As massive earthquake hits the Middle East, what does biblical prophecy teach us about it? Is there any connection to the ‘End of Days’?
‘7’ Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries:
7,000 Thousand Killed by a Great Earthquake:
… “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and even gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Rev. 11:13). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: This verse, taken in context, is the last verse in Revelation 11 that describes the Tribulational ministry of the two supernatural witnesses (generally believed to be either/or/and, Moses and Elijha). After the antichrist mortally slays these two witnesses, they lay out in the open – unburied for 3 ½ days. After which, a great voice from heaven calls them up from heaven saying… “Come up hither.” Verse 13 then says that at the very same hour in which they are called into heaven, there is a great earthquake killing seven thousand men. The remnant of men that were not killed by the earthquake became extremely fightened by what just happened and end up giving glory to God. Unfortunately, I don’t have statistics readily handy at my fingertips, but I am not aware of any modern era earthquake causing anywhere near 7,000 fatalities. This is a tremendous number of people to be killed. This great earthquake almost represents an exclamation point (or period) at the very end of the two wintnesses supernatural ministry. Very interestingly, this follows another biblical pattern as to the day/afternoon of when Christ was crucified, there was also an earthquake. … ‘Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truely this was the Son of God.”
Seven-fold Reference to Earthquakes:
- … “And I beheld when he had opened the sixt seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” (Rev. 6:12). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” (Rev. 6:14). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” (Rev. 8:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Rev. 11:13). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (Rev. 11:19). (Emphasis added).
- … “And there were voices and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great. 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 unto her the cup of wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” (Rev. 16:18-19). (Emphasis added).
- … “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” (Rev. 16:20). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: Even before the week of Jacob’s trouble or the Tribulation period, Christ warned mankind that the nearness of his return would be accompanied by the increasing frequency, intensity, scope and destruction of earthquakes. The references to earthquakes during the Tribulation take the destruction experienced from pre-tribulation earthquakes to a whole new, global level. Large portions of cities, and entire cities are quickly destroyed around the world. Babylon, capital of the evil empire and home to the Mystery Religion, is split into three parts and destoyed within one hour. Imagine New York City, San Francisco, London, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Hongkong or Moscow suddenly being split into three sections and totally destroyed within one hour. Yes, within one hour! The devastation would be complete and unimagineable! The cataclysmic effect of the ‘great, such-as-was-not-since-men-were-upon-the-earth-earthquake’ is to literally level mountains, destroy/submerge islands and level entire cities. I am not physical (geological) scientist, but this almost appears to represent an entire global, axis shift and/or shifting of continents. The shifting of the earth on its axis or of its continental shelves, would cause tremendous inter-continental stress on the earth’s crust. Rev.16:18-19 clearly indicates that cities in nations, around the world, fall due to this gobal, cataclysmic earthquake. There is no hiding in hills, bunkers, mountains, remote islands, high rises or any other natural or manmade shelter. Everything is flattened. Around the world. The itensity of this earthquake will most likely be off the Richter Scale (a numerical scale for expressing the magnitude of an earthquake on the basis of seismograph oscillations). The more destructive earthquakes typically have magnitudes between about 5.5 and 8.9; the scale is logarithmic and a difference of one represents an approximate thirtyfold difference in magnitude.
