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What happened to the forests of Arabia?

Credit: Chasing Donguri/Flckr/Creative Commons

Credit: Chasing Donguri/Flckr/Creative Commons

Maybe the activists aren’t wrong, maybe man is to blame for Climate Change. But maybe we can’t finger CO2 emissions as the reason.

There is a lot of fear mongering going on about what will happen if we don’t reduce CO2 emissions and one of the dire consequences is drought such as suggested by an article, Global Warming Will Intensify Drought, Says New Study, in the very left-leaning English newspaper, The Guardian.

Of course, other articles claim the exact opposite saying that man-made global warming will cause flooding because of increased rain. An article in the Montreal Gazette laid the blame for the flooding that hit the Canadian province Quebec last year on man-made Global Warming.

For global warming elitists it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Global warming causes every type of weather event under the sun, who cares if they end up contradicting themselves.

Even the recent cold snap in the southern US was blamed on man-made Global warming. Of course, some have realized the irony and are trying to rename Global Warming as Climate Change. But nothing has changed about this theory other than slapping a bit of lipstick on it.

Nevertheless the Bible does speak of dramatic weather changes and seems to lay the blame on man as well.

Scientists have found remnants of a massive forest that once covered the Arabian desert. They believe the climate changed about 10,000 years ago killing off all the trees

Now they can’t blame this climate change on SUVs and CO2, so what happened?

When we turn to the Bible, the Prophet Isaiah speaks of an ancient forest existing in Arabia. For the record, Isaiah prophesied about 2,700 years ago, between 740 BC and 686 BC:

13 The burden upon Arabia.

In the forest (ya’ar) in Arabia shall ye lodge,
O ye travelling companies of Dedanim. (Isaiah 21:13 NKV)

In this verse, Isaiah talks about forests which is the Hebrew word “ya’ar.” Now some Bible versions, such as the New American Standard Version (NASV), translated the word as thickets and did it largely because no forests exist in this area today.

But Isaiah uses the same word in another verse where “ya’ar” clearly referred to a forest full of trees and even the NASV that translated “ya’ar” as thicket in Isaiah 21:13, translates the same word as forest in Isaiah 7:2:

When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “The Arameans have camped in Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest (ya’ar) shake with the wind. (Isaiah 7:2 NASV)

Some argue if the prophet intended the word to refer to a forest in chapter 7, that he intended the same meaning in chapter 21.

So if a forest once covered the Arabian desert during Isaiah’s day, confirmed by science, what happened?

A hundred years after Isaiah, the prophet Jeremiah pops on to the scene and he prophesied about a drought affecting Arabia:

“Lift up your eyes to the bare heights and see;
Where have you not been violated?
By the roads you have sat for them
Like an Arab in the desert,
And you have polluted a land
With your harlotry and with your wickedness.
“Therefore the showers have been withheld,
And there has been no spring rain.
Yet you had a harlot’s forehead;
You refused to be ashamed. (Jeremiah 3:1-2 NASV)

Jeremiah says the spring rains would no longer come and this was due to the harlotry and sin of the people.

Did the forest that existed in Isaiah’s day die off because of the drought prophesied by Jeremiah? If so this climate change was man-made as God stopped the rains because of man’s sin.

Note one more element of this prophecy, Jeremiah says their sin had polluted the land. The sin was so wide-spread, it seems to have literally soaked into the dirt.

In a warning to Israel, Moses told Israel that if they sinned, the land would spew (vomit) them out (Leviticus 18:28) as it did its earlier inhabitants. This seems to suggest that as sin builds up in a country, it eventually reaches a point when the land and climate turn against its inhabitants.


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