The Bible records 5 different climatic changes for our planet and many of them are dramatic – you could even say apocalyptic!
Climate Change #1
The first change was so dramatic that the Bible refers to the earth as the world that then was. It’s the same planet made up of the same elements – it’s just that the changes were very catastrophic.
The Earth that Was is the original earth. Genesis 1:1 states, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. We don’t know when that was. None of us were there. We all have different theories as to the age of the earth. All we know is that in the beginning, God created it to be inhabited.
Isaiah 45:18 reads, For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord ; and there is none else.
Now here is the problem: if God created the earth in the beginning, and God created the earth to be inhabited, what happened? Because Genesis 1:2 says, And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
The original earth was habitable and then became inhabitable. And that is the first recorded climate change in the Bible. It was so catastrophic that the original earth became a chaotic planet. Obviously, we are not living under that climate today. So, the elements were transformed once again to produce what we call the Edenic Earth. That was the time when homo sapiens were first placed in a garden of Eden.
Climate Change #2
And that brings us to the second climate change in the Bible. It is recorded in Genesis 3. We discover an environmental disaster of some kind took place. It is stated as the ground being cursed. Animals began eating each other. Something changed. We don’t know exactly how that change took place. We just see evidence of it. Edenic bliss became a Cursed Earth. That was the era of the Ante-Diluvian where the Cainite Civilisation dominated the human race.
Climate Change #3
Now Climate change #3 we know a little more about! Noah’s Flood was “global warming” on a catastrophic scale. It appears some cataclysmic event took place to create the great flood. Some have speculated an asteroid or two colliding attacking the planet and knocking it off its axis. All we know is that frozen Mammoth have been discovered in Artic regions with lush vegetation in their mouth like the event happened instantaneously. Fascinating to speculate!
The Diluvian Earth was transformed to the conditions we enjoy today.
Now image having an atmosphere literally pushed up by water. When the water receded, the Bible records the decline in lifespan. Lizards that keep growing during life now have a lifespan of 1-20 years. Imagine what one would like it if it lived to be 200? The lifespan of humans seemed to drop to 1/10 of what it was before Noah’s Flood. Obviously, the atmosphere changed. This is also the time when homo sapiens began eating other animals.
Climate Change #4
Climate Change #4 is the one everyone is worried about today. That is because it is the next one. I have heard unrealistic and unsubstantiated predictions since my grade school education. None of these predictions have happened by the promised due date. Massive famines by 1975; Human population wiped out by 1989; new Ice Age before the year 2000 are among those I grew up under. Will these events happen? The Bible answers, “Yes” – eventually. But you don’t have to worry about it if you know Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. That’s the Gospel message of salvation that culminates into Christians being removed from the earth before this Tribulation time period on Earth. There are prophesies about world-wide famines and massive reduction in population. As far as another Ice Age? I don’t exactly see that in the Bible.
What I do see is the next climate change will introduce a more long-term climate. Known to many as the Millennial Kingdom, this is the time when Jesus returns to earth only this time as the King. The planet is restored to its Edenic condition – the dream of all environments! The earth will be so lush that it when it comes time to harvest your crops, you will have to plough over the previous one because it is still bearing fruit. Pretty cool! That’s a climate change we will want. Guess the apocalyptic change has good in it….
But wait, there is one more change.
Climate change #5
Climate change #5 is the big one! If you thought world famine and population reduction was a problem due to humanity’s actions, wait until you see what Jesus Christ does at the end of His bringing peace on earth.
He destroys it completely.
That is; the planet will go through a time of refinement on an unprecedented scale never before seen. It won’t be by water. It will be by fire. The Bible talks about the heat being so intense that the planet’s very elements will melt. The process will be excruciating. The result will be “a new earth”.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
The Wisdom of Bible Evolutions
All right. There you have it. There are 5 climate changes in the Bible. The changes are corrections toward the perfect environment.
But the record of climate change isn’t given for the sake of knowledge alone. We are intended to practice the wisdom from Bible Evolutions. The specific virtues inspired by the Bible Evolutions are faith, hope and love.
Faith in God’s word hears the good news that God promised there would be no universal flood again that will wipe out life on our planet. That means you can live with good cheer and not buy into the doom and gloom being propagated by those without Hope.
Hope is in God’s word which is bad news for those who don’t believe in God or, if they do, don’t feel any responsibility to worship God. The planet is going to face transformational catastrophe and be burned up to melt down all of its elements. You will live through that process (I’m speaking to those who understand what I mean about Bible salvation).
In the interim: be kind to Mother Earth whose elements your body shares; be mindful that we share this planet with other creatures created by God; and be charitable to your fellow human beings who dwell on this precious planet with you.
If you would like to go a bit deeper, you can read our booklet: Mother Earth: The Biblical Record of Earth’s Evolution.