My hypothesis, in keeping with Biblical, mathematical accuracy and truth, is that the ‘great earthquake’ that man has never, nor will ever again experience, will probably be at the level of 10.0 (which is off of the Richter Scale shown). Why do I say 10.0? Ten (10) Biblically denotes allness or completeness in a physical way, as to things on earth. Going from 7.0 to 8.0 is a thirty-fold increase in magnitude or strength, going from 8.0 to 9.0 is yet another increase in magnitude or strength of thirtyfold, lastly, going from 9.0 to 10.0 is yet another thirtyfold increase in magnitude or strength. Therefore, going from 7.0 to 10.0 on the scale is logarithmically a 30 x 30 x 30 (27,000%) increase in magnitude or strength. This is unimaginable, unless you think of it mathematically, Biblically. Keep in mind, Seismologists (scientists who study earthquakes and what causes them) consider an earthquake between 7.0 and 8.0 to be major or severe, and capable of causing great devastation and fatalities. Someone who is an expert in the geological sciences could probably calculate what magnitude of earthquake would be required to occur to cause such cataclysmic destruction as described from the ‘greatest earthquake in mankind’s history’. If you continue to extrapolate the logarithmic slope line shown below from 8.9 to a hypothetical 10.0 on the scale, the slope line would be almost completely vertical as you near 10.0 (off the charts). An earthquake with a magnitude of destruction of 10.0 would indeed affect the whole world, not just one city on one continent. Note, Seismologists rate an earthquake just below 9.0 as ‘GREAT’, what would an earthquake of 10.0 be? Cataclysmic? Scary. I am probably not using the right or appropriate term to describe the devastating effects of a 10.0 earthquake. This is a hypothesis based on mathematics, Richter scale benchmarks and Biblical truth in the representation of numbers. I am not a Geologist or Seismologist, nor do I have any scientific training in this area. I challenge someone more skilled than myself in this discipline, to calculate the destructive power of a 10.0 earthquake (or greater, if possible). I apologize in advance if my calculation or hypothesis is wrong. My attempt is an honest attempt, once again, at trying to understand and explain something that has only been described Biblically, in a general way. Mankind did not have a Richter scale, or scientific benchmark system to measure earthquakes, back in the days of John, the Apostle. They only knew how bad an earthquake was by the amount of devastation it caused, and how much money they would have to beg from Rome, in order to rebuild.
Seven-fold References to the great city of Babylon:
- … “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (Rev. 14:8). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Rev. 17:18). (Emphasis added).
- … “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgement come.” (Rev. 18:10). (Emphasis added).
- … “And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls.” (Rev. 18:16). (Emphasis added).
- … “And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!” (Rev. 18:18). (Emphasis added).
- … “And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.” (Rev. 18:19). (Emphasis added).
- … “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” (Rev. 18:21). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: “great city” is a descriptive reference for the physical city of Babylon. This is not a descriptive reference to Mystery Religion Babylon. Babylon City is described as “great” (not in a positive sense, but in a negative sense) because of what the city does throughout the earth during the Tribulation. It serves as a home-base for the Mystery Religion of Babylon. It serves as the capital for the Babylon kingdom. The city is decked out in massive, earthly wealth and material splendor. The glory of Jesus Christ or God is not found anywhere in Babylon City. Worship of Jesus Christ and God is not found anywhere in the city. The city is home to all sorts of foul, evil/unclean spirits and likewise men. As far as the values of evil men, the great city of Babylon has it all. Everything evil can be found in Babylon City, the “great city.” Nonetheless, Babylon City is crushed within one hour during the Day of the Lord’s return. A massive, worldwide eqrthquake splits this city into three parts. The destruction so great and consuming, that smoke of her burning can be seen many miles away at sea. Businessmen and merchants don’t want to go anywhere near the “great city” because they are afraid that they might receive the same fate due to association. They lament, because their best customer just got hammered and their gravy train has ended. Thus, their profits and gain have so ended. So much for the “great city.” It was quickly thrown away and destroyed just like a giant mill-stone thrown into the sea. Never to be found again.
Seven-fold Dooms on Babylon City:
- All plagues come in one day, one hour, death, mourning, famine, burning with fire. (Rev. 18:8, 10)
- The great city is divided into three parts by the great earthquake on the Day of the Lord. (Rev. 16:19)
- No music will be heard. (Rev. 18:22)
- No craftsman (industry) will be found. (Rev. 18:22)
- No millstone (delicious dining, restaurants) will be found. (Rev. 18:22)
- No light (artificial or natural) will shine. (Rev. 18:23)
- Voice of the bridegroom and bride (marriages) will not be heard. (Rev. 18:23)
Commentary: These verses describe what happens to the capital city of an evil empire, when God brings his ‘celestial hammer of wrath’. The city gets hammered and pounded into oblivion. (Rev. 18:21) … “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” The basic things of city living disappear within an hour. An earthquake splits the city into three parts. The burning and smoke from the city can be seen for many miles offshore by sailors, and captains of vessels who transported wealth to Babylon’s docks. (Rev. 17:17). Also, kings of the world and merchants plying their merchandise with Babylon can see the smoke from her destruction and are severely pained because they know their best customer has been destroyed along with their livelihood. They are also afraid for themselves and keep their distance, in case they might receive the same wrath as Babylon. (Rev. 17:11, 17:15, 17-19).
