Battlefield Earth

battlefield earth

“There was war in heaven.
Michael and His angels fought against the dragon,
and the dragon, and his angels, fought back.
But he was not strong enough,
and they lost their place in heaven.”

Revelation 12:7, 8

While the weapons of the “Cosmic War” are spiritual and not “carnal,” casualties of the “Great Controversy” between good and evil are deadly. What started as pride, festering in the heart of Lucifer, a created being of beauty, vested with trusted power as he walked in the shadow of God.

What started as pride, jealousy and envy, took root and evolved into hatred of his creator and God’s love-based government. Seeing himself as the equivalent, or even superior to his creator, this malice-based master deceiver instigated an insurrection against God and His government. With insidious cunning, Lucifer charged the all-powerful creator as unfair and unjust. One-third of heaven’s angels believed his lies.

Had the all-powerful God reacted by wiping out the rebellion and destroying the rebels, all other created beings of the Universe would have been left wondering if Lucifer’s accusations had been true. Instead, the perfect God of love, confined Lucifer, now Satan, to a “tiny blue dot” in cosmic space where his nefarious ways could play out to what would be a disastrous conclusion.

Planet Earth was the confinement site. The first humans were warned of the master deceiver on the loose in their presence. But they forgot God’s warning and ate the forbidden fruit. They didn’t die immediately but the human genome had been corrupted by the sin virus that would plague the future of all descendants.

Earth had become the site for the battle for human souls in the Cosmic War between good and evil. The death consequence of sin surfaced in Adam and Eve’s own family. Cain, in a fit of rage, killed Abel, his own brother. The wages of the sin infected in mankind by Satan, had begun to show itself, early in mankind’s tortured history. Every living human faces the agony of physical death in family, friends, and eventually in person. Life is destroyed by wars, famines and disease brought on by greed, hate and the lust for power and wealth as well as a genetic code corrupted by virus parasites that latch on to the human genome, assuring future generates inherit debilitating illnesses.

The “little blue dot,” floating regally in sync with a universe in motion, has changed radically in 6,000 years. The Mideast marked a landmark moment when human civilization emerged in full glory. The Fertile Crescent appears to be home base for Homo sapiens global spread—in all directions. Conjecture that human life originated somewhere in Africa is less than persuasive.

The human hand, motivated by deficient character, leads the parade of predatory culprits responsible for the ecological crisis. Thanks to skillful use managing the multiple bounties of agriculture, global population had grown to an estimated 170 million by first century AD—the era of Christ’s spiritual ministry. Fifteen centuries later, human population had exploded to an estimate 500 million—a leap in time and space but only a hint of things to come. By century 21, that estimate had increased 14 times leaving more than 7 billion pairs of human feet walking the face of Planet Earth.

Brilliant human skill cannot conquer death, the wages of sin. Sin does more than destroy human life. It attacks what had been a perfect environment and balanced ecosystem. Global warming advances with crushing certainty.

 

The Global Ice Melt

The ice age caused sea levels to drop 250 feet. This left a 600-mile corridor connecting Siberia with North America, enabling adventurous humans to find homes in North and South America. Sea levels rose with the ice melt.

“Twenty years ago, an area of ice thought to weigh almost 500bn tonnes dramatically broke off the Antarctic continent and shattered into thousands of icebergs into the Weddell Sea.

“The 1,255-sq-mile (3,250-sq-km) Larsen B ice shelf was known to be melting fast but no one had predicted that it would take just one month for the 200-metre-thick behemoth to completely disintegrate.

“Glaciologists were shocked as much by the speed as by the scale of the collapse. “This is staggering. It’s just broken apart. It fell over like a wall and has broken as if into hundreds of thousands of bricks”, said one.

“This week, ice scientists meeting in New Orleans warned that something even more alarming was brewing on the West Antarctic ice sheet – a vast basin of ice on the Antarctic peninsula. Years of research by teams of British and American researchers showed that great cracks and fissures had opened up both on top of and underneath the Thwaites glacier, one of the biggest in the world, and it was feared that parts of it, too, may fracture and collapse possibly within five years or less.


“Thwaites makes Larsen B look like an icicle. It is roughly 100 times larger, about the size of Britain, and contains enough water on its own to raise sea levels worldwide by more than half a metre. It contributes about 4% of annual global sea level rise and has been called the most important glacier in the world, even the “doomsday” glacier. Satellite studies show it is melting far faster than it did in the 1990s.”
 Scientists Watch Giant ‘doomsday’ Glacier in Antarctica with Concern, The Guardian, January, 2022

Ocean acidity has increased twenty-five percent in two centuries, sea levels have risen eight inches in a century, while nearly half of Arctic ice has melted in fifty years. Fierce hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods remind humans that tampering with nature’s ecosystem comes with consequences.

Earth managed to survive several thousand years of human occupancy and exploitation but inevitably, it became clear wear and tear on Earth’s delicate ecosystem came with a cost. Forests that had provided fuel for fire, began disappearing as recently as 300 years ago. Facing this shrinking source of energy, carbon locked up in fossil fuels coal, oil, and gas, came to the rescue—but at an unforeseen price. Carbon released by fossil fuels pollutes the atmosphere, causing a devastating, negative impact on climate, hastening upset of a balanced ecosystem.

Archaeological records picture families, growing into tribes, with mini-kingdoms, crowning egocentric, would-be kings. These make-believe monarchs, lead multitudes of human pawns to their deaths, locked in hate-sponsored combat. Waving colorful banners, the quest for a fleeting moment of “power” and imagined “glory” evaporates like a whiff of methane, touched by a match. Human lives disappear, destroyed by surrender to the routine ritual of man’s unspeakable cruelty to other humans.

Ozymandias, real or imagined, symbolized the futility of mankind’s pride, greed, and hate-inspired discrimination.

“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert…Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Despite threshold moments of achievement, civilization drifts in a bleak direction. Legislative action, military victories or scientific breakthroughs are unlikely solutions. Nature speaks the last word when confronted with man-made exploitations. Negative consequences emerge.

Pandemics, catastrophic climate changes, street violence, deteriorating financial systems, earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, corrupt governments, starvation, relentless wars and “rumors of war,” floods, fires, mass murders, contaminated air, polluted water, droughts, vanishing aquifers, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, religious and political persecutions, cruel and inhuman suffering inflicted on humanity by evildoers and the killing power of an atomic bomb, triggered by some future unhinged tyrant.

Locked in a struggle for survival, many become vulnerable to “…a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” PROVERBS 14:12. Feeling lack of hope, the strongest human hearts “fail them for fear.”

Isaiah predicted decline of the environment while pointing to a solution. “The earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.” Isaiah 51:6, 7 The solution was secured by a promise made by the Messiah. “Jesus said, ‘I will make all things new.’ Revelation 21:5

Warren LeRoi Johns

Cosmic War: Battlefield Earth

The Moment Time Began

Music background by Ronnie Booth

“We are destroying speculations
and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of
God, and we are taking every thought captive
to the obedience of Christ…”
2 Corinthians 10:5

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…”
2 Corinthians 10:5

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