August 8th Daily text link / Speak consolingly
FIRE FROM HEAVEN
This week is a grim milestone. 78 years ago the US exploded two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, instantly vaporizing tens of thousands of men, women and children and subjecting many more to agonizing deaths from burns and radiation exposure.
The use of such horrendous weapons of mass destruction was totally unnecessary, as Japan was in contact with the Vatican as a third party discussing its surrender. However, the British Empire’s Bertrand Russell wished to use the newly invented “gadgets” as weapons of terror in order to launch a world government, which came just weeks later in the form of the United Nations, supposedly an institution devoted to maintaining peace and security. The use of WMDs 78 years ago also was instrumental in bringing about the Cold War.
With the dissolution of the Soviet empire 30 years ago most people assumed there would be a new era of peace. Instead, the Anglo Empire seized upon Russia’s collapse as an opportunity to impose its rule globally. The ongoing proxy war in Ukraine was intended to destroy Russia militarily and economically but has only served to bring the world to the brink of nuclear war. By the way, the thousands of nuclear gadgets now are many times more powerful than the bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
More disconcerting though, some WMDs have been designed to be used on the battlefield and are less powerful. These so-called tactical nukes make it more likely that nuclear weapons will be used at some point.
Back when I first started searching for the truth, before I ever came into contact with JWs, I read the book of Revelation. I figured out that the seven-headed beast represented the political system and I guessed the US in particular, and I assumed that the beast that makes fire come down from heaven had to do with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When I became associated with JWs I mentioned it to the brothers and they told me that the Watchtower did not teach that. Hmmm. Okay. Whatever. So, I just let it go and didn’t think about it.
But then in 2022 the Watchtower came out with an “adjustment.” Here is what is stated in the May 2022 WT paragraph nine:
Revelation chapter 13 goes on to tell us that this seventh head, the Anglo-American World Power, also acts as a wild beast with “two horns like a lamb, but it began speaking like a dragon.” This beast “performs great signs, even making fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind.” Revelation chapters 16 and 19 describe this wild beast as “the false prophet.” Daniel mentions something similar, namely, that the Anglo-American World Power would “bring terrible destruction.” That is exactly what happened during World War II. The two atomic bombs that played a decisive role in ending that war in the Pacific were the results of a joint effort by British and American scientists. The Anglo-American World Power, in effect, made “fire come down out of heaven to the earth.”
So, after a half-century, the Watchtower came around to the view I had originally in my ignorance. That’s weird. Ironically, now the Watchtower is as wrong as I was back in 1972. The reason the Watchtower is wrong is because the beast has not suffered the mortal wound yet. That means that neither has the revived beast conjured fire from heaven.
Back when I first read Revelation I did not have the background of knowledge based on the Hebrew Scriptures as I do now. For example, Elijah called down fire from heaven to prove that Jehovah was the true God. The prophets of Baal were powerless. Even so, when Moses confronted Pharoah Egypt’s magic-practicing priests were able to duplicate the first two miracles. Also, during Job’s trials, Satan made fire come down from heaven, possibly in the form of lightning, but also perhaps literal fire. In any case, it was caused by supernatural means.
With the above in mind, it is doubtful that the fire the beast causes to come down from heaven will be in the form of a nuclear firestorm. Although nuclear war seems to be a certainty and the reason God will intervene to cut the tribulation short in order to prevent the extinction of mankind, the fulfillment of Revelation will likely involve something else, perhaps supernatural.
Besides conjuring fire the scripture says the beast will perform great signs. Jesus also foretold there will be great signs in the heavens. It is impossible to say with certainty what these great signs will be. We can only speculate. But, we do well to keep in mind that Satan is called a god for good reason. He and his wicked angels possess powers that are beyond human comprehension. And apparently, the Devil is saving his best for last.