Climate change is a growing global phenomenon that affects all aspects of our lives, from the food we eat to the way we travel. But how bad can it really get? Is climate change just another environmental issue that will come and go, or is it actually a sign of a potentially catastrophic end for our world? In this post, we discuss the potential threat posed by climate change and look at ways in which we can take action now to try and prevent further disasters.
The Universe as a Whole Groans
In his writings about the future redemption of our bodies, which we long for today, the apostle Paul describes the creation as groaning for redemption. Still, the earth groans for the appearance of God’s children. When the creatures (us) are reborn with new minds and bodies, creation will be reborn as well (Rev 21:1). Paul penned, “The creation eagerly awaits the appearance of God’s sons.” For the creation was subjected to futility, not voluntarily, but because of him who subjected it, in the hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its slavery to corruption and attain the freedom of the glory of God’s children (Rom 8:19-21). Paul states, “We are aware that the entire universe has been groaning in labor pains up until this point.” And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who possess the first fruits of the Spirit, groan within as we eagerly await adoption as sons and the redemption of our bodies” (Rom8:22-23). Paul understood, as did the Apostle John, that there will be a new heaven and earth and that all the old things will have vanished (Rev 21:1).
The Land vomits Them Up
God warned ancient Israel about “the people of the land who lived before you (who committed all of these abominations and thus defiled the land)” Otherwise, (Lev 18:27) “the land will vomit you up as it vomited the nation before you” (Lev 18:28). Once a land has become so defiled by sin, God declares, “The land became impure, and I punished its sin, and the land vomited up its inhabitants” (Lev 18:25). It seems that when Israel reached the point of no return, the land expelled them due to their sinful practices. On occasion, the inhabitants of a region destroy the land through their own actions, and they frequently suffer the repercussions. When the Dust Bowl occurred in the 1930s, farmers cultivated every available acre of land. Because they wanted to plant as much as possible, they did not leave space for natural windbreaks, such as hedge trees. However, they had over-tilled the soil, and in the absence of natural windbreaks, when wind and drought struck, much of the topsoil simply blew away…sometimes all the way down to the bedrock. As a result, many migrated westward as their land suddenly became unusable.
Earthquakes in Diver’s Places
One of the signs Jesus Christ foretold would occur prior to His return was “famines and earthquakes in various places” (Matt 24:7b), but “these are only the beginning of the labor pains” (Matt 24:8). This is followed by a period of widespread, global martyrdom (Matt 24:9-10; Rev 13:7). According to Voice of the Martyrs, over one million Christians have been martyred since the year 2000. And each year, more than one hundred thousand people are murdered because of their faith, a number that increases annually. The point is that various earthquakes and intensified martyrdom will occur prior to Jesus’ return. Do these earthquakes have anything to do with the exploitation and looting of the earth by humans, or are they a sign of the end of the world? Deep well drilling, such as fracking (which has been proven to cause earthquakes), and all other activities, such as mining, impact the earth. The planet must be affected by these factors.
When discussing climate change, a specific date or year must be specified because the climate has always fluctuated. Are significant climatic shifts a sign of the end of the world? is our top priority. Does the world groan under the weight of sin? Has humanity so defiled the planet that it is attempting to awaken us? Humanity has unquestionably contributed to climate change, but could these abrupt shifts be part of God’s judgment on the world? Or are they a sign that Jesus’ return is imminent? Many people are concerned about global warming, but I believe that global cooling could pose an even greater threat to humanity! Assume that a series of massive volcanic eruptions occur simultaneously. In such a case, there is a possibility that global warming will abruptly give way to a period of global cooling. This is significantly worse for humanity, as longer, harsher, and more intense winters have a significant impact on agricultural interests. This happened not too long ago. In 1783, a volcanic eruption on Mount Laki caused the Little Ice Age by spewing nearly a billion tons of volcanic ash into the atmosphere. This ash remained in the atmosphere for more than two years, obscuring both the sun and the moon. The ash primarily covered the northern hemisphere, reducing the sun’s intensity and extending winter by several months. This resulted in the failure of many crops due to the lack of moisture brought by bitterly cold temperatures from the north. The vegetation began to largely perish. Some countries lost fifty percent of their population within one year. In the United States, many crops from the Gulf Coast states and Florida citrus groves failed. In the Swiss Alps, glaciers annihilated every farm and village. In the middle of the seventeenth century, glaciers moved southward through Swiss valleys, destroying everything in their path and entire Swiss villages. In June, the canals and rivers of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were frequently and adequately frozen for ice skating and winter celebrations.
Jesus prophesied that just prior to His return, “immediately following the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not shed its light, the stars will fall from heaven, and the heavenly powers will be shaken” (Matt 24:29). Jesus had previously mentioned earthquakes in the Olivet Prophecy regarding His second coming (Matt 24:7). Then He said, “The sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will grieve, and they will see the Son of Man coming with great power and glory on the clouds of heaven. And he will dispatch his angels with the sound of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matt 24:30-31). Numerous seventeenth-century individuals believed that Matthew 24:39 referred to their era, as the sun and moon’s light were obscured by a massive amount of volcanic ash in the earth’s atmosphere. For this reason, I believe that global cooling caused by volcanic eruptions or nuclear weapons would be significantly worse than global warming, primarily due to its catastrophic effects on humanity.
Is climate change a sign of the end of the world? There appear to be more floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, droughts, fires, and hurricanes than there were even a few decades ago. I do not believe that it is due to our superior news coverage. There may be further considerations. Areas that rarely flood suddenly flood. Occasionally, drought-resistant regions are destroyed. A city’s entire water supply can be rendered toxic in a single day. All of these natural and man-made disasters may signal the end of the world. When there is nothing left to live for, these tragedies may lead individuals to Christ. God can bestow His grace on us if we are humbled by nature (James 4:6).