Thursday, June 23, 2011

Earthquakes- We are Living in The Last Days

Koyna Earthquake (1967)
We were in the Koyna region during the rural marketing campaign for Kinetic Engineering Limited in Feb of 1993. We experienced tremors of mild intensity. Earthquakes were very well known in this part of the region. What a magnificent experience! If you live in an area shaken by earthquakes, you feel a little ripple now and then, get a funny feeling, and then life returns to normal.
A powerful quake-measuring 7.5 on the Ritcher Scale-shook Koyna, about 115 kilometers from Poona, on December 11, 1967, claiming over 125 lives and injuring more then 1,400. It will remain etched in the collective memories of the people of Maharashtra for several reasons:

To date, it remains one of the most powerful quakes to ever rock Maharashtra.

Survivors had to undergo further trauma as aftershocks and tremors rocked the area for two more days. Bombay recorded 43 tremors, while Poona registered 100 aftershocks. Buildings in the Bombay-Poona belt developed cracks. Most deaths in the Koyna quake were caused by building collapses, hence, during these two days of aftershocks, there were several reports of citizens rushing out of their homes on to the roads at the slightest hint of a tremor.

Well, no, the massive earthquake that recently hit Japan is not in the Bible.

However, the Scriptures do tell us that earthquakes will be one of the signs of the last days.

That does not mean that God caused the earthquake in Japan. That does not mean that God is going to be causing the major earthquakes that are to come. What it does mean is that an increase in the size and frequency of earthquakes should be a sign to us that the return of Jesus Christ is getting closer.

So where in the Bible does it talk about earthquakes in the last days?

In Matthew 24:7, Jesus declared the following about the last days....

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

In Mark 13:8 we see a similar warning by the Messiah....

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

In Luke 21:11, Jesus mentioned earthquakes as a sign of the last days along with famines, pestilences and "great signs" from heaven....

There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

In the book of Revelation, it tells us that the greatest earthquake of all time will occur just before the end of the Great Tribulation. Revelation 16:18 says the following....

Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.

So what does all of this mean?

It means that we should expect more very powerful earthquakes as we get deeper into the last days.

Considering what just happened in Japan, that is a very sobering thought. Many of us will never forget the footage of the massive tsunami in Japan washing cars and homes and people across the countryside as if they were toys for children....

As bad as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan were, the truth is that a lot of stuff much worse than that is eventually headed our way.

In Matthew 24:21, Jesus tells us that the Great Tribulation will be the worst time in all of human history....

For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

When Jesus said that, He was not messing around. We are rapidly approaching a time that will be the most horrible that the world has ever seen.

Are you ready for that?

Those that don't know Jesus are not going to have any hope in the days ahead.

But that does not have to be you. The truth is that Jesus came to this earth and died for your sins. He rose from the dead and now the time of His return from heaven is drawing near.

If you will repent of your sins and give your life to Him, He will forgive your sins and will give you eternal life.

The times ahead are going to be absolutely horrible. By the time all is said and done, billions are going to die. The earth is going to be an absolute wasteland. There is going to be more suffering and more agony than during any other period of human history.

But it can be a time of great victory and adventure for you - if you know Jesus.

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