Last Dec. 26, one of the greatest oceanic earthquakes (and the tsunami it produced) killed some 200,000 people surrounding the Indian Ocean. It left another 100,000 missing and presumed dead. Remarkably, on March 28 a related aftershock measured a whopping 8.7 on the Richter scale.
More and more Christians and others, including modern media, are searching the Bible to find answers to such significant modern catastrophes. Jesus Christ gave indicators of the end time, including increased earthquake activity in different places (Matthew 24:3-8 Matthew 24:3-8 3 And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
American King James Version×).
But the end time can also include the past nearly 2,000 years. The apostle John referred to it being “the last hour” in his day (1 John 2:18 1 John 2:18Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
American King James Version×). The apostle Peter said that “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7 1 Peter 4:7But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.
American King James Version×). Depending on the context, the end time can include the past nearly 2,000 years.
By simple passage of time, we are closer to the latter days of the end time than we’ve ever been. In The Good News we regularly discuss world news in the light of prophetic signs of the end time. No one can know the exact time of Christ’s return (Matthew 24:36 Matthew 24:36But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
American King James Version×), but we can know that earthquakes will continue to increase.
Remarkably, there will be an unprecedented worldwide earthquake that will shake the earth at the time Christ descends (Revelation 16:18-19 Revelation 16:18-19 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were on the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
American King James Version×). Earthquakes are natural phenomena that relate to the elasticity and temporality of the earth’s surface. Still God uses earthquakes to get humankind’s attention in hopes of turning us from our selfish ways to His unselfish service. (Source: USA Today .)