BIBLE GUIDES REAL-ESTATE
Investigator's editor owned two vacant allotments on Kangaroo Island, one barely above high-tide level, the other higher up. I advised, "Sell the low-lying one." My advice was guided by Bible prophecy.
The Bible similarly guided a land-purchase I made in 1971. The area was low-lying but I picked the most elevated property available.
In Investigator 60 & 68 I interpreted several
predicting the flooding of the world's coasts by rising ocean levels. I
return now to one passage for additional comment.
INTERPRETATION OF "SEA"
In 1971 I took this literally. Jesus' prophecy had to guide the Church through at least 2,000 years. Its importance, therefore, demanded literal, plain language.
commentators quote Isaiah – "the wicked are like the tossing sea" – and
claim that by "sea and waves" Jesus meant wicked people. However, Jesus'
prophecy doesn't mention Isaiah. In the Gospels "sea" is always literal
and mostly means the Sea of Galilee. In Luke 21 the sea causes
of nations" and so must mean the "sea" everywhere, not just in Galilee.
WATCHING SINCE 1971
1971 I read Wilderness and Plenty wherein Sir Frank Fraser
refers to rising carbon dioxide levels warming the climate:
In 1973 I retained a news report about "Crazy Weather World-wide" thinking it might be early evidence of things to come. (The News, January 8, 1973)
1984 I wrote a 9000-word university essay on "Air pollution and the
Climate. Several pages speculated about the icecaps:
a page on "God and the Greenhouse" for Investigator 6 and more
of Antarctica have warmed 4.5oC
in 50 years. Temperature records are being broken the world over. Other
indicators of climate change include:
• Rapid melting of Arctic Ice has opened the north west sea route from Europe to Asia decades earlier than scientists expected. (The Australian, September 17, 2007)
• Air temperature over Antarctica has increased 0.5-0.7oC per decade for 30 years and extends 10 kilometres into the tropos-phere: "it is the largest warming of its kind found anywhere on Earth…" (New Scientist, 8 April, 2006, p. 7)
• Earth's cloud cover has increased so that 3% more sunlight is now reflected than in 1985-2000. The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project showed that: "the proportion of high-level cloud to low cloud has been climbing. Low-lying clouds help cool the Earth by reflecting sunlight, while high clouds act predomi-nantly as blankets, trapping heat. So although the total cover has increased, the change in the type of cover has compensated, allowing temperatures to rise…" (New Scientist January 28, 2006, p. 5)
• Satellite measurements of gravity-changes confirm the Antarctic ice sheet is shrinking. From 2002 to 2005 it shrank by 150 cubic kilometres annually which contributed 0.4 millimetres to global sea-level rise yearly. (New Scientist, 11 March, 2006, page 18)
• Fresh-water input from melting Greenland ice is changing the Atlantic Ocean: "…oceanographers reported a sudden and shocking slowdown in the currents of the North Atlantic, a critical part of the vast system of ocean circulation that influences temperatures and weather around the world." (New Scientist, 15 April, 2006, p. 43)
DROUGHTS and POLITICS
Old Testament links wide-scale rejection of God to drought. We may
that another time but, for the present, note that drought is also a
of global warming:
2006 the River Murray had its lowest inflow on record:
Several billion-dollar desalination plants have been built with more planned. With sea levels rising, one hopes they won't be submerged in a few decades!
The Sunday Mail reported:
Scientist reported that climate models of rainfall predict
drying from the equator to 30o north, which includes North
India, south-east Asia, Mexico and northern South America.
India can expect huge floods as Himalayan ice melts followed by perpetual drought when the ice is gone and no longer feeds the rivers.
to Jacques Diouf, director-general of the UN's Food and Agriculture
rising prices for fuel and basic foods such as wheat, corn and milk had
the "potential for social tension, leading to … political problems."
water will become a precious commodity, sparking wars to obtain it. The
International Crisis Group based in Brussels monitors regions where
In 2004 climate modeller Thomas Knutson suggested that increased atmospheric CO2 would lead to bigger hurricanes. Invited to comment on television his slot was cancelled by White House intervention.
to this and other interference, New Scientist said:
Over 40 percent of survey respondents reported pres-sure to eliminate sensitive words like "climate change" from reports and edit climate-related work to change its meaning… (February 2007, pp 5, 7)
In 1995-2005 sea levels rose 3cm. The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change assumes the rise will continue slowly and reach 18-59 cm by 2100. But this doesn't allow for the doubtful stability of the Greenland and Antarctic icesheets. The IPCC predicts global warming of at least 3oC this century. Previously when Earth was 3oC warmer than now – 3,000,000 years ago – sea levels were 25 metres higher!
physicist James Hansen expects a sea level rise of "metres". He says
scientists don't speak out because: "scientists downplaying the dangers
of climate change fare better when it comes to getting funding... After
I published a paper in 1981 that described the likely effect of fossil
fuel use, the US Department of Energy reversed a decision to fund my
research…" (New Scientist, 28 July, 2007
Vance Packard in The Waste Makers (1960) analysed how America's economy produced mountains of waste through "planned obsolescence" – the policy of producing cars and everything else to either soon break down or go out of fashion, encouraging consumers to throwaway and buy again.
Manufacturing anything releases CO2 the main climate-change gas. Western economies, therefore, are structured to heat the planet by producing waste! Yet 25% of humans are still so poor they even lack electricity! Clearly, economic change is required!
other helpful changes might be:
• Increase investment in wind turbines and solar energy.
• Reduce the number of cattle and sheep. Westerners could eat less meat and also ban obesity, and India could slaughter its "sacred" cows. The world's 1.5 billion cattle and 1.7 billion sheep burp out methane, which has 20 times the warming effect of CO2. Fewer animals would mean less global warming.
• Reduce traffic speed limits to 50mph. If the USA did this, it would also be self sufficient in oil!
• Lower demand for energy by rationing and price-rise and use the $ gained to fight global warming.
This list is not entirely serious. It's my way of pointing out that people resist change to their habits and will resist changes needed to save the planet. Coal-use, for example, will increase:
Unlike oil, which is expensive and concentrated in geopolitically problematic locations, coal is plentiful in those countries where future demand is likely to be greatest, notably the US, China and India. Given that coal generates the most CO2 per unit energy of any fossil fuel, the implications for climate change are serious… (New Scientist, 17 March, 2007, p. 14)
"THE END" – WHEN?
Jesus said, "the gospel will be proclaimed throughout the world…and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14)
He also said: "Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." (Luke 21:20-24)
Understood literally, the "Gentile times" finish when the Jews recover Jerusalem. That could be 1948 or 1967 or future – there's insufficient detail to be sure. After that is when the sea and waves bring "distress of nations".
Apostle Peter spoke about the "last days" (Acts 2:14-21) and said that
with God "a day is as a thousand years". (II Peter 3) The plural –
days" – suggests at least two "days" or at least 2,000 years.
major icesheets collapse the flooding of coastal land will cost
and a billion people could be displaced! Tsunamis from underwater
volcanoes and earthquakes and even impacts of asteroids into oceans,
add to "distress of nations" from "the sea and the waves". Governments
should relocate infrastructure and industry inland, convert coastal
to non-essential use, and compensate people whose properties thereby
value. The nations have ignored the Bible as "irrelevant" and face