It is good for me to go public with something that has been churning in my heart for over a year. I know there will be some who easily slough off what I am suggesting but I am willing to risk the embarrassment of being labeled a fanatic. If it were only this one issue I am disclosing to pinpoint our attention I might keep silent. Yet when I couple my observations about increasing earthquakes with the other elements briefly mentioned, I cannot help but to sense strongly that the summation of this age is much closer than we are acknowledging. Persecution and beheadings of Christians are increasing at a furious pace (Revelation 20:4). Foundational human love is being replaced on an epic scale with lawlessness, narcissistic self-love, cruelty, lust and violence (Matthew 24:12; 2 Timothy 3:1-4). The professing church is clearly being diluted by the manifold ism’s of human philosophy as a widespread abandonment of Jesus Christ & biblical loyalty occurs simultaneously (Matthew 24:10). Wars continue and many global international pieces are aligning for climactic end-of-the-age wars are coming together (Matthew 24:7). Something is afoot.
And then there is the issue of earthquakes. They are increasing. Jesus said that this would be a characteristic of the time period that precedes His return. Yes, earthquakes have always been with us but something distinct is occurring in recent years. Below is a list of earthquakes across the globe. These earthquakes are only the ones which have occurred in the month of May 2015. Yes, that’s right. All of these have occurred this month.
May 1: A magnitude 6.8 earthquake – Papua New Guinea
May 3: Another earthquake, magnitude 6.0, struck Papua New Guinea
May 5: A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea
May 7: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck offshore of Papua New Guinea
May 12: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Nepal
May 12: A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Japan
May 15: A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Indonesia
May 19: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
May 19: A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga
May 20: A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck offshore of the Solomon Islands
May 22: Another earthquake, magnitude 6.9, struck offshore of the Solomon Islands
May 24: A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
May 24: A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga
May 29: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck offshore of Alaska
April of 2015 held fifteen more earthquakes. March had twelve. January and February held a combined seventeen more earthquakes. By the way, these are only the earthquakes which measured 6.0 or above on the Richter scale. In reality, there have already been over 4,700 earthquakes this year across the planet. In 2014 there were 16,674 total, the highest recorded number of them since 2005.
On Sunday June 14th I will be sharing the final message in my current sermon series, “What Is God Like?” This last installment will come from Matthew 24 where Jesus teaches us what signs to expect before His return. The name of the message will be “The Finisher”. In the end, all that Jesus proclaimed will prove to be true. He is sending all of us the signals that we are close. How close? Nobody truly knows.
But it is becoming increasingly clear that we are closer than we have ever been before. Not simply because time is moving forward but because the Son of God is firing off some obvious flares to signal the end of the race is near.
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