If you live in Nashville, Tennessee, you might want to move.
At least, if you believe the biblical prophecies of Ellen G. White, an early Seventh-day Adventist who claimed to have received over 2,000 visions from God.
One of those prophecies, according to the group “The Ministry of Future for America”, is that Nashville will be nuked on July 18th of this year. The mysterious group even ran an ad in The Tennessean on Sunday, with the intent of warning Nashville residents that they’ve got less than a month to live.
It's the End of the World
The full-page ad ran in The Tennessean on Sunday. “Dear Citizens of Nashville,” it begins. “We are under conviction to not only tell you but to provide evidence that on July 18, 2020, Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device in Tennessee.” The conspiracy-laden letter portends a Third World War as seen by biblical prophecy, a simultaneous political and religious power struggle between the United States under President Trump (America’s “final president”), Russia and President Putin, Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, and Seventh-day Adventists.
And it all apparently kicks off in July with a nuke in Nashville.
As many took offense to the implication that 'Islam' would nuke an American city, the newspaper is apologizing and scrambling to figure out how this got published in the first place.
The editor of The Tennessean said that a “breakdown in the normal processes” led to the ad’s publication. “The ad is horrific and is utterly indefensible in all circumstances,” he continued. “It is wrong, period, and should have never been published. It has hurt members of our community and our own employees and that saddens me beyond belief.”
The ad received much negative attention on social media, with many pledging to cancel their subscriptions to the daily paper. The paper's promised to donate the advertising money used to pay for the ad towards the American Muslim Advisory Council.
Who is Ellen G. White?
Ellen G. White, whose prophecies were the basis for the ad, is one of the most revered women in Seventh-day Adventism, an important foundational figure who is probably one of the most influential people in the church’s history. She was born in Maine in 1827, and in her day was a highly sought after preacher who frequently received visions from God in public settings. The Smithsonian ranked her as one of the 100 most influential Americans of all time. Many Adventists believe she is a modern-day prophet, but there is debate in the church of just how much credence to give to her writings and prophecies.
As proof of her clairvoyance, some point to a 1901 prophecy from White that they say predicted the September 11th attacks in New York City. That prediction says:
On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to glorify the owners and builders. Higher and still higher these buildings rose, and in them the most costly material was used. . . .
The scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked at the lofty and supposedly fire-proof buildings and said: "They are perfectly safe." But these buildings were consumed as if made of pitch. The fire engines could do nothing to stay the destruction. The firemen were unable to operate the engines.—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, pp. 12, 13.
Bracing for Impact
Prophecies predicting death, destruction, or even the end of the world aren’t new. In fact, since Jesus’ life, there have been hundreds of predicted dates for the apocalypse, including as early as the year 66, when Simon bar Giora predicted that the Jewish uprising against Rome would bring about the Messiah. And who could forget 2012, a year so frequently speculated to host the end-of-days that Hollywood made a film about it.
For now, we think it’s pretty safe to stay in Nashville; After all, the weather's lovely there this time of year. But it's a rather interesting thought; Why are so many attracted to the idea of the world ending?
Is it the element of knowing something others don't? Is it the desire to see the righteous rewarded and the wicked punished? Is it just plain gullibility?