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While scientists of many persuasions have been reporting their observations that the earth's temperature is rising, and that, in conjunction with that, the polar ice caps and glaciers world-wide are melting at an accelerating, exponential rate, there are differences of opinion as to why this is happening. The controversies revolve around the many theories regarding the earth's origin, history, and man's influence on the environment.
Even among researchers who profess to believe in God and the Bible, there is also a diversity of views on these matters because men and women have brought forth private interpretations of the Scriptures. Often this is done in order to appease their peers who deny the biblical history of the world – its creation, the flood in Noah's time, and the resulting changes which are continuing up to this day.
Herein we will examine the relationship between some of the changes in the earth which came about as a result of Noah's flood, and what we are observing today with the warming earth, and melting ice. We will begin by beholding
"The Heaven in the Beginning.
"'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,' spoke the Lord, upon creating the earth, "and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven.' Gen. 1:6-8.
"In the beginning, 'the Lord God had not,' let us remember, 'caused it to rain upon the earth' (Gen. 2:5), and water was 'above the firmament' as well as 'under the firmament'; and the firmament, He called 'Heaven.' Gen. 1:7, 8. These divided waters could not be the water in the clouds, which now serves to water the earth, for the upper waters were not in the midst of the firmament, as are the clouds, but above it. So just as the earth was surrounded by the firmament, so also was the firmament surrounded by the water. The earth was, in other words, twice enveloped, as shown in the illustration, – first by the firmament; then by the water.
"Since both the firmament and the water were transparent, and the water formed just a thin blanket round the firmament, the sun's rays shone on the earth just as brightly then as they do now. And since, too, the rays of the sun at that time hit the water before they were cooled off by passing through the heavy sheet of atmosphere, they were hotter when they reached the water above the firmament than they are now under the firmament when they reach the earth. Being first diffused by the water, the rays made it hot; in turn, by circulating round the firmament, the hot water warmed the earth evenly everywhere – at the poles as well as at the equator. The only variation in temperature was incident to presence of light (day) and absence of light (night). Consequently, then, as now, the night was cooler than the day. But as this condition no longer prevails, obviously at some time a cataclysm caused
The Breakdown of Earth's Heating System.
"In the beginning, the now frozen regions of the poles flourished with vegetation and abounded with animals which geologists now find preserved in the ice. Who, then, could doubt that the water "above the firmament" was the earth's heat-equalizing system? But as soon as the water, in fulfillment of Noah's prediction, began to come down, – in fact, even before it had any chance to descend to the lower places of the earth, – this natural thermostatic system was quickly broken down, and the rain, as it fell on the earth, froze so suddenly in the polar regions that the animals while yet alive froze with it: they evidently had not time even to swallow their food, as is actually established by various archaeological exhumations." – "Behold, I Make All Things New," p. 22-25.
As it rained continuously for forty days and the skies became quite dark the earth went through a rather extreme temperature drop because the warming rays of the sun were not able to penetrate the abundance of water in the sky. This rapid cooling occurred in the surface land as well as the air, though not to the same degree. Thus, with the loss of the waters "above the firmament," and the long period (40 days) of no warming sunshine, we have the origin of the "ice age." During that same time warmer waters from the equatorial regions were coming into contact with the quickly frozen waters near the poles partially thawing them until the prevailing cold refroze them.
After the rains stopped and the skies cleared, the sun's rays again warmed the air and the earth as the waters receded and the earth dried out. The natural outcome of this was that the newly-formed ice started to melt, and is continuing to do so today.
It is only natural for ice to melt rather slowly at first, and then more rapidly as its effect of cooling the things around it is diminished with the loss of its own mass – the more of it there is, the more effectively it can keep things cool, including itself. The less of it, the faster it disappears.
Thus, the global warming, and especially the melting of the glacial ice we are observing, is mainly the natural aftermath of Noah's flood. This is not to say that some of mankind's practices do not contribute to an increase in the rate of the natural warming, but the ice just has to melt, and there is not much we can do to stop it. Even if mankind united and did all they could to eliminate as much pollution as possible, the glacial ice will still keep melting at an exponentially increasing rate until it is pretty much all gone except at the poles which don't receive much warming from the sun.
