October 26, 2015 | Posted in:Carter's Comments
The unthinkable had become reality. The threat to American security from a European dictator melted into mere fantasy in light of the real invasion. The invaders had arrived violently on American soil and they were unlike anything we had even imagined. They attacked at night, when we were the most vulnerable. And the first place targeted was not the capital, nor the major cities, but a small town that seemed the most improbable and least likely of targets. No place in America was safe, and the people whose role was to defend America appeared helpless. . The only protection was for people to flee for their lives. At one location gunfire could be heard from shotguns aimed at an invader’s war machine. Horrible and murderous creatures from Mars had come to claim America.
It was October 30, 1938. It was the War of the Worlds.
H.G. Well’s science fiction classic had met the creative genius of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater radio team to become the terrifying reality of a Martian invasion to those listeners who missed the warning that the broadcast was merely a theatrical production.
Historians and researchers differ in their conclusions about what really happened that night, except for the one fact all agree upon: there was no actual attack from Mars. One thing is certain, however: the War of the Worlds broadcast that focused on the Martian invasion of Grover Mills, New Jersey on the evening of October 30, 1938 has become an American legend.
In the “real world” of 1938, storm clouds of war were on the horizon as Adolf Hitler gained power in Germany. America was emerging from its economic turmoil of the Great Depression. Bible prophecy scholars wondered about the Bible’s prophecies that promised the reappearance of the nation of Israel in the end times.
And here we are decades later. The world again faces the genuine threat of war and dictators make terrifying threats. The world is struggling economically after a near miss with a massive depression, and several experts warn that the danger is not over. The media pumps out its fictional end-of- the- world warnings about manmade global climate change, and people panic over what we need to do.
And Israel has returned to its place as a nation, occupying the same land God gave the Jews long ago.
So, where should I place my trust for accurate information about the world, and about the future? The Bible is always right. God is in control. I think He is my only option.
Carter has been the pastor at FSBC Versailles since July, 2000. He holds a Doctor of Theology in Advanced Prophetics from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology in Semitics and Old Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has also been an assignment writer for Union Gospel Press since 1987.