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What is "The Atomic Age?"

Just before the sun rose over Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16th, 1945 - the world's first atomic bomb, dubbed "trinity"by its builders, sat on its 100 foot tower awaiting the electronic signal that would mark the beginning of the nuclear age. When the device detonated, turning the dark night into the brightest day, the blast was squal to 20,000 tons of TNT. The mushroom cloud rose over eight miles into the air, forming a huge question mark.

The Nuclear question

That nuclear question mark is still with us. The atomic boom echoes down through the coridors of more than half a century. The question asked that day, the first question of the atomic age is still being pondered : "My God, what have we done?". The fallout of that explosion continues to haunt us.

In no time at all, as soon as the devestating potential of nuclear energy was demonstrated in the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, people began to wonder. Was this what the biblical prophets, Nostradamus, and seers down through the ages had been talking about when they foretold a time they called 'Armageddon'?

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has illustrated it's perception of how dangerous the atomic threat is by placing a clock on the cover of the magazine showing just how much time the editors think we have before Armageddon. This is known as the doomsday clock. They base their opinion on how the nations of hte world are pursuing nuclear capabilities and on the tensions existing among the members of hte nuclear family. The time has varied from as little as two minutes to midnight in 1953, to as much as 17 minutes to midnight in 1991.

Pop culture has certainly picked up on the fear. An exhibition at the Browne Popular Cultural Library at Bowling State University displayed posters from no less than 56 Hollywood films in which an atomic Armageddon threat figured prominently in the story or plot.

Many images in the Book of Revelation and the writings of Nostradamus seem eerily similar to what happened at Alamogordo. It is relatively easy to jump to the conclusion that these writers, living centuries before anyone knew atomic energy existed, may have seen in their visions what hte human race has since experienced.

"Something like a hugh mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed".

(Revelations 8:8,9)

"The sun was given power to scorch the people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat".

(Revelations 16:8,9)

The unbeleives dead, captive, exiled with blood,
human bodies, water and red hail covering the earth.

(Erika Cheetham, The Final Prophecies of Nostradamus)

Nuclear Fears

Such is the specter of the atomic age in the minds of virtually everyone who has seen the pictures of the famous mushroom cloud that it is hard to envision an Armageddon that doesn't involve nuclear holocaust. Perhaps the most feared of terroristic threats is that a small group might smuggle a nuclear device into a major city - or at least set off a "dirty bomb" - (a conventional explosive contaminated with radioactive material) - thereby rendering human occupation of the area impossible for any forseeable future. In 2003, President George W. Bush launched and invasion of Iraq based largely on the claim that Iraq was developing "weapons of mass destruction" - including nuclear ones.

It is safe to say that more money has been spent as a result of nuclear weapons, both in developing them and trying to defend against them, than for any other single reason in the history of the human race.

The atomic age is a fact of life for every person now living on the planet, and the potential for nuclear Armageddon remains on of the single biggest threats to life as we know it today.

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