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The Aging, Ending, Dying World
The Aging, Ending, Dying World.
Everything has a beginning and an end under the sun. Just as the mortal man, who is very intelligent than any other living thing, was created, the vast earth too was created by the Almighty Immortal God. Just as the man has an end on this earth so does the earth has an end too.
The Bible clearly states that the earth will grow old as a garment or an old cloak in Isaiah 51:6.
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like a smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but My Salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will not be abolished.”
It’s God who laid the foundation of the earth, hence they will perish and grow like a garment, and the Almighty God will fold them up and change them. (Hebrews 1:10-11)
It is very fascinating to note that the earth is rapidly growing old hence fulfillment of the prophecy. One major sign is the global warming that has in recent years brought about drastic climatic changes in the mother earth. The science experts see the trend of the global average temperature increasing at a very fastest rate recorded in the history of the earth over the past years. However, the concern is the trend is accelerating at an alarming rate.
This occurs when Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants and greenhouse gasses collects in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface. Normally, these radiation would escape into space, but these pollutants, which can last for years to centuries in the atmosphere, trap the heat and cause the planet to get hotter.
Scientists agree that the earth’s rising temperatures are fuelling longer and hotter waves, more frequent droughts, heavier rainfall, and more powerful hurricanes. Hence, the impacts of global warming are being felt across the globe and the extreme heat waves have caused tens of thousands of death around the world in recent years. The environmental, economic and health consequences are likely to occur if the current trends continue. The biggest polluters being coal-burning power plants and the transportation sector, has made it hard to curb the effect due to the rapidly evolving developments in third world countries. Thus, the earth grows older and older and sooner than expected her Maker will have to “fold her garments and change her.”
It is terrible news as “those who dwell in it will die in like manner:” (Isaiah 51:6) Rising sea levels will lead to coastal flooding, forests, farms and cities will face new pests, heat waves, heavy downpours, disruption of habitats such as coral reefs and alpine meadows could drive away plant and animal species to extinction. Allergies, asthma, and infectious diseases will become common due to increased growth of pollen producing ragweed, higher levels of air pollution, and the spread of conditions favorable to pathogens and mosquitoes.
Remember, it is God who holds the earth in order and it is His nature to use man to accomplish His desired eternal purpose or will. When we come to the Bible book of Revelation, the Apostle John saw a new heaven and a new earth which had neither sun nor moon for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. (Revelation 21:1)
To those who believe in the Holy Words of the Bible as the Way, Truth and Life there’s hope. Global warming is one way of ageing the earth but there are many scientific proven ways the earth could die and some of them appear in the last plagues God will render to the disobedient man in the end of days. In the Bible book of Revelation 8:
Verse 7: We see “hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and were thrown to the earth!”
Verse 8-9: “something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”
Verse 10-11: “And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.”
In chapter 9 we see the sun and air being darkened because of the smoke of the bottomless pit. Locusts, which were given the power of the scorpions, came from the smoke and were given authority to torment the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads and not to kill them. In verse 15, the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates are released to kill a third of mankind.
In Revelation 16, other painful and terrible plagues follow and in verse 20, “every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”
It is very critical to note that although all this plagues will be aimed at the ungodly and disobedient men living in the earth at that time, the earth which hosts those men will also feel the heavy wrath of God and will stagger like a drunkard, the blows being heavy, she will also die and give up/surrender the dead in the sea and in the dust of the earth to be judged according to their works. (Revelation 20:11-15)
“The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again,”
However, it is a very sobering and hopeful thought to note that :God will then create a new heaven and a new earth which has no sea, sun nor moon. (Revelation 21:1-27). JESUS IS THE WAY TO THIS GLORIOUS AND ETERNAL HOME. (JOHN 14:6.)