WHEN AND WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH - PART 2
The Revelation of Jesus Christ talks about the “Two Witnesses” in Chapter 11. God says in verses 3, 6 and 7;
3“I will commission my two witnesses to prophesy for those twelve hundred and sixty days, wearing sackcloth.” 6“They have the power to close up the sky so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying. They also have power to turn water into blood and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish.” 7”When they have finished their testimony, the BEAST that comes up from the ABYSS will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them.”
From my book TRIBULATION, the “Two Witnesses” are the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The sackcloth they wear symbolizes lamenting over the declining physical condition of the earth. The powers, in the form of environmental protection and developing sources of renewable energy would be eliminated if these agencies are “killed off”. Without these powers, CO2 levels, global temperatures and the sea levels will continue to rise unchecked and the development of renewable energy sources would be greatly diminished, if not eliminated. Basically, without the EPA and DOE, it would strictly be “Drill Baby Drill”.
The Tea Party wants to eliminate these 2 agencies because of their insistence that they are anti-business. This is the same Tea Party described in Revelation 6:7-8 as:
“a pale green horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and plague, and by means of the BEASTS of the earth”.
The BEASTS are those described in Revelation 13:1-18 and Daniel 7:1-28, drawn on my book cover, and shown in the below illustrations. The BEAST is the oil and coal industries, symbolized by an oil exploration/production rigs coming “out of the sea” and a dragline coal mining excavator “coming out of the earth”. In the New American Bible, the ABYSS is described in the Rev. 9:1 Biblical Notes as:
Sheol, the netherworld, where Satan [DRAGON] and the fallen angels are kept for a thousand years, to be cast afterwards into the pool of fire; cf. Rev 20:7–10. The abyss was conceived of as a vast subterranean cavern full of fire. Its only link with the earth was a kind of passage or mineshaft, which was kept locked.
Daniel 7:5,7 5The second beast was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks. It was given the order, “Arise, devour much flesh.” 7 After this, in the visions of the night I saw a fourth beast, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and it trampled with its feet what was left. It differed from the beasts that preceded it. It had ten horns.
13:1-2 The First Beast 1Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous name[s]. 2The beast I saw was like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion (below).
Revelation 13:11 The Second Beast. Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb’s but spoke like a dragon.
What the Tea Party, neo-conservatives and other climate deniers are unwilling to admit is the +0.6 Deg. C (appearing linear) rise in global surface temperature for the last 40 years. Scientists and engineers know that when you see a “trend” for 40 years, you don’t discount it on an 8 year “plateau” of data, particularly when there are previous “plateaus” in the last 40 years. The New York Times published an article on June 10, 2013 supporting the evaluation of “plateau” data and expanding on where the heat may be going, if not registering in the surface temperature rise.
In addition to a global temperature rise, there has been a significant and linear rise in Carbon Dioxide and Sea Levels. In early May 2013, the Carbon Dioxide was measured at 399.89 (corrected down from 400.03) ppm (parts per million) at the NOAA Mauna Loa monitoring station in . Carbon dioxide can stay in the atmosphere for as much as a century, so levels now may cause warming for decades. The concentration has now increased by more than 40 percent from the pre-industrial mark of 280 ppm.Coinciding with the rise in Carbon Dioxide and Global Surface Temperature is a reduction of World Sea Ice and Land Ice. All of the aforementioned data can be found in the charts and graphs from 2 federal agencies: NASA (National Aeronautic & Space Administration) and NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. These people have “no agenda”.
So with all of these charts and graphs from NASA and NOAA, it begs the question: WHEN & WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? Israel has a red line for Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The U.S. has a red line for Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its people. Why can’t we, as a world community, establish carbon emissions limits and promote new technology, which at least slows the demise of our planet. The thing about NASA and NOAA climate change data, its not difficult to extrapolate; thereby, allowing accurate projections on future severity. We’re seeing significant evidence of increased severity:
If all this sounds calamitous … it is.
WHEN & WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH - PART 1
We are a civilization of Messenger Shooters (or Killers).
Shakespeare wrote in Henry IV, part 2; “”The nature of bad news infects the teller.” 
Freud cited the example of the Spanish Moors who told how King Boabdil received the news of the fall of his city of Alhama. He felt that the loss meant the end of his rule. But he would not “let it be true”….”He threw the letters in the fire and killed the messenger”‘.
The times were old, but the idiom (or form of) DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER, hasn’t changed because NO ONE LIKES BAD NEWS.
