And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.Luke 21:11
Since the incident of a massive undersea volcanic eruption that took place a few days ago, I’ve been refraining myself from speaking on this matter. The last time I spoke about cosmic disturbances as prophesied in the Scripture, I was literally stamped by a group people as demonic and being accused of attempting to cause fear by twisting Biblical truth. Friends who know me, knows what I am talking about. I’m never short of controversy myself, as I often question science, facts and matters related to geographic abnormalities.
There are many verses in the Bible that speak about earthquakes during the last days but Luke 21:11 in the King James Version (KJV), is the one that caught my attention. And it could not have been more accurate in its words, ” And great earthquakes shall be in divers places …”. The word “divers” is an old term used to refer to as being “diverse” or many places. The translation in KJV states clearly that earthquakes shall be happening in many places, including in the midst of the ocean, as what transpired near Tonga a few days ago.
No, I’m not going to go into details of the tragedy at Tonga. Almost every news agency in every country already had something published about this. Instead, I would like to describe a little concerning the significance of earthquakes as mentioned in the Bible.
In Mark 13:8 Jesus said, “for nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows (or birth pains in other translations). In Revelation 11:13, “And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven”. Also in Revelation 16:18, “And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake”. And the list goes on.
In world news, we will read these earthquake incidents as unavoidable crisis from mother nature. Politicians will then blame the causes on climate change. But for Bible believers, since long ago we have been made to understand the message between the lines; that these are signs and wonders from heaven indicating that mankind is edging closer to the day of the return of their true King.
What more in Isaiah 13:13, “Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the Lord of hosts in the day of his fierce anger”. We have been cautioned that the arrival of these climate events will be realistic representations telling us that the last days are not going to be as rosy as many would think or like it to be.
However, I’m not of the opinion that the tragedy at Tonga is anywhere near prophecy at its peak yet. Looking at other verses in the Bible, the outcome of a full scale end times event would have had far greater catastrophic consequences as the Bible said that every island will flee away, and no mountains shall be found (Revelation 16:20).
And Christ instructed us therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect (Matthew 24:44). So, bunkers anyone or let’s prepare our dining tables for more merry to share with our friends? What you choose to do with this information is entirely your choice, your option. But please be reminded the Bible did not write all these down to scare us, but to prepare us.