Night Watchman Note; The ‘geniuses’ who planned and are building NEOM (Babylon) in the North Western region of Saudi Arabia, known as ‘Tabuk’ are building ‘THE GREAT CITY’ ON TOP OF THREE OF THE LARGEST TECTONIC PLATES IN THE WORLD. IMAGINE THAT! GOD WILL HAVE THE ‘LAST LAUGH.’
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city (NEOM Babylon) was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Simple ‘Theology’; Yahweh ‘Y’ has the last laugh. The Beast/Antichrist ‘split’ Jerusalem and confirmed it throughout MENA (the MANY Arabic/Muslim Nations). Jerusalem is the ‘apple of God’s eye’ and HIS ‘seat on earth’ reserved for HIM in the Third Temple. Since the Beast/Antichrist ‘split or divided’ Jerusalem, Yahweh ‘Y’ will split, divide, cut or fracture NEOM (the Great City, the Whore, the Woman that sits on 7 scarlet and purple mountains, the Last Babylon) into THREE ‘3’ PARTS from the ‘greatest ever or will be’ earthquake. Three ‘3’ denotes God’s ‘intensity and emphasis’ of the matter. Coincidence? ‘three parts’ and ‘three tectonic plates’ UNDER Neom?
Seismic Hazard Assessment for Tabuk Region, NW Saudi Arabia
Ziyad I. Al-Besher King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Received August 2013. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection 2013. Vol.1, No.3, 7-11 Published Online December 2013 in SciRes
Tectonic Setting: The Tabuk is an area located in the northwestern part of the Arabian Plate. This Plate is surrounded by three tectonic regimes; divergent, convergent, and transform. The divergent boundaries in the west and south represent the recent spreading along the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden respectively. The active convergent margin lies to the northeast in the TurkishIranian Plateau, where continental collision has given rise to this Plateau.
The most important among the tectonic features is the northwest-southeast striking faults (parallel to the Red Sea), the Gulf of Suez rift, the Najd faults system, the Aqaba fault line, and northeast-southwest and east-west trending pattern. The geology and tectonics of western Saudi Arabia is dominated by the Arabian Shield, the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden in the west-southwest.
A major continental strike-slip fault zone bounds the plate in the northwest. This is the Dead Sea Transform fault which runs from the Gulf of Aqaba through the Dead Sea and Syria into southern Turkey. A second transform boundary exists to the southeast (offshore of Oman) in the intra-oceanic Owen Fracture Zone. This boundary with the Indian Plate is the oldest and least active tectonic margin of the Arabian Plate. The tectonic pattern of the region is inherited from the basement tectonics of ancient Nubian-Arabian shield, which received its main structural imprint during the late Precambrian orogenies. The most important among the tectonic features is the northwest-southeast striking faults (parallel to the Red Sea), the Gulf of Suez rift, the Najd faults system, the Aqaba fault line, and northeast-southwest and east-west trending pattern. The geology and tectonics of western Saudi Arabia is dominated by the Arabian Shield, the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden in the west-southwest. Since the start of rifting, the Arabian plate moved northeastward from Egypt and Sudan, northward from Somalia, and rotated counterclockwise about a point in the vicinity of the Gulf of Suez. Such movement is accommodated by compression and strike-slip faulting along the Bitlis and Zagros belts, where the Arabian plate is undergoing a subduction beneath the Eurasian plate, and by strike-slip displacement along the Dead Sea transform fault. At present, the northern part of the Arabian plate moves northwestward with respect to the Eurasian plate at a rate of 20 ± 3 mm/yr.
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Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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