Uncertainty

 

Recently, thousands of dead fish washed ashore in California and news reports said, “A shark might have chased them into the marina, the fish got confused, and could not breathe due to the number of fish stuck in the marina.” 

Really?

On New Years Eve 2011, Los Angeles Times reported, “The puzzling phenomenon started on New Year’s Eve when thousands of blackbirds were found dead in central Arkansas. Townsfolk spent their holiday weekend removing the remains of between 4,000 and 5,000 dead red-winged blackbirds. “

Puzzling, really?

The U.S. Geological Society and U.S. Department of Interior conducted various studies to offer analysis on the effects of environment on wildlife.  In one major report related to polar bear extirpation (aka extinction), they began their report’s conclusion:

“Analyses in this report contain three main categories of uncertainty: (1) uncertainty in our understandings of the biological, ecological, and climatological systems; (2) uncertainty in the representation of those understandings in models and statistical descriptions; and (3) uncertainty in model predictions.”

Polar bears are becoming extinct and the keyword is uncertainty.

Man’s impact on plants, animals and environment are undisputed across the globe.  The negative effects of mining runoff, pesticide runoff, mercury, lead, and selenium poising are found in water, air and soil. 

Global overheating, due to fossil fuel exhaust, also affects our air and ozone protection, decreasing our only protection from the sun’s burning heat. 

So you think its hot now?

Besides man’s self-destructive behavior, doomsday theorists are noting the end of the Maya calendar in 2012 and the quatrains of Nostradamus to conclude that there is a coming “end of this current age.”

Really?

As we see in current global events, there is something is wrong.  The destruction of our planet due to man’s greed, the extinction of animals and plants, and the changing composition of our environment due to overheating are evident. 

Eventually, there will be a consequence.

In Matthew 24:14 Jesus says, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” 

But, no one knows when this “end” will be.

In Matthew 24: 3-8, Jesus warns that there will be wars, famine and earthquakes but these are only “birth pains.”  He also warns that we should not be deceived by false preaching announcing that the end is near. 

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus tells us, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”

No one can predict (when) heaven and earth will pass away, but Jesus does tell us (who),(what), and (where).

In Matthew 24: 29-35 Jesus tell us who – “the Son of Man” (Jesus) will appear, what – He will return at the end of this age, where – on the clouds of the sky with great power and glory.

So what do we do with this information?

In Matthew 24:42-44 Jesus tells us to be alert and be ready.  Like an Olympic athlete, we should be preparing our spirit for the coming day when all men will see God’s power and glory.

While we still have breath in us, we should work out our salvation, seek God’s truth, study God’s word, and pray for our loved ones to find God’s truth as well.  Then, we can rest knowing that we have prepared for that day that will surely come.

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