By Gerald Flurry
Massive climatic disasters are happening regularly. Evidence shows they are increasing in frequency and intensity. The usual political and media response is to blame this trend on “climate change.” The worse the disaster, the louder the calls for taking action against climate change by addressing the supposed man-made causes, such as carbon emissions and the use of fossil fuels.
This view about “climate change” has taken hold of millions of minds around the world. It is often presented as if it were irrefutable scientific fact. The truth, though, is that it is an ideology, and it will negatively affect every single person who falls for it!
I don’t want to discuss political views; my job is to give you God’s view. Our great Creator knows that climate change is not the cause of weather disasters!
Do you believe the Bible? It gives an undeniably clear explanation for what causes climatic disasters.
“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1:3). This says that God has power over the storms. He controls where and how hard they strike.
The idea that carbon emissions cause storms is the antithesis of what God says!
Read the rest of the Prophet Nahum’s account. It is consistent with the message you find throughout the Bible. It says that, in a sense, humans are responsible for weather disasters. Not because of fossil fuels, but because of sin—breaking God’s commandments!
That might seem strange to some, but think about the greatest weather disaster in history: the Flood of Noah’s day. There the waters covered even the peaks of the highest mountains, killing every human, except for those preserved on Noah’s ark! (Genesis 6-8). Talk about a killer storm! And it wasn’t caused by climate change. It was God punishing people for their sins!
There was no physical evidence to predict that storm, but Noah had received word from God that it was coming, and he warned the world. “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet [nobody saw that storm coming], moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7). For 100 years, Noah warned of the Flood that would come as punishment for the rampant sins of the entire world. Nobody believed him, and they paid a terrible price.
Hebrews 11 talks about the faith we need in order to please God. Notice: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (verse 6). That is a powerful statement. God expects you to test and prove Him on that to make sure His words are true.
Do you have faith in what God says in the Bible? We need faith in order to escape the storms. God says we can have the very same faith that Jesus Christ had on Earth (e.g. Galatians 2:20). As we walk by that faith, and diligently seek God and do as He commands, He will reward us—physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally—in a multitude of ways! That is the truth of your Bible—Old Testament and New Testament.
Are the people who proclaim the dangers of climate change diligently seeking God? From everything I have seen, it is usually the reverse: They leave God entirely out of the picture. But God will not be left out.
What the authorities of this world are saying about climate change destroys faith! It deprives people of those great rewards of God. It destroys our hope!
Here is another clear statement of God’s power over the weather—and it explains why God uses it as He does: “He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. They turn round and round by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. Whether for correction, or for his land, or for love, he causes it to happen” (Job 37:11-13; Revised Standard Version). All these natural elements obey God’s commands!
One reason God sends storms is for correction. God corrects us through the weather, and there are many scriptures that tell us this. Could this be the reason for some of the disasters we have seen recently?
To say that climate change is causing all these violent storms is rejecting everything God says about this subject. Those who believe in that wouldn’t all say they are anti-God or irreligious. But what they are saying is in direct conflict with what God says. And whose view on this issue do you think will prevail?
Here is yet another Bible passage on this subject: In Amos 4:7, God says, “And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.” Here God is controlling the rainfall, causing floods and droughts! Why would He do that? Verse 8 answers: “So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.” God causes these conditions as punishment for pushing Him out of our lives. These are prophecies for the near future.
Many scriptures show that God rewards and protects those who put Him first. If everyone in America would look to God, the plagues would stop! Here is just one example: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalm 91:9-11). God does try and test His people, but overall, He protects and blesses and rewards those who make God their habitation. He instructs His angels to watch over them.
The book of Daniel is only for our day—“the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4, 9). In it, the Prophet Daniel shows us where to look for the solution to weather disasters and other curses.
“Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him” (Daniel 9:11). “Israel” here refers primarily to America and Britain, not just the Jewish state in the Mideast. (Read The United States and Britain in Prophecy to prove this point.)
Israel is cursed for not obeying “the law of Moses”! That is talking about the first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Pentateuch, which Moses wrote. Daniel refers us to the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These spell out God’s law—but they also have a lot of prophecy. Genesis 48-49, for example, prophesy what will happen to America and Britain in our day. And Daniel specifically speaks of “the curse” that God says will come upon us if we disobey His law.
Daniel continues, “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice” (Daniel 9:13-14).
God loves us, and does all that He can to bless us. But what is He supposed to do when we are caught up in sin and are disobeying Him? It is clear that God punishes, just like any father who loves his children. That is the only way He can turn us around so we can be in His Family! It is all done in love.
A former U.S. president recently said that rejecting the popular view of man-made climate change is the same as rejecting the future. You have no future if you don’t believe it, he said.
That is the exact opposite of God’s view! God says that you had better accept His view of climate change, or you don’t have a future—forever!
Whom do you believe? God, or men?
Leviticus 26 is known as the blessings and curses chapter. Read the entire chapter, and apply each point to America today. It is extremely accurate—more relevant today than ever! Daniel states that it is mainly for this end time.
“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:3-4). This is how to avoid violent storms and climatic extremes. When we obey Him, God provides temperate weather. He isn’t eager to inflict storms, but there is a reason He causes them at times, and it is connected to how we live.
Read verses 5-8, and you see how the nation that obeys God enjoys abundance and peace, security from enemies. “And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people” (verse 12). What is better than being in the good graces of the Almighty God? What blessings come when we follow God’s law as revealed in the first five books of the Bible! This is an absolute promise from God!
God’s blessings hinge on our obedience. But notice what God says if we don’t obey. From here on, this chapter delivers bad news: “But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant” (verses 14-15). In verse 16, He says we will experience “terror,” or terrorism, as He tries to get our attention and direct our minds back to Him. We are seeing all these curses today.
“… I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: … for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits” (verses 19-20). God curses us with weather catastrophes when we rebel! No rain falls. Our crops don’t grow. The damage and the death toll mount.
“And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins” (verse 21). God will continue to ratchet up the weather disasters until we finally begin to listen to Him!
God wants to give us every blessing imaginable, but first we must turn to Him in humble obedience.
This is the major lesson that God wants to teach us in these weather disasters. That is why it is such a dangerous deception to remove God from the equation and blame all these problems on carbon emissions causing climate change.
We need to be concerned about our moral conduct. We need to go back to the law of Moses. We must accept the correction of our loving Father and return to Him in humble repentance and obedience. That is the way to reverse this deadly trend and end the disasters. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. He will give us all the blessings we can imagine—including protection from all these storms—if we will just do that!
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