If You Only Look At One Chart This Month, Look At This One
There is a reason that God did not want sin to enter the universe, and that is because it destroys everything it touches. Sin is, at its core, rebellion against God and rejection of God, and it separates creation from Creator. Since God is the source of all life and the maintainer of order (we could better say the maintainer of ultimate sustainability), separation from God ends in death. This curse of sin extends not just to man, but to the earth as well. Specifically, we can see the cumulative effects of sin in the ever accelerating decay and decline of the natural systems created to sustain life on this earth. Our atmospheric system, our oceanic system, our climate system, our fresh water system, our cryosphere (polar ice caps and glaciers), our food production system (the sum of our soil system and its partner systems and subsidiary systems). We are the first generation to be able to see (and chart and graph) the accelerating decay of our world’s supporting systems. Recognition of this should lead to alarm and a re-examination of our priorities and our relationship with God.
Sometimes we recognize, perhaps dimly, what is going on in the world. We hear a sermon or read scripture or inspired writings and recognize, intellectually, that Christ is returning soon and that this world is very temporary. But then we get involved in the world again and in the pursuit of worldly goals and the recognition of where we are in prophetic history fades. If this describes you, then let me remind you of how quickly the world is decaying (and how quickly prophecy is being fulfilled, by showing you the graph below from the University of Nottingham. It is a graph of the reported incidences of extreme weather around the world. Note the emphasis of the word “reported”. There are probably many instances of extreme weather around the world that go unreported, though we can safely assume that this is less and less the case. But even if we assume that there was a certain amount of unreported extreme weather back in 1990 and 1995, etc., we can also safely assume that it in no way disturbed the very clear trend shown in the graph. The graph does not reflect a reporting error – it reflects an explosion of extreme weather. This trend is juts one more thing that fulfills the prophecy that Christ made about the condition of the earth jest before His return. You can read three reports about that prophecy, each with its own unique details, in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Like 21. When you study what Christ said would be happening in the natural world and in human society, you see that it lines up extremely well with what we are seeing going on around us. More to the point, it lines up very well with where we are so obviously headed.
There are other charts and graphs – increases in natural disasters, increases in large-scale earthquakes, increases in conflicts and societal disruptions, increases in droughts, increases in floods – and they all reflect an exponential increase like the chart above.
We have entered the last days, and we lack the sense of urgency and the sense of mission and responsibility that we not only should have, but that we need in order to endure what is rapidly coming. We need to be seeking an ever closer relationship with Christ. We need to be drawing away from the world. We need to be preparing to meet our Savior.