http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8021450.stm / Prince Charles has addressed Italy's lower house of Parliament where he said there were now just 99 months to save the world from environmental disaster. He said that the world was like the Titanic, heading towards a melting iceberg. Prince Charles has also met Pope Benedict XVI as part of a two-day visit to Italy.
Taking this line of thinking one step further it is clear to us who believe in God, that the devil is not free to do whatever he wants; he is 100% restricted in all his actions, and can only go as far as God allows him to go. This restriction is very well illustrated in the book of Job where the limitations to Satan's actions are set by God not by Satan himself. So before Satan can start a war or send a pandemic or cause an economic collapse the command must be given to him by God from on high. Lamentations 3:37, 'Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? Satan may have some freedom in how he executes these plans, as for example in the case of Job; God allowed Satan to do certain things but did not specify how he should do them. Such judgmental commands are given by God only when man's evil reaches a certain level and even then he would rather see us repent and be saved than be destroyed. Lam. 3:32But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. 33For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. However except for the case of Nineveh in Jonah’s time, I do not know of any other biblical example of a whole people repenting and changing and thus avoiding God’s judgment. So when judgment does go forth, is it just instantaneous and catches everyone without warning? No, God incessantly warns us long before judgment begins, and sends judgment only as a last resort, and then only in waves not all at once.