March 28, 2011
Is the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis a Sign of the End?
Did Jesus specifically predict the
Fukushima nuclear crisis and tsunami? Answer: probably not.
"...the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear,
and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the
powers of HEAVEN [Greek: ουράνιο - ouránio] shall be shaken..." (Luke
Some Bible-teachers are pointing-out that the Greek word which means
"heaven" (ουράνιο - pronounced ouránio) is the same word used
in Greek for uranium. Therefore it is claimed the real meaning of the
above Scripture is that in the end-times a nuclear powerplant will meltdown as
a result of a tsunami (the sea and waves roaring); and it is claimed this was
specifically fulfilled at Fukushima in March 2011, and therefore ours must be
the final generation that shall see the return of the Lord.
1. The Greek word used for "heavens" in the above Scripture is
ουράνιο - pronounced ouránio.
2. The same Greek word pronounced ouránio is indeed the word for
"uranium". Ouránio is the Greek form of the English word uranium
(first published in English in 1797) - an Anglicized form of the Latin word
which derived from a Greek word.
3. The same Greek word is also the name in Greek for the planet Uranus.
4. So in modern times the same Greek word now has three or four meanings:
"heaven" or "heavens"; "uranium" and
"uranus". Therefore, when interpreting the above Scripture, we need
to choose between one of those meanings, and state why it should be chosen over
5. If someone is going to base an end-times doctrine on their choice of
"uranium" as the intended meaning of the Greek word in the above
Scripture instead of its other meanings, then they also ought to state why they
know "heaven" or "uranus" were not the intended meanings.
6. When Jesus spoke that Greek word, the word meant "heaven" or
"heavens" - it didn't mean uranium or Uranus. "Heavens" is
the meaning the apostles would have understood by the word, at the time they
7. A literary rule of interpretation is that the obvious meaning of a
word is always to be taken, especially if it fits the context nicely - unless
something written in the text itself instructs us not to take the obvious
8. Therefore it is most likely that Jesus and the apostles intended the word
ουράνιο - pronounced ouránio, to mean "heavens" not uranium
9. But even if it can be proven that the intended meaning is
"uranium" - it still needs to be proven why the recent Fukushima
nuclear crisis and tsunami fulfills it. Why not some other future nuclear
crisis? or why not the Chernobyl nuclear crisis? why specifically Fukushima?
Admittedly, the Chernobyl crisis wasn't caused by a tsunami (the sea and waves
roaring) - but some future crisis might!
10. But even if there will never be another nuclear crisis caused by a tsunami,
we still can't prove that the Fukushima crisis fulfills this Scripture
specifically, because the above Scripture doesn't explicitly state that the
powers of the heavens (or, nuclear powerplant) shall be shaken by a tsunami -
it lists the two phenomena without stating that there shall be cause and effect
between the two.
11. But even if the above Scripture did intend to mean that there shall be
cause and effect between a tsunami and a nuclear crisis, the Fukushima crisis
loses its status as a sign of the end - unless the crisis is ongoing. If the
crisis comes to and end, and time continues to march on, then it wasn't the
specific crisis referred to in this Scripture.
12. Therefore it doesn't appear to have been proven that the Fukushima nuclear
crisis and tsunami uniquely fulfills the above Scripture, or that the crisis
indicates ours must be the final generation before Jesus returns.
13. Nuclear crises may be part of the many signs of the end - but Jesus
probably didn't intend to refer specifically to nuclear crises - He probably
intended the meaning "heavens".
14. So, the Fukushima crisis probably isn't a certain indication that ours must
be the final generation that shall see the return of the Lord.
15. Nevertheless, it is probably valid to include the Fukushima nuclear crisis
and tsunami among other signs of the times which have existed in every
generation since the early church.
16. Jesus can return at any time - if the Father wills. He is coming soon!