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Radical Islam may be targetting New York City for a nuclear attack; Do passages in Revelation reveal a nuclear attack on NYC (Mystery Babylon the Great) and "rapture" of Christians true in the faith? Shocking evidence.
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Earthquakes. Severe weather. Asteroids. Volcanoes. UFOs. Nuclear attack on USA. The end of days. Where is this all going?
With nuclear attacks on U.S. cities by radical Islam (Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, etc.) now considered a 'daily threat' by Homeland Security, that's what a lot of people nowadays want to know.
Bin Laden's plan for "American Hiroshima" calls for the death of millions of people, including children, and involves multiple nukes in multiple cities.
That was in 2005. The years are passing and news reports point to terrorists it seems coming closer to pulling this off.
By now it's pretty clear. One or more U.S. cities could be attacked by terrorists with nuclear weapons at some point in the days ahead.
If you find this hard to believe, consider that FBI Director Robert Mueller recently confirmed the claims made in FBI consultant Paul Williams' book, titled The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, where he says Al Qaida is planning nuclear attacks on 7 U.S. cities.
Coincidentally, these attacks appear to be prophesied in multiple books of the Bible.
Nuclear attack on U.S. cities 'very real'
With the last chapter in the Bible written almost two thousand years ago by the apostle John, it's surprising that anyone alive at that time could envision the political and economic world as it would exist two thousand years later and then write about it.
John of course had the assistance of an angel, who gave him a series of terrifying visions, which he was told to write down exactly as they were shown to him.
Words from Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ also gave John very clear and ominous warnings for the churches that think they follow God, but have been corrupted by sin and false teachings and in one warning, "Satan's deep secrets" (Revelation 2:24). These warnings from Christ show us the importance of comparing our church leaders to the Holy Bible, and also show that many, many churches in the last days have fallen away from Biblical truth.
John's visions of the future nation of America?
From the time of John's words from Christ and visions from an angel of God, now fast forward to the present day; the United States should be worried about some of the visions John was told to write down.
James 5:1-5 - Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
Mystery Babylon the Great,
Revelation goes on to describe what many Bible scholars and evangelists believe to be a direct analogy to the United States, or what may be New York City, or what may be multiple U.S. cities.
In 'one day and one hour' it is destroyed by its enemies; the apostle John writes that God lets this destruction happen to bring about his wrath.
Revelation 17:15 - "...the waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. The 10 horns you saw, and the beast, will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, devour her flesh, and burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His plan by having one purpose, and to give their kingdom to the beast until God's words are accomplished. And the woman you saw is the great city that has an empire over the kings of the earth."
|Is Mystery Babylon a 'future Rome where the Anti-Christ rules the world from', or is it New York City?
1) Mystery Babylon cannot be a future city where the Anti-Christ rules the world from, because in Revelation 17:15-18 the Anti-Christ destroys Mystery Babylon by fire.
2) Rev. 14:6-8 puts the fall of Mystery Babylon at the beginning of the Tribulation (also called the 'time of wrath' in the Book of Daniel). It's 'kingdom' is then taken over by the Anti-Christ (the Beast) and ten foreign nations (ten horns), and the people who live there cannot buy or sell unless they receive a 'mark' (6-6-6). If you accept the mark, God says you will receive eternal punishment in Hell. Christians on earth during the Tribulation are warned to refuse the mark at all cost.
Most likely the mark won't be an actual number, but some sort of micro-chip implant under the skin that identifies each person.
Coincidentally, on August 1, 2007, CNN announced that the technology to micro-chip humans has arrived.
Were there any warning signs?
Obviously the government of Mystery Babylon the Great DOES NOT READ THE BIBLE.
Otherwise they would have realized what their fate was prophesied to be.
The United States is in a similar position.
Our number one threat, as said by Cheney recently in the Chicago Tribune, is attacks by nuclear terrorists on American cities (see link above). He says it is now a 'daily threat'. Coincidentally, this fits the exact description of what happens to Mystery Babylon the Great in Revelation.
It is 'consumed by fire' in 'one day and one hour'. It is made 'desolate and naked' and 'her flesh is devoured'.
This sounds a lot like a nuclear attack.
