The Truth About GLOBAL WARMING
By Pastor Al Hughes
(Preached July 15, 2001 PM Bible Baptist Church, Port Orchard,
Genesis 8:22"While the earth remaineth, seedtime
and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day
and night shall not cease."
There are all kinds of theories as how the world will
end ranging from nuclear war, to a collision with an asteroid,
to global warming. All of these theories have an element of truth
in them according to the Bible.
1. There will are at least three world wars yet in the
future (Ezek. 38-39 cf. Rev. 6:4; 19:11-19;
2. There will be a collision with a stone falling from
outer space that will leave the kingdoms of this world like sand
on a sea shore (Dan. 2).
3. There will be increased temperatures in the weather
Global warming is one of the "hottest" issues
in the news today, with environmental, political, and economic
In June 25, 2001 issue of Time magazine was an article
entitled The End of the Universe which stated: Now
about halfway through its estimated 10 billion-year lifetime,
our sun is slowly brightening. In about 1 billion years, its
energy output will have increased at least 10%, turning Earth
into a Venusian hothouse where plants wither, carbon dioxide
levels plummet and the oceans boil off.
The National Research Council of the National Academies
(January 14, 2000) stated in its January 14, 2000 report,
the warming of the Earths surface is undoubtedly
real. The Earth's surface temperature has risen about
0.7 to 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit during the last 100 years, the
The Washington Post (April 13, 2001) stated, Two
studies released yesterday provide the strongest evidence yet
that greenhouse gases are causing the Earth's oceans to warm,
further bolstering the case that global warming is real and is
being caused at least in part by air pollution, researchers said.
Global warming is attributed to the greenhouse effect,
whereby certain gases in the atmosphere trap energy from the
sun. Solar radiation enters the atmosphere and is about 92% absorbed
by greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, nitrous
oxide, methane, and water vapor. Thus, heat builds up in the
earths atmosphere. (A greenhouse enables plants to grow
even in cold weather because glass performs this same trapping.)
The greenhouse effect, by itself, is not a bad thing; in fact,
it is necessary for life. Otherwise the planet would be too cold.
Environmentalists blame mans burning of fossil fuels
and cutting down trees for global warming.
Scientists have been telling us for years that man is destroying
the earth. They say we need to protect
our ozone, stop air pollution, clean up the water, stop burning
your trash, get rid of asbestos, make safer "cigarettes"
and quit cutting down trees. If that is the case, consider this:
It requires cutting down 300,000 annually to produce the paper
necessary for all those IRS forms (Federalist Digest, 4/14/98).
The IRS sends out 8 billion pages of forms and instructions annually.
There are 7 million words today in the U.S. tax code alone. (Ibid)
The Holy Bible has only about 773,000 words.
It is only a theory that greenhouse gases
from the burning of fossil fuels and cutting down trees
causes global warming. Over 17,000 scientists have
signed a petition saying, in part, "there is no convincing
scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane,
or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable
future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere
and disruption of the Earth's climate."
The petition is being circulated by the Oregon Institute
of Science and Medicine, an independent research organization
that receives no funding from industry. Among the signers of
the petition are over 2,100 physicists, geophysicsts, climatologists,
meteorologists, and environmental scientists who are especially
well-qualified to evaluate the effects of carbon dioxide on the
Earth's atmosphere. Another 4,400 signers are scientists qualified
to comment on carbon dioxide's effects on plant and animal life.
Nearly all of the signers have some sort of advanced technical
LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS
& Global Warming
Another explanation for global warming could be attributed
to the LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS: Thermodynamics is the study of
the transformations that occur between heat and mechanical energy.
1. The First Law of Thermodynamics (energy conservation) states
the total energy in an isolated
system (for example, the universe) is constant.
2. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, says it is impossible
to convert heat energy entirely to work (some of it is lost).
3. Expressed another way, the two laws are: First, you
cant win; second, you cant break even. As an example,
consider how your refrigerator works. It cools the contents,
but where does the heat go? Into your kitchen, so that the refrigerator
must work harder to keep its contents cold.
4. How Thermodynamics relates to global warming is: as living
and non-living things go through their life cycles, and eventually
into a state of decay, there is a dissipation of energy in the
form of heat. Not all of that heat can be recycled into the system
(the earth and everything on it). Hence, global warming.
