I would imagine many people have seen, or heard about, the film “An Inconvenient Truth” that was made by Al Gore and his team.
While I am all for trying to sort out our past mistakes that has resulted in polluting the earth in one way or another, there is a far bigger threat to our civilization today, than “climate change” proponents are trying to bring to our notice.
The threat that I am talking about will come about because of our lack of moral integrity, or more specifically, the rejection of the God of the Bible and the breaking of His Ten Commandments.
There is an interesting parallel between
people on the "climate change" bandwagon, and those
promoting religion. The facts on both sides can be very difficult to
pin down. For every "fact" that is given to show the world
is warming up, there are other "facts" to show that the
world is only going through "normal" variations. For every
verse seized upon by religious groups to "prove" their
point, there are often other verses which say something different.
By some not being honest with the facts - or putting more weight on those "facts" that suit their cause - people are left in the dark, and important decisions are not being made.
In the case of "climate change", carbon dioxide is not the problem. In fact, the world would produce far more food if the CO2 levels were doubled. Carbon dioxide to the vegetable world is like oxygen to the animal world.
If you look at the analysis of the ice laid down over the last 4000 years or so, there is no "connection" between CO2 levels and temperature. However, there is a lot of money to be made out of making people think that there is. It is just "convenient" that at the moment both are rising.
It is not my intention to go into a full and complete answer to that question in this paper, but it is instructive to look at some of the points that have lulled the population into a false sense of security.
First up, we are not being told the truth about our spiritual condition. The way churches are organized today, they need members and their money to operate. Therefore it is usual to take a "soft" approach to spelling out the sins of the people, lest they be offended and leave.
Second, we have not been informed about the true nature of God.
Religions have emphasized the benefits that we can expect from God - help in times of trouble, that sort of thing - and have said little or nothing about God becoming our enemy if we sin. There are many examples of God punishing people and nations in the Bible when they have sinned, and since God does not change (Mal 3:9), we can expect Him to do it again in the future. This aspect of God is not pushed, because it is "not nice" to think of God as our enemy, but this can certainly happen if we show contempt for His laws. See a list of some of the Scriptures at "God will Punish". How many people are aware that the following two verses are in the Bible?
[Emphasis within quoted Scriptures mine].
Zep 1:17 NET. I will
bring distress on the people
and they will stumble like blind men,
for they have sinned against the LORD.
Their blood will be poured out like dirt;
their flesh will be scattered like manure.
their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them
in the day of the LORD's angry judgment.
The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath.
Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth."
I feel the real reason that people are oblivious to the approaching danger of God's wrath, is because of the failure of today's Christian Churches to be truthful and honest in what they are teaching the people. They have failed to check out the accuracy of the source document they use as their standard, and then have become deceived by Satan into teaching a mixture of truth and lies.
By incorrectly translating 2 Tim 3:16 (it should be "all the words spoken [or breathed] by God", not "all Scripture"), it is implied that every word of the Bible has "equal weight". This is most definitely NOT TRUE. The lies and mistakes of men that are in the Bible, should NEVER be put on the same par as the direct words from God. We have to read the Bible with a new understanding, if we want to establish what is "truth" and what are "lies and error". Every Scripture that disagrees with the words spoken by God - has to be discarded (or correctly translated).
Too many religions are providing a "feel good" environment for their members, and are forgetting to emphasize that obedience to God's Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1-17) is absolutely essential if we are going to have a positive relationship with our Creator.
Every Church that teaches that the Ten Commandments are just good suggestions or "done away" - when clearly they are not - has to bear some responsibility for the coming destruction of the world as we know it today. See a list of some of the Scriptures that tell us to obey God's commands, or the consequences for not doing so, at "We Should Keep the Commandments". It is one of the strongest themes of the Bible.
The people have not been taught to live according to the words of Deu 6:5-7 NKJV "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (6) "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. (7) You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up".
These instructions were confirmed by Christ in Mar 12:30 NKJV "AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.'" This is the first commandment.
Because God is giving us time to see the error of our ways and repent, some people take that to mean that God is not going to act, or is even accepting our wrong behavior. God has acted in the past when nations like Israel, Babylon, Egypt, Tyre, Moab and others, turned to other gods and rebelled against the Creator God, so when the time is right, He will act again. This "waiting" for nations to "get their act together" or pass the "point of no return" is clearly shown about the nations that were destroyed to make way for the 12 tribes of Israel after their exodus from Egypt.
