Each hour now, it seems, reports inform that our world convulses with war-making and rumors of even more intense conflicts to come. Societies and culture wars are shaking the planet, from Greece and other points east, because of socioeconomic upheaval. Our own nation is deliberately, intentionally rocked by one riotous protest followed by the next. Jesus’ words, issued through His pronouncements while upon Mount Olivet nearly 2,000 years ago, echo through the canyons of time to cause today’s prophecy-seismometers to quiver in forewarning.
That shaking is–just as Jesus foretold–manifesting in these closing days of the age in the form of earthquakes in various places around the world.
While the Lord was prophesying what will be taking place during the Tribulation–the last seven years of human history just before He returns at Armageddon–He also indicated that we who are believers should look up and lift up our heads when we see these earthquakes (and all other signs He gave in the Olivet Discourse) begin to come to pass (Luke 21:28). Jesus was saying that we can know when the time of His coming is very near when we see these signals occurring.
I remember vividly when my aunt came to stay with us in central Arkansas for a time in 1964. That year, she was a victim of one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. The anchorage, Alaska, earthquake caused massive damage and sent survivors like my Aunt Katie scattering southward to relatives because their homes had been destroyed, many of the structures completely swallowed by the fissures that opened on that fateful day.
Her recounting of what she and others went through was riveting. The topography was changed in ways that were nothing short of phenomenal. Entire sections of the city and countryside were swallowed, while others were lifted high into the air, as if cliffs were suddenly created from which the homes now looked down on the rest of Anchorage.
A shaking that was even more profound, I think, just took place in the land of the highest mountains in the world. Nepal suffered death and devastation–and continues to suffer immensely in loss of human life and devastation for those who have no place to go, many sleeping on the open ground of that still-frigid land.
While the earthquake in Nepal didn’t officially reach the same high seismic reading as the Anchorage earthquake, the nature of the quake was record-setting in other ways, I think it is obvious. The highest mountain in the world literally was caused to be brought lower by the tremendous shaking.
Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is a little closer to losing its title. Data from Europe’s Sentinel-1A radar suggests that the famous mountain is about 3 centimetres shorter, product of the strong quake. The fault between the Indian and the Eurasian tectonic plates was responsible for the devastation in Nepal but also led to a relaxation of the planet’s crust. Roger Bilham, in a conversation with Huffington Post, said the process is similar to relaxing an eraser that had been squeezed. “Let it go and it shrinks back to its original shape.” (“Mount Everest Shrinks after Devastating Quake. Find Out Why.” The Weather Network, Rodrigo Cokting, Staff writer, Sunday May 3, 2015)
Apparently, the whole planet felt the changes that took place in those few minutes of quaking to one degree or another. It seems as if the Lord might have reached down and grabbed that most famous mountain to gave it a shaking between thumb and index finger: “Pay Attention!” I wonder if that wasn’t the implied, prophetic message: “This is just how fragile is your rebellious hold on this little ball.”
Might Mt. Everest’s shaking have been forewarning that God’s judgment and wrath are building, and that there are much bigger shakings to come in order to, finally, make those who are determined to wrest control from God, Himself, let go of their Antichrist, anti-God plans for Planet Earth?
Certainly, Bible prophecy speaks to that kind of shaking just before Jesus Christ breaks through the darkness of Armageddon to reclaim earth.
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. 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 the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. (Revelation 16:17-19)
The Lord Jesus will, Himself, create an earthquake of monumental magnitude. It will literally reshape the entire planet in preparation for His one-thousand-year reign: the millennial kingdom.
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (Zechariah 14: 4)
God’s Word says that the whole earth groans in travail like a woman about to give birth until now, awaiting the Lord’s return to make all things right. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!