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The boiling-point issue of global warming and its many predicted dire consequences is still generating lots of controversy. The debate is creating heated discussions everywhere you look—from news media outlets to comment boards across the Internet.

But what does the Bible say about global disasters coming to our planet?

Whether some think mankind is part of the cause for catastrophic climate change or whether some think it’s all just a part of earth’s natural cycle, many do believe the earth’s environment is altering radically and causing drastic changes in weather patterns.

Highlighting this heightened state of concern, NBC News anchor Ann Curry recently focused on the changing environment in her NBC News report of April 6, 2014. She traveled around the world and interviewed dozens of scientists in a program called “Our Year of Extremes.” She featured one researcher who alarmingly claimed, “We don’t have time to argue. It’s here. It’s happening, and we need to do something.” [1]

Indeed, it seems more people than ever are convinced our planet is falling to pieces and are calling for change, including Michael Le Page of New Scientist, who highlighted reasons he thinks things are looking much gloomier, including extreme weather events and food production challenges. [2]

Interestingly, Jesus actually touches on environmental issues in His warnings about the time of the end. “There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). Famines and pestilences are, of course, issues especially related to environmental change.

But in reality, like birth pangs, these all point to a much greater alteration soon to take place on our planet. No matter where you stand on the issue of global warming, there is an urgent question we must face about Christ’s soon return—“What will you do about it?”

The earth was once destroyed by cold water. The Bible predicts that someday it will be cleansed by hot fire. Peter writes, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which 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). It will be the ultimate global warming.

The growing number of signs of the end is pretty clear. Like many environmentalists are urging about climate, shouldn’t we also do something? Absolutely! Notice Peter’s warning: “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (v. 11). Following Peter’s advice, perhaps we should spend less time debating in chat rooms and give more thought to our own preparation for the final events soon to take place on our planet.

You can learn more about the return of Jesus by clicking here. For a deeper study on what will happen to our earth, click here.

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