"The earth, now being without its heat-equalizing system, is affected with intense heat whenever the sun is in such a position as to send its rays through the least thickness of atmosphere as is the case at noonday, when the sun shines straight down instead of on a slant; and with even intenser heat whenever there is a density of atmosphere, such as is caused by humidity and low altitude; whereas conditions opposite to these, bring an opposite extreme. The fluctuating, uncomfortable atmospheric extremes brought about by the flood, are just another of the results of the curses which followed man's unbelief in divine warnings and reproofs, and his disobedience to God's commandments.
"This adverse derangement of Nature's thermostat, with the resultant uncomfortable condition on earth, ... cry out not only for a new earth, but also for a new heaven." – Ibid. p. 25.
Some proponents of the common global warming theories are predicting that the ocean levels will rise and other threatening conditions are soon to occur. The question then is, will it be long before the predicted adverse conditions become particularly noticeable (if they truly will)? This can be understood somewhat by taking into consideration how long the ice sheets have been in existence. That is, have they been around tens or hundreds of thousands, or even millions (or billions) of years, or only since Noah's flood – about 4,500 years ago? This is important to know, for it is by the answer to this that we are able to better evaluate what we have already observed about the melting of the ice sheets over their discernible histories.
Some who believe that there have been multiple ice ages place the last one at 10,000-20,000 years ago (more than two to four times the length of time from the flood). Thus they attribute the receding of the ice sheets from their greatest extent (about 1/3 of the northern hemisphere) to their present state to a much slower process.
But when we consider the great thickness of the ice sheets before they began to melt, and how much of them is gone in just the 4,500 years since the flood, we should not be surprised to see a seemingly rapid breakdown of the remaining ice sheets for there isn't all that much of them left, relatively speaking.
So while this explains the major factor in global warming and the melting of the glacial ice, it does not excuse man's polluting of the earth, nor lessen the impact of such upon the environment.
As a side note, the loss of the "waters above the firmament" (a.k.a., the "vapor canopy") has affected more than just earth's temperature. It has also brought a change in the levels of carbon-14 saturation which is used to date things. Carbon Dating is described as follows:
"Carbon-14 has a half-life of 5730 years and would have long ago vanished from Earth were it not for the unremitting cosmic ray impacts on nitrogen in the Earth's atmosphere, which forms more of the isotope...
"The highest rate of carbon-14 production takes place at altitudes of 9 to 15 km (30,000 to 50,000 ft), and at high geomagnetic latitudes, but the carbon-14 spreads evenly throughout the atmosphere and reacts with oxygen to form carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide also permeates the oceans, dissolving in the water. For approximate analysis it is assumed that the cosmic ray flux is constant over long periods of time; thus carbon-14 is produced at a constant rate and the proportion of radioactive to non-radioactive carbon is constant... In 1958 Hessel de Vries showed that the concentration of carbon-14 in the atmosphere varies with time and locality." Wikipedia (an online encyclopedia), art. "Carbon Dating."
While the "waters above the firmament" were there, the amount of carbon-14 that was produced was different than what is observed today. Thus, when things which existed prior to the flood are dated using carbon-14 dating the results are not at all accurate because the above stated assumption that there has always been a "constant rate" for the production of carbon-14 is simply not true, not being reflective of the change which occurred when those waters fell to the earth. That is, though the production of carbon-14 itself may be "constant," it was of a different "constant" before the flood than it is today. Therefore, as many of those who propagate the common global warming theories rely heavily on Carbon Dating to support their ideas, while at the same time denying that the flood ever occurred (in spite of the fact that a vast majority of the ancient civilizations worldwide tell of one), and as such dating is greatly affected by the changes caused by the flood, their conclusions cannot be trusted.
Of this situation it is written,
"There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying,
"'Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.'
"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished." 2 Peter 3:3-6.
From this we learn that "in the last day" there will be people who deny that Noah's flood has happened. In doing this, they blind themselves to the true science underlying the global warming and melting ice phenomena.
Therefore, let us not be led into presumptuous conclusions by those who are "willingly ... ignorant" of the true history of this earth, and especially of Noah's flood. We are truly to see changes in the environment as we approach Christ's second coming and the establishment of His everlasting kingdom. But we must keep things in context that we not be blown about by every wind of doctrine.
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28.