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Peace and Safety Ponderings

Do you find it odd, at the very least, that while there are direct threats of nuclear attacks by the leader of Russia, here in the US it is pretty much business as usual? I mean by that there is nothing during this hour like the fears in America I remember as a 20-year-old back during the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted at the possible use of tactical nuclear weaponry to achieve victory in the war against Ukraine. Now he has announced in his recorded message that there will be a major call-up of Russian men in a draft, Russian style. They are even taking prisoners from their gulag camps to flesh out their military muscle.

Putin threatened the US directly saying the nuclear winds could “blow your way.” This, even though winds blowing this direction would not be the case if Ukraine was the focus of his assault with nuclear weapons. The “winds” would blow into Russia, because of prevailing dynamics of weather, etc.

He meant, obviously, for Americans to infer that there might be nuclear missiles coming our way if he began using them against his Ukrainian enemies and if we dared to try to intervene.

Dmitry Medvedev, former president of Russia and now a top Russian governmental official, has backed up the Russian dictator’s threat by saying they don’t rule out the use of tactical nukes, or even strategic nuclear weaponry–which includes ICBMs.

Have you noticed that there seems relatively little pushback or even significant rhetoric coming from the American State Department or this presidential administration against the Russian threats?

In 1962, the Soviet buildup and move into Cuba was met with tremendous counterthreats. President Kennedy even warned directly on television that any launch of Soviet missiles against the US or against any other nation would bring immediate retaliatory response against the Soviet Union.

Now, with Putin’s threats ratcheting up, the present occupant of the White House has gone before the UN to talk–not about possible nuclear war, but about the so-called climate crisis.

There seems no major concern within the ranks of Western diplomacy that Putin might initiate the world blowing up in nuclear conflict.

All of this started me pondering about the prophetic warning given through Paul the apostle.

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1–3)

Why, I ask myself, is there no cry for peace and safety, like in the days of yore? There should be. But I find in my observations that the people of the US seem oblivious to Putin’s threats for the most part.

For those of you who were alive and old enough to remember during the Cuban Missile Crisis, you will recall how it was a nerve-wracking time. Now, such threat seems just another ho-hum news story.

My own thinking is that an all-out nuclear exchange just won’t happen this side of the Rapture of the Church. Such a scenario simply doesn’t fit God’s prophetic Word from the pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy. Such a monstrous event would certainly take the world out of the time of “business as usual” that is indicated by Jesus’ prophecy as given in Luke 17: 26–30, as I’ve often parsed in these columns.

Such a scenario does fit, however, what I believe Jesus prophesied regarding His intervention in that Luke 17 passage.

The very day that Lot went out of Sodom (taken out by God’s angels), judgment fell. Jesus said it will be just like that when He next catastrophically intervenes.

In Sodom that day, that judgment completely obliterated everything and everyone left once Lot and his family were removed. Certainly nuclear explosions would do likewise when striking cities.

There seems no concern, no cry for peace and safety regarding this threat by Putin, who certainly holds sufficient nuclear power to carry out such judgment as Jesus prophesied. And that prophecy will be fulfilled at some point.

Maybe by the time this article circulates, that cry for peace and safety will be running wild. But as of this writing, the people of America, in particular, seem relatively quiet.

Russian people, on the other hand, are at of this moment leaving Russia en masse. Their roads and airports are said to be inundated with people trying to flee. They seem to have no doubt that there are about to be major nuclear exchanges–or some such military conclusion to the war Russia is waging against Ukraine and threatening to wage against the Western world, particularly the United States.

God’s Word foretells a cry for peace and safety that brings sudden destruction from which the peoples of the world will not escape. Jesus says it will be business as usual right up until, like in Lot’s time, His Church is removed. I must conclude, therefore, that a Russian nuclear attack, at least on a massive scale, just won’t take place–for now, at least.

Such a cry for peace and safety will no doubt be forthcoming when there are such nuclear explosions taking place. As a matter of fact, there will be a great peacemaker–a false peacemaker the world will accept to the point of worship, who will make that covenant Israel will accept. It will be the covenant of death and hell described in Isaiah 28, verses 15 and 18.

He will be viewed as history’s great peacemaker. He will, in fact, be history’s most vicious tyrant, and will bring humanity to the brink of extinction.

We have recounted in these columns the many things shaping for that time of Tribulation. No need to recount them again here in detail. However, here are some in brief.

Culture and society within America and much of the world have become like in Sodom at the time Lot and family were removed. The globalists are constructing their one world order from which Antichrist will destroy mightily. These are bringing in a monetary/economic order that will fulfill Revelation 13:16–18, the marks and number system of 666. The religions of the world are proposing to come together somewhat, with the one whom they claim as the head of Christendom, the Catholic pope, preaching that there are many ways to God.

