The Effect of Sin of the Earth
There’s quite a bit of news coverage these days about changes to the earth. We’re seeing reports of more droughts, stronger storms, more frequent flooding. There’s extremes in temperatures – both hot and cold -and we’re seeing massive changes to the earth’s oceanic and atmospheric systems. Some people say its climate change. Some say there is no particular change in our climate other than natural variability. There are a lot of opinions on this topic, and there are a lot of arguments playing out in the media.
Christians, however, shouldn’t be confused as to what is happening or why. In this as in all other things, we should turn to the Bible. There, we find the big context in which to look at everything. We find in Revelation 12:7-9 that there is a war between Christ and Satan, and in Ezekiel 28:14-16 that Satan was an angel who rebelled against God. He was the first to sin, and we find in Revelation 12:4 that he deceived a third of the angels in heaven into rebelling with him. We see in Revelation 12:9 and Hebrews 28:17 that Satan and his angels were cast from Heaven and onto earth. And in Genesis 3:13 that Satan deceived man into disobeying God in the Garden of Eden – he deceived man into sinning.
We find in Romans 5:12 and 6:23 that the consequence of sin is death. And by reading a little further, in Romans 8:21 & 22 we find that all the earth – all of creation – is corrupted and suffering. So the consequences of sin extend to all the earth, not just to man. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 51:6 how it will end. It says that the earth will grow old like a garment.
Today, we see that the earth has indeed grown old like a garment. In the accelerating decline of the earth, we see the fulfillment of prophecy. And from this, while the rest of the world is talking about changes to the earth, Christians can know that Christ’s return is very, very soon. The earth itself is telling us that there is little time left in which to work and witness for our Master.