Here’s some interpretation: Robinson Meyer’s commentary on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2019 report.

Some Christians seem to think that the only revelation, or genuine prophecy, is in the Bible.

Most Christians, I’m guessing, think of “the prophets” according to Sunday school illustrations. They are wearing “Bible times” clothes, and talking in ancient language. You know, Bible language.

We probably do not give enough thought to what the prophets were like in their own context, or how they must have come across to the people of their own time and place, their contemporary [to them] audience, regular people who were simply engaged in contemporary [to them] business as usual in their own contemporary [to them] daily life context.

Just like us.

When the topic of climate change comes up, I confess I have a hard time forgetting that I have read the book of Revelation. I have a hard time suppressing the creepy sense of similarity between the predictions in those reports and the vision of opening the seventh seal.

I think … maybe “supernatural activity” does not always look supernatural. Maybe it looks super natural.

I also recall that the thing about the prophets, or so I was taught, was that they were never telling people anything that was bound to happen; that was set in stone. They were “warners.” The people always had a choice.

Just like us.


angel with trumpet and star falling to earth
“The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch …” Revelation 8:10