In Luke 11:47, Jesus denounced the Scribes and Pharisees as those who “build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed.” One of those prophets was Isaiah, who lived and was martyred by Manasseh in the 7th Century B.C. We assume Manasseh killed Isaiah for his refusal to accept Manasseh’s polytheistic and idolatrous ways. Isaiah more accurately prophesied about the life of Jesus Christ, than any other prophet (Isaiah Chapter 53), so he definitely established the gift of prophecy given to him by God. So why is it that Isaiah wrote Chapter 24, about the punishment to man for polluting the earth, and very few people acknowledge it? It’s much like the reluctance to discuss the Book of Revelation. Why??? Because NO ONE LIKES BAD NEWS. I found Isaiah Chapter 24 by word searching “pollute” in the New American Bible. Verses 5 and 6 read as follows:
5The earth is polluted because of its
for they have transgressed laws,
broken the ancient covenant.
6Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants pay for their
Therefore they who dwell on earth have
and only a few are left.
The “ancient covenant” in this case is the covenant between God and Noah in Genesis 9:5 and God said:
“Indeed for your own lifeblood I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from a human being, each one for the blood of another, I will demand an accounting for human life. When you continue to read verses 7 through 23, its quite sobering.
Few people at ExxonMobil want to DEAL with Isaiah 24, as was evidenced by the their shareholder’s meeting on May 29, 2013. Rex Tillerson asked “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” He tried to say that poverty reduction would be more difficult if ExxonMobil set goals to reduce emissions from its products and operations. Rex T. evidently did a good sales job, for approximately three fourths of shareholders agreed with him. Last year, Rex said “”We have spent our entire existence adapting…We’ll adapt.” “It’s an engineering problem and there will be an engineering solution.” So evidently now, laissez-faire acceptance of doom has outweighed adaptation. Now in the last week, to the City Club of Cleveland, Rex said that Climate change is a serious and complex problem that society may not be able to fix and will just have to deal with and further “I view it as a risk management problem”. This time, Rex again says; DEAL with it. One of the most important steps in risk management is RCA (Root Cause Analysis). The Root Cause in climate change is CO2 emissions and the resulting risk management is to take steps to manage (diminish) these emissions at their source. As noted above, Rex T. and the majority of ExxonMobil shareholders are unwilling to do that. What Rex is unwilling to admit is that we can displace oil (and its derivatives) with natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy, on a strategic basis, without any effect on poverty reduction.
One of the ironies of all this is Rex and I are both Civil Engineering majors from the University of Texas-Austin. I managed the engineering, procurement and construction of two facilities in Louisiana where ExxonMobil was an equity partner. As ExxonMobil said, my employer could build the facilities timelier and more cost effective and just as safe as they could. Rex graduated from UT in 1975 and me in 1983. Rex received the 2006 Distinguished Engineering Graduate award and is trying to kill the planet. I’m a “Messenger” writer (some would call a prophet) and I’m trying to save the planet, both physically and spiritually.
 Shakespeare Henry IV, Part 2, II, 5; cf. I, 2
 Sigmund Freud, On Metapsychology (PFL 11) p. 454-5
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyrdom_of_Isaiah, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaiah
Leviticus 19:33 – 34 33When an alien resides with you in your land, do not mistreat such a one. 34You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God.
Exodus 23:9 You shall not oppress a resident alien; you well know how it feels to be an alien, since you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 22:20-23 20You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt. 21You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. 22If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely listen to their cry. 23My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans.
Matthew 25:31-46 The Judgment of the Nations. 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, 32 and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ 41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44 Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46 And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Shortly after my son John and I moved to Manhattan, I took him and his younger brother Jackson to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. At the time, Jackson was 9 and John was 13. I wanted them to gain an appreciation for our country, our freedom and for all of the immigrants who had passed through this “gateway” to the United States. New York City is a “melting pot” city in a “melting pot” nation. Its home to 8 million people and the United Nations. Therefore, its understandable what God, through his “mighty angel” instructed St. John to do in Revelation 10:11. “You must prophecy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings” … Immigrants, diplomats and heads of state coming to New York City.
My education and appreciation of immigrants started at roughly the same age as Jackson. I had studied the Statue of Liberty in schoolbooks and the only immigrant “gateway” to the United States that I had seen was Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, across the Rio Grande River from Del Rio, Texas.
Growing up, my second home was Edwards County, Texas, situated between the towns of Rocksprings and Carta Valley. The trek from our deer lease via U.S. Hwys 377 and 277 to the Texas – Mexican border was approximately 60 miles. Rocksprings, then and now, survives on the wool and mohair industries, and the town of approximately 1,200 people is known as the Angora Goat Capital of the World. It was the late 1960′s and this was my earliest recollection of migrant workers. It was truly a “la familia” affair. From babies in the arms of their loving mothers to patriarchs who had probably spent the last 50 years shearing sheep and goats and performing other ranch work. This was 3 generations of love and hard work. There were no electrical outlets, extension cords or electric shears, merely pruning sheep shears. This was a family event and it was their livelihood.
