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.
Mark Dever has been the pastor of the Capital Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years. In a recent magazine article he explained how several months earlier he had been speaking at a Christian university. At this meeting he asked 1,000 students if they were familiar with Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezek. 37). Only ten percent were familiar with it. Equally sad is the critical reality that many professing Christians fail to understand the central place of Israel in God’s plans. The passage in Ezekiel 37 about the resurrection and restoration of the dry bones refers to the rebirth of the nation of Israel in the last days. Israel and the Jewish people are central not only to the history of the Bible, but also to Bible prophecy and events of the future. Israel is frequently in today’s news headlines because it is first in the headlines of God’s Word. It is not possible to understand world events without viewing them through the lens of Bible prophecy.
Not just Christians, but every American should be concerned with the dangerous nuclear treaty with Iran that our political leaders are tossing around like a basketball. It is too serious of an issue to be used as a political trophy.
America is treading on dangerous and deadly territory. Iran wants nuclear weapons because it has a clearly stated goal of destroying Israel. It has also been clear in its hatred for America. No one who negotiates by caving in to an enemy while that enemy is burning our flag is capable of looking out for the welfare of America, Israel, or the world.
Three critical factors should be considered.
The first is that God has a covenant with Israel that includes blessings for those who bless Israel, and curses for those who curse Israel (Gen. 12:1-3).
The second is that God has foretold a future Russian-led invasion of Israel that includes Iran as one of the invading forces. This is described in Ezekiel 38-39 – in the two chapters immediately following Ezekiel’s prophecy of the dry bones and the restoration of Israel. God will destroy those invading nations when they attempt to annihilate Israel.
Israel was restored as a nation in 1948, in keeping with Ezekiel’s prophecy.
Iran is on a collision course against Israel also in keeping with Ezekiel’s prophecy.
The nations included in Ezekiel’s prophecy can be easily identified today, even though some of them are insignificant in comparison to the United States and its historic place in the world.
This brings us to the third factor: America is in rapid and dangerous decline. It is also not clearly identified in Bible prophecy. If America is absent from Bible prophecy, it may be because of our present actions. We may be condemning ourselves to destruction or insignificance. If we abandon and betray Israel, we should stop asking God to bless America. He won’t. Or it could be even worse.