Global warming and prophecy
Is it global warming? Or are Bible prophecies coming true? Actually, they have more in common than you might think.
How does global warming cause bad weather?
People now use global warming to explain all that is wrong with the physical world. Critics of George Bush even blame him for Hurricane Katrina. They charge that his lack of leadership against global warming let that cataclysmic event take place.
Many believe global warming responsible for the rise in temperatures and the melting of the polar caps. The warmer seas then cause extreme weather changes, they say. Those changes then produce severe rainstorms, flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes. Their theory predicts that global warming can also produce dry areas that will result in droughts and massive fires, as well as record snowfalls. They also blame changes in the ecosystem on global warming. These changes include killer bees, the spreading of molds and fungi, and the spread of disease.
It all sounds rather apocalyptic in nature. The recent weather anomalies in the USA seem to make this theory believable. But we also see geophysical changes that even global warming supporters cannot work into their theory. These include increased earthquakes and the tsunamis they cause.
However, there is a Body of Work that predicts all of the above and more.
Global warming has become the natural and most widely accepted explanation of these increasing disasters – except the earthquakes, of course. On the other hand, hardly anyone mentions the Bible. That Work clearly describes all of the occurrences (including frequent earthquakes) is scarcely mentioned.
What exactly does the Bible say?
Matthew 24:7 (NKJV) says:
For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famine, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
In Revelation 8:7-8:12 and Revelation 16:2-15 (the Trumpet and Bowl Judgments) we read of massive geophysical problems. Trees and grass burn. A massive asteroid falls into the sea and kills 1/3 of all sea creatures and sinks 1/3 of all ships. (Afterward, the sea turns into post-mortem clot and kills everything that lives in the sea.) Yet another asteroid contaminates rivers and spring waters. Frogs jump out of riverbeds, men burn with fire, sores break out on skin—and in the next-to-last act, the Euphrates River dries up. Whew!!! All this gives new meaning to catastrophes of “biblical proportions!” (Not to mention a hailstorm in which each hailstone weighs as much as a full backpack load!)
Perhaps the strangest verses are Revelation 9:20 and 21:
But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands…and they did not repent of their murders or their [drug abuse] or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
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Doesn’t it seem strange that the fulfillment of such incredible prophecies doesn’t bring about repentance of any sort? Could it be that people pass all these occurrences off on global warming, and don’t want to admit that God’s judgment is real? After all, if man, and not God, triggered all these things, then why repent? (Except, that is, of running factories and driving our own cars.) Admittedly, prophecies regarding the “end times” are full of symbols that can be hard to interpret. But given the similarities between global warming and biblical prophecies, these prophecies are worth a second look. And maybe it’s time to ask the right questions—such as do I need to repent of anything?
Featured image: the Hadley Centre, headquarters of the UK weather service. Close allies of this institution coined the infamous “hide the decline” quote.