The old saying that, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” is long dead. Now, the weather has been politicized … even spiritualized! Skepticism about climate change is being called a “sickness that must be treated!”
As reported in the March 31st London Daily Mail, “An Oregon University professor has controversially compared skepticism of global warming to racism.
“Sociology and environmental studies professor Kari Norgaard wrote a paper criticizing non-believers, suggesting that doubters … have a sickness.
“The professor, who holds a B.S. in biology and a master’s and PhD in sociology, argued that ‘cultural resistance’ to accepting humans as being responsible for climate change ‘must be recognized and treated’ as an aberrant sociological
Professor Norgaard represents the leading edge of a movement that seeks to isolate and illegitimatize critics of anthropogenic (man-caused) global warming. Certainly, she is on the fringe of society. But she represents a growing body of thought.
The Mail article continues, “Resolving skepticism about climate change alarmists, she added, is a challenge equitable to overcoming ‘racism or slavery in the U.S. south.’
“In the last 30 years, Norgaard said, climate change has been seen as either a hoax or fixable with minimal political or economic intervention.
“‘This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat,’ she said.
Then, she emphasized the need to find ways to overcome the social resistance to global warming.
“Norgaard last week attended the annual four-day ‘Planet Under Pressure’ international conference in London, where she presented her controversial paper to delegates on Wednesday [March 28th].
“The scientists behind the event recently put out a statement calling for humans to be packed into denser cities so that the rest of the planet can be surrendered to mother nature.
“And fellow attendee Yale University professor Karen Seto told MSNBC: ‘We want them to save land for nature by living closely [together].’”
These are chilling words, particularly in view of the fact that it wouldn’t be the first time dissenters were called insane, requiring rehabilitation and perhaps even incarceration. A couple of centuries ago, Ms. Norgaard might even call for global warming doubters to be burned at the stake.
Have you noticed the weather hysteria lately? It all began several years ago with the proclamation by weather experts that man-caused global warming was about to take the world into a horrific period of floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts and famines. Glaciers would begin to melt to such a degree that the sea level would rise, inundating coastal cities around the world.
All this, it was said, was being caused by the infusion of “greenhouse gasses” into Earth’s atmosphere. Freon and other by-products of manufacturing were banned or reformulated. Manufacturing and power generation were named as the major threat to weather stability. Meteorological scientists (those of the West, in particular) urged draconian crackdowns on global industries . Carbon dioxide gas was demonized, named as the chief cause of environmental heating. A system of “carbon credits and debits” was then suggested. Nothing less than panic increasingly drove world leaders to listen to the soothsayers of doom.
Their fear reached a maximum after August 29th, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. Although it was only a Category 3 storm when it hit, its storm surge overwhelmed inadequate levees and flood control systems. Soon, predictions were being made that we were entering an era of super-hurricanes that would devastate our coastlines. And even though this hasn’t happened, “experts” are still predicting it.
But following this event, two incidents occurred that derailed the global warming hypothesis. First, there was worldwide scandal in the wake of disclosures that scientists had slanted their observations to confirm their ominous hypotheses. In short, it was discovered that they had distorted their data to dramatize their message.
Second, observations clearly revealed that over the last dozen years or so there had been no global warming at all! Temperatures had leveled out. Did this stop the panic? Not at all!
Overnight, “global warming,” became “global climate change.” Instead of being publicly rebuked, the scientists (backed by the global media) denied their guilt and glibly modified their message. They continued to shout the same warnings as before, this time speaking of general instability, rather than warming.
Their obvious goal: Fear mongering and management by crisis, ultimately controlling the public worldwide, still demanding control of manufacturing by-products. Hypothesis and proof have given way to a social phenomenon that borders on insanity. There is growing apprehension that we’re headed for an unprecedented period of destructive climate change.
A Little Perspective
The finger of blame is being pointed at a voracious humanity, greedily using up fossil fuels and spewing out poisonous gasses, most particularly carbon dioxide. Supposedly, this is modifying Earth’s atmosphere, causing it to absorb and retain solar radiation in ever-increasing proportion. Somehow, this is causing weather change.
Make no mistake, there are major climate changes now taking place … just as they have in millennia past. For the sake of perspective, we should look back at a couple of these changes.
There was an amazing period of “global warming” from AD 950 through about the middle of the thirteenth century … around 1250. During this period, Viking explorers – among them, the infamous Eric the Red – explored westward across Iceland to a new and uncharted land which they named Greenland.
They discovered that the southern portion of this land was capable of supporting cattle and crops, including fruits and vegetables. The territory now covered with hundreds of feet of ice once boasted villages and coastal trading posts.
Certainly, there was no major manufacturing during that period befouling the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and pollutants. Rather, these three warm centuries resulted from a variety of deviations from what is now considered “normal.” Ocean currents, clouds and jet stream changes can produce wild gyrations in the climate.
Toward the end of this period, northern glaciers began to grow southward at increasing speed. It wasn’t long before the Vikings abandoned Greenland, to retreat to their native lands.
