It will happen, the seemingly impossible task of halting pollution and cleansing life sustaining air, water and land!
How is it possible that this article could be so audacious as to announce a solution to the earth’s enormous pollution problems? Scientists and technologists admit they are baffled. Educators say there is no simple technological fix.
To the contrary, leaders lament that every modern technological “solution” to some environmental crisis generates one or more problems more serious than the problem it was designed to cure.
Today there isn’t even a universal will, let alone the economic resources, to solve the complex environmental problems. How then, can the curse of seriously polluted air, water and land be stopped? How can it happen that nuclear wastes and toxic chemicals can be neutralized or cleansed from the environment?
The good news is, it will happen! It will happen, but only after a revolution occurs in our entire way of living. It will occur only after a revolution in our way of thinking, our values and our attitudes. It will happen because there will be one universal authority with power to force it to happen!
This is the only way global pollution can be stopped. Leading educators and environmentalists admit it. When they are asked, “will we do it?” they invariably answer with a resounding NO!
“We cannot bear the thought of a moratorium on business as usual,” said one. But he’s wrong. There will be a wonderful and total change in life-styles. A revolution in thinking, morality, ethics and applied technology is coming! There will be again clean and healthful air, pure water and unpolluted land for everyone! There will be a solution to man’s pollution problems because humanity, at last, will learn to deal with the causes of his pollution problems.
There is a reason why man is such a great polluter. Why human nature is filled with so much selfishness, narrow-mindedness, shortsightedness and greed. These are the attitudes that lead to pollution and degradation of the environment. Where did they come from? Isn’t it time we found the causes?
Humans could have possessed the knowledge needed to comprehend when tools, machines and technology would produce serious damage to themselves and the environment. We humans could have discerned in advance damaging inventions or technologies and stopped them before they became widely disseminated.
But man has cut himself off from the source of this essential knowledge, the Creator.
Humanity has chosen instead to follow the “get way of life.” Success under this “get way” is to gain as much power, riches, material wealth for self as quickly as possible. But who originated the “get” way?
Before the creation of the material universe, God created spirit beings to assist him in all his great purpose. One of the most powerful, wise and beautiful beings God created was an archangel whom we call Lucifer. This is a Latin name meaning Light-bringer. He was later sent to bring God’s laws to the angels under him and to administer God’s government over the earth.
When God originally created the earth and the heavenly bodies (Gen. 1:1), all the angels of God shouted for joy. The earth at its creation was immensely beautiful (Job 38:7).
But Lucifer allowed a spirit of attitude of competition, which is contrary to God’s way, to enter his mind. He chose to rebel against his Maker. He wanted to exalt his throne to supreme ruler over the universe. He and the host of angels swayed with his devil attitudes attempted to knock God off his throne. But they were flung back to earth. These events are revealed in Isa. 14:12-15, Ezk. 28:12-15, in Luke 10:18 and Revelation 12:4. Lucifer’s name was changed to Satan, meaning the Adversary. His fallen angels became demon spirits with deceitful, twisted attitudes.
The earth became in ruin. But God renewed the surface of the earth and made it inhabitable for man. He created flora and fauna suitable for the needs of man (Gen. 1 and 2).
Man was created with awesome powers of intellect, reasoning and creativity no animal possessed. God had said, “Let us made man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen 1:26).When God created Adam and Eve he commanded them to multiply to subdue and to rule over all on earth. He placed them in the choicest spot on earth, the Garden of Eden, “to dress and to keep it” (Gen. 2:15).
Note, God did not instruct the man to ravage and spoil the environment over which he ruled. Man was to have dominion, rulership and “dress” maintain and beautify the earth. God’s purpose was to allow Adam and his progeny the opportunity to develop character like God has and to learn to rule and to be ruled through being a proper caretaker, or steward, over his immediate physical domain.
God had set in motion physical and spiritual laws that would automatically bring every right and beautiful result man could want. God created wholesome and nutritious food, a beautiful clean environment and revealed a way that would maintain contact and peace with God and peace with neighbor. But the first humans were also free moral agents. They could choose God’s way or choose to go the way of their own making.
