A Nuclear “Day of Judgment”?
As the world stands on the precipice of nuclear self-annihilation, it is reminiscent of many other “End Times” prophecies from two millennia ago. But certainly even the most devout followers must balk at either prediction today.
The Last Judgment, Final Judgment, Day of Judgment, Judgment Day, Doomsday, or The Day of the Lord (Hebrew Yohm Ha Din) or in Arabic Yawm al-Qiyāmah (یوم القيامة) or Yawm ad-Din (یوم الدین) is part of the eschatological world view of the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
According to the Book of Revelation, Armageddon (/ˌɑːrməˈɡɛdən/, from Ancient Greek: Ἁρμαγεδών Harmagedōn, Late Latin: Armagedōn) will be the prophesied location of a gathering of armies for a battle during the end times, variously interpreted as either a literal or a symbolic location.
Yet ISIS is now recruiting disenfranchised young people from around the world to “embrace death on the battlefield of Dabiq, convinced of the paradise that awaits them.” It matters little that the majority of recruits are basically ignorant of Koranic teachings and prophecy. Embracing martyrdom is easy once you are convinced of what it offers.
What Is Eschatology?
Eschatology (i.e., the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind) must be understood in terms of today’s world. First, death must be recognized for what it has been proved to be. Its physical evidence exists in cremation of the body or its disintegration in the grave. So-called resurrection of the human body into Heaven is impossible. Second, experiential evidence of the soul has been documented; also, its survival of mortal death and return to Heaven. But Heaven has no rewards for those people who mistreated others.
Yet, the title question remains in the hands of misguided world leaders with nuclear arms. Their souls will be penalized in Heaven too, for their egregious acts of mass destruction. But even if nuclear-armed world leaders disavow souls and Heaven, surely they don’t expect to escape nuclear retaliation. Is it worth destroying another country if your country and you are annihilated too?
“We” Will Survive!
Yet, never forget, even if the nuclear-armed countries all destroyed each other, the collective souls of humankind will return to Heaven. Each soul then will be self-accountable for its successes and failures for its host’s harm or compassion for others. Sadly, the net outcome would be elimination of our beautiful Planet Earth!