If an Anglo in the area were asked if they would shear sheep? The answer would have probably been “no … it’s ‘wet-back’ work.” Illegal immigrants were regarded as “wet-backs” or “wets”, a racial epitaph referring to them swimming across the Rio Grande to gain illegal access to the United States. As such, life was symbiotic but unfair along the Texas – Mexico border. The migrant workers had no rights and were just happy to get a day’s pay.
My parents were decent God-fearing people who loved all humanity. My mom grew up poor, picking cotton in the heat of a Central Texas field. My dad started helping my grandfather build houses when he was old enough to drive a nail. One day during early winter, I witnessed their true compassion just as Jesus instructed us to do in Mark 12:30-31:
30You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
It was during the middle of deer hunting season in 1969 when the Texas Hill Country becomes an endless string of deer leases that are loaded up with high-powered weapons and ammo like an armory. Think: State of Texas, alcohol, and fewer gun laws than today. Taking that into account, if 4 Mexican nationals approach a farmhouse in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, with the man in the lead position pointing to his mouth, even I knew at 9 years of age, they were hungry and probably starving. There was a lead man, a lag man, and 2 men hiding in a goat shed. In 1969, winters could be bitterly cold there, but on this day it was probably in the 40’s. My dad immediately knew what to do. We kept a strong box of non-perishable food: canned chili, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned anything that you could can. The lead and lag men came up to the porch and my parents immediately started feeding them and giving them water. The two men in the goat shed stopped hiding and also came up to the porch to eat. Their clothing was tattered. It was approximately 60 miles from our hunting lodge to Del Rio via highway, and it was approximately 50 miles by “crow flight”, which is typically the way they travelled to avoid the U.S. Border Patrol. Migrating though the rocky terrain, mesquite thorns and cactus quills of the Hill Country is quite hazardous, especially if traveling at night. We always kept additional warm clothes in our hunting camp and were able to supplement them with some light jackets and flannel shirts. After they ate, my dad gave them his best effort at directing them, in Spanish, towards Rocksprings, where they could probably find work.
Growing up, my parents gave me 3 basic “Thou Shall Not” speeches:
I vaguely remember those “Thou Shall Not” discussions with my parents, but it was a “Thou Shall Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself” discussion in Edwards County, TX that I remember like it was yesterday. After the 4 men had disappeared into the pin oaks and on toward Rocksprings, my folks looked at me and gave me these words, which I put in my book, regarding Revelation Chapter 10:
“If someone is hungry you feed them, if their clothing is tattered, you give them clothing, if they need shelter, you shelter them. If they need direction, you guide them, because they only want a better life.”
Was the act of compassion that my parents’ and I did that day of aiding and not reporting illegal immigrants unlawful? It depends on whose laws you’re reading. The Bible tells us to Love Our Neighbor as Ourselves 9 times: Leviticus 19:18, 34, Matthew 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8 . Per the laws of the U.S. Dept. of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, our actions were most likely unlawful that day. Would I do it all over again?
In a New York Minute
God through Christ, through an angel, gave the visions to St. John while he was imprisoned on the Island of Patmos. These visions are the basis for the Book of Revelation. This is same St. John known as the beloved apostle and as the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel according to John and 3 of the Catholic Letters. What I’ve done in my book, is to apply the visions given to St. John to people, places, and things in the modern day world, which is what I call decoding the book with a pragmatic approach. Revelation Chapter 10, The Angel With The Small Scroll, was an easy practical match to the Statue of Liberty. I call Chapter 6 of my book TRIBULATION, The Scroll. It’s an 8 column by 638 row spreadsheet encompassing 141 pages, which is almost half the book. It quotes every verse of Scripture in the Book of Revelation, along with USCCB Biblical notes, reference scripture, and my commentary. I started The Scroll on August 30, 2010 and completed it on February 4, 2013 (my son Jackson’s birthday).
It was on October 2, 2011 (my birthday) that I made the connection to the Statue of Liberty and to the poem at the base and inside the statue, The New Colossus, “Anthem Of Freedom”, by Jewish American poet, Emma Lazarus. The poem says:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The Scripture, Biblical Notes and Commentary of Revelation Chapter 10 are as follows:
Revelation 10:1-3The Angel with the Small Scroll. 1 Then I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a halo around his head; his face was like the sun and his feet were like pillars of fire. 2In his hand he held a small scroll that had been opened. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3and then he cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he cried out, the seven thunders raised their voices, too.
