I have always wondered how that after all the judgments described in Revelation people still refused to repent. Are we that hard of heart that we don’t want to bow down to God and instead choose destruction? Have you also pondered this and came up with your own reason about why that is? I admit, I never came to a conclusion about why people would still not repent. I guess I was too focused on trying to understand the Book of Revelation to even get that far.
During the week of August 16, 2021, I had a dream two nights in a row where I saw flooding, panic, and confusion. Later that week, there were some flash floods across Massachusetts and a friend who lives there describes scenes that brought my dreams to memory. I thought maybe my dreams were playing out and kept the matter in mind. That same week, flash floods in Tennessee killed abut 22 people and caused major damage. Though, with hurricane Ida bearing down on Louisiana, this did not get much coverage. I began to think even more on my dream and whether it had broader implications. Then came the disastrous impact of Ida from the Gulf all the way up to New York and New England. My dream was no longer just a dream — to me, it was prophetic, and I had no idea what to do with it.
As I listened to commentaries across various news networks, the emphasis was placed on climate change. One commentator talked about how the heavens opened up and dumped a massive about of rain in a short time, only to then give credit to mother nature and drive home the climate change theory. I began to see just how it is that people would refuse to repent. After all, why repent if there’s nothing to repent of and no one to repent to. If this is all due to climate change, and we are the cause, all we have to do is change our habits, throw money at the problem, and we can fix it. Additionally, since we have no control over mother nature there’s nothing we can do to change her behavior. The point is, we have effectively taken God out of the picture!
Is climate change real? My limited knowledge of the issue says it is. What is causing it? I believe that human activity does contribute to it but it is much deeper than that. We dump toxic substances in the oceans, rivers, and the earth. We litter with plastic, burn unhealthy fuels and chemicals, and destroy forests and other natural habitats for profit. Our actions cause animal deaths and extinctions. Yes, our behavior does contribute to it, and we should be more respectful of God’s creation. We are essentially polluting the earth with sin and ultimately sinning against God — this is the ultimate cause!
“It is also the time for destroying those who destroy the earth” (Rev 11:18b)
Since people are rejecting God, they are blind to the real reason for these “natural disasters”. These events are His judgments which he declared but the world is blind to them and has come up with its own rational about why these things are happening, and with more frequency and catastrophic intensity. We have taken it upon ourselves to fix, thinking that we can save ourselves. We cannot medicate ourselves out of these birth pangs. They are about to overtake us. We are about to experience more plagues like that of Egypt and only God can save.
We need to repent and take shelter in God though his Son Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah. We need to put away division from among His congregations because that is where judgment will begin (1 Peter 4:17). God is One and calls us to be one (John 17:21). We should not be overcome by fear, but we should warn and mourn those who deny God. We shouldn’t be surprised that these things are happening either. Yeshua told us, “when you see all these things, you are to know that the time is near, right at the door” (Matt 24:33). Get ready!