De 28:34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
35 The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
With Russia recently unveiling unstoppable nuclear weapons that could nearly instantly vaporize American cities as heard in the first video below and our world becoming increasingly dangerous, it is absolutely prudent to consider possible scenarios for our future.
Will there be atomic warfare, warfare that comes here to American soil? If so, here is an eyewitness account of an actual blast. In the spring of 1953 I was a guinea pig in an above-ground atom bomb test at Camp Desert Rock Nevada. Concerning what we are facing today I want to post a story I wrote about the experience. How it applies, I’ll leave to the reader.
To give the reader a sense of more reasons of why we believe and how we arrived at our conjecture that atomic-type blasts will probably come into play in the wars that are described in the Bible, we are including here, an account of our own personal experience when the writer was a guinea pig in an atomic test: This writer was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army) in early spring of 1953 when many of us were ordered as “volunteers” to board a train for Nevada to participate in an atomic test.
It was early, perhaps an hour before sun-up on a chilly March morning. We had been trucked to the site the afternoon before, a few miles from Camp Desert Rock which lay about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. We had come almost 1,600 miles from Missouri to be the “invited” (ordered) but reluctant guinea pigs in an atomic test called "Operation UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE, “1953 (CONUS “Continental United States).”
We were told the device to be tested was of approximately the same size as “Little Boy” that was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 which was followed shortly by another called 'FatMan' over Nagasaki on 9 August.” If our recollection is accurate then the test in which we participated was “Annie” and took place on March 17, 1953. The following paragraph is the official government release of information concerning the event:
“ANNIE, the first device tested, was an "open shot," meaning that reporters were allowed to view the detonation from News Nob, 11 kilometers south of the shot-tower. The Government wanted to show the American public that nuclear weapons could be used defensively, without destroying large urban centers and populations “
Early next morning, the entire troop of men numbering at least in the hundreds, perhaps more, were ordered into a series of trenches (five or six feet deep) running horizontal to and about 3000 yards from ground zero to the north where the “device” rested atop a 300’ steel tower. It was a cube and looked to be perhaps the size of a small camper trailer (Ed note, device size has since been drastically reduced). There were no distinguishing characteristics, just a black box barely seen in a gradually lightening sky. Sun-up was near, but not yet. First we faced south and at an unknown range in the dark of early morning, saw a huge explosion which we were told had been 20,000 lbs (ten tons) of TNT. Very large, very impressive, but, as we were soon to understand, merely a candle at 50 feet compared to what was to come.
“The official yield estimate of "Little Boy" (Hiroshima) was about 16 kilotons of TNT equivalent in explosive force, i.e. 6.3 × 1013.” The comparison therefore between the TNT and the atomic device would be roughly ten tons to 16,000 tons, assuming our test was the same size as Little Boy. We were told to close our eyes but that proved almost impossible. The temptation was great to “take a peek” although we had been warned to do so might result in permanent blindness. There was a huge flash that is impossible to describe. A flash no known machine could produce. A flash that lit your eye up like daylight even with the eyelid tightly closed. The mountain landscape more than 20 miles away exploded in a brilliant white (that’s a few seconds later when we dared to look). The flash lit the mountain as brightly as if a trillion flashbulbs had exploded in unison. It was a blinding, white light that rested on the eye for several seconds.
As we began to slowly comprehend what we were seeing, we felt the first shock wave. The ground began to rumble like a sleeping giant rolling over and beginning to wake. The noise started as a low hum and quickly expanded into something like the roar of a locomotive bearing down on you with violent shaking, throwing equipment, men and animals first one direction and then another. Soldiers in trenches, in this and in subsequent tests of similar weapons testified their bodies were thrown uncontrollably from one side of the trenched excavation to the other.
As the shaking and heaving continued we looked up to ground level and saw dust and sand. Also rocks the size of five gallon buckets were thrown violently across the ground. A suffocating shroud of dirt immediately dropped on anything that was not blown away. Roughly 15 seconds later, instead of blowing south, the hurricane of debris shifted 180 degrees and instead of small rocks and boulders flying overhead we saw large blocks of fused sand (Trinitite) and possibly large boulders going back to the north, back to “the point of detonation.” This continued for maybe 20 seconds before an eerie silence descended on the scene.
Not a sound was heard as the entire army of guinea pigs crouched in stunned silence. Next, as the dust began to settle we were told by loudspeaker it was safe to stand and see the after effects of the blast.
First we looked north toward the point of detonation, and where a 300 ft. tower had stood only minutes before there was now only flat ground, no debris, just desert, the tower had disintegrated.
