Whether or not the earth is getting warmer or not, this is a scientific question.. We will leave this to Al Gore and Ben Stein to lead us in this debate. However, whether or not we should long for global warming, this is a theological question to be discussed today.
Before continuing, why don’t we read 1 Peter 3:1-14 together:
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace ….
Nothing seems to change! As it is today, so it was in Peter’s era. Many can be found who discount and scoff the second coming of Jesus, the rapture, the end of days, the judgment, and the re-creation of a new universe. These same people discount most of the miracles in the Bible, including the Noahic flood. With each passing century, they become more and more sure of their anti-Scriptural theological position.
However, one should not misread the patience of God. At a day of God’s choosing, the Lord will come, and the heavens and earth will be devastated. Not only will there be global warming, but there will be universal warming. It is coming. It is on God’s calendar; we just do not know when.
For some, this will be a horrific day as they will be found immediately thrust before the Judgment Seat of Christ without the proper resume. On that day, global warming will be the least of their worries.
However, this will not be a terrible day for all. For those found represented by Jesus Christ, this “end of days” will be a new beginning. A new heaven and new earth will be created for their enjoyment in their new bodies. Wickedness will be vanquished; righteousness will characterize the day.
Therefore, we should be longing for world peace, brotherly love, personal holiness. the destruction of Satan and visible reunion and communion with Christ and the saints. Therefore, we should be longing for global warming, and until then we should be about the business of global warning.
Scripture Reading Plan:
Monday, December 2 – Ezekiel 45-46; 2 Peter 3
Tuesday, December 3 – Ezekiel 47-48; 1 John 1
Wednesday, December 4 – Daniel 1-2; 1 John 2
Thursday, December 5 – Daniel 3-4; 1 John 3
Friday, December 6 – Daniel 5-6; 1 John 4
Saturday, December 7 – Daniel 7-8; 1 John 5