Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Real Climate Shake-up

I am keenly interested in the arguments and debates regarding climate change since this topic exposes the contrast between the evolutionary we-don’t-want-God-in-the-picture worldview and the God-has-told-us-what-is-going-on-in-his-Book worldview.

Those who believe the universe is millions of years old invariably conclude that today’s climate changes are so rapid and sudden that we must be doing something terribly wrong with our environment and we need to put on our capes and super-powers to do something about it (lots of taxes included).

On the other hand, those who believe what God’s Book describes of his genius expressed in Creation, the “very good” world becoming cursed by our sin, and the catastrophic changes that took place during the worldwide flood, also know that present climate changes, along with any disasters that are taking place, fit both God’s description of what our sin has done to the world, and what he says will happen as he leads all space, time, and matter, to its catastrophic and glorious end.

This morning, one of the things God ministered to my soul was centered on this expression from his Book,

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.”[1]

What did this tell me? That the greatest threat against our planet is not climate change, but God. When God promises something, and this is a promise, there is no one who can stop what he has promised, not Al Gore, or Bruce Willis, or any combination or collection of super heroes we can imagine.

When God promises that he will “shake” both the earth and the heavens, and that this will involve “the removal of all things that are shaken”, and that the things that can be shaken are the “things that have been made”, it means the whole universe of space, time, and matter, that which God made in the six days of creation, will be shaken, removed, destroyed.

As is stated elsewhere, “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.”[2]

In describing the, “coming of the day of God,” God’s Book continues, “because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!”[3] A bit beyond climate change, wouldn’t you say?

Now, while climate change celebrities make big bucks off of their hyped up promises to save the planet, and us common folk endure the struggle of additional taxes to pay for their plans, what is the real hope in relation to this impending threat of God’s promise? Well, another promise, of course!

It is stated like this: “But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”[4] This is the true hope for the children of God. We do not see any hope for this present planet, or this present creation that is cursed and corrupted by sin.[5] No matter how many evolutionists deny God’s right to his creation, God has given ample warning in his Book of what our sin has done both to our relationship with him, and to the creation in which we live. God promises to destroy what we have corrupted in order to replace it with a new heavens and a new earth that the world, the flesh, and the devil, can never destroy.

I am troubled by the way our world is deteriorating. I grieve at the way so many countries abuse God’s children simply because they love the Lord Jesus Christ and love the Book God has given us. I grieve the way North American has changed in my lifetime to such a love of godlessness and the fulfillment of God’s prophetic word that people would be lovers of evil, applauding those who invent new ways of expressing their evil hearts.[6]

But I find great comfort in knowing that the world’s greatest threat is not climate change, or what God’s enemies try to do to Jesus’ church, but what God will do at the return of Jesus Christ. Jesus will gather all his brothers to be with him forever, pour out God’s wrath against all sin and sinners who have rejected his so great salvation, and then cleanse the whole universe of sin, replacing what can be shaken with what cannot be shaken.

Why is this of great comfort to me? Partly because God personally ministered it to my heart this morning through the abiding presence of his Holy Spirit, and partly because I know that I belong to Jesus and he is presently preparing a home for me in my Father’s House.[7]

What would make this comforting to you? The knowledge and certainty that you have come to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can experience God delivering you out of this domain of darkness and transferring you into the kingdom of his beloved Son.[8]

For anyone who views the return of Jesus with skepticism, and considers the idea of God creating the new heavens and the new earth just as unbelievable as him creating the first heavens and the first earth, I urge you to explore the amazing evidences for the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, his death on behalf of sinners, his resurrection from the dead that was not only witnessed publicly, but all the early preachers of Jesus’ resurrection were so sure it happened that they were willing to be martyred for what they witnessed. All the prophecies fulfilled in Jesus’ first coming attest to the absolute reliability of God’s prophecies about Jesus’ second coming.

Not only this, but contrary to the loud claims of the evolutionary religion, science has proven the impossibility of life coming from non-living things, hence the impossibility of humanity evolving out of pond-scum. Everything in life, including what is continuously learned in the study of the human genome, affirms the claim of God in his Book, that he created everything through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and so his recreation of the world is also assured, terrifying as that may be for some.[9]

My concern is to invite people out of the domain of darkness that will be destroyed in God’s true cleanup of the sinful environment of this planet, and enter into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son through the redemption God has secured on behalf of all his children.[10] As Jesus already said, either we fit the, “whoever believes in him is not condemned,” or we fit the, “but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”[11] Those who are not condemned will live forever with Jesus in his new heavens and new earth, the home he is preparing for his brothers; those who are already condemned will then receive the full measure of their condemnation, including their destruction in God’s final act of judgment against sin.

For now, Jesus’ invitation remains, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”[12]

Whoever receives this invitation, we are told, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”[13]

Yes, our God is a consuming fire who will destroy all that is contaminated with sin, and perfect a home of righteousness that will be the eternal joy of all his children. Come to Jesus for your share in such a promise.

© 2017 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~
Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

[1] Hebrews 12:26-27
[2] II Peter 3:10
[3] II Peter 3:12
[4] II Peter 3:13
[5] This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be good stewards of God’s creation, only that we can’t put our hope in saving the planet from what our sin has already done to curse what God has made. He will make a new creation that can never be cursed by sin again.
[6] Romans 1:18-32; II Timothy 3:1-5
[7] John 14:1-6
[8] Colossians 1:13-14
[9] John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17
[10] Romans 1:16-17; Romans 10:9-10
[11] John 3:18
[12] Matthew 11:28-30
[13] Hebrews 12:28-29

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