THE EXPANSION OF
HELL (Isa. 5:14)
I have another explanation for global warming from the
Bible: The Bible says, hell hath ENLARGED herself
(Isa. 5:14). Evidently, there are so many lost souls dying without
Jesus Christ, hell must be expanded to make room! Global
warming could be coming up from beneath the planet the
result of the escalation of hell as it grows closer to the surface
FUTURE GLOBAL WARMING
THE BIG HEAT-UP
If you think we have global warming now,
You aint seen nothing yet! (Al Jolson) The
big HEAT-UP is coming soon to your city! And there is nothing
you or anyone else can do about it! God says it is going to happen.
1. The prophet Isaiah foresaw that the inhabitants
of the earth are burned, and few men left (Isa. 24:6).
2. The prophet Joel in his vision saw that fire
hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath
burned all the trees of the field... The rivers of the waters
are dried up
(Joel 1:15, 19, 20).
3. Even the great river Euphrates; and the water
thereof was dried up (Rev. 16:12).
4. Before this, the prophet warns that the third
part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up
The events described in these verses will occur on earth
during a time the Bible calls the great
tribulation (Mt. 24:21). This period of time will be an
out pouring of Gods wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth.
In Revelation 16:8-9 we read, And the fourth angel poured
out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch
men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed
the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they
repented not to give him glory. I would say that it
would define global warming quite well.
TO GET EVEN HOTTER
But, thats not all. Global warming
will get so bad it will eventually destroy everything you own!
When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to planet earth to set up
His Kingdom, He comes in FLAMING FIRE taking vengeance
on them that know not God (2 Thess. 1:8). What will
it be like?
1. Hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the
Lord GOD; Behold, I will KINDLE A FIRE in thee, and it shall
devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree: the FLAMING
FLAME shall not be quenched (Ezek. 20:47).
2. Behold, the day cometh that shall BURN AS
AN OVEN; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall
be stubble: and the day that cometh shall BURN THEM UP
3. For it is the day of the LORDS vengeance,
and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. And
the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust
thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become BURNING
PITCH. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof
shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall
You talk about the greenhouse gases,
this makes me perspire just reading these verses!
IT GETS worse!
Before its all over, Satan will launch one final rebellion
against Christ to overthrow His Kingdom (WW 5).
1. Revelation 20:7-9 says, And when the thousand
years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And
shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters
of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle:
the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went
up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the
saints about, and the beloved city: and FIRE CAME DOWN FROM GOD
out of heaven, and devoured them.
2. Their flesh shall consume away while they
stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their
holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth
This is not merely global warmingWere
talking about a GLOBAL MELTDOWN!!! 2 Peter 3:10-13 But
the day of the Lord WILL COME as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and THE
ELEMENTS SHALL MELT WITH FERVENT HEAT, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be BURNED UP. Seeing then that
all these things shall be DISSOLVED, what manner of persons ought
ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for
and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the HEAVENS
BEING ON FIRE SHALL BE DISSOLVED, and THE ELEMENTS SHALL MELT
WITH FERVENT HEAT."
Hot stuff, huh?
Is there any hope of escape? Here are a couple of proposals
made in the Time magazine article on The End of the Universe
One possible escape route: an exodus to Mars, which is farther
from the sun and hence cooler. But it would take a lot of engineering
to turn Mars' frozen surface into a livable habitat (called terraforming
by scientists). Among proposals that have been floated: heating
the planet with artificial greenhouse gases, deploying huge orbiting
mirrors to catch sunlight and sprinkling heat-absorbing soot
on the Martian icecaps. Eventually, says Mars promoter Robert
Zubrin, visitors wouldn't need spacesuits anymore.
But terraforming (as scientists call it) a neighboring world
is not the only exit strategy. Donald Korycansky of the University
of California at Santa Cruz and his collaborators suggest that
Earth could be edged out of harm's way with a gravitational slingshot,
a trick long used to boost the speed of planetary probes. Earth
would be the spacecraft, grabbing orbital energy from a passing
asteroid. That would increase Earth's speed and enlarge its orbit.
Repeated every few thousand years, Korycansky & Co. reckon,
such flybys could stretch Earth's habitable lifetime by billions
The good news is God has provided a fire escape
off this planet. "The Lord is not slack concerning his
promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should
come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9).
Here is Gods plan of salvation: When Jesus Christ
came the first time 2,000 years ago, He shed His blood for the
sins of the world. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for
your sins and arose from the dead three days later. He is willing
to save you if you will trust Him. Romans 10:9That
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
THOU SHALT BE SAVED. No church can save you. Your good
works cannot save you. Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us
3:5). For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest
any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9). For the
wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).
Only Jesus Christ can save you from the awful hour that
is coming upon planet earth! Now the choice is YOURS. Will you
repent and trust Christ to save your soul?