Genesis, chapter 3, reveals Satan, in the guise of a whispering enchanter injected into the first man and woman rebellion and doubt about God’s authority. They chose to experiment for themselves and to decide what was right and wrong. They became filled with Satan’s attitude of “get” and rebellion. God drove them from the Garden of Eden and cut off human access to his Spirit, typified by the “tree of life.” Cain, in the very first generation born, soon rose up and killed his brother Abel, because he Cain was “of that wicked one” (I John 3:12).Cain’s attitude was, “am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen. 4:9.)
That same attitude that was in Cain has filled humanity ever since. It has led to every evil: competition, war, violence, greed and environmental degradation.
The apostle Paul explained to early New Testament Christians that Satan is the unseen “god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4). That all humans in one way or another have walked “according to the prince of the power of the air” Satan (Eph. 2:2). Twenty first century humanity is repeating the same tragic attitudes and mistakes of past generations. Only today, misguided humanity, in both developed and undeveloped nations, possesses vastly more powerful technology to rapidly destroy the earth’s life-giving habitat, the narrow band of air, water and soil that sustains all physical life.
Mankind as a whole still doesn’t believe his ways are evil. Many people don’t yet recognize, much more hate, the evil consequences of their selfish attitudes. These consequences will yet bring much greater environmental pollution. The book of Revelation in particular graphically depicts this awesome environmental crisis.
Yet there is great hope for those who truly want to understand. Millions do not know that the true gospel, the good news Jesus Christ preached, included a message about saving the environment! It is summed up in the expression “the times of restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21).
Jesus Christ is going to return again to this earth, this time as the all-powerful King of kings. He will set up the government of God over the whole earth. Those who now overcome their selfishness and fulfill the law of God will share Christ’s power and authority over the nations. Here, at last, is the only hope mankind has to solve horrendous global pollution problems.
“Say to them that are of a fearful heart, (and who doesn’t get a little fearful when reading about today’s pollution problems?), be strong, fear not, behold your God will come he will come and save you” (Isa. 35:4).
What will be the first step Christ will take to halt destruction of the earth’s environment! He will remove the primary source causing world problems, the wrong attitude and ideas in humans that result in damaging ways of living. Christ will first dethrone and chain Satan and his evil host of demons. They will cease to deceive and sway the nations any more (Rev. 20:1-2). No one but the great God can bind and chain this evil “Destroyer.” Without this step, stopping degradation of the environment is not possible. No human government even knows that.
God will then put a stop to another great cause of human pollution and environmental degradation. The nations will be forced to stop warring and fighting. They will be forced to stop destroying and polluting the earth’s environment with nuclear, chemical or other means of destruction. Mankind at last, will be forced to stop the vast appropriation for war of limited economic and material resources. Instead resources will begin to go for constructive purposes.
“And he (Christ) shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords (military hardware) into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more’ (Isa. 2:4).
But how, you may ask, are all the vast quantities of pollution from nuclear and chemical warfare and other toxic wastes polluting air, land, even deep ocean beds, going to be gotten rid of or cleansed? The process will begin immediately after the return of Christ.
Note this wonderful prophecy. “And his (Christ’s) feet shall stand in that day (of Christ’s return) upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof and there shall be a very great valley and it shall be in that day, that living (life-giving) waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea (Dead Sea) and half to them toward the hinder sea (Mediterranean): in summer and in winter shall it be” (Zech. 14:4, 8).
Note the miraculous healing power of this water from Christ’s throne upon everything it touches. Ezekiel, chapter 47 fills in details: “These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed (of horrendous pollution wrought because of human warfare and sin). “And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters come thither: for they shall be healed: and every thing shall live whither the river cometh” (vs. 8-9).
The whole world is going to realize that all true good, and all true healing, whether of body, mind, and spirit or of the environment, issues from God and from him alone! But there is much more!
