Have We Reached the Planet’s Tipping Point?

Posted: June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Have We Reached the Planet's Tipping Point?

How long will our planet last?

How long can our environment sustain the abuse and misuse of resources before the Earth falls apart? You aren’t alone if you have wondered about these questions. Scientists have been sounding the alarm that environmental destruction is moving to a tipping point of irreversible calamity.

In a recent edition of the journal Nature, 22 researchers expressed concern that we are permanently altering the delicate biosphere of Earth.

“‘Humans are now forcing another such transition, with the potential to transform Earth rapidly and irreversibly into a state unknown in human experience,’ wrote the authors, who are from the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America. If current trends continue—exploding global population, rapidly rising temperatures and the clearance of more than 40% of Earth’s surface for urban development or agriculture—the planet could reach a tipping point, they say.

 

“‘The net effects of what we’re causing could actually be equivalent to an asteroid striking the Earth in a worst-case scenario,’ the paper’s lead author, Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, said in an interview. ‘I don’t want to sound like Armageddon. I think the point to be made is that if we just ignore all the warning signs of how we’re changing the Earth, the scenario of losses of biodiversity — 75% or more — is not an outlandish scenario at all.’

“Global population just passed 7 billion and is expected to reach 9.3 billion or more by 2050. ‘By the year 2070, we’ll live in a hotter world…’ Barnosky said. Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere … is making the ocean more acidic, and less hospitable to sea life. By midcentury, humans could have altered more than half the world’s land surface. … All this could produce a biologically impoverished Earth that would rob humans of vital ecological services such as insects that pollinate crops, forests that provide clean water, and tropical species that are the source of new drugs.” [1]

 

The Bible gives us warning signs of the end of life on this planet. In apocalyptic language, we read about the Earth in the Scriptures: “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner” (Isaiah 51:6 NKJV).

While it is true that we should be responsible citizens in caring for our planet (see Revelation 11:18), there will come a day when “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). What is the tipping point that will usher in the end of time? Will it be global warming or global iniquity? In speaking of an end time power of evil called Babylon, the Bible says, “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:5).

The global tipping point has less to do with a biologically impoverished Earth and more to do with the wickedness of mankind. The atmosphere of sin has polluted our planet far more than fossil fuels. A day is coming when God will stop the downward spiral of Earth into self-destruction. The Lord will destroy all evil and save a people who call Him Lord. Are you a part of God’s final remnant group? Are you ready for the day when Jesus will come and cleanse this planet from sin and make it new? The Bible says in Revelation 1:5-8

 

 

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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