QUESTION: How is it possible that nuclear bombs could rain down on cities around the world? I would imagine, for example, that there are tens of thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses living in New York City alone, who claim to be of the great crowd, how could any of these people come out alive if New York city is taken out by a nuke? The book of Revelation says a great crowd comes out of the great tribulation alive. So, my question is: How can cities be vaporized by nukes and yet the members of the great crowd not be affected? Or do many die and are simply resurrected?
ANSWER: First, the great crowd is indeed composed of those who come out of the great tribulation. They are not resurrected. But it is premature at this point for anyone to claim to be part of that group. The great crowd will only become recognizable when they emerge from the tribulation.
As regards the possibility of nuclear war, back during the so-called Cold War it was assumed that nuclear war was rendered impossible due to the inevitable total destruction of the planet. Because both the USSR and the US possessed the firepower to mutually, virtually simultaneously, annihilate each other and everyone else, the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is said to have been an effective deterrent to such madness.
However, in the early 90’s the USSR was suddenly disbanded and Russia went into decline. With the end of the superpower standoff the Anglo-American duo became the sole superpower and immediately began a stealth program designed to encircle Russia and China with military bases and destabilized countries, while key aspects of Western military philosophy were subtly shifted from a defensive focus to accommodate what is known as a first-strike policy.
During the Cold War era a first strike would surely have provoked a retaliatory response and the MAD syndrome, but due to the advanced technology of antiballistic missile systems a first strike is made all the more tempting – the idea being to strike, not populated centers, but a nation’s missile silos and command centers, in an effort to decapitate a nuclear power. Missile shields would then intercept the stray missile that may be launched in the aftermath. This is what is afoot now in Ukraine. NATO is seeking to deploy their missile shields right up on Russia’s borders as a prelude to war.
On the other hand, it is noteworthy that in large portions of the world there is virtually no presence of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Islamic nations in particular simply do not tolerate the preaching of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ironically, their hatred of Christianity may well be why Jehovah may allow some of those nations to be directly targeted for annihilation.
Obviously, though, just a few dozen nuclear blasts anywhere on the planet will terrorize people out of their wits and require God to intervene to prevent mankind from being exterminated.