Question: There are concerns that the earth might be struck by a large asteroid or comet and that the Yellow Stone caldera might erupt, either of which could destroy the world. Do you think something like this might be what Armageddon is?
The earth has had numerous catastrophes over the few billion years of its existence. It has taken direct hits from huge meteors and comets. The most recent impact from flying cosmic debris was not that long ago —in 1908, the so-called Tunguska meteor was set ablaze in the atmosphere. Fortunately, it exploded over Siberia, a sparsely populated area. Had it hit the heart of Europe or the east coast of the U.S., it would have flattened entire cities.
As for the Yellowstone volcano, scientists warn that an eruption could be an extinction event. Not only would it blanket most of America in volcanic ash, but it would darken the sun for years to come, resulting in planet-wide crop failures and famine.
The popular Hollywood movie —Armageddon —popularized the notion that Armageddon is some sort of natural disaster. It is not. According to the book of Revelation Armageddon is the war of the great day of God the Almighty. In the 19th chapter of Revelation Jesus Christ is depicted as the leader of a heavenly cavalry —an army of angels and the 144,000 holy ones. They are destined to smash the nations and slaughter every person who is an opposer of God. That is no natural disaster.
God’s stated purpose is to exalt himself as the true God, the only God. The Hebrew prophecy of Ezekiel foretells that the nations will have to know that “I am Jehovah.” Ezekiel further states that Jehovah is going to sanctify himself before the eyes of the nations. That harmonizes with what Jesus said regarding his Second Coming; that the people of the nations will beat themselves in grief when they see the sign of the Son of man as he comes upon them riding the clouds of heaven. In other words, people will realize that they are being adversely judged by Jesus. And apparently, they will also be forced to know that Jesus is the one sent by Jehovah —the Jesus preached by Jehovah’s Witnesses and not the phony “Jesus” promoted by Christendom.
God’s purpose to sanctify himself cannot be accomplished by the mere destruction brought on by some sort of natural disaster. That being said, the greatest threat facing mankind is not lurking in outer space or in the bowels of the earth. The most likely extinction scenario is not from natural disasters, but from manmade catastrophes. And I am not referring to the climate change scare that is being promoted by the British oligarchy as an existential threat to mankind. The greatest peril that hangs over the world like the sword of Damocles is a nuclear war. It is well known that Russia and the US alone have enough active warheads to obliterate the world several times over. Altogether the nations’ nuclear arsenal stands at about 15,000, some many times more powerful than the two bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. According to some estimates a limited nuclear exchange of a mere 100 bombs —a small fraction of the warheads available —could bring on the phenomena known as nuclear winter.
A limited nuclear war seems destined.
Back during the Cold War standoff between the West and the USSR, nuclear annihilation was avoided by the doctrine known as MAD, an acronym for Mutually Assured Destruction. Since no sane person would deliberately initiate a war that would kill every person on this planet people feel confident that no such mutually assured destruction will take place. However, such reasoning does not take into consideration the existence of the demons, who do not share human sympathies. And according to the word of God, “inspired” utterances of the demons will influence the kings of the world to induce them into a conflict with God at the symbolic place known as Armageddon.
But why would the demons destroy the world they revel in ruling over? The Scriptures reveal that events set in motion by the coronation of Jesus Christ will result in war —a war between Christ and Satan. It is true, God’s angels and Satan have always been at enmity. But the establishment of God’s Kingdom will bring the conflict to the fore. The long-simmering animosity will come to a roaring boil. Revelation reveals Satan and his angels will be vanquished and violently hurled down from heaven. Revelation then sounds the ominous warning: “Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.” (The Devil Has Come Down to You)
The certain knowledge that there is only a short period of time for them will provoke the maddened demons into igniting a nuclear conflagration. It wouldn’t take much to push men over the edge, where they now stand.
But would God really permit the demons to cause a global catastrophe that would surely bring about the deaths of billions? The answer is yes. That is what the end of the world is. Jesus himself spoke of a great tribulation that is coming upon the entire inhabited earth —a catastrophe so terrible nothing like it has ever happened before, nor will anything so terrible ever happen again. Jesus went on to say that if God did not intervene, no flesh would survive.
So, God does not cause the extinction event known as the great tribulation. It is therefore not a so-called natural disaster. On the contrary, divine intervention will prevent the demons from blowing up the entire planet. But it is appropriate that God will allow men to vent their hatred of him to the full —using their stockpiles of fiendish weapons to bring destruction on a scale never-before-experienced in mankind’s bloody history.
The world’s dark night of terror will bring Jehovah’s salvation to the fore. It is beautifully worded in Isaiah: “Raise your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth below. For the heavens will disperse in fragments like smoke; the earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitants will die like gnats. But my salvation will be eternal, and my righteousness will never fail.” —Isaiah 51:6