Prophetic Witness - February 2020
Climate Change In Prophecy
by John Williams
2019 was a year in which climate change became prominent like never before. In particular, a young girl named Greta Thunberg, became an instant celebrity because she boycotted a school lesson to protest climate change. Since then, she has inspired young people in various countries to strike. In March last year, globally, over 1 million people joined a climate protest. In May that same year, there were 1600 events across 150 countries. On September 20th last year, there were an estimated 4500 strikes, including over 4 million people, most of them being school children. Greta gave a very passionate speech to the United Nations, during which she stated the following words:
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
In other words, Greta sat there stating that unless human governments drastically intervene, she, and those she speaks for, have no hope. Recently, there has been a rise in what is being called, ‘eco-anxiety’ or ‘climate change despair’ - so called mental health issues. There is a generation at the moment, who because of the media narrative surrounding climate change, have no hope and are given over to fear and despair. Greta also ended her speech by saying, “change is coming whether you like it or not.”
Yet as Christians, we should not look to the media, politicians, or little girls for our source of hope and truth. We look to the Word of God.
The Bible has a lot to say about climate, in history, but also in prophecy, so this article will consider some of these passages. Please turn firstly to Genesis 1:28. In this verse, God commands man to be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. Replenish means to fill. God also tells man to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. Subdue means to conquer, or can even mean to violate. Dominion means to prevail, reign or rule. Please turn to Genesis 2:15. Man is placed in the garden to dress it, which means to work it and to keep it, and also means to guard and protect it.
So the opening chapters of Genesis show that God has given mankind a special and unique privilege when it comes to the planet. We are to rule it, but also protect it. We have dominion over it, but we are also stewards of it and these two things must be kept in balance. ...
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Also in this edition of Prophetic Witness
Powerpoint - from Philip Jones
From The Editors Desk
Climate Change In Prophecy
The Choice - The Bible Or Evolution
Our Statement Of Belief
Signs Of The Times
An Aggressive Green Gospel
The Purpose Of Prophecy
From Our Israel Desk
Christ In Prophecy
Church Branch Listings
What In The World Is Happening?
Book Of The Month