Revelation 8:7: Scorched earth.
7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.” NIV
A recent article in ‘Time’ magazine, about the Australian drought, included these words:
‘The country has experienced 9 of the 10 warmest years on record since 2005, and a heat wave in January broke records across Australia…Australia isn’t alone. Average temperatures are surging across the globe. By the end of the century according to the IPCC, drought will become more common and severe across the planet’s midlatitudes and subtropics – a cross section of the globe that includes the Mediterranean, the southwest U.S., the Western part of South America, and Southern Africa.’
Someone commented: ‘It’s a harbinger of things to come.’ (The IPPC, by the way, is the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change).
I’m not saying that this verse in Revelation is about global warming. But increasingly we are hearing apocalyptic warnings from scientific experts, and some of these seem to tally with certain apocalyptic pictures in Revelation. It is true that the Bible is as up to date as today’s newspaper.
One way God judges is by letting people have their own way when they give Him up; when they turn their backs to Him (see Romans 1:24, 26 and 28). Who knows, then, what we may yet reap from all the bad we have sown?