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.
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.