Revelation 14:6-12 and the Christian Rapture
If you read Revelation 14:6-12, this catastrophic attack on Mystery Babylon the Great appears to be the first event to start God's 'hour of judgement' on the nations of the world � also known as the Tribulation � also known as the Time of Wrath.
If you're familiar with the rest of the Bible, then you know that the rapture of the Christian church appears to occur right before the 'hour of judgement'. This is commonly called the 'Pre-tribulation rapture'. (Studying the Bible, I tend to believe in an 'Early Tribulation' rapture, and believe that this will occur when the Fourth Seal of Revelation is opened, in Chapter 6 of Revelation.)
This is why Christians around the world need to seriously consider what will happen on the day New York City is attacked with nuclear weapons.
So, if New York City proves to be Mystery Babylon the Great, and Mystery Babylon the Great is destroyed when the Fourth Seal of Revelation is opened, millions of Christians around the world � who are True to the teachings of the Bible and have sincerely given their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ � will likely VANISH (be taken to Heaven in the long-awaited event known as the 'rapture of the church') in the moments before the attack.
Hundreds of millions of other Christians will likely be LEFT BEHIND, as punishment for half-hearted faith and following the doctrines of false teachers that have corrupted much of the Christian church (more on this below).
Al-Qaeda's U.S. Nuclear Targets
WorldNetDaily.com reports al-Qaeda has obtained at least 40 nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union � including suitcase nukes, nuclear mines, artillery shells and even some missile warheads; it's alleged that the attacks will take place in daylight, so that the whole world will be able to see the images of a mushroom cloud over an American city.
Now, whether they have 40 nuclear weapons -- or just one nuclear weapon -- if these attacks by Al-Qaeda are Biblical, we're destined to lose.
And until you see Homeland Security reading from Bibles, you can assume that our government does not concern itself with Bible prophecy �
If they did, right about now they would be sitting in a circle holding hands and praying, because the terror attacks that are about to hit our country are supposed to be devastating.
Mystery Babylon the Great Theories
For decades there have been different theories as to who Mystery Babylon the Great is, as its destruction is prophesied about in great detail in Revelation (Chapters 17-19), and also appears to be prophesied in Jeremiah (Chapters 50, 51) and Isaiah (Chapters 13, 47). One theory in recent decades has been the United States.
Now in 2007, this looks like the best theory -- and one it would be smart for President Bush and Homeland Security to have a scenario for.
Just as the people of the United States should start to realize that we may meet the same fate as the Bible's Mystery Babylon the Great, the attack from our enemies may come, before we have time to do anything about it.
The Day After a Nuclear Attack
If the United States gets nuked by terrorists in the next few months, I'm sure there will be widespread repentance by non-believers.
Many will be huddled around campfires reading Revelation Chapter 17 and 18 to each other, talking about the fall of Mystery Babylon the Great, and it's too bad we didn't have the foresight to realize that the Bible was talking about our country.
The day after... what about the day before?
Take reports in the N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, and Chicago Tribune (see links at the top of this article) seriously. Dark storm clouds are on America's horizon. There is a reason a nuclear attack by Islamic radicals on U.S. cities is now considered the top threat by Homeland Security. Yes, these reports aren't making headlines � most likely the government is doing all they can to not create panic and they appear to have cooperation with the major networks to keep this story toward the back pages.
If you want to follow reports on this topic, I recommend going to http://news.google.com and every few days doing a search for 'nuclear attack'. More and more news sites are reporting government activities in preparation of a terrorist nuclear attack on one or more U.S. cities.
What Christians Need to Know
Right now it is very important that you become true to the Christian faith, REPENT of any sin still in your life, and become passionate about God's Greatest Commandment for our lives (Matthew 22:37). Once you are 'right' with God, prepare you and your family for a probable rapture (your family must be 'right' with God as well).
As talked about earlier in the article, the rapture appears to occur right before the 'hour of judgement' � and I believe that the 'hour of judgement' will begin with a nuclear attack on New York City.
Study Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation.
The Bible says no man knows the day or the hour, but we are told to watch for the signs and "...when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:28). Considering that Bush, Cheney, and Homeland Security believe there is a high likelihood of a nuclear attack by Islamic radicals on one or more U.S. cities, I would say it's time to lift up our heads.
|Is Revelation 18:4 the 'rapture of the church'?
