As I write this it has been about six weeks since the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the Japanese coast. The double wammy of the earthquake and the tsunami ended up crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In subsequent weeks the disaster was upgraded to level 7 which put it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The resulting radiation leaks ended up spreading worldwide contaminating seafood, the pacific ocean, vegetables and people as far away as North America. Japan has relied more heavily on nuclear power than any other nation on earth. Nuclear power accounts for over 30% of all of the electricity Japan consumes.
What does this have to do with end time events? Over the weeks details came out about how the company that owned the plant knowingly built the nuclear plant over a fault line. They planned the construction of the plant to withstand earthquakes. Unfortunately, they never expected to be hit with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. They knew that there were risks. They thought they could control the risks. In the end, they were wrong. What leads human beings to be reckless like this? Why would both TEPCO, the company that owns the power plant and the Japanese government sign off on something like a nuclear plant that has the potential for going so very wrong? In one word, greed.
Greed / Covetousness
Greed affects every one of us. Greed and covetousness, wanting things that don’t belong to us, are two sides of the same coin. The economy of every nation in the world is dependent on greed. Without it companies like Apple would sell very few iPhones, iPads and iPods. Casinos would be non-existent. Lotteries would also not exist. Las Vegas, if it existed would be pretty tame compared to today’s reality. Covetousness is everywhere. The same is true for companies. A public companies stock goes up based on its ability to increase earnings and profits year over year. The more sales it makes and the more profit it generates the higher its stock goes. In years past some companies have been caught doing almost anything, even if illegal, to keep their stocks afloat. No human being is immune.
God warns us against covetousness and greed in Ephesians 5:5.
“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
This verse even points out that being covetous is equal to being an idolater, one who worships a god other than the one true God. Covetousness is serious business in God’s eyes. When we fall into its trap there are serious consequences to be paid. We get ourselves into all kinds of trouble. We end up destroying ourselves and everyone around us. One has only to look at people with gambling addictions to see the devastating effects of their sins on themselves and the ones they love.
End Time Plague?
So is Fukushima Daiichi one of the end time plagues mentioned in the book of Revelation?
“The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.” – Revelation 8:10-11
Six weeks later officials are starting to say that the radiation is going down. Fukushima Daiichi will most likely not be the end of the world. It is a sign of the end though. It is a sign of the inability of man to predict the future and to protect himself from the negative consequences of his actions. Contrary to what many people try to say, mankind will not find the solutions to its problems without divine intervention. Humanity is incapable of doing anything other than looking out for number one. This inherent selfishness means that we are heading like a freight train to our destruction. The way we live and manage our natural resources cannot continue indefinitely. Our pampered way of life must end. It has been predicted that it will end. This nuclear disaster won’t be the last one we see. The bible tells us in Matthew 24 that earthquakes are the beginning of the end. Jesus is coming. The question you need to answer for yourself if, “Am I ready to see Him face to face?” If not, why not take the time to accept him as your Lord and Savior?