With the impact and death toll of Hurricane Matthew increasing by the minute, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation many are holding their breaths and wondering if it could get any worse. With the death toll in Haiti alone approaching 900, not including the lives lost across the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the south eastern coastal region of the United States. In addition to the inestimable loss of lives are the millions of people left without electricity, the irrecoverable property damage incurred and the resulting catastrophic flooding. As the world tries to come to grips with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Matthew, the attention of many is being drawn to the issue of climate change. Calling it the worst and most powerful Atlantic storm in roughly a decade, scientists and meteorologists are saying that nothing can account for such a cataclysmic storm but climate change, and that, if nothing is done to address and significantly slow the pace of climate change, more of the same and even worse than Hurricane Matthew can be expected. A few headlines from prominent media outlets read: “Hurricane Matthew looks a lot like the future of climate change,”1 Hurricane Matthew’s Strength is yet another climate change indicator,”2 and “Did climate change bring Hurricane Matthew, hard to say. But it makes storm surge worse.”3
Bible prophecy clearly indicates that in the last days of earth’s history there will catastrophic weather occurrences. The Bible is also clear that Satan, so far as God allows can himself manipulate the weather (Ephesians 2:2; Job 1:12, 19) or do so through his human instrumentalities. “Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows.”4 “You hear of calamities by land and by sea, and they are constantly increasing. What is the matter? The Spirit of God is taken away from those who have the lives of men in their hands, and Satan is coming in to control them, because they give themselves to his control…and as Satan is a destroyer, he works through those men and they make mistakes; and they will get drunk, and because of intemperance, many times bring these terrible calamities upon us. And see the storms and tempests. Satan is working in the atmosphere.”5
Satan’s purpose in bringing deadly weather occurrences is to firstly take away the lives of men and women who have not given their lives to Christ so they will no longer have the opportunity to do so, secondly, to destroy the people of God who have given themselves to the work of rescuing souls from Satan’s grasp, and thirdly, to accomplish his agenda of having all the world despise the laws of God, substituting in their place the laws of man, so that he will receive worship. “While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he [Satan] will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast… It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced.”6
Since Hurricane Matthew and the devastation it has brought is being blamed on climate change, there is a push, not only from the scientific community, but also from religionists and politicians that action must be taken now on climate change or these types of disasters will become very frequent. Besides Al Gore, the person campaigning the most aggressively on behalf of combating climate change, who happens to be both a religious and political figure, is Pope Francis, who has dedicated an entire encyclical on the subject, wherein he gives his “moral” solution to address climate change, which is government-enforced Sunday rest. From the encyclical, he writes, “On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world…The law of weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day, ‘so that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your maidservant, and the stranger, may be refreshed’ (Ex 23:12). Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And so the day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.”7
In reiteration of the above quote from The Great Controversy, catastrophic events will intensify as well as increase in frequency until the people begin to cry for the strict observance of Sunday, which is an invention and thus the very child of the Papacy. Pope Francis has been busily meeting with and gathering individuals from the political, music/entertainment, scientific and religious arenas to join in the cry for climate change response, and respond they have! Ironically, just before Hurricane Matthew struck, Leonardo DiCaprio’s film on climate change, “Before the Flood” debuted;8 coincidental or carefully planned orchestration? It must not be forgotten that DiCaprio met with Pope Francis in early 2016 to discuss solutions for climate change. Additionally, the timing of the ratification of the Paris climate change agreement must be taken into account. From BBC News, “The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world’s first global agreement… The Paris deal has raced through the UN ratification process in double-quick time. It took eight years to get the previous Kyoto Protocol agreed ‒ and that was nowhere near as comprehensive.”9 This agreement is set to take effect in November of this year.
It is evident that Stan and his agents are moving at lightening speed to accomplish their agenda, the enforcement of the Mark of the Beast, mandatory Sunday observance; the question is, are we improving the time and opportunities given us to make sure we have the seal of the living God in our foreheads? Are we sharing with others, how they too can have that experience and how they can be aware of Satan and his devices so they can stay clear of them? I pray God that we will be found having a shelter when the greatest storm, which is coming, relentless in its fury, will break upon the earth.
4. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 590
5. White, Ellen. Selected Messages, Book 2 (1958), page 51
6. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), pages 589 and 590