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Zechariah 14 -- and Finnish nukes??

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Oct 26, 2015 at 04:39

Hello, Ugri

It's been so long, I don't even know if you remember posting this. I found you through the "search" tool, looking for any posting on Zechariah 14. This is as close as I've come.

Zech. 14, as you probably know, talks about a battle in the last days, in which all the nations of the world (the "United Nations") attack Israel. The outcome is a nuclear war, with the attackers turning on one another.

During most of the thousands of years since Zechariah wrote that prophecy, people had no idea what he was talking about as he vividly described the symptoms of the "instant plague" of a nuclear blast. Even after our use of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it seemed highly unlikely that a great donnybrook would one day occur, with nuclear states hurling weapons at one another.

Today, there are nine full nuclear states in the world, including the US, France, the UK and six states in Asia: Russia, China, N. Korea, India, Pakistan and Israel. Many other states are just "a screwdriver's turn" away from becoming nuclear powers, including S. Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy and others. Others, like Iran, have been gradually acquiring the materials and skills to build nuclear weapons. The starting point, in most cased, is to construct a nuclear reactor. Along these lines, I thought the following article would be of interest -- perhaps especially to you, as a Finn:

"Oct. 22, 2015—The governments of Saudi Arabia and Hungary have signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Saudi Arabia has signed similar agreements with Argentina, China, Finland, France, Russia and South Korea." -- http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/Contracts

Argentina, of course, once had a full-blown nuclear weapons program -- which they later abandoned, along with Brazil. As for Finland, read the following from a 1975 CIA report:

The states predicted to go nuclear between 1975 and 1985 were Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, United Arab Republic, Pakistan, and South Africa. The states predicted to join them by 1995 were the Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Australia, Yugoslavia, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, Finland, and Argentina.
-- Central Intelligence Agency, "Managing Nuclear Proliferation: The Politics of Limited Choice," Research Study, OPR 408, December 1975, pp. 81-82.

Many of the countries with nuclear weapons today have them on close to a hair trigger: Indian weapons are poised against China, for instance, and Pakistani weapons against India. Israeli weapons are no doubt poised for firing at any potential enemy -- which, considering Obama's current hostile attitude toward Israel, could include the US.

Zechariah 14, in other words, could happen today; and the likelihood of it happening increases every day. Who would have thought this possible over 2,500 years ago, when it was written?

Submitting....

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