Christ can start totally afresh in rebuilding communities and nations with an environmental sound way of living. Note the new economic focus in the NEW WORLD to come. It will be based on agriculture, on the right care of the soil and on producing abundant food and building materials, not on machines for war and conquest (Isa. 2:4).
What is a major cause of today’s rush into pollution? It is nations rushing headlong into industrial production, in fierce competition for survival with other industrial nations. That means more and more production is geared to making more, making it faster and making it cheaper. It means relatively few people growing a limited variety of grain crops for masses in urban areas. Those who do produce food are encouraged to plunder the soil to force it to produce by any means! More and more, industrial and farming competitiveness means cutting corners and ignoring proper measures to protect workers, the soil, the environment and one another’s health.
Some modern cost-cutting measures are good and helpful. But too often in the process of creating some new technology or goods in competition for markets, more dangerous forms of pollution are generated. Modern economic competition does not allow either industries or farmers to apply the essential antipollution equipment or conservation methods they should. If one person does and others do not, the one seldom can compete and survive economically.
In God’s kingdom there will be a proper place for certain kinds of industry and right technology. Note first, however, God’s plan of putting priorities aright.
Remember, God’s paramount purpose is building godly character in human beings. To do that God ordained the family unit to teach God’s way to each generation. That means fathers and mothers will teach sons and daughters and grandchildren by example and by instruction, with discipline. Families, fathers and mothers, will not be forced to engage in separate jobs to earn a decent livelihood as often is true today.
Families will be given an inheritance of property in productive land. This is land that a person or family can live upon or always fall back upon, to provide the basic essentials of life. Humans under God’s government will not be the slaves to a taxing state or to some industry or job that totally divorces them from the productivity of their own land.
Notice the prophecy of Zechariah 3:10 “In that day (after God’s government is established on the earth), says the Lord every one of you will invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree.” Pollution will automatically be cut way down because of this focus on right agriculture. Unlike today, there will be enough good and fertile land for all. How? It will be produced by the power of the Great God. (Isa. 35:1, 6-7). Nations will reap the blessings of resting their land every 7th year (Lev. 25:1-7).They will be guaranteed right amounts of rainfall (Deut. 28:2, 12).
Notice the bountiful results that right agricultural practices will reap, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord that the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the reaper of grapes him that soweth seed” (Amos 9:13-14).
There won’t be vast corporations (agribusinesses) or a few selfish landowners with all the good land and hordes of landless peasants wondering if they’ll have food or jobs tomorrow.
Crops won’t be planted in vast acreages of monoculture, single crops over hundreds of thousands of acres, year after year. That type of farming encourages depletion of the soil. It demands vast quantities of powerful fertilizers, and deadly pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. In the NEW WORLD to come, families will be working together on their own smaller yet sizable acreages. They will be able to build up, improve and conserve their precious heritage with proper conservation methods. The will recycle natural fertilizers and composts to build up the soil, obeying the law of return “giving” back to the soil what they take out.
There will be towns and cities in the NEW WORLD to come, bustling with creative activity. But they will be vastly different from today’s towering canyons of steel, glass and concrete that blot out the sun and inspiring natural beauty. Communities will be related to supporting food and livestock production.
Agriculture areas will not be cultural wastelands. There will be beautiful cultural centers, magnets to draw families and communities together to enjoy the best in music and other human achievements.
Of today’s world, where city and field are more and more often separated, God says, “Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place” (Isa. 5:8).
Families and relatives will tend to live close by and support one another. That’s where the fun will really begin with families, friends and neighbors helping each other to grow and develop. And it will be safe to let children enjoy their environment (Isa. 11:6). “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders” (Isa. 60:18).
But don’t misunderstand. Pollution will not be conquered - even under Christ’s reign, all over the earth at once. It will take time and education. God’s government will gradually permeate the hearts of human beings like leaven in dough (Matt. 13:33). But the marvelous thing is that humanity, at last, will have the divine help and power needed to overcome every obstacle to a wholesome environment. Scientists, legislators, world leaders will not bring a solution to our polluted planet, but Jesus Christ will. Pray, thy Kingdom Come!