As Mystery Babylon is destroyed in Revelation 18, God says, "Come out of her my people, so that you will not share in any of her sins," and I believe this event is the rapture. Now, let's compare Revelation 18:4 with the rapture of the 'Two Witnesses' in Chapter 11 of Revelation -
Revelation 11:11-12 - Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
When God says "Come out of her my people" in 18:4, this is strikingly similar to what he says in Revelation 11:12 that brings the Two Witnesses up to Heaven. We know that verse 11:12 is a definite rapture. Conclusion: The similarities between passages give evidence that 18:4 is also a rapture (in this case, the rapture of all faithful Christians). Why do I think this? Because Rev. 14:6-8 puts the destruction of Mystery Babylon at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
Please note that Revelation 18:4 appears to describe the rapture, and it occurs as Mystery Babylon the Great is attacked.
Read the Bible. As mentioned above, read Chapters 2 and 3 in Revelation. Note that God is not pleased with the majority of Christians, and requires repentance. One group of Christians really has God ticked off and he threatens to 'vomit' them from his mouth for being 'lukewarm'. What we learn from God's warning to these churches is that it is not enough to just call ourselves Christians. It needs to be in our hearts and reflect first in everything we do in our daily lives.
'Lukewarm' Christians are in the same boat as Satan worshippers - NEITHER GROUP IS SAVED. That is the harsh reality of what God warns all Christians in Revelation 3:16.
One of the ongoing debates in the Christian church is whether the rapture occurs BEFORE the Tribulation, or if it occurs AFTER the Tribulation.
Scripture is very clear that there are TWO raptures � the purified church prior to the Tribulation (small percentage of Christians), and then the rapture of the tribulation saints (believers who become true Christians during the Tribulation) at the end of the Tribulation. Many of course will be imprisoned and executed by the Anti-Christ for refusing the mark -- called 6-6-6 in the Bible -- that allows people to buy or sell under his rule.
This is why it's better to be a Christian pure in the faith NOW, before the Tribulation starts � so that you can be considered part of the first fruits of Christ and make the first rapture.
It almost sounds like an NFL Draft, which is probably why the rapture of the Christian church is such a hard concept for non-believers to grasp. To non-believers it sounds like wishful thinking. And that's one reason why I believe God is looking forward to the rapture �
To really shake up the world � specifically, those non-believers who have scoffed at Biblical teachings for so many hundreds of years and the Christians who have fallen away from the faith.
Now, if you're concerned that you or someone you know will fall short of God's high standards for the first rapture, please read the following article:
|Sign of the Times: Revelation 3:16
Interested in reaching out to Christians of half-hearted faith who are not saved? If professional baseball / football stadiums still allow fans to hold up signs, please consider holding up a sign that reads "Revelation 3:16". Christians across America could reach a lot of people with this message in a very short time. This verse gets straight to the point.
A lot of people call themselves Christians � however, many are lost to the pride, corruption and sexual immorality of this world. Others were Christians at one time, but then later fell away from the faith, and back into rebellion.
Many nowadays do not have a close relationship with God.
Perhaps later this year, in the wake of nuclear attacks in U.S. cities a lot of people who think they're Christians are going to be in for a rude
They're still here. God's warning in Revelation 3:16 was the real deal. Lukewarm faith absolutely disgusts God. God hates sin, and lukewarm believers have too much sin in their lives.
In the movie Evan Almighty, Steve Carell, a modern day American, is called by God to build an Ark. Could this movie be God's way of telling America that the flood waters are coming?
In recent years, American Muslims have been warned by Islamic terrorists to leave the United States. They have been warned more than once apparently. If these warnings come again, it may be in the months or years after Evan Almighty hit theaters, and the people of America are reminded one last time about the story of Noah and the Great Flood.
However, instead of building an Ark, you may want to consider building a nuclear fallout shelter (for family / friends who refuse to accept the Truth of the Holy Bible).
Because it's not flood waters that are coming � there's a great chance that the first serious waves to pound the U.S. will be Islamic terrorists with nuclear weapons.
The same day that New York City gets attacked with nuclear weapons, we can expect widespread attacks in multiple American cities.