There followed a three-hundred year period of abnormal cold, which has since been dubbed the “Little Ice Age.” It lasted from 1550 through about 1850. While not a true ice age, with deep glaciation of the North American and European areas, it still changed the landscape. Farms and small towns in Switzerland were destroyed, rivers in England and Holland regularly froze and winter festivals were held throughout Europe. Armies marched across Dutch rivers and harbors.
Even Turkey’s Bosphorous canal froze at one point! In Iceland, sea ice extended for long distances, shutting down their shipping. The winter of 1794-95 is recorded as one of the worst.
But by the early 19th century, temperatures had begun a rapid rise. It is most important to note that this temperature rise, which continued through the Civil War and World Wars I and II, continues at about the same rate to this day. In other words, when the global temperature began its upward climb, worldwide manufacturing, oil consumption and motor traffic were still in the distant future.
Some physicists have proposed that the major controller of Earth’s weather is actually the Sun. Its sunspot cycles have even been statistically linked to weather trends. And this makes perfect sense, since the Sun’s diameter, at 865,000 miles, is 109 times greater than the Earth’s relatively miniscule diameter of 7,926 miles. Furthermore, the Sun’s average surface temperature is 9,986 degrees Fahrenheit, or 169 times greater than the Earth’s average surface temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit. A mere 93 million miles away, even the tiniest fluctuations of the solar fire can radically affect our climate. The Bible takes note of this fact, as we shall later see.
On Earth, excursions of wind and weather are quite variable over long periods of time. This is normal, and the weather experts know it. Still, there is palpable alarm in the voices of the world’s leaders. They fear the worst. Most of all, they think crop failures and famines lie in humanity’s future. Such catastrophes could bring economic failure, massive death tolls and social unrest. Revolutions on a global scale are what they fear the most.
Fear of the Bible
But why are they so afraid of a variable climate? It has adjusted itself before, why not now? And why not again in the future? Perhaps the answers to these questions lie deeper than mere scientific observation. Could it be that buried in the human psyche … even in those who are professing unbelievers … there is a deep-seated dread of something they know is coming?
Maybe they’ve somehow heard stories from the Bible, or even read it. Though they publicly scoff at Scripture, they still remember the person of Jesus, who claimed to be the Son of God, and who is prophesied to return to Earth on a future day, amidst unprecedented global upheavals:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Lk. 21:25-27).
It practically goes without saying that the judgments in the book of Revelation are connected by a series of unprecedented natural upheavals. Hail is mentioned several times, as in the following description of the first of seven trumpets:
“And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up” (Revelation 8:6,7).
Later, the fourth trumpet sounds, and the Sun is affected. As mentioned above, it must be a great controller of our weather. Surely, this trumpet judgment precipitates a siege of wild weather, and perhaps unprecedented heat:
“And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” (Revelation 8:12,13).
This is seen again as the fourth vial of wrath is poured upon the Earth:
“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory” (Revelation 16:8,9).
And again, as the sixth vial is poured, a great river is dried up. Surely, there must be a meteorological component here, perhaps a great drought in the Middle East that causes the river to quit flowing:
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:12-16).
And there it is, the word that has entered the public dialogue in every language on Earth: Armageddon! It is the final, great plague, commanded by the Lord, Himself. In this signal event, we find not only the greatest earthquake ever recorded, but an apparent shifting of the great tectonic plates that underpin the world’s continents. All this is accompanied by huge storms, producing hundred-pound hailstones! Actually, depending upon whether the talent mentioned in the following Scripture is a common talent or a royal talent, the hailstones mentioned could weigh either 75 or 150 pounds.
It will be the world’s greatest storm:
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:17-21).
Isn’t it possible that even the unbelievers of this world have a subconscious fear of this coming event?
God Controls the Weather
We’ve said it before, but it deserves to be said again. Nothing is so true as the fact that God is this world’s chief weather-maker. The book of Job unequivocally states this fact:
“God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy” (Job 37:5-13).
The “correction” mentioned here is a “rod of correction.” So Scripture informs us that God uses the weather to punish human behavior. And speaking of correction, look at the next passage, in which the Lord actually tells Job that he has stored up weather for the Tribulation period:
“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” (Job 38:22, 23).
The Apostolic View
New Testament prophecy strongly describes growing social breakdown toward the end of the Church Age. We have also pointed to the fact that the Apostle Paul uses a specific term that suggests a large-scale social insanity:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
In this well-known passage about the latter days, Paul uses a Greek word (here translated “perilous”) that is used only one other place in Scripture. This word – chalepos – is also used to describe the behavior of two demon-possessed men who opposed Jesus in Matthew 8:28:
“And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.”
Here, the word “fierce,” used to describe the behavior of insane men, is exactly the same term employed to describe the nature of the latter days. It would seem that a sort of insanity is about to become the norm.
The argument could be made that in the prevailing view of the world’s natural phenomena, we’re already seeing fear and panic taking the place of reason. As Professor Norgaard put it, “cultural resistance” to global climate change “must be recognized and treated.”
Already, the dispute between two opposing views of the prevailing weather are being staged as sane versus insane. Who’s really insane, here!