THE GREAT WAR IN SPACE
We are living in an age when Space Agencies of many nations like NASA, ESA, ISRO send Satellites into the orbit and the military planners look to weaponizing our outer space by using guided missiles, surface-to-air missiles and ICBM etc. What does this mean to the safety of our planet Earth? The Bible foretells of a Great war in space. Will you be ready to face the space war?
The Bible warns of a time when God will shake the Planet Earth and all living human beings. How will this affect our future? You need to know. Look at the prophetical warning by Prophet Haggai “For thus says the Lord of Hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land.” (Haggai 2:6).
Nearly 37 years ago on 25th May 1981, the former US President John F Kennedy set a goal for his nation – a goal that many thought impossible. Addressing the US Congress he said: “This nation should commit itself to achieve the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” It was a little more than 8 years after Kennedy’s challenge when Apollo Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Lunar Module on July 21, 1989.
Three and half years later, in December 1992, Apollo-17 Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt became the eleventh and twelfth Americans to walk on the Moon. But now the nations like India and China are launching Space Satellites and preparing for their own manned Moon Missions.
The human beings have always been fascinated by the heavens and marvelous wonders of God’s creative work in the sky as the Psalmist describes, “ The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalms 19:1).
WEAPONS AND WAR IN SPACE:
The Space Scientists have been trying to find out the secrets and wonders of the outer space – the planetary movements, the Stars, the Sun, the Moon, the Galaxies, the Asteroids, the Supernovas, Nebula, the Meteors, the Comets, Black Holes etc. above Planet Earth. As it is no secret, the military weapons designers are planning space-based lasers and particle beam weapons that are nuclear powered.
Many years ago, General Ashly Joseph, Commander-in-Chief of US Space Command put it: ‘We are going to fight in space and to fight from space. That is why the US has development programmes in directed energy and hit.
We will expand into these two missions –“ Space Control and Space Force application” because they will become increasingly important.” We will engage terrestrial targets someday “ships, aeroplanes and land targets” from space. We will locate targets in space from space. (Waging War in Space, Nation December 9, 1999)”. War in space would also increase the danger of an accidental nuclear explosion which could lead to total devastation of modern civilization. Is war in space inevitable? The idea of such a war has been around since the launching of Russian “Sputnik” but it remained safely within the realm of science fiction and carefully planned US-Soviet arms race. The US leads in preparing for War in Space. (New York Times, March 9, 2008).
LAUNCHING OF SATELLITES:
As you may be aware, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been launching satellites like ASLV, PSLV, GSLV, Chandrayan, (To Moon) Mangalyan (to Mars) etc.
The launching of satellites should be restricted to useful aerospace applications for space research in communication, remote sensing, to collect data on early warnings on Climate change, global warming etc. and not for space wars. Look at the prophetical warnings by prophet Obadiah and Jeremiah, “Even though you make your home as high as an Eagle’s nest, so that it seems to be among the stars, yet I will pull you down” (Obadiah 1:4); “But even though you live as high up as an eagle, the Lord will bring you down. The Lord has spoken” (Jeremiah 49:16).
It is interesting to note that the Russian Sputnik and the Skylab of US had crashed in the space. According to the recent News Report, the two-man US-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft en-route to the International Space Station set up by the US was forced to make an emergency landing on 11th October 2018 when their booster rocket failed in mid-air. It was a serious launch problem experienced by a manned Soyuz space mission since 1983, when a fire broke out at the base of the booster rocket Module, while the crew was preparing to lift off. The US Astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Alexei Ovichinin had a miraculous escape before a large explosion.
It is a matter of great consolation that our Savior Lord Jesus will descend from Heaven on Planet Earth - the outer space to bring with him deliverance, prosperity, peace and joy. He will conquer forces of Satan and human beings who are supporting an evil anti- Christ.
THE GREATEST SPACE WAR:
The book of Revelations in our Bible foretells about a great war in the heavens. The great adversary – Satan, the devil is exposed in scriptures. He was defeated in an earlier attempt to take over God’s throne. ( See Isaiah 14:12-15 & and Ezekiel 28: 12-17). One of the greatest space wars in the history of the world will take place before Christ returns. This will be a battle between God’s angelic army and Satan’s demonic army.
Apostle John was prophetically revealed about the coming space war and wrote: “And war broke out in heaven. The Archangel Michael and his angels fought with the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out – that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth and his angels were cast out with him." (Rev. 12:7-9).
HOW WILL YOU KNOW ABOUT SPACE WAR?
This strategic phenomenon will signal an end time sequence of events leading to the return of Lord Jesus Christ. Satan will lose that war in heaven. He will be so angry and direct his wrath towards human beings. How will you know what a great space war has taken place? The heavenly message continues: “Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth and the sea. For the devil has come down to you having great wrath because he knows that he has a short time” (Rev. 12:12). Satan will create great tribulation on Planet Earth.
We need to trust God for protection during the dangerous times ahead. In Matthew 24:21-22, Lord Jesus Christ has explicitly warned his disciples about the time of Satan’s wrath during the great tribulation. "Satan will attack God’s church and God will protect the Woman - the Church." (Rev:12:13-16). The Satan will then attack an unprotected remnant of God’s Church, true Christians who keep the commandments of God and have a testimony of Jesus. (Rev: 12:17). Those who remain faithful will be in the first resurrection to meet Christ in the air at the last trumpet. ( See 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). Thank God that Satan will have only a short time before he is bound and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3). Therefore, we need to watch and pray and understand the prophesied Space War that lies ahead.
We have seen the wonderful description of a great war in Heaven. A final War will take place as the world’s military powers fight against an invader from outer space. Apostle John describes the scene in Rev. 19:11-21. Jesus Christ will conquer all nations who oppose Him. FROM WAR TO PEACE:
Lord Jesus, the victorious Prince of Peace will set up His government to rule all nations on earth with justice and peace. We can look forward to the ultimate future of peace on earth, peace in space and peace in Heaven. After the Millennial reign of peace, Gods plan will move on to another stage. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people. God, Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow nor crying. There shall be no more pain for the former things have passed away” (Rev.21:2-4). Yes, a glorious future lies ahead for the heavens and for the planet Earth. May God help us to prepare for that joyful destiny - the eternity, and grow together by sharing relegious thoughts. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. M G Mathews, is a Medical Social Worker and Christian Counsellor. He recently retired as Consultant (HR & Admin) from BNHS, a 135 years old scientific Research Institution engaged in conserving nature, wildlife and research in natural history.