‘The earth also is polluted under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the Law, violated the statute, and broken the everlasting covenant’- Isaiah 24:5-6.
The earth’s waterways carry human and industrial waste to the sea, corrupting much of the life therein. Water- that basis for all life- is in shortage to an increasing world population, often defiled and undrinkable in many regions of human population. And the air is choked with pollutants of every kind, leading to ‘global warming,’ some contend. All this is affecting all flesh, all living things. Wars and insurrections are abounding, to only exacerbate the environmental situation across the globe.
The above quote from the Biblical prophet Isaiah continues: ‘Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty’ (24:6). The original Hebrew word there for ‘curse’ is allah (ki allah achla aretz), interestingly the homonym to the deity of Islam, Allah. The entire chapter 24 describes a dire and mirthless situation on the Earth due to that curse- or allah– that has spread upon it. Islam, with its Jihad– or holy war- is fomenting violence around the world, while at the same time the fastest growing religion worldwide, due to forced conversion and high birth rates, now spreading stealthily throughout Europe and the West, especially with the vacuum being created by the decline of Christianity and the rise of Secular Humanism in the West.
It is similar to the days of Noah, which are described as “the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the Earth was filled with violence” (Genesis 6:11). The Hebrew word used there for violence is hamas, which denotes violence, deceit, corruption. Hamas is the reason, according to the Bible, that G-d brought the flood upon the Earth in the days of Noah, and ‘the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually; God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth’ (6:12).
It may be less of a coincidence, and more of an indicator of the times in which we live, that one of the most violent organizations in the Islamic world is called Hamas. And the Messiah has indicated that the latter days upon the Earth before his return would be “as in the days of Noah” (Matthew 24:37).
‘The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind’ (Psalm 115:16). Therefore, let mankind now living upon the Earth take account and responsibility for these admonitions, and wisely discern the times in which we live, and “Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, that are about to die” (Revelation 3:2).