Written in July 2018
The elders of the Inuit people (Eskimos) who live in the Arctic regions of North America have reported to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) that the earth has ‘wobbled’ or shifted on its axis and that the ‘sky has changed.’ They declare that the sun rises at a different position now, not where it used to previously, and that the position of the stars from their point of view has changed slightly.
Living in such a precarious region, generations of Inuit have developed ways of accurately observing the seasonal changes in the rising and setting of the sun and the position of the stars in the night sky. This has become vital to their survival. They have concluded that in recent years the earth has tilted slightly on its axis, causing the sunlight to strike the Earth from a greater angle. They say this change accounts for their longer daylight as well as changes in the wind direction and temperature.
NASA has agreed with their conclusion on the shift in the earth’s axis, but said that this has been caused by climate change. The Inuit have come to a different conclusion, that the tilt itself is causing climate change and is something humans have no control over.
Whoever is right about the causes of the changes taking place, there are strange things happening to the environment in the Arctic region. The permafrost of the tundra is melting, causing the foundations of buildings to crack, roads to sink and the ground to erode. In Siberia there are places where the ground has started bubbling and become squishy under the locals’ feet like jelly. Giant bubbles are appearing, then exploding, creating sinkholes and releasing methane into the atmosphere. The methane increases the local temperature, causing the process to accelerate. One study estimates that by 2100, up to 205 billion tonnes of carbon emissions will be released by permafrost if this trend continues.
There are other strange things happening to the earth. Deep crevices in the ground have been appearing across the East African Rift Valley. One such crevice has cut across a major highway in Kenya. Scientists say that shifting tectonic plates beneath the earth’s surface are causing this phenomenon and that eventually (in a few thousand years) it will cause Africa to split in two. The geologic rift that runs through the eastern side of the continent will cause the ocean to flood into the rift valley, stretching from Ethiopia down to South Africa. As a result much of what we now know as east Africa will become a separate island.
At the same time we are seeing an increase in seismic activity, volcanoes and earthquakes. Rivers of lava have been pouring out of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii for weeks, and an earthquake of 5.5 magnitude struck near the volcano, followed by 500 smaller earthquakes around the island, an all time record for seismic activity. A massive eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia shot volcanic ash 38,000 feet into the air, and rivers of lava have poured out of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano, killing at least 62 people and injuring thousands.
There are around 25 volcanoes currently erupting, many of them in the Far East, but also in Central and South America around the so-called “ring of fire.” Many major cities in North America, South America and Asia sit right along the “Ring of Fire”, and if the shaking of the crust of our planet continues to intensify, it is only a matter of time before major natural disasters begin to hit some of those cities. Yellow alerts were just issued for Mexico’s Mt. Popocatepetl and Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano. Popocatepetl is close to Mexico City and about 25 million people live in its vicinity.
The ‘Steamboat’ geyser on Mount Yellowstone, USA, has shot boiling hot water hundreds of feet into the air eight times since February. This is very unusual and is awakening fears that the caldera under the Yellowstone super volcano may be waking up. A full blown eruption on Yellowstone would have catastrophic consequences for North America and beyond. Hundreds of cubic miles of ash, rock and lava would be blasted into the atmosphere, and this would likely plunge much of the northern hemisphere into several days of complete darkness. Virtually everything within 100 miles of Yellowstone would be immediately killed, and hot volcanic ash, rock and dust would rain down on places within 600 miles of Yellowstone. Experts project that such an eruption would dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away, and approximately two-thirds of the United States would suddenly become uninhabitable.
A UN backed report has announced that the world will run out of food and water at the present rate, because of the way the planet’s natural riches are in stark decline as nature’s contribution to economies and livelihoods is being impacted by mankind’s activities. It warns that fish stocks could run out in the Asia – Pacific region by 2048 due to overfishing and pollution of the oceans.
It also states that a quarter of the population of sub-Saharan Africa face hunger and malnutrition while huge areas of land have been degraded by overexploitation of natural resources, erosion, salinisation and pollution, resulting in significant loss of nature’s contributions to people. Even greater pressure will be placed on the continent’s environment as the current African population of 1.25 billion people is set to double to 2.5 billion by 2050. This could lead to increased migration from Africa into Europe, a continent where people are already consuming more renewable natural resources than the region produces.