Gen 15:13-14 NET. Then the LORD said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country. They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. (14) But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions.
Gen 15:16 NET. In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit."
Gen 15:18 NET. That day the LORD made a covenant with Abram: "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River —
Verse 16 gives us a glimpse into how the mind of God works. He was willing to give the Amorites and the surrounding nations, an additional 400 years to sort out where their priorities were going to lie. Unfortunately for them, they did not get their sins under control, and they lost the right to live in that area. The Exodus story, which includes the destruction of Egypt (crops and livestock destroyed, the army of 250,000 men killed) is in itself a good example of how God lifts up and puts down nations.
The amount of time God has given nations to make their decision about which God they are going to serve has varied, so we shouldn't get lulled into a false sense of security that somehow the destruction of our country is still many generations away. Daniel has a couple of pointers to the "time of the end", and they are found in Dan 12:4 NET. "But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase."
With our cars clogging up our cities, our planes criss-crossing the skies, and the Internet available in more and more homes, the description given by Daniel certainly fits the conditions of the world today.
God leaves us in no doubt as to how He goes about destroying a nation.
Eze 14:21 NET. "For this is what the sovereign LORD says: How much worse will it be when I send my four terrible judgments — sword, famine, wild animals, and plague — to Jerusalem to kill both people and animals!
Rev 6:8 NET. So I looked and here came a pale green horse! The name of the one who rode it was Death, and Hades followed right behind. They were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, famine, and disease, and by the wild animals of the earth.
One of the most common methods God has used to humble a nation has been through war. God uses one nation to punish another.
Isa 9:11-12 NET. Then the LORD provoked their adversaries to attack them, he stirred up their enemies — (12) Syria from the east, and the Philistines from the west, they gobbled up Israelite territory. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again.
Zep 1:17-18 NET. I will bring distress on the people and they will stumble like blind men, for they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dirt; their flesh will be scattered like manure. (18) Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's angry judgment. The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath. Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth."
Mat 24:7 NET. For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Usually one of the effects of using an invading army, is that they steal everything. Anything of value is removed, and what they can't move they usually destroy. This has the effect of separating the people from their past life-style. Brought back to the basics - struggling to get enough food and water to stay alive - the concept of a God who requires obedience to His laws has a better chance of entering their mind. Unfortunately, even when people are stripped bare of all their possessions, they still don't always repent and turn to God. So punishment has often continued even when people are in captivity. Notice Isa 9:12 above. If God's anger did not subside, then there was no evidence of repentance.
God punishes through war, to get people to wake up and change.
Even though God uses one nation to punish another, He still requires respect for human life. When Assyria (often used by God to punish other nations) overstepped the mark and were unnecessarily cruel, He raised up another nation and they crushed Assyria (Isa 10:12-26).
Floods, droughts, fires and wind, along with snow and ice, can all have an effect on a country and accelerate it's downward slide. Usually though, it ends up being drought that brings a nation to its knees.
Eze 14:13 NET. "Son of man, suppose a country sins against me by being unfaithful, and I stretch out my hand against it, cut off its bread supply, cause famine to come on it, and kill both people and animals.
Usually people will part with their wealth rather than die of hunger - so like an invading army - famine has a way of reducing people to the basics of life. But if the food runs out, no amount of wealth or social status can solve the problem.
Eze 5:16 NET. I will shoot against them deadly, destructive arrows of famine, which I will shoot to destroy you. I will prolong a famine on you and will remove the bread supply.
Deu 28:15-24 NET. "But if you ignore the LORD your God and are not careful to keep all his commandments and statutes I am giving you today, then all these curses will come upon you in full force: (16) You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the field. (17) Your basket and your mixing bowl will be cursed. (18) Your children will be cursed, as well as the produce of your soil, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks. (19) You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out. (20) "The LORD will send on you a curse, confusing you and opposing you in everything you undertake until you are destroyed and quickly perish because of the evil of your deeds, in that you have forsaken me. (21) The LORD will plague you with deadly diseases until he has completely removed you from the land you are about to possess. (22) He will afflict you with weakness, fever, inflammation, infection, sword, blight, and mildew; these will attack you until you perish. (23) The sky above your heads will be bronze and the earth beneath you iron. (24) The LORD will make the rain of your land powder and dust; it will come down on you from the sky until you are destroyed.
