We were given a charge by the Creator to look after this planet: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
However, many people behave as if there is no God and make a mockery of His commandments, as is so clearly demonstrated in the way they treat His earth, physically and most importantly, morally. Because of this, the world as we know it IS going to change, but not in the way the scientists predict, and certainly not in the way they expect.
“People fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world…” Luke 21
God has patiently tolerated the disobedience of the people in this world, but He will not delay His wrath forever: “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent (seek God’s way), because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17).
He has given us prophecies through His word, the Bible, which show that the time of His son Jesus Christ’s return to this earth is soon.
In Daniel 2, the king of Babylon was given a picture of history from the time of the Babylonian Empire until the return of Christ to the earth. Speaking of the times we live in today, we are told:
“In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” Daniel 2:44
Are you awake or asleep?
“The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12
Just as people can watch the signs on this earth that the climate is changing, so too we can watch signs that the times are changing. God has promised that this corrupt world - politically, morally, physically - will not continue the way it is going right now; all nations will one day be ruled by Christ and his faithful friends:“Behold, a king will reign righteously and princes will rule justly…No longer will the fool be called noble, or the rogue be spoken of as generous” (Isaiah 32:1-8; Luke 22:28-30; Revelation 17:14).
Christ warns about being able to discern a change in the weather but not being able to know what is happening in this world according to God’s plan:
“Testing Jesus, they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. But he replied to them, ‘When it is evening, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,” and in the morning, “There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.” Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?’“Matthew 16:1-4
Ready or not…
When Christ comes to rule this earth, he will also be coming to judge it. This is a warning to the inhabitants of God’s earth. We need to know what God has planned for this earth so that we can prepare ourselves for the One who knows what is going on in our hearts and minds.
Some scientists warn us to change our habits to try to prevent the climate from changing, but God warns us to change our habits because this world is going to change. We need to be ready for it!
“For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” Matthew 24:44