Global Warming – Climate Change
Should these be of concern for believers? Will we (mankind) destroy the earth? I grew up in an era of being taught that we would blow up the earth with our nuclear bombs. Now the fear being taught is that Global Warming/Climate Change will bring about our destruction. Should we as believers in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ be concerned? As a believer, I also believe that the Bible, the Holy Scripture, is the word of God. So, what does the Word of God have to say about the destruction of the earth and when will it happen?
According to Scripture the Heavens and Earth are to be destroyed and replaced:
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
2 Peter 3:10-13 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Should this cause the believer to fear? It is going to happen! But when? And How?
The Lord Jesus taught of a period of time (still to come) called the Tribulation (Great). Read Matthew 24. This period of time will last 7 years (see study on Tribulation).
The Scripture teaches of another period of time that follows the Tribulation; the Millilumen (1000).
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
The Tribulation (7 years), and the Millilumen (1000 years) are events still to come. They cannot start until after the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) occurs. And the Rapture hasn’t happened as yet.
Yes, according to Scripture the Heaven and Earth will be destroyed BUT not by the hand of mankind and Global Warming/Climate Change; But by God. And this event WILL NOT happened for at least 1007 years from now.
1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.