Wars And Rumours Of Wars Before The End Times: Could an EMP attack be a part of the End Times?

At this very moment the whole population of the USA is in mental turmoil regarding North Korea’s threats of nuclear missiles that could be aimed at USA. They are all distressed with the dangerous rhetoric being exchanged between the American President, and the leader of North Korea.  What might be the outcome of this dangerous situation?

Just prior to Christ’s return to heaven, his disciples asked Him a leading question. In part of  His response to the disciples’ question, which was “Tell us what will be the sign of your (Second) coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3), Jesus responded, “And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars” (Matthew 24:6).

Jesus also said in Matthew 24:22.

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“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Because of Jesus’ words in this passage, whenever there is an explosion of conflict, especially in the vicinity of Israel, many people begin to wonder if the new war is appearing which is the  sign of the end times. If only people would read the rest of Matthew 24:6.

An EMP bomb would be a nuclear or hydrogen bomb dropped from several thousand feet and configured to explode several thousand feet above a target

Without delving too deeply into the actual science, ectromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack would essentially fry electric circuits and knock out electricity in the widely affected area. Depending on how wide and for how long an area loses electricity, the effects of an EMP attack could be devastating. So much of the world relies upon electricity. Communications, banking, and transportation would be severely impacted.

The Bible does not specifically predict an EMP attack in the end times. Questions concerning an EMP attack in the end times are similar to questions concerning a nuclear attack in the end times. Does Biblical End Times prophecy allow for it? Yes. Does Biblical End Times prophecy explicitly predict it? No. The Bible predicts war in the end times, and another world war is definitely possible. However, the Bible does not predict any specific modern weapons that will be used in the End times conflicts.

If EMP attacks were launched worldwide, rendering all technology useless, the world would essentially revert to a state comparable to that of 2,000 years ago. This would mean that the Biblical references to swords, horses, etc, in the end times wars could be understood literally (Isaiah 2:4Ezekiel 38:15Revelation 14:20). But this is speculation. Most interpreters of Bible prophecy believe the Word of God is simply describing the End Times wars figuratively, using terminology familiar to the people who lived at the time the prophecies were written.

So, could an EMP attack be a part of the End Times? Definitely. Does the Bible explicitly predict that an electromagnetic pulse will return the world to the Dark Ages during the end times? No.

Detonating a thermonuclear warhead 400km above Washington would instantly fry most of the nation’s power grid  and electronics. The idea is not about melting a city, setting enormous fires and irradiating vast tracks of terrain .It’s about eliminating a nation’s entire infrastructure in a single flash. There’s little surprise that North Korean state media has been lauding and testing the power of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).

This is where the gamma radiation of a high-altitude nuclear blast interacts with the ionosphere — a blanket of electrons and electrically charged particles surrounding the Earth  to send a series of electromagnetic pulses spearing into the ground below. Once this burst of radiation strikes the ground it can induce strong currents  particularly in electrical cables and phone lines. This can overload and destroy electrical networks, as well as cause delicate circuit boards to fuse. An entire economy can be brought to a standstill in nanoseconds. In the words of former director of the CIA, James Woolsey, it would bring the United States “to a cold, dark halt”.

Electric Warfare

It’s an effect similar to that of Earth being struck by a serious solar storm, or  on a much smaller scale  when lightning causes a surge in a power grid. North Korea’s state news agency recently commented on just such a tactic. It follows a series of similar observations about the power of EMP in July 2017. The latest statement boasts North Korea’s new bomb “is a multifunctional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack.”

It’s a use clearly on Kim Jong-un’s mind. But it’s not an attack without human cost. It would bring “widespread and long lasting disruption and damage to the critical infrastructures that underpin the fabric of US society,” a 2008 US Congress report warns. The last time anything on this scale happened was in 1859 when the world was just beginning to discover the use of electrical technologies. The EMP from an enormous solar storm overloaded the simple telegraph wires then in use to transmit morse code, setting the paper telegrams at their terminals on fire.  Things would be infinitely far worse today. “Two thirds of the US population would likely perish from starvation, disease, and societal breakdown,” Woolsey warned US Congress in 2014. “Other experts estimate the likely loss to be closer to 90 per cent.”

Infrastructure Eliminated

Hospitals would be without power. Essential services — electricity, gas, water, sewage, communications — would all be offline. Emergency services would be unable to respond. Food production and distribution networks would collapse. Computers. Smart phones. Car ignitions. Pacemakers. Any form of delicate electronics within the pulse’s effective range would cease to function. But the greatest damage would be to the power grid itself. Power stations and network transformers would be burnt out. And the effect of a high-altitude EMP burst would not be localised.

1.4 megaton US hydrogen bomb detonated 500km above the Pacific in 1962 caused lights to flare-out in Honolulu, more than 2000km away. It also knocked-out eight satellites. A weapon of the magnitude tested by North Korea if well positioned  burn out the power grid of a large part of the mainland United States. Repairing the damage would take years. And delivering such an attack would actually be much easier for Kim Jong-un’s hermit state.

A Deadly Easy Option

Such a high-altitude thermonuclear attack does not require the technical skills necessary to enable a warhead to survive re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere, cope with the heat of enormous speeds — and still hit its specific target. Perhaps this is why the devastating power of EMP attack has again appeared in North Korean propaganda broadcasts. “I can exploit it in high-altitude areas for strategic purposes and (inflict) EMP attacks on vast areas,” Kim Jong-un declared back in July. In 2015, North Korean propaganda boasted it could destroy all electronic devices in South Korea and Japan by detonating a 100 kiloton bomb 100km above Seoul. “If we lower the altitude to 60-70km, we can make the EMP effect only the southern part of the Korean Peninsula,” it declared. “(EMP) can neutralize all advanced electronic guided weapons and destroy aircraft carrier fleet at once”. The warhead it tested yesterday is estimated to be in the vicinity of 50 to 120 kilotons. But such an attack would not give Kim Jong-un a victory.

A Mad World

The nuclear arsenals of the United States are hardened against such a pulse. It’s also one of the reasons so much effort and money is invested on near-invisible and widely dispersed ballistic missile submarines. The instant a North Korean ICBM was detected to be on a trajectory capable of delivering such a high-altitude blow, a retaliatory firestorm of nuclear warheads would almost certainly be unleashed on North Korea itself. Such is the grim nature of Mutually Assured Destruction the Cold War philosophy, that compelled cool minds to avert the catastrophe that could have resulted from the likes of the 1960s Cuban missile crisis.

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