Nearly a third of the continental United States was in drought as of April 2018, more than three times the coverage of a year ago. Adding to America’s water insecurity is a decades long decline in groundwater resources, which supply half of the nation’s residents and nearly all of its rural population, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Cape Town, a city of nearly four million people, came near to running out of water completely before the winter rains arrived, but the situation there remains perilous. Iran’s meteorological organisation says that nearly 96% of Iran suffers from some level of drought. Iran’s Environmental Minister had warned that “50 million Iranians could be forced out of their homes due to environmental damage.” India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with some 600 million people facing acute water shortage. A government sponsored report warns that 21 cities are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020. This would also threaten food security as 80% of water is used in agriculture.
UN experts say further economic growth and sustainable development requires governments to act to tackle the degradation of the environment and the earth’s ability to provide for human need. This is not happening now and requires ‘far-reaching change in policies and tax reforms at global and national levels’.
At the present time the UN lacks the power to make such changes. It does have its plan to address this problem, known as Agenda 21, which it wants to put in place by 2030. According to its website, Agenda 21 is a ‘comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organisations of the United Nations system, government, and major groups, in every area in which humans have impact on the environment.’ Critics of this plan say its aim is a one world federal government, backed by socialist and extreme environmentalist principles, which will take away human freedom and cause the de-population of the earth. Some have tied this up with the prophesied antichrist government of Revelation 13.
Whether this comes to pass remains to be seen. At present we have President Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Change agreement and other major governments paying scant heed to its requirements. The world clearly is in deep trouble regarding the only planet which humans can live on. This lines up with the prophecies of the Bible concerning the last days of this age and the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the book of Isaiah we have a prophecy of a time of great shaking coming on the earth. Some kind of shift in the earth’s axis appears to be a contributor to this situation:
‘Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants. …. The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. …. For the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth are shaken. The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly, the earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut.’ Isaiah 24.18-20.
The last part of this quotation from Isaiah connects this prophecy to the news from the top of the world, concerning the Inuit elders and the shift in the earth’s axis. This could cause changes in the climate as well as stress on the earth’s crust leading to an increase in seismic activity, volcanoes and earthquakes.
On the subject of the shifting tectonic plates affecting Africa’s Great Rift Valley, it is significant that this geological feature reaches as far as Israel. The Rift Valley passes through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba up to the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, ending at the Golan Heights. In the light of biblical prophecies of the great earthquakes which will take place in that region at the time of the end, one wonders if something is stirring beneath the earth’s surface which will lead to these events taking place.
Ezekiel 38.19-20 describes a great earthquake taking place in the land of Israel at the time of the War of Gog and Magog in the last days of this age. In Revelation 11 we read of an earthquake affecting Jerusalem at the time of the end and in Zechariah 14 we read of the Mount of Olives being split in two at the time of the Second Coming of the Messiah:
‘And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You.’ Zechariah 14.4-5.
If you travel down from the Mount of Olives to the east, you soon come to the Jordan Valley.
Jesus spoke of the time before His return when
‘There will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. … And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21.11, 25-28.
In the beginning God gave to humanity the task of caring for the earth:
‘Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Instead of caring for it, the human race has defiled the earth. As Isaiah says, ‘The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.’ One translation of this verse says, ‘the earth lies polluted under its inhabitants’. Paul describes the creation as being ‘subjected to futility’, waiting to be ‘delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now.’ Romans 8.18-24.
One of the reasons why the Lord Jesus has to return soon is to save the earth from destruction and to recreate the earth as God intended it to be in His Millennial Kingdom. The prophetic scriptures describing the conditions on earth after His return are as wonderful as the description of conditions in the days immediately before His return are terrible:
‘They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.’ Isaiah 11.9. ‘The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. … Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water.’ Isaiah 35.1-7.
Only the Creator can bring about these changes to the earth, reversing the disasters which will strike it in the final period of this age, the great tribulation. This Messianic Age will come to pass when the Messiah returns, showing Himself to be the Lord God, Creator, Redeemer and Judge of all the earth. To be ready for this we must accept the salvation He is offering us when He came the first time as the Suffering Servant Messiah to bear the sins of the world upon Himself and make it possible for us to be redeemed by His sacrifice, so that we can have a place in His coming kingdom of righteousness. If we make the choice to accept Jesus as our Saviour and Lord now, we can have a sure and steadfast hope for the future, even as we see the world heading for disaster as a result of human sin and rebellion against God. As Jesus said, ‘When you see these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads because your redemption draws near.’ Luke 21.28.