USCCB Biblical Notes:
* [10:1–11:14] An interlude in two scenes (Rev 10:1–11 and Rev 11:1–14) precedes the sounding of the seventh trumpet; cf. Rev 7:1–17. The first vision describes an angel astride sea and land like a COLOSSUS, with a small scroll open, the contents of which indicate that the end is imminent (Rev 10). [10:2] He placed…on the land: this symbolizes the UNIVERVERSALITY of the angel’s message, as does the figure of the small scroll open to be read. [10:3] The seven thunders: God’s voice announcing judgment and doom; cf. Ps 29:3–9, where thunder, as the voice of Yahweh is praised seven times. (Rev.1:8 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,”* says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”)
The “mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a halo around his head” is the Statue of Liberty. The French named the statue “La Liberté éclairant le monde” which translated means “Liberty Enlightening the World”. The statue is of Libertas, a [cloud-white] robed female figure representing the Roman goddess of freedom. She has 7 rays coming from the halo [or crown] on her head. When originally erected, the statue was copper colored; thereby, St. John’s vision of a face like the sun and feet like pillars of fire is understandable. She gets her blue-green color from copper oxidation along with several other chemical including one related to sulfur emissions .
2In his (her) hand he held a small scroll. St. John saw a tablet, which in Latin is known as the tabula ansata or “tablet evoking the law” in Lady Liberty’s left hand and proclaimed it the “small scroll that had been opened”. The date on the tablet, July 4, 1776, is in Roman numerals; therefore, it could be interpreted as an imminent date for the End of Age.
However the words of “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus”, in a plaque inside the monument at its base, is the content of the small scroll. He [she] placed his [her] right foot on the sea and his [her] left foot on the land (she’s stepping toward the sea with her right foot), and then he [she] cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he [she] cried out, the seven thunders raised their voices saying: “Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. A UNIVERSAL message to all who wish for freedom and opportunity in this land.
Revelation10:4-74When the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write it down; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have spoken, but do not write it down.” 5Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them, “There shall be no more delay. 7At the time when you hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet, the mysterious plan of God shall be fulfilled, as he promised to his servants the prophets.”
USCCB Biblical Notes
* [10:6] Heaven and earth and sea: the three parts of the universe. No more delay: cf. Dn 12:7; Heb 2:3. * [10:7] The mysterious plan of God: literally, “the mystery of God,” the end of the present age when the forces of evil will be put down (Rev 17:1–19:4, 11–21; 20:7–10; cf. 2 Thes 2:6–12; Rom 16:25–26), and the establishment of the reign of God when all creation will be made new (Rev 21:1–22:5).
She raised her right hand, with a torch, to Heaven. The 7 measurements [trumpets] of 18″ on the Manhattan Key of David. See dimensioned drawing (Key of David – Manhattan). When you hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet, the mysterious plan of God shall be fulfilled, as he promised to his servants the prophets.” [10:3] The seven thunders: Ps 29:3–9, where thunder, as the voice of Yahweh, is praised seven times. Rev.1:8 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,”* says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”
Revelation 10:8-118Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. He said to me, “Take and swallow it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.” 10I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it. In my mouth it was like sweet honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11Then someone said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”
USCCB Biblical Notes
* [10:9–10] The small scroll was sweet because it predicted the final victory of God’s people; it was sour because it also announced their sufferings. Cf. Ez 3:1–3.* [10:11] This further prophecy is contained in chaps. 12–22.
“Take and swallow it” means open, read, and accept the scroll. Then someone said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”: The immigrants who went through Ellis Island. The “melting pot” of New York City with a population of approx. 8MM people. The United Nations. This Angel, the Statue of Liberty, gives people Hope. The book she’s holding gives the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. With words that were once sweet, they are now sour because of the hypocrisy towards the Mexican immigrants to the south.
So thanks be to God for the Immigration Reform Bill passing the U.S. Senate vote. Particular thanks to those who stood up to the radicals in the Tea Party; however, Senator Marco Rubio was once in the "gang of 8" supporting the bill has now withdrawn his support.
So if I could wish anything good could come from this blog, it would be that the House of Representatives, as they put together THEIR bill, would feel some of the same compassion that my parents and I felt on a wintry day in 1969, and keep in mind that immigrants built this country, and have come to this country for decades because they wanted a better life.
A Reading from the New Testament
1 John 3:17 If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?
Paz y Vaya con Dios
Author G.R. Miller, utilizing his engineering and project management experiences in the fossil fuels energy sectors and guidance from God, takes a pragmatic approach of part preterism, part symbolism and part literalism in decoding the Revelation of Jesus Christ. He exhibits a Climate Change connection through scripture, commentary and illustrations.