9th June 2020

Maranatha!*

“And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [alive], but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”
Matthew 24:22 (NKJV)

I remember half a century ago there was an article on the various ways man could destroy himself from this planet. Not listed at the time was global warming, pollution, including plastics pollution, or desertification. This last one has recently come to attention following a report published at the turn of the year on how fertility of the soil in Britain is rapidly falling. Artificial fertilisers and chemical insecticides don’t enhance our soils; they actually steal fertility in the long run.

As custodians of this beautiful planet, we are bad news for it at present. And, of course, we’re seeing much hand-wringing and loud harrumphing by politicians and others about what to do. But maybe things are not so out of control as we think.

I was watching a global warming expert on TV who has oversight of a group of glaciers somewhere. Her observations are that global warming began far in advance of human activity, especially since the release of excess carbon dioxide in our modern world. The so-called ‘Little Ice Age’ of the 1880s was part of a global cycle which continues with the earth heating up little by little ever since. Has human activity played any part in making this worse? she was asked. Undoubtedly, she concluded, but global warming is a natural cycle in the earth’s life. So, we can safely expect that at some time global warming will reverse itself? Probably, but the human effects may postpone that natural cycle, or even nullify it. We shouldn’t ignore human activity, making things worse.

But if global warming is another of those extinction threats facing human beings, thank God! that Jesus has promised to return before it becomes too late. No matter what we do, even against ourselves, Christians can rely on that promise made to us!

Prayer
Holy Father, you created a beautiful planet to house your human creation. As we have advanced in our civilisation, we have speeded up destruction to the point where today we threaten our own existence. We thank you that you have promised that won’t happen. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford

* An Aramaic phrase found in 1 Corinthians 16:22 (KJV) which means “Come, Lord!”
Study by John Stettaford, February 13, 2020

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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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