While many places in the world do have problems with wild animals, they tend to be isolated. Man now has the fire-power to destroy the larger animals like elephants and tigers that have been a problem in the past, but there are many other wild animals that are much more difficult to control. For instance, rats, mice, locusts, wild dogs, rabbits and animals with rabies. But God is in control of all things, and any wild animal He wants to increase to plague proportions can become a problem.
Eze 14:15 NET. "Suppose I were to send wild animals through the land and kill its children, leaving it desolate, without travelers due to the wild animals.
Even a few deaths by wild animals can spread panic through the local area, and people just wouldn't want to go there.
Eze 5:17 NET. I will send famine and wild beasts against you and they will take your children from you. Plague and bloodshed will overwhelm you, and I will bring a sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
With many people traveling around the world today, the authorities know that certain diseases and viruses can grow to plague proportion very quickly. If God is assisting their spread, then they can become impossible to stop. History records the problems - and deaths - caused by the "black death" (1347-1351). Sure, we now know more today about how disease spreads, and hence how to prevent it from doing so, but we now have "bugs" and viruses that normal medicines are not able to bring under control. Should they "escape", or be planted by evil men in the population at large, we could still have a "black death" type of plague all over again.
Amo 4:10 NET. "I sent against you a plague like one of the Egyptian plagues. I killed your young men with the sword, along with the horses you had captured. I made the stench from the corpses rise up into your nostrils. Still you did not come back to me." The LORD is speaking!
Notice the reason why God sends plagues - to get people to turn back to Him. To repent and change, and keep His laws.
The reference to the plagues of Egypt is interesting, because as far as animals were concerned they were only small ones - frogs,lice,flies and locusts. Large numbers of even small animals can still cause big problems. Some years ago I was driving back to Canberra at night from Western NSW, when we came upon a grey carpet moving across the road. It was a plague of mice. The wheels lost traction with the road and it was just like aqua-planing. Fortunately there were no other cars around, because for a few seconds I had no control over which direction the car was going. You can only imagine the havoc they would cause by crossing a busy highway. No doubt much of the wheat fields they were going through were destroyed too.
We have just been looking at four ways God can reduce a nation to nothing, but He has used other methods as well. One is to eliminate the effective leadership of the nation, by replacing the good leaders and judges with people who don't have the ability to do a good job.
Isa 3:1-2 NET. " Look, the sovereign LORD who commands armies is about to remove from Jerusalem and Judah every source of security, including all the food and water, (2) the mighty men and warriors, judges and prophets, omen readers and leaders,"
Jer 51:57 NET. "I will make her
officials and wise men drunk,
along with her governors, leaders, and warriors.
They will fall asleep forever and never wake up,"
says the King whose name is the LORD who rules over all.
Isa 3:4-5 NET. "The LORD says, "I will make youths their officials; malicious young men will rule over them. (5) The people will treat each other harshly; men will oppose each other; neighbors will fight. Youths will proudly defy the elderly and riffraff will challenge those who were once respected."
I know that in Australia we are beginning to see v5 happen before our very eyes. Almost every night on television there are examples of no respect for the elderly, and people openly flaunting the rules of the road or attacking members of the police.
I feel, that unless we get back to obeying God's law - the Ten Commandments - things are only going to get worse.
It is not just the men folk who have "lost the plot". Many women today are far more concerned with their "looks" and who designed their dress or handbag, than they are with their moral purity. Large amounts of money is being spent on "reshaping" their human body, while others in their community have unfulfilled needs. I think we should be able to get some idea of what God thinks about all this from the following two verses.
Isa 3:16 NET. The LORD says, "The women of Zion are proud. They walk with their heads high and flirt with their eyes. They skip along and the jewelry on their ankles jingles.
Isa 3:24 NET. A putrid stench will replace the smell of spices, a rope will replace a belt, baldness will replace braided locks of hair, a sackcloth garment will replace a fine robe, and a prisoner's brand will replace beauty.
The Bible has much to say about how we should use money. When we look around at how our society in the Western World works, it is clear today that we are breaking many (if not all) of those rules.
