Earthquakes are mentioned in the Bible and this article will focus on earthquakes and the bible.
When I was an older child, my brother and I were outside playing when we felt the ground underneath us tremble. We did not know what was going on until our folks told us that we had experienced a tremor. I thought then if that was a tremor then what was an earthquake like.
There was a great earthquake when Jesus died on the cross. In Chapter 27 of the book of Matthew we read of an astounding event that is largely ignored by most ministries.
50. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51. And, behold , the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake , and the rocks rent ; 52. And the graves were opened ; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose , 53. And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54. 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 , Truly this was the Son of God."
These verses tell us that when Jesus allowed Himself to die on the cross, there was an earthquake. This is just one example of earthquakes and the Bible. After the resurrection, other people were also resurrected and appeared unto many.
This is the most astounding event in the history of man but it gets very little mention in the media or by clergy. The point being is that the sequence of events that led to the resurrection began with an earthquake and ended with an earthquake.
We read in Matthew 28 1. After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
This is just one example of how earthquakes and the bible are connected. There are other earthquakes mentioned in scripture but let's focus on the scripture that concerns our modern day world.
So far in 2010 we have had 2 major earthquakes: one in Haiti and the other in Chile. Over 250 lesser earthquakes have struck this year.
When the disciples asked what would the sign of Jesus coming be and how would the world end? Concerning signs of His retrun, Jesus replied in Mark 13 8. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows."
Jesus explained that earthquakes would be just the beginning of sorrows as the age of grace approached its end. This means there are worse things to come for this world. There are many translations of the bible that read "these are the beginning of birth pangs" instead of "sorrows".
When a woman is pregnant, she will experience birth pangs as the fetus becomes larger and nearer birth. The closer a woman is to giving birth, the fast and more violent the birth pangs become.
Following that logic, then if earthquakes are just the beginning of birth pangs, then they should be happening more frequently and becoming more violent as the end of the age and the return of Christ approaches. Are earthquakes becoming more frequent and more violent than they have in past?
Hal Lindsey did a study on this in 2008 and featured a commentary about this on his show. He certainly believes earthquakes and the Bible are connected. View the clip below and you will see the evidence that earthquakes are becoming more frequent and more violent. Which means what we have seen so far in 2010 is going to get worse down the road.
What can the world expect from a future earthquake? The Bible tells us in the book of Revelation of some very bad ones that will fall upon this planet.
In Revelation Chapter 6 we read, 12. I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13. and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16. They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17. For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
The earthquake in these verses of scripture fit the description of a nuclear weapon being detonated yet the world knows it is a judgment of God as the question is being asked, "Who can hide us from the wrath of the Lamb?" Of course, the Lamb being referred to here is Jesus Christ but Jesus is not acting like a lamb, He is being the King of all and is executing judgment on an unbelieving world.
There is another great earthquake mentioned in the book of Revelation,
, 7. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying , It is done . 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 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 .
This earthquake literally brings the entire world to its knees. This earthquake causes the cities to fall, the mountains to crumble, and the islands to sink. This is the Big One and it occurs just before Christ returns to Earth with His redeemed people.
Again, this earthquake is a judgment from God on a people who are worshiping Satan himself because they have been deceived into believing the coming Antichrist is the Messiah.
Earthquakes and the Bible are very much related. Read the book for yourself.