GLOBAL WARMING OR GOD’S WARNING?
Rivers flood, oceans
rage, hurricanes destroy, earthquakes demolish, famines kill, and fires blaze.
According to the European Journal of Public Health (2006) “the incidents of
floods, storms, earthquakes and drought and the number of people affected are
escalating greatly…” The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
claims “…the escalation increases from spaces of one every 20 years between
disasters to at least one happening nearly every year.”
Why? Is it global
warming or God’s warning? According to scientific consensus, climate change is
human induced! In actuality, blame DOES fall squarely on humanity’s shoulders!
But God is in total control and is personally involved in every event of the
universe (Job, chapters 37, 38). So how, indeed, are WE responsible for the
increasing onslaught of weather calamities or for weather patterns veering out
of control? Perhaps we have been poor stewards of the land, but this isn’t the
root cause of ever-increasing weather assaults…Sin Is!
Because humanity’s first
parents – Adam and Eve – disobeyed God’s instructions to abstain from partaking
of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17), sin entered the world
(Romans 5:12). Not only were Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden’s unblemished
environment (Genesis 3:24), but nature’s perfect balance was erased as God’s
curse fall upon all of creation. (Genesis 3:17)
Now creation, the victim
of sin, fights against that curse, ever increasing in strength as it struggles
to be free. Just as labor pains intensify until birth, creation’s struggle will
intensify until the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! (I
Thessalonians 5:3; Revelation 19:11-16) Scripture warns that nature will
violently be unleashed as God’s wrath pours out onto His enemies.
“And there shall be
earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles…”(Mark
“And great earthquakes
shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and
great signs shall there be from heaven.” (Luke 21:11; Matthew 24:7)
"for then shall be great tribulation, such
as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall
be.” (Matthew 24:21)
In the Book of
Revelation (Chapters 6-16), we see nature playing a significant part in the last
days’ judgment: famine, pestilence, a great earthquake, hail, fire, a burning
mountain, diminished sun, sea and rivers turning to blood, extreme heat,
darkness, lightening, thunder, even the Euphrates River will dry up.
Truth is…God has used
the forces of nature throughout history to carry out judgment! The days of Noah
were violent and corrupt; in total rebellion against God (Genesis 6:5). As Noah
preached repentance, the people laughed at Noah AND God, and ignored the
warnings. Judgment fell! The flood waters came, and the entire existing
population drowned (Genesis 7:21). Only Noah and his family survived God’s
judgment! (Genesis 6)
Read the Book of
Genesis, Chapter 19 (vv. 1-26) and grasp the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Decadent immorality was rampant! Mankind was brazenly thumbing its nose at God
(Genesis 13:13), causing Him to bring judgment. The cities were annihilated,
along with all the people, save Lot and his daughters. God used fire and
brimstone –elements of nature (Genesis 19:24)!
Jesus warned that the
conditions of the last days will be characterized by the wickedness of Noah’s
and Lot’s days. (Luke 17:26-30). God is, indeed, warning that the final chapter
of humanity’s inept attempt to rule the world is closing, and, as in the
previously mentioned days, nature will become a fearsome foe as God’s holy
judgment is released. God will only tolerate sin for a while!
But because God wants NO
ONE to perish, “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to
save them…” (Luke 9:56), He waits for the sinner to repent. “…but (the
Lord) is longsuffering to us-ward not willing that any should perish but that
all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9) Nevertheless, as we watch the
shadows of His Second Coming fall across the land, God’s patience will finally
God is, indeed, warning
that history’s end is imminent, and eternity’s beginning very near! Will our
eternity begin by joyously shouting loud hallelujahs as God ushers in the new
heavens and a new earth (II Peter 3:10-13) or will we be screaming in terror as
we enter the eternal Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15)?
“The Lord is slow to
anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit (pardon) the wicked
(unbeliever)…” (Nahum 1:3)