In the silence a mushroom cloud ascended in the early morning light and as the sun peeked over the mountains to the east, a beautiful blue, the color of Safire spread across the top of the first “mushroom.” Out of that, the cloud continued its spiral toward the sky and as the second and third mushroom tops formed, the intensity of color grew. We stood in breathless awe and then as we lowered our eyes we saw a “wheel within a wheel” reminiscent of Ezekiel’s description of God Himself…
Ezekiel 1:4 ¶ And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
A dirty brown cloud roiled and boiled on the ground. The tongues of fire licked through the dirt as a huge fat wheel looking like a dirty donut on its side, was growling and wrestling with itself as it rolled from the bottom up, curling on the outside of the donut and disappearing “infolding,” toward the inside at the top. And out of this writhing mass of dirt and fire at a 90 degree angle came a “wheel within a wheel.”…
Eze 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
The center “wheel” turned at a right angle from the donut lying on the ground. It spun in a counter-clockwise direction (like a contained tornado) as viewed from the top. Up and up it snaked into the atmosphere mushrooming out at perhaps 500-800 ft., then topping and forming a new “wheel” which continued its trip to the sky, again, topping and continuing on to a third mushroom top, each capped with a layer of blue:…
Eze 1:22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal stretched forth over their heads above. (ED: “colour” A beautiful aquamarine beryl blue)
We stood with mouths open in speechless, stunned astonishment and as we stood and looked, it gradually dawned on me that instead of my field jacket being buttoned tightly around my throat because of the cold, I had unconsciously opened each button in sequence and stood with jacket wide open. The temperature had risen from probably 35 F to perhaps 70 or 80 F in a matter of a few minutes. As we looked to the outside of the area, in a ring of fire, a radius of what we were told was about eight miles; the sagebrush was burning. The initial blast had burned everything in its path, reaching its extremity at roughly eight miles. At this point, the blast had reached its maximum and the resulting vacuum then pulled much of the debris back to “ground zero,” extinguishing all fires as the air rushed back to the center, filling the void created by the atomic blast. The effect was to leave a “ring of fire” sixteen miles in diameter encircling us.
Gradually, the “mushrooms” began to disintegrate, as all the dust settled and a clear Nevada sky came to bloom. Our next and almost immediate action was “scrimmage.” We were ordered, and I mean that as a fact, to take our M1 rifles and scrimmage or dogtrot toward ground zero, only stopping at what we were told was 1000 yards from the blast point. As we scrimmaged toward the center our feet crunched through fused sand (“Trinitite” see addendum), snapping it like thin yellow-green glass as we made our trails across the desert. Jackrabbits wobbled crazily from side to side, somehow having escaped death as the blast tore across the earth. By this time we were sweating heavily because of the physical exertion and the dramatic rise in temperature.
Next on the agenda was a tour to view the effects of the blast on buildings and test animals we had seen the previous afternoon, stick-built sheds and houses simulating a small village and a long, wide excavation sloping downward away from the “device.” In this wide “trench” were about a half dozen sheep. After the blast we went by again and of the six or seven sheep only one had its coat burned and that only on one side. The other animals were singed on their backs and had obviously “instinctively?” lined up one behind the other so only the lead sheep took the main effect of the blast. We surmised they were crowded in the farthest and deepest part of the trench when “Annie” went off. Suffice it to say, the buildings had disappeared.
The final action of the morning, before we boarded troop carriers back to camp, was the sweeping down with brooms of accumulated dust and the removal of our REMM badges that each soldier was issued and had pinned to his jacket. The badges were supposed to record the amount of radiation each of us had been exposed to. After the trip back to camp we were finally allowed to shower, never being told the amount of danger we guinea pigs had undergone. A month or so later I was given a 30 day leave and while at home in Colorado I started losing all my hair. Not relating the hair loss with radiation at the time, I assumed I was going prematurely bald, though in a few months the hair later grew back to normal.
Many years later we read about one effect of radiation being hair loss, and then made the connection. We heard speculation and stories and in later years I understand many of us guinea pigs died from various types of cancers and other diseases. I was one of those that was spared. I later married and fathered five children, our children giving birth to many more children, till today we number over 70 grand and great grandchildren. None of who, to the best of my knowledge suffer from any ill effects of the experience. Am I claiming my personal observation of an atomic explosion is comparable to the description of God given in Ezekiel 1? Of course not. I simply saw things that to me were hard to put into words until I later became a Christian and then was astounded to read in the Bible, almost exactly what I had seen on the desert of Nevada so many years ago.
“A number of different types of Trinitite have been identified. Green is the most common form. Black contains iron from the tower structure. Red contains copper from the device used in the blast or from the communications cables that led away from the site. Both black and red specimens are extremely rare. Rounded "pearls" also are found, which come from melted silica that returned to solid form before hitting the ground.
“The glass has been described as "a layer “ to 2 centimeters thick, with the upper surface marked by a very thin sprinkling of dust which fell upon it while it was still molten. At the bottom is a thicker film of partially fused material, which grades into the soil from which it was derived. The color of the glass is a pale bottle green, and the material is extremely vesicular with the size of the bubbles ranging to nearly the full thickness of the specimen."
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