Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Facts and prophetic implications of Fukushima meltdown

The situation in Japan is truly critical. Here is some context and some news, with my interpretation of the end time implications at the end. Believe it or not, I have edited this down from a longer length. But it is a good roundup of the latest and most pertinent facts I could find. I apologize if it is too long.

ABOUT THE REACTOR FACILITIES:

The Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, also known as Fukushima Dai-ichi (dai-ichi means "number one"), is a nuclear power plant located on a 860-acre site in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. There are six nuclear reactors on site, known as Fukushima-1, Fukushima-2, etc. The plant reactors came online from 1970 through 1979.

Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant, Fukushima Dai-Ni (dai-ni means "number two"), is a nuclear power plant located on a 370-acre site located 7 miles to the south of Fukushima Dai-chi. There are four reactors at the second Fukushima, which all came online between 1981-1986. After the 2011 Tokyo earthquake and tsunami, the four reactors at Fukushima II automatically shut down without incident.

The situation has been difficult for media to get a handle on because it is a major disaster after all, and things are very fluid. At one point, readings were published that indicated radiation was 10 million times normal but there were extra zeroes in the report that went uncorrected for hours. The radiation was actually 100,000 times normal, which of course, is bad enough. No mother with a baby is going to care how many zeroes are on the report when her child comes down with cancer. But the situation has been hard to get a handle on also because of government's hiding information and disinformation.

COMPARISON TO THREE MILE ISLAND

Four days ago, we heard from the Japanese Prime Minister that there was a breach at Fukushima-3 and that the situation is in his words, "grave and serious." An American nuclear scientist, Michio Kaku, was asked for comment /reaction to the news. He said:

"This is huge. For the first time they are using that dreaded word 'breach', meaning uncontrolled release of radiation in the environment. This reactor contains plutonium, the most toxic chemical known to science. A millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer if ingested." 

Dr. Kaku explained that the accident at Three Mile Island rated a five in the nuclear accident scale, because one reactor sustained 90% core damage, but very little radiation escaped into the environment. To compare Fukushima, the officials have rated as a level five on the nuclear accident scale. Dr Kaku said there are three raging meltdowns in progress, one spent fuel pond open to the air, hydrogen as explosions, any ONE of which exceeds Three Mile Island. "At the very least, Fukushima should by now be rated a six," Dr Kaku said. Chernobyl was rated the highest, a seven on the nuclear accident scale.

But we are really parsing here when talking 'partial meltdown' and 'full-scale meltdown' when it comes to the Japanese people and the toxicity released into the global environment. There are reports on the ground from lay-people posting to Youtube that the situation is out of control, that plutonium has already been released in the air. What is the latest mainstream, credible news?

LATEST NEWS ON RADIATION SPREAD

China rejects ship from California with “abnormal” radiation — Had only been in Tokyo for a few hours
"Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has not yet decided what it will do with its container ship when it returns to Japan this week, a company official said on Tuesday, after China rejected the vessel for “abnormal” radiation levels. …  Chinese authorities detected a maximum of 3.5 microsieverts per hour on MOL’s ship when it arrived at the port of Xiamen in eastern Fujian province last week, the company spokeswoman said. …  The MOL Presence originated in California, stopping in Tokyo for only a few hours on March 17 before arriving in China four days later, port authorities said."

Japan on 'Maximum Alert' as Workers Try to Stem Leaks of Toxic Water
Trace amounts of plutonium found in the soil

Whether the writer was deliberately attempting to diminish anxiety by using the word "trace amounts" or was accurately using it, it doesn't matter. Remember what the nuclear scientist said above, a millionth of a gram of plutonium will cause cancer. And the situation is worsening, not getting better. Radiation contamination has already leaked out into Japan, the ocean, and in the world.

Left, a gram. Middle, a milligram. Right, a microgram, or a millionth of a gram, the size of which Kaku said if ingested would cause cancer. Click picture to enlarge

Singapore finds radioactivity in imported Japan vegetables
"Singapore said on Thursday its authorities had found low levels of radioactive contaminants in four samples of vegetables imported from Japan. It said samples of wild parsley, rapeseed plant, mustard and perilla leaf were found to have elevated levels of radiation, although an adult would have to consume 3.5 kg (7.7 lb) of these vegetables to receive a similar amount of radiation as one X-ray.  The contaminated samples were imported from the affected prefectures of Tochigi and Ibaraki, as well as Chiba and Ehime which are outside the affected areas."

Radiation in seawater may be spreading in Japan
"Workers at Japan's damaged nuclear plant raced to pump out contaminated water suspected of sending radioactivity levels soaring as officials warned Monday that radiation seeping from the complex was spreading to seawater and soil."

Dr Tom Burnett is a Ph.D, retired nuclear physicist. He says : When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater
"Fukushima is going to dwarf Chernobyl. The Japanese government has had a level 7 nuclear disaster going for almost a week but won’t admit it.  The disaster is occurring the opposite way than Chernobyl, which exploded and stopped the reaction. At Fukushima, the reactions are getting worse. I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown and we will probably get some of it.  If reactor 3 is in meltdown,  the concrete under the containment looks like lava. But Fukushima is not far off the water table. When that molten mass of self-sustaining nuclear material gets to the water table it won’t simply cool down. It will explode – not a nuclear explosion, but probably enough to involve the rest of the reactors and fuel rods at the facility."

