By Nathan Jones
How bad off will the earth be after the final three prophetic earthquakes?
In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" TWave Radio episode, Pastor Vic Batista and I will look at the third end times signs of earthquakes found in Matthew 24:7.
Three Prophetic Quakes
Vic: What are the final three of the four prophetic earthquakes?
Nathan: The second is the Sixth Seal Judgment of Revelation 6 which says a great earthquake will literally bring every mountain down and every island will be moved from its place. There will be a global earthquake in the 9.0 range that will level the earth, and it will happen near the beginning of the Tribulation.
Then we read about a third prophetic earthquake. That's when the Two Witnesses that God sends to share the Gospel with the world from Jerusalem, in the middle of the Tribulation they are going to cause a severe earthquake. A tenth of Jerusalem will collapse during that earthquake and 7,000 people will be die. The survivors will see this earthquake and they will give great glory to God because they realize that God is behind it.
Then we get to the end of the Tribulation for the fourth prophetic earthquake. That's what's called the Sixth Bowl Judgment. This is the biggest earthquake that the earth will have ever experienced. Revelation 16 says no earthquake like this Bowl Judgment quake has ever occurred since man has been on the earth. Verses 18-20 read:
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. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
The great city of Jerusalem will be split into three parts. The cities of the nations like you just listed, Chicago and Miami, will collapse. Every island will flee away. Just think, Hawaii might sink into the ocean, and the Falklands. The mountains won't even be recognizable. God will take the mountain ranges of the world like the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains and flatten them. That 's how bad the earthquakes are going to be around the world. The topography of the world by the end of the Tribulation will be unrecognizable when compared to today's maps.
During that last, dreadful earthquake, the people experiencing it will think it's the end of the world, and it is.
The closer we get to Jesus' Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation the more the world will be suffering like the last few minutes before a baby is born. That's when the wife is screaming at the top of her lungs how much she hates her husband. She's gripping his hand with an iron grip. The pain is so intense. The baby's head is crowning. It's about to come out. That's the worst of it.
Likewise, when the world gets to this Sixth Bowl Judgment earthquake, it will be like no earthquake the ever preceded it. It will be the most intense. People will be dying left and right.
God causes this great quake to judge the world for its sin. When the Two Witnesses experienced that third earthquake, Revelation says the survivors were terrified and gave great glory to the God of Heaven. That's what God is trying to do. He's trying to get people to wake up and take their souls seriously. Sometimes you have to shake up a person's life before they get serious about the eternal and give their hearts and lives over to Jesus Christ.
Vic: Of course, this is all part of God's plan leading into the Millennium. We are going to see some beautiful things that God's going to do during that following thousand years, but before that there will be tribulation.
Shaking Your Faith
Vic: These are the great signs of the end times. I believe that every year, every time we turn on the news, we just see these signs increasing in intensity, right?
Nathan: And the world will just keep on going like that. Why these earthquakes and wars around the world increasing more frequently and more intensely? It's because Jesus said they would. Like birth pains, the end times signs will come more frequently and more intensely the closer we get to Jesus' return.
Therefore, you have to ask yourself, how are you going to respond to this truth? You see the signs around you and so you know that Jesus is going to come back soon. Is your heart ready for Jesus Christ? Have you prepared your life to live with Him forever in Heaven? Or, are you willing to be separated from Him forever in Hell? You've got to make that decision before it's too late.
Vic: We always like to end with an encouraging message of hope for anyone who maybe doesn't have a relationship with the Lord. Nathan, would you share with that person how they can begin a relationship with the Lord?
Nathan: God has given us so much because he loves us so much. After all, He created us. But, we have been separated from Him because of our sin. Sin is rebellion against God. Our hearts don't want God in our lives because we want to do it on our own. But, if you look at your life, you will realize you can't do it on your own very well. Life's a mess, and we need Jesus Christ. To have eternal life we need that rebellion forgiven.
The sentence for our rebellion against God is death. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, the perfect God and man, to die on the cross for our sins. When we believe in Jesus as our Savior and we put our faith and trust in Him and ask for forgiveness for our sins, He'll forgive them and He'll save us. The death penalty is taken off of us and we know we can live forever with Him in Heaven.
We just need to accept that in our hearts by praying, "Dear, Jesus, please forgive me of my sins and be my Savior." He promises to forgive us of our sins and give us a whole new life.