When The Watchmen Fail, People Perish
The horrifying truth of how Japan dealt with the atomic bombings.
Do you know what this video is? Yes, it's footage of an atomic bomb being dropped, but this isn't just any atomic bomb. This is specifically the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima back in August of 1945. Yes, this particular explosion you're watching is actually footage of approximately 70,000 people being instantly murdered. This isn't normally my style to go all shock and awe, but this video has been seared into my mind and I can't get it out.
Now, we've heard about this in history class a number of times that it was pretty much our only option to end the war without causing millions of casualties, but I decided to do a little digging for myself. I was absolutely mortified to find out what went on with not only Hiroshima, but Nagasaki as well. Did you know that the Japanese actually lifted the air raid warning right before the bomb dropped with both cities?* Let that sink in for a minute.
Why on earth should this bother you?
My friends, you have a solemn responsibility. We are to seek and save that which is lost. People are dying all around us, our neighbors are dying and facing their maker. How many of them truly understand what they face after death, let alone what to do about it?
"Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
10 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?”’ 11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’" Esekiel 33:1-11
Had the Japanese sounded the air raid sirens as soon as they saw the planes, perhaps tens of thousands of people could have been prevented from being vaporized. The world wishes to shake their fist at America for dropping the bombs, but let's not ignore the fact that their own leaders did nothing to prevent this. I mean, it's one thing if it just happened with Hiroshima because who could've really seen that coming? But by the time Nagasaki was bombed, they really should've known better. I completely understand the fact that there's really not a whole lot you can do to protect yourself from a nuclear blast, but what little shelter people took was enough to allow some survivors. Apparently, there wasn't a single policeman who died in Nagasaki because someone survived Hiroshima and taught Nagasaki's police to duck and cover.**
Did you catch that? Someone survived the previous blast and warned others of the dangers as well as what to do to protect yourself! You have been saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You have been sheltered from the ultimate wrath of the Judgment of Almighty God, an unspeakable horror that makes Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like a kid playing with firecrackers. Can you live with yourself knowing what you know? The plane is flying overhead for everyone, will they be ready for when the bomb drops?