Senator John Kyl recently pointed out
how vulnerable America really is in an Op-Ed piece in the
Washington Post. Senator Kyl argues that America s first
priority should be defensive, not offensive.
Although it seems laughable to think America could be
defeated militarily by any foreign power (barring total
nuclear destruction by a force like, say, the Russians),
Kyl argues that a single Iranian Scud missile armed with
a single nuclear warhead, detonated 200 miles above the
Midwest, could plunge America into the 1880s and render
our amazing military advantages useless.
It is hard to overestimate the scope of the threat an EMP
attack against the United States poses. It would take
only a single nuclear warhead of sufficient size
detonated from a sufficient altitude.
Iran is working feverishly toward developing a nuclear
weapon and has just successfully tested a missile capable
of delivering it at the right altitude.
A successful strike would be virtually silent. An
EMP-blinded Pentagon could be prevented from pinpointing
its origin. And, since the damage is much less than a
nuclear explosion, there would be little support for a
Especially if it is launched by terrorists not directly
connected with Iran as a country.
While there would be no immediate loss of life, the
cascading effects would result in millions and millions
of indirect casualties.
Contaminated water and food, no resupply, six months of
darkness and total loss of communications. It would
potentially throw us, technologically speaking, back to
the 1880 s.
Consider for example, the effect where I live, in what is
called California s Inland Empire. That is a triangle
from the desert cities of San Bernardino to Temecula to
In the 1880 s very few lived in the desert. It wasn t
survivable. Without working transportation, electricity
for air-conditioning and pumps to supply water, the only
way out is to walk.
The California desert isn t survivable without water. And
if you could survive the walk, where would you go? Nobody
else has food or water either.
An EMP attack s effects would be felt continent-wide,
including Canada and Mexico. Although our nuclear
capability would survive, we dare not use them except to
prevent a direct attack. We would still have our
submarine fleet, and shielded communications would
But who would we strike? And what would happen then?
Once our nukes are gone, we present no greater a military
threat than, say, Argentina. We wouldn t dare to use
them. Should Russia decide to help itself to a helpless
Mexico or Canada, there is little anybody could do to
Senator Kyl says it could take the US as long as six
months to make a minimal recovery. And that s assuming
the Russians, Europeans and Chinese will wait while we
are helpless. The Muslim nations certainly do not want us
re-assume our place as the Great Satan superpower.
None of this is an over-exaggeration of the threat posed
by such an attack. Neither is it as unlikely or
impossible as we would like to believe.
It isn t paranoia to think that the Russians would be
opposed to seeing America reduced to a third world
country. It would restore Russia to her former status of
one of the two remaining superpowers without having to
fire a shot or risk retaliation.
It isn t paranoia to think Europe would be particularly
saddened by the elimination of the competition for global
Bible prophecy clearly identifies four spheres of global
power during the final hours of human history during the
Ezekiel identifies the Russian/Muslim Alliance. John
200-million-strong-military-force of the Kings of the
The prophet Daniel identifies the Kings of the South as
the Muslim nations and a revived form of the old Roman
There is no mention of a fifth global superpower that
matches the description of the United States. On the
contrary, the Revived Roman Culture of Europe is
predicted as the supreme power.
The United States is the world s only Christian country.
It is the only country outside Israel founded on
The nation of Israel is the representative of the Jewish
presence in the last days. So, I believe, is the United
States representative of the Church in the very last
The United States is mentioned in Scripture for the last
days, but in a very different context than the
Writing of the Church Age, the Apostle Paul wrote;
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times
will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of
money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to
parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable,
malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters
of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of
pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of
godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid
such men as these. (2nd Timothy 3:1-5 NASB)
This is a hard truth. It is difficult not to recognize
much of modern America s social culture in Paul s
description. But the Apostle Paul also holds out this
promise to believers who trust Jesus during the Church
Age s final hours.
He writes, For this we say to you, BY THE WORD OF THE
LORD, that we who are alive and remain until the coming
of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen
asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the
trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise
Of the living believers at the close of the Church Age,
Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the
air, and so shall we always be with the Lord.
Therefore, comfort one another with these words. -- 1
Thessalonians 4:15-16 (NASB)
Finally, Revelation gives a specific promise to the
believing remnant Church of the last days, Because you
have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you
from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole
world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (Rev.
John identifies those who dwell on the earth as
unbelievers in the seven times they are mentioned in the
Revelation. These are contrasted with the believers .
The believers are removed from the place of trial, which
is aimed at those who dwell upon the earth.
Make sure that you are one of those who will be removed
from the time of trial aimed at the unbelievers. Receive
the gift of pardon Christ purchased for you now.