A Great Earthquake

What are the odds that an author of an ancient text that claims to get his “revelations” from a divine source wrote about an exact number of people that will be killed in some future terrible earthquake and it’s now in our current day that this is mentioned?

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In July 2018, Israel had several small earthquakes that raised an alarm for a possible “big one” and brought to question the preparedness of Israel for this event. 2 articles made an estimate as to the damage and loss that may come from a large earthquake like this.

The Times of Israel wrote, “Col. Itzik Bar from the IDF’s Home Front Command, put expected casualties from a major quake at 7,000 dead and 200,000 homeless.”

Similarly, The Jerusalem Post wrote, “The State Comptroller’s Office stated that according to information received by the government, the situation it needs to prepare for could result in an estimated 7,000 people killed, another 8,600 seriously injured, 37,000 lightly injured, 9,500 trapped in rubble and 170,000 left homeless.”

The question many of you may have after reading these two excerpts is “This sounds like a terrible event but why is this significant?” It’s true that earthquakes happen all over the world. There’s scientific data to propose that earthquakes are on the increase in terms of severity and frequency, so why is a possible earthquake scenario in Israel important for us to pay attention to? For those familiar with Bible prophecy and specifically Revelation 11:13, you probably understand that this is one of the many signs of the times concerning the soon rapture of the Church and the beginning of the 7 year period of time known as the tribulation.

Revelation 11:13 describes a future earthquake that will happen in Israel (specifically in Jerusalem) during the tribulation and will kill 7,000 people, “In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven” (NKJV). This earthquake occurs after the 2 witnesses have preached for 1,260 days, they are killed by the antichrist, and are then raised 3 1/2 days later.

For those that may hold a bit of skepticism that what was reported by The Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post is truly mirroring the great earthquake of Revelation 11:13, I recommend you go to my article Examining Prophecy: The 2 Witnesses as I examine the 1st century context in which Revelation was written in, the location mentioned in the prophecy, as well as specific events leading to the earthquake. I break all of it down to make a case as to why this prophecy is alluding specifically to our time period and why I believe it will be fulfilled soon.

The main question I want to leave you with is: Is this simply a coincidence, that what was written almost 2,000 years ago about an earthquake that will occur in Israel and kill exactly 7,000 people is seemingly confirmed to be possible in the near future by news sources? What are the odds that an author of an ancient text that claims to get his “revelations” from a divine source wrote about an exact number of people that will be killed in some future terrible earthquake and it’s now in our current day that this is mentioned?

What was even more amazing to me is that both sources have varying numbers in terms of how many people may be homeless from this disaster, but they both use 7,000 for those who may be killed just as stated in Revelation 11:13. In my opinion, this is a confirmation of what has been written almost 2,000 years ago.

It’s confirmation that the tribulation is right around the corner and even closer–the rapture of the church. Now more than ever, we should be paying attention to the signs all around us concerning the soon return of Jesus Christ. The prophecies concerning His first coming were literally fulfilled, and likewise, so will the prophecies concerning His 2nd coming.

These are amazing times we’re living in as we see Bible prophecy unfolding right before our eyes and the world stage being set up for the fulfillment of many prophecies. If you’re interested in other articles like these, navigate to my commentary page. Time is short, and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Make sure you’ve made the right decision about Jesus today! It will be the most important decision of your eternal life.

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This is an updated edition of a post originally published on himitsustudy.com

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Ayo is an energetic blogger striving to use his insights and God given talents to share the Gospel. Through his blog, he aspires to point skeptics of the bible to the truth of the Gospel using apologetics. His aspires to also inform others - both believer and non-believer - regarding the times we're living in preceding the Lord's soon return through the study of prophecy. He hopes to both inform his readers with facts, equip them with tools to communicate the Gospel, and offer hope and encouragement through God's Word.