Many a Bible prophecy seemed impossible until the advent of modern technology.
Joel 2:31 is one of them: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.”
The verse is part of a prophecy about God’s final judgement upon the earth. It describes some kind of major calamity.
Some scholars believe that calamity could be an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) used against America or another major world power.
In an interview with Israel News Talk Radio, Rabbi Alon Anava touched on such a scenario.
“There are prophecies [in Judaism] about an 11-second war,” he noted. “That can only be a nuclear war.”
Indeed, the easiest way of executing an EMP attack would be to detonate a nuclear device at high altitude over the target population.
The US Congress explored that scenario years ago. The chilling conclusion was that an EMP detonated over the central United States would bring starvation and societal collapse.
Within a year, 90 percent of America’s population would perish. Rabbi Anava said the US would be set back to the 18th century.
At the same time, using such a weapon against America’s enemies would have much less effect. The US is more reliant on electronics and computers than any other nation.
This is actually one of the main reasons America and its allies are so concerned about a nuclear Iran or North Korea.
A nuclear weapon launched by one of these nations could kill hundreds of thousands, or even millions.
But if they provided even a small nuclear device to a terror group like ISIS, which then used it as an EMP, the result would be far more devastating.
So it is no surprise that the use of EMP weapons are already part of the military doctrines of Iran, North Korea and China.
Iran has even practiced launched EMP attacks from sea so that it can reach far-away targets like America.