Previously, we have thought of the havoc caused by volcanos and earthquakes. In order to explain them, people often refer to them as ‘acts of God’, whereas they ought to remind us that we are part of a fallen world. When sin entered the world through Adam’s sin, the entire creation was affected. Paul wrote: ‘For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now’, Romans chapter 8 verse 2. It is little wonder, therefore, that we read of earthquakes throughout the Bible.
Nowhere is this more true than in the last book in the Bible; namely, REVELATION. It tells us in graphic terms of a coming time, when God judges men for their rejection of Him and His offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. EARTHQUAKES will increase in their number and intensity: ‘And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great EARTHQUAKE, such A MIGHTY AND GREAT EARTHQUAKE AS HAD NOT OCCURRED SINCE MEN WERE ON THE EARTH’, Revelation chapter 16 verses 18, 21.
It is almost impossible to find words to describe the ferocity of this earthquake. It will surpass anything that the world has endured in the past. The Lord predicted it, when He said through Haggai, the prophet, ‘Once more (it is a little while), I will shake the heaven and the earth, the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all nations’, Haggai chapter 2 verses 6-7. This will truly be described as ‘an act of God’! Thankfully, I, for one, will not experience it. When it happens, I will already be in the glory of heaven, along with all those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
Will you also be in that place of eternal peace and security?