According to USA Today, published this morning,
Trace amounts of radiation have already been detected in 15 United States.

So we see the issues. The Japanese PM admitted the situation is grave and serious, and today the Embassies ready iodide tablets
"Various embassies in Japan are passing out potassium iodide tablets as a "precautionary measure" to protect their citizens from radiation exposure in case the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant goes haywire.  The central government, on the other hand, is only dispensing iodide tablets to people in the 20-km evacuation zone near the plant but is ready to distribute more to local residents outside the area."

The radiation is in the plants. It is in the air. It is in the seawater. It is almost in and likely going to be in the groundwater. So what are the prophetic implications?

PROPHETIC IMPLICATIONS

In 1993 John MacArthur preached about "Divine Destruction of Earth's Ecology," as depicted in Revelation. He said:

"Man worships Mother Nature, the earth. Man has failed to honor God, failed to recognize God, gives God no thanks, gives God no place, rejects His manifest glory in the creation and worships the creature and the creation, rather than the Creator. That preoccupation with Mother Nature, that environmental atheism, that evolutionist that says God is in everything and everything is God, that kind of atheism that says man is no more valuable than a frog, or a rat or a rock. Three quarters of a million people were in the last New York Central Park Earth Day worshiping the earth, the creation instead of the Creator."

In Revelation 6:8 we read: "I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth."

In Revelation 8:11 we read: "And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter."

Wormwood is a poison.

"MacArthur again, "The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was allowed to see as God gave him a vision of future judgment. Jeremiah chapter 9, "The Lord said, `Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them and not obeyed My voice or walked according to it, but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals as their father taught them, therefore thus says the Lord of host, the God of Israel, Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink." And here he's talking about judgment on Israel but it's a preview of what's going to happen in the end. All of this just to point out that wormwood refers to something bitter, some poison that is actually deadly. Whatever this poison is, it is lethal. A third of the waters become wormwood, it says in verse 11. And as a result, many men died from the waters because they were made poisonous. The rivers still run but they run with deadly poison. The wells are full but they're full of death. The lakes are rippling with lethal quenches."

Is that Wormwood/poison actually radiation? It is not beyond the realm of possibility. One can see by the rapid spread of the radiation already in the last two weeks how much poison may permeate the waters by the time Rev 6 and 8 rolls around.

I don't know, I really don't know what will happen at Fukushima or if it is related to prophecy. All I know is what the bible tells us what will happen. If the radiation situation gets under control that would be a mighty miracle and a relief, and I do hope that is what happens. If it does, it still doesn't alter the fact that the world will become poison fairly soon, that Divine Judgment will render on the ecology and environment, and the scare we are seeing today will pale in comparison to the actual judgment.

Please imagine the agony Japanese mothers are undergoing at this moment. They hear their thirsty baby cry for water and looking at the tap, which may or may not be an enemy by now. What does she do? She needs to cook dinner and the stores are out of bottled water, and she knows that she only has three choices: pack up and leave her home for good, wait to feed her hungry kids for no one knows how long, or feed them and hope that what you are giving them isn't deadly. How terrible! Pray for these people!

Jesus will give us strength to endure through these times of overwhelming misery. The way to do that is to-

1. Know what you believe and why you believe it
2. Have a thankful heart. We receive many blessings daily, count them!
3. Walk closely with Him by staying in the Word, praying, and assembling with the Saints. If you are not in a good, bible believing church where the Word is preached unadulterated, then find one, or start one by meeting with a few fellow believers. Paul and Priscilla and Aquila met in their home with a few believers, so did all the first church believers and most churches around the world still meet that way today. We need each other and the people of Japan need our prayers!

5 comments:

  1. I wasn't sure if you were aware of the fact that Chernobyl is Ukranian for wormwood. If you mentioned it and I missed it...I apologize. Just found it interesting...and it does help the argument that wormwood is conected to radiation.
    I really enjoy this blog by the way.
    Kevin

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  2. Kevin, I was aware of that but had forgotten! Thank you for reminding me and everyone about the connection. I appreciate it. I think it is really, really interesting!

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  3. Mar 13:17: But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

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  4. Yes we need to be praying for these people and counting our blessings!

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  5. Did you know that the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan one year to the day after Japan denounced Israel?
    Some may see this of little significance, but there is a man by the name of John Mcternan that says he has linked over 70 catastrophes to governments denouncing Israel or trying to force them to give up land.
    The Bible says, "I will bless those that bless thee and curse those that curse thee".
    Here's a quick video I found on YouTube on the subject to clear up any doubt about these "coincidences". It's pretty alarming to say the least!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvU_QGwis5E

    Incase that link doesn't work, you can look it up on YouTube by searching LAST DAYS PROPHECY UPDATE: TEN JUDGMENTS ON THE USA
    (the user name is shofaruk)

    Sorry Elizabeth if you were aware of this already! You are quite informed!! But I thought that in light of all that is going on and people wondering if recent events have been God's judgments that this may provide some answers!

    God bless you for all you do! I always look forward to reading your posts every day!
    Sarah

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