Ex 20:17 (the 10th Commandment) tells us not to covet anything that belongs to someone else. Since gamblers want something that belongs to someone else, all gambling breaks the 10th Commandment.
Eze 22:12 NET. They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, declares the sovereign LORD.
The banks of our Western World are much more concerned about making money for themselves (usually disguised by using the term "shareholders"), than in just providing a service. While it is OK to charge a modest fee just to cover costs, "usury" is going above and beyond that. God forbids it. Many banks and institutions only exist to exploit this forbidden practice, it would seem.
Exo 22:25 NET. "If you lend money to any of my people who are needy among you, do not be like a moneylender to him; do not charge him interest".
How many people trying to buy homes are in need of this sort of help today? But instead of Banks helping people who have a need, they all too often foreclose on the mortgage and force people onto the street. Those not forced out of their homes, still have to cope with rising interest rates
Another way God can destroy a nation, is by taking their control of the money supply away from them. This too has been prophesied to happen to any nation that turns away from God.
Deu 28:43-44 NET. The foreigners who reside among you will become higher and higher over you and you will become lower and lower. (44) They will lend to you but you will not lend to them; they will become the head and you will become the tail!
Lev 26:18-20 NET. " 'If, in spite of all these things, you do not obey me, I will discipline you seven times more on account of your sins. (19) I will break your strong pride and make your sky like iron and your land like bronze. (20) Your strength will be used up in vain, your land will not give its yield, and the trees of the land will not produce their fruit.Jer 14:1-6 NET. The LORD spoke to Jeremiah about the drought.
(2) "The people of Judah are in mourning.
The people in her cities are pining away.
They lie on the ground expressing their sorrow.
Cries of distress come up to me from Jerusalem.
(3) The leading men of the cities send their servants for water.
They go to the cisterns, but they do not find any water there.
They return with their containers empty.
Disappointed and dismayed, they bury their faces in their hands.
(4) They are dismayed because the ground is cracked
because there has been no rain in the land.
The farmers, too, are dismayed
and bury their faces in their hands.
(5) Even the doe abandons her newborn fawn in the field
because there is no grass.
(6) Wild donkeys stand on the hilltops
and pant for breath like jackals.
Their eyes are strained looking for food,
because there is none to be found."
Hag 1:10-11 NET. This is why the sky has held back its dew and the earth its produce. (11) Moreover, I have called for a drought that will affect the fields, the hill country, the grain, new wine, fresh olive oil, and everything that grows from the ground; it also will harm people, animals, and everything they produce.' "
Deu 32:18-25 NLT You neglected the Rock who had fathered you; you forgot the God who had given you birth. (19) "The LORD saw this and drew back, provoked to anger by His own sons and daughters. (20) He said, 'I will abandon them; then see what becomes of them. For they are a twisted generation, children without integrity. (21) They have roused My jealousy by worshiping things that are not God; they have provoked My anger with their useless idols. Now I will rouse their jealousy through people who are not even a people; I will provoke their anger through the foolish Gentiles. (22) For My anger blazes forth like fire and burns to the depths of the grave. It devours the earth and all its crops and ignites the foundations of the mountains. (23) I will heap disasters upon them and shoot them down with My arrows. (24) I will weaken them with famine, burning fever, and deadly disease. I will send the fangs of wild beasts and poisonous snakes that glide in the dust. (25) Outside, the sword will bring death, and inside, terror will strike both young men and young women, both infants and the aged.
As the above Scriptures show, God has the means to bring even the strongest nation down into the dust, and has done so many, many times.
If you check under "Themes" in the Miscellaneous Index, you will see that instructions to keep the Ten Commandments are scattered throughout the Bible, and with over 160 verses supporting the concept, it is obviously one of the strongest themes of the Bible.
As I see it, either we change - and get back to keeping God's Ten Commandments - or the nations of the earth will pay the consequences.
16:18-20 NET. Then there were flashes of lightning, roaring, and
crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake — an earthquake unequaled since humanity has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. (19) The great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations collapsed. So Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup filled with the wine made of God's furious wrath. (20) Every island fled away and no mountains could be found.
Anything the proponents of Climate Change can try to scare us with, will be a picnic in the park, compared to what God can - and will - inflict on us because of our disobedience.
INDEX Miscellaneous Index
Bob Orchard 2008
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