Heating Up…or Cooling Down?
the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, And
summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis
"global warming" debate is either warming up—or
cooling down! After all, in the past year, there was snow in Johannesburg
and Baghdad as well as paralyzing blizzards in China—and
"a sharp drop in the globe’s average temperature"
(New York Times, Mar. 2, ‘08). The U.S. National Climatic
Data Center reported that "many American cities and towns
suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February"
(National Post, Feb. 25, ‘08). In just March the Ohio blizzard
broke a 100--year snow record!
the other hand, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
warns a general increase in globally averaged temperatures over
the last century due to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations.
How so? Increased fossil fuel burning has produced about three--quarters
of the increase in CO2 from human activity. The rest is due to
land--use changes—especially deforestation.
result (says IPCC) is increased global temperature causing the
sea levels to rise, increased extreme weather events, glacier
retreats, animal species extinctions—and disease. And eventual
shrinking shores of countries and continents….
national governments have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol
aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But there is ongoing
political and public debate worldwide whether to take action—and
original home in the Garden of Eden was perfectly suitable for
living—forever. How so? Before God created the first man
out of the elements of Earth, God took time to prepare the Earth
which for untold time had been "without form and void,"
when "darkness was upon the face of the deep" (Gen 1:2).
During the creative days He then proceeded to prepare the earth
for man’s habitation.
put into motion the laws of nature. Under divine energy, He first
gradually increased the light reaching the Earth. "And God
called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night" (Gen.
1:5). Just enough sunlight penetrated to the earth to distinguish
day from night. Scientists today marvel at how unique our planet
is in the universe. They are even impressed with how unique we
are as humans able to investigate where our planet is in the universe!
(The Privileged Planet: How our Planet in the Cosmos is Designed
for Discovery, Guillermo Gonzales, PhD & Jay W. Richards,
or Atmosphere Challenged?
the second epoch day of creation, God prepared the "firmament"
for man’s habitation on Earth. It’s actually the "expanse"
or atmosphere (Strong’s Concordance #7549).
God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,
and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the
firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament
from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so."
the creation of an atmosphere, the lighter parts of the waters
which overspread the earth’s surface were drawn up and suspended
in the visible heavens, while the larger and heavier mass remained
below. Water is unique to our planet—and life. But this
"expanse" or atmosphere around the Earth is what many
scientists are saying is being modified and causing global warming
increasingly since the industrial revolution.
global warming may be causing heavier snowfalls… But whether
global warming is actually occurring—from the Scriptures
it is, nevertheless, clear the Earth will eventually be man’s
eternal Home—and a Paradise.
Father Adam sinned in his beautiful Home in Eden, he and his posterity
were placed under the curse of "dying thou shalt die"
(Gen. 2:17, mar. Heb.) Was that fair? Yes! Because man was not
created as a robot but with free will, most people sooner or later
would have experimented with deviating from obeying God anyway.
But it was a wise, just and loving plan for God—because
then one perfect Man could be a "corresponding price,"
a "Ransom for all" (1 Tim. 2:5,6) for the one perfect
man who sinned! "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive" (1 Cor 15:22). After man’s
experiment with sin and its consequences are ended, all people
will be raised from the dead and given a first real opportunity
on probation to choose righteousness. How is that possible? Satan,
"the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4), will be out of
the way to "deceive the nations no more" (Rev. 20:1--3).
additionally, back in Eden when man sinned, the Earth was also
cursed. It was made unfriendly for man so that he would have to
work hard to survive in his environment.
is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it All
the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow
for you; And you shall eat the plants of the field; By the sweat
of your face You shall eat bread, Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust
you shall return." NAS
in our recent times, is man able to more efficiently make the
Earth more productive and habitable. Still, around the globe the
benefits are unequal—and man is still subject to the Earth’s
famines and flooding as well as the atmosphere’s storms,
tornadoes and cyclones. Are they getting worse—in spite
or because of of man’s technology?
man is causing the changes that are even impacting penguins and
polar bears as endangered species may be debatable. However, "uncertainty
abounds, from the Everglades to the California coast," says
Science Times of The New York Times (Jan.29, ‘08), for "prized
species" because of climate "changing ecosystems."
is happening to our beloved planet?
Will on Earth
those of us who pray the "Lord’s Prayer," do we
actually believe God can answer it someday? "Thy Kingdom
come; Thy will be done on earth—as it is in heaven."
What exactly is God’s "will" for the Earth?
does that prayer fit with the same Christians who expect the Earth
to burn up by fire? (That would certainly be more than "global
warming!") Did God create this unique planet in vain—eventually
not to be inhabited?
thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that
formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created
it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and
there is none else."
original commission to Adam and Eve—before they sinned—was
to fill he Earth and subdue it. "And God blessed them; and
God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the
earth, and subdue it…’" (Gen. 1:28). Well, it
looks like the Earth is filling up pretty fast—especially
in proportion to what the Earth is able to support now! Did not
God anticipate the many generations of sinful man—and never
really plan for man to have his Home on Earth? "A generation
goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever"
how long will this "curse" on the Earth remain? The
whole creation is groaning and waiting for something—but
they do not know what. "For we know that the whole creation
groans and suffers… For the anxious longing of the creation
waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God…"
(Rom 8:22, 19)
all the overcoming Christians are on the throne with Jesus (Rev.
3:21), the water of life will flow to all peoples of the Earth—and
they will be healed. And there will be no more curse!
the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as
crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the
middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river
stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding
its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the
healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse…"
while the first three Chapters of the Bible began with a "curse"—the
last three of the last Book of Revelation tell us the curse on
man and his Home will end!
whether man is compromising his Home by greenhouse emissions of
CO2 or not, God will have power over the destiny of our Earth.
The places on Earth—even those which were never cultivated
and useful—will be productive. "The desert and the
parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus [after a hard winter!], it will burst into bloom…"
(Isa. 35:1--2 niv)
our Great God of the Universe is governing the peoples of Earth—through
His Son and his Bride—the Earth will yield its increase:
let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge
the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth….
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own
God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the
earth shall fear him."
there will be seasons of planting and harvesting, extreme weather
will not hurt the Earth.
instead of one harvest a year—there will be many harvests
to feed Earth’s billions. There will be no flooding or drought.
"The desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose… the
scorched land will become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs
of water" (Isa. 35:1, 7). The water will be pure—not
polluted with toxins or even pharmaceuticals.
although heaven is God’s throne—the Earth is His footstool.
"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth
is my footstool"(Isa. 66:1). Although the Earth may seem
in potential jeopardy now, the Creator said, "I will make
the place of my feet glorious" (Isa. 60:13). He who prepared
our planet for habitation is also able to recover it after man’s
experimentation with sin and its consequences. When "the
Earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea" (Hab. 2:14), mankind will say,
"Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and He will
save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, and we will
be glad and rejoice in His salvation" (Isa. 25:9).