"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is at hand.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Evidence: Earthquakes Foretell Tribulation
Jesus predicted that prior to His return, there would be an increase of large earthquakes worldwide.
While earthquakes have been a part of human history since the dawn of time, large earthquakes have been increasing in frequency and ferocity in recent decades.
His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world? (Matthew 24:3) Jesus answered “…There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.” (Matt 24:7) “There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands.” (Luke 21:11) “…There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world” (Mark 13:8).
Large quakes affecting a variety of regions generated a cost of $218B in disaster relief in 2010 which was the highest number in decades. (Source: AFP)
The Bible also speaks of tsunamis taking place in the same context of the end times. Jesus stated in Luke 21:25: “And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides“. Two of the greatest tsunamis (or tidal waves) in history took place in the previous 7 years.
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries and caused $14 billion dollars of damage. The waves were an estimated 30 meters (100 feet) tall when they slammed into Indonesia. (Source: Wiki)
The 2011 Great Earthquake of Japan generated a giant tsunami that killed over 15,000 people and destroyed 125,000 buildings in northeastern Japan. It is estimated to become the most costly natural disaster in human history. (Source: Reilly, Michael “Japan’s quake updated to magnitude 9.0″)
Unfortunately the trend of large earthquakes in the pacific rim will continue to create the potential for future tsunamis.
Clearly there is strong evidence to show that large earthquakes are on the increase in a variety of regions around the world. The evidence presented above reflects that in recent times, large earthquakes are becoming more commonand have caused catastrophic damage. Incidentally, the trend of increasing large earthquakes referenced by Jesus has taken place simultaneously with the other signs mentioned in the Bible. Jesus stated that when we saw all of these things taking place, we would know that his return was very near.