clock" was set to five minutes to midnight in response to nuclear testing by North Korea.