God has obviously, observably, turned America’s current leadership–and much of the nation—over to the reprobate mind of Romans 1: 28 because of those people turning their backs on Him.

Israel is in rapid-mode preparation for reinstituting Temple worship, with the recent five red heifers and rail preparation for train transport, etc.

With most people treating as ho-hum signals that point to the trajectory toward the Tribulation this doomed world is swiftly moving, Paul’s further prophetic warning is central in my ponderings.

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” (Luke 21:34–35)  

Here’s how to make sure to be kept out of the fear-filled hour described above.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9–10)


  1. Irene Kearns says:

    Mr. James:
    On September 7, 2012 at 2:30 am I was awakened by the Holy Spirit to pray for the nation and the world. I received the following during this quiet time.
    Judgment has been made and the gavel has come down and God has sealed the judgment. The winds are blowing and the storm fast approaching. There are those who do not hear or pay attention. Believers be bold and courageous for I am with you. Israel has been isolated but God will save her. America is doomed! Our shelter in this storm of destruction is Jesus. Hide yourselves in the Rock! Time has run out for those against God! A curtain of destruction has fallen across the world!

  2. Dave Michaelson says:

    Hi Terry, I was 1 of those who remember the Cuban Missile crisis. I was 8, and in elementary school where we had to do drills preparing for a nuke attack walking from our classroom to a shelter. In our case, this was a large underground bathroom-it was below street level with large doors that could be shut tight.The kicker though was we were only 250 miles from Havana in Tampa FL. I seriously doubt this shelter would have saved us had a nuke hit direct given Tampa’s strategic military importance as head of then SOCOM, & now CENTCOM. Tampa is probably # 2 or 3 in strategic importance from Russia’s point of view only preceded by Washington DC and New York. CENTCOM directs all military functions even outside of the Pentagon. Of course I don’t know which 1 is more prioritized from Russia’s viewpoint. My point here is given what the Lord has told us in the Bible, in order for the Ezekiel war to take place, a re-building of the 3rd Temple, a nuclear war couldn’t take place in the immediate future if these prophecies must become a reality! For the same reasons God foretold He will keep us from that Hour that will test the whole world.How could these things come about if a nuclear war had already happened? Your exactly right nobody here seems a little worried so they must believe Putin is bluffing-no sane leader would risk a retaliatory strike knowing they would suffer immense loss of life, but after the Rapture these sane rationalities goes out the window as they say because the Restrainer is gone and so is any reason to return to a reasonable sanity by those left behind.

  3. Ed Wood says:

    I, too, think the big “peace and safety” wish will come post-Rapture as a result of the sudden unexplained disappearance of millions of people. That makes it a perfect time for the “Answer man (Antichrist) to step into the picture.

    As far the lack of alarm by the public in the U.S. over Putin’s threats, a direct opposite of the 1962 situation when we were on the brink – something I also remember first hand, along with “duck and cover” in school – perhaps most people think he is just running off at the mouth. Or maybe such a prospect has lost its horror because we’ve just become insensitive from constant exposure to the many other crises over the intervening decades. As for our government not responding, is anyone really surprised, all things considered?

    I also don’t think a full-fledged nuclear exchange will ever occur because such an event would make the remaining Biblical prophecies impossible to fulfill. Doesn’t rule out limited actions, though, and I think the Wormwood star in Revelation 8:10-11 is actually a hydrogen bomb. Such a device runs on the same kind of fusion that powers a main sequence star like the sun and the aftereffects of such a device being deployed very much fits in with account we find there.

  4. Ephistemi says:

    My dad was active duty in the Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was 10 and most vividly remember how worried and stressful he was at that time as he had to ready to deploy at any moment. I was not a Christian then but now experience the peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. I do not know just how bad times will get before the rapture but regardless, this is a big opportunity for the church to reach others before there is no more hope.

  5. Delmer Taylor says:

    GENESIS 19 : 16
    In this account I see the 4 of them; Lot his Wife and the two Daughters being raptured out of the coming destruction.
    They were set out of harms way, by the angels. Because Lot and his family were lingering. BUT GOD had a purpose and a plan.

  6. Kathy Naylor says:

    I appreciate the many pastors, christian pod casters who, and web sites where, the concerted effort to encourage other christians to fear not, to look up, to remind us of God’s soverienty, is made with each and every outreach.
    But this one article, with it’s thought out logic, and citing the scriptures…..well, it stands out as the greatest comfort yet.
    Thank you.

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