Global Warming – A Sign of the End of the World?

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November 15, 2015

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Klimatförändringar

Temperature differences from the normal: January-September 2015

The Earth is getting warmer and when three quarters of the year has past data from NOAA shows that there has been a heat record – again. Something is happening to our world and Bible prophecy talkes about that unusual things like this is a sign of the coming end of the world.

The first nine months of 2015 were globaly warmer than any past year since temperature measurements started more than 100 years ago. The average temperature was 0.85 °C above normal, surpassing the previous record from 2010 and 2014 by 0.12 °C. Although it does not sound much with 0.12 degrees it is a huge beat of the record globally. Seven months of this year, including the last five, have never been so warm before. January was the second warmest January so far and April on the third warmest.

In Revelation 11:18 it says:
”And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward unto your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them who destroy the earth.”

For a long time, even since the sin entered into the world about 6000 years ago, the human race has destroyed the earth, and today it is going even faster. The nature is suffering because of the sinful acts of human beings and God has said that there will be destruction happening when God’s laws are not obeyed, especially in the end time.

The prophet Ellen G. White wrote more than hundred years ago that:
”Already the judgments of God are abroad in the land, as seen in storms, in floods, in tempests, in earthquakes, in perils by land and by sea.”
– RH January 11, 1887, par. 2

In the last days, God’s Spirit will more and more be withdrawn from the earth and the destruction of the four winds that Revelation speaks about will come to pass. It is God who sustains everything and making sure everything works on earth. But when he removes his hand, everything goes towards disorder and chaos, and it also gives the evil forces free rein.

“Already the restraining Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the earth. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they may not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid his angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of his avenging wrath as no pen can picture.
– RH January 11, 1887, par. 14

There are many plausible theories about why it is getting warmer on earth. Even if we can not be completely sure about it we can be sure that it is happening and that it is something abnormal. As the evil will increase in the end time these kind of unusual events in nature will increase in number and Satan will use the laws of nature and human agencies to promote his work. He can do this when God is withdrawing His more and more from the sinful earth to show universe the destrucive consequences of sin.
”We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Prophecy is fast fulfilling. The Lord is at the door. There is soon to open before us a period of overwhelming interest to all living. The controversies of the past are to be revived. New controversies will arise. The scenes to be enacted in our world are not even dreamed of. Satan is at work through human agencies.”
– RH January 11, 1887, par. 15

”Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer.

But the Christian world have shown contempt for the law of Jehovah; and the Lord will do just what He has declared that He would—He will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His law and teaching and forcing others to do the same. Satan has control of all whom God does not especially guard. He will favor and prosper some in order to further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them.”
– The Great Controversy p. 589*

We can be assured of that more unusual evens will transpire in the years to come. Already now we are seeing a mass extinction of species on Earth never witnessed before in history[1] and our whole environment is about to be destroyed. As Christians, we should also take care of God’s creation as much as we can, and there are many things that we could do for all peoples’ benefit, for example stop eating meat as a Swedish writer wrote[2], which is good both for our body and our environment and in perfect harmony with the Biblical message.
Even if we do what we can to stop the negative impact on this planet, the Bible assures us that it will never be a kingdom of peace and harmony as long as this earth exist, and that this earth’s history will come to an end before God will return and take his people to heaven.
However, when we belong to God’s people we do not have to fear anything in the end time. God will shield us and help us during these hard times if we are faithful and stay close in our relationship to Him.
”But God’s servants are not to trust to themselves in this great emergency. The program of coming events is in the hands of the Lord. The world is not without a ruler; the Majesty of heaven has the destiny of nations, as well as the concerns of His church, in His own hands.

The important future is before us. To meet its trials and temptations, and to perform its duties, will require great faith and perseverance. But we may triumph gloriously, for not one watching, praying, believing soul will be ensnared by the devices of the enemy. All heaven is interested in our welfare and waits our demand upon its wisdom and strength. In the time of trial just before us, God’s pledge of security will be placed upon those who have kept the word of His patience.
– Manuscript 100, 1893.

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33209548
[2] http://www.svt.se/opinion/article2687550.svt

Joel Mellin
Mellin is meteorologist at Swedish Television.

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