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The Armageddon Clock

The Armageddon Clock
By Rapture Ready

One of the most important factors in risk assessment is the ability to judged the magnitude of a given threat. A group of scientists developed a Doomsday clock to measure the peril of nuclear war. Because events of the tribulation poses an even greater danger to earth's inhabitants, we decided to create an Armageddon Clock to provide a point of reference.

Doomsday Clock
The overview and timeline for the doomsday clock:

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has told the world what time it is since 1947, when its famous clock appeared on the cover. Since then, the clock has moved forward and back, reflecting the state of international security.

1947: Seven minutes to midnight

The clock first appears on the Bulletin cover as a symbol of nuclear danger.

1949: Three minutes to midnight

The Soviet Union explodes its first atomic bomb.

1953: Two minutes to midnight

The United States and the Soviet Union test thermonuclear devices within nine months of one another.

1960 Seven minutes to midnight

The clock moves in response to the growing public understanding that nuclear weapons made war between the major powers irrational. International scientific cooperation and efforts to aid poor nations are cited.

1963 Twelve minutes to midnight

The U.S. and Soviet signing of the Partial Test Ban Treaty "provides the first tangible confirmation of what has been the Bulletin's conviction in recent years-that a new cohesive force has entered the interplay of forces shaping the fate of mankind."

1968 Seven minutes to midnight

China acquires nuclear weapons; wars rage in the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and Vietnam; world military spending increases while development funds shrink.

1969 Ten minutes to midnight

The U.S. Senate ratifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

1972 Twelve minutes to midnight

The United States and the Soviet Union sign the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; progress toward SALT II is anticipated.

1974 Nine minutes to midnight

SALT talks reach an impasse; India develops a nuclear weapon. "We find policy-makers on both sides increasingly ensnared, frustrated, and neutralized by domestic forces having a vested interest in the amassing of strategic forces."

1980 Seven minutes to midnight

The deadlock in U.S.-Soviet arms talks continues; nationalistic wars and terrorist actions increase; the gulf between rich and poor nations grows wider.

1981 Four minutes to midnight

Both superpowers develop more weapons for fighting a nuclear war. Terrorist actions, repression of human rights, and conflicts in Afghanistan, Poland, and South Africa add to world tension.

1984 Three minutes to midnight

The arms race accelerates. "Arms control negotiations have been reduced to a species of propaganda. . . . The blunt simplicities of force threaten to displace any other form of discourse between the superpowers."

1988 Six minutes to midnight

The United States and the Soviet Union sign a treaty to eliminate intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF); superpower relations improve; more nations actively oppose nuclear weapons.

1990 Ten minutes to midnight

The clock, redesigned in 1989, reflects democratic movements in Eastern Europe, which shatter the myth of monolithic communism; the Cold War ends.

1991 Seventeen minutes to midnight

The United States and the Soviet Union sign the long-stalled Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and announce further unilateral cuts in tactical and strategic nuclear weapons.

1995 Fourteen minutes to midnight

Further arms reductions are stalled while global military spending continues at Cold War levels. Nuclear "leakage" from poorly guarded former Soviet facilities is recognized as a growing risk.

1998 Nine minutes to midnight

India and Pakistan "go public" with nuclear tests. The United States and Russia can't agree on further deep reductions in their stockpiles.

2002 Seven minutes to midnight

Little progress is made on global nuclear disarmament. The United States rejects a series of arms control treaties and announces it will withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Terrorists seek to acquire and use nuclear and biological weapons.

2007  Five minutes to midnight

The world stands at the brink of a second nuclear age. The United States and Russia remain ready to stage a nuclear attack within minutes, North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran plans to acquire the Bomb. Climate change also presents a dire challenge to humanity. Damage to ecosystems is already taking place; flooding, destructive storms, increased drought, and polar ice melt are causing loss of life and property.

Armageddon Clock
The overview and timeline for the Armageddon Clock:

The Armageddon Clock, unlike the Doomsday Clock, moves ever forward. Each tick of its second hand --the nation Israel, and the issues and events of Bible Prophecy-- brings the world nearer the starting point of what will be man's most horrific war. The Armageddon Clock marks Antichrist's confirming the false peace covenant described in Daniel 9:27. The signing of that covenant will initiate the Tribulation era (Daniel's Seventieth Week. That great conflict will culminate with the Second coming of Jesus Christ back to Planet Earth. The on-going timeline of issues and events leading to that moment are:

1800s: 30 minutes to midnight

Although Jews have been returning to the land of promise a few at a time since their last scattering, it wasn't until the 1800s that they started going home in significant numbers. Jews were in the majority in the area by 1880. Large portions of land were purchased, bringing about more and more rural Jewish communities. As the Zionist movement gained backing, plans were made to return on a widening scale.

1914: 25 minutes to midnight

The Jewish population reached 85,000 by the time World War I began in 1914. This compared to only 5,000 populating the land early in the previous century.

1917: 20 minutes to midnight

British Foreign Secretary Arthur J. Balfour issued on behalf of England, the Balfour Declaration on November 17, 1917. The Balfour declaration indicated approval of the Jewish goal of bringing about a Jewish state in Palestine.

1939: 17 minutes to midnight

Adolf Hitler and the Nazis carried out persecution against all Jews within Hitler's sphere of influence. While Hitler, along with the Arab enemies of the Jews in Palestine turned up the heat of persecution against the Jewish race, the British, the controlling authority in Palestine, developed a White Paper, severely restricting Jewish immigration.

1940-1945: 15 minutes to midnight

Adolf Hitler's Germany perpetrated genocide upon the Jewish race, during which more than 6 million Jews were murdered in the holocaust.

1947: 12 minutes to midnight

Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, validating much of Old Testament writings. Jewish leadership plan a return to Zion (Jerusalem) for purpose of establishing a nation.

1948: 8 minutes to midnight

Israel reborn as a nation on May 14, 1948. Jews back in their Promise Land, just as prophesied for the last days by all Bible prophets.

1952: 7 minutes to midnight

In November, the United States tests its first hydrogen bomb on Elugelap island. The bast was equal to 10.4 megatons, 700 times the power of Little Boy.

1957: 6 minutes to midnight

The Treaties establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) are signed by the Six (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands) in Rome as of today they will be referred to as the "Treaties of Rome".

1967: 5 minutes to midnight

On June 5 the six-day war begins: Israel destroys the Arab air forces; captures land three times the area of itself; and most importantly, the Jewish people win the right to free control the city of Jerusalem for the first time in over 2000 years.

1999: 4 minutes to midnight

In January of 1999 eleven European Union countries begin using the euro as their common currency.

2002: 3 minutes to midnight

European leaders hammered out an agreement to bring 10 new countries into the European Union. Most of the new members will be former Soviet eastern block states.

2004: 3 minutes to midnight

Years of rapid growth in the Chinese economy has caused the eastern giant to become a major competitor for the earth's scarce resources. China's growing dependence on oil will cause its interests to focus more on the Middle East.

2005: 3 minutes to midnight

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history. Records were set in the most number of storms - 28, the most reaching hurricane strength - 15, and the most reached Category 5 strength - 4. Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive, and hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane ever observed in the Atlantic basin.

2008:  2 minutes to midnight

You would have to go back to the days before Pearl Harbor to find a more pronounced state of apathy about dangers facing the world.

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