At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the Titanic, which was a “floating palace,” sank into the ocean. It struck an iceberg while heading for New York, after departing Southampton in England, carrying over 2,200 passengers and crew. More than 1,500 people died. Although it is taken into consideration the accident occurred in the middle of the ocean, it caused too many deaths. Was it really impossible to reduce the death toll? Or, couldn’t the tragedy itself be prevented?
In September, 2007, a key was put up for sale in the UK. That was the key to the locker which contained the binoculars that were on-board the Titanic. The key belonged to the second officer David Blair, who was taken off the ship a few days before the Titanic set off on its maiden voyage. But in the rush he forgot to hand it over to his replacement. Without access to the glasses, the lookouts in the crow’s nest were forced to rely on their eyes and only saw the iceberg when it was too late to take action. Having binoculars might have prevented the Titanic tragedy. It was such an absurd mistake for them to set sail without even checking the binoculars.
At 9 a.m. on the day before the Titanic sank, it received a message warning of icebergs in its path. However, even after having received several more messages warning of ice ahead, no one on the Titanic paid any attention to them. At 11 p.m, the Titanic received another warning from the Californian, but it was angrily dispatched by the Titanic’s radio operator who was preoccupied with transmitting passenger messages. After being violently rebuked by the Titanic’s operator, the Californian’s radio operator turned off his radio and went to bed. At midnight, the radio operator of the Carpathia, which was sailing from England to the Mediterranean, picked up his headphones to call up the Titanic’s wireless operator before going to bed. Shortly after, he received the titanic’s SOS telegram. Upon receiving the news of the Titanic’s distress signal, the captain of the Carpathia immediately set a course to the Titanic’s last known position at full speed, but it was too far away to get there in time. At that time, the Californian was drifting around over the course of an hour, but the Californian’s operator had not turned off his transmitter, the number of victims could have been largely reduced, if the Titanic had paid attention to the seven warnings from other ships, the tragedy itself would have never happened.
These days, there is unceasing news about disasters such as wars, earthquakes, etc. The mass media including TV and newspapers, the scientists and the prophecies of the Bible warn of disasters with one voice.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The Titanic, which was not prepared for a disaster and ignored the several wireless messages warning 1 “Watch carefully for ice.” now gives us this message: Do not ignore the voice of warning, because a disaster comes from the ignorance of a warning.
We give all thanks to our Heavenly Father Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother for allowing us to see the warnings in advance and give us a chance to save the world and lead them to the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) by preaching the New Covenant.
S-J Park, Seoul, Korea