I have a hard time following the current trends in environmental forecasting. First we had forecasts of the coming of the next Ice Age, then it was global warming, and now we just have generic climate change. Unfortunately, the predictions from these men and women continue to be unreliable, whether they come from scientists with multiple PhDs or gypsies with stacks of Tarot cards. As my pastor noted in his sermon last Sunday, the Bible makes it clear that intense global warming will indeed cause the destruction of not only the earth, but also the atmosphere and the universe:
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! (2 Peter 3:10-12).
This is not the gradual global warming caused by people, but a roaring fire of truly Biblical proportions. And since this prediction comes directly from the God who both created and controls the universe, it will undoubtedly come true. God is not telling us about an increase of a few degrees but a heat that will consume everything! So, when you hear or read about global climate change, let it be a reminder of the coming judgment of God upon this universe and us as individuals. It should drive us all to repentance and faith before it is too late.