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BOOK AND BOOKLETSTruth about EARTHQUAKESWHY more earthquakes are coming—and WHERE! WHAT CAUSES them! WHAT is PROPHESIED about future earthquakes!by Albert J. Portune
are being shaken by new, sobering, almost unbelievable facts concerning
earthquakes. Recent knowledge has come to light that revolutionizes all
previous concepts. These awesome new concepts reveal a threat to human
existence that rivals the hydrogen bomb.
Something BIG and
ominous is building up deep within the earth. The sudden increase in
earth tremors — both in frequency and magnitude — has become a point of
What Science Has Discovered
Perry Byerly, former professor of seismology at the University of
California, recently stated: "Something world-wide is going on, but it
is hard to say just what it is ... we don't know what. But great forces
are at work in relative patterns, trying to pull our continents in one
direction or another. This is due to something below, a great STRAIN
that is accumulating____"
Graphic testimony of this growing concern is evidenced by what occurred in Chile, in South America.
suddenly out of the gray dawn of Saturday, May 21, I960 erupted the
most devastating and catastrophic series of earthquakes ever recorded
on earth! Within hours an area as large as the state of New York —as
large as all England!—was completely destroyed. four thousand persons
lay dead! Another thousand lay dying, their plaintive cries for aid
going unheeded in the twisting chaos about them. Thousands of other
injured were trapped beneath the growing wreckage of collapsed
buildings, bricks and mortar dust!
This was Concepcion, third
largest city in Chile. Here, and in other major cities in the narrow
2,000-miIe-long country, began a ten-day era of terror and a series of
events that defy the imagination.
When the first huge temblor shook Concepcion, large industrial hub of the country,
of the city's buildings collapsed. Hundreds of factory workers and
residents poured into the streets! By evening 138 dead were counted and
thousands were praying in the streets that the worst had passed.
noon the following day, courage and hope returned and the majority of
the populace began picking its way around in the rubble. At 3:05 p.m.
the ground again heaved and nine minutes later—at 3:14 p.m. — the
mightiest earthquake ever recorded on seismographic equipment shook the
Pacific strand of Chile like a rag doll.
High in the Andes the
devastating tremors triggered mountain slides and avalanches, burying
entire villages, highways and railroads. Rivers, dammed by rockslides,
flooded other helpless hamlets.
In the Gulfs of Corcovado and
Ancud, whole islands disappeared beneath the sea while other new
sections of earth thrust up above the swirling waters—creating new
New volcanoes were suddenly born —adding their spewing, red-hot lava and smoke to several old volcanoes suddenly come to life.
stark terror thousands of eyewitnesses saw an entire 25-mile strip of
coastline suddenly sink ONE THOUSAND FEET. The whole face of the land
People by the hundreds fell in terror, unable to
move from sheer fear, and from the violence of the writhing earth. "It
seemed like the end of the world ..."
the ten-day series of over one hundred earthquakes, twelve tremors
exceeded the intensity of six on the Richter scale. Six is classified
as a major earthquake. The cataclysmic shock of May 22 reached 9.2 on
the scale— the strongest earthquake ever recorded on modern
The tremendous violence of the upthrust-ing earth
sent giant seismic waves hurtling across the Pacific Ocean as fast as
520 miles per hour. Tremendous havoc and destruction came to coastal
cities as far as ten thousand miles away. Damage running into the
millions of dollars was recorded in Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, Alaska, New
Zealand, Australia and the Philippine Islands.
catastrophic earthquakes and the resultant seismic ocean waves that
occurred in Chile have made geologic history. Never before has modern
man been witness to earthquakes of such catastrophic proportions.
Seismologists and scientists have had to revise their concept of the
destructive capacity of earthquakes.
What does it all mean? Are these earthquakes a symptom of things to come? We must know!
Summary of Recent Major Earthquakes — World-wide
following summary of major earthquakes, with accompanying chart,
dramatically demonstrates the reason for alarm among scientists and
seismologists. Note the worldwide distribution of these major "quakes."
Chile, May, I960 —Area the size of New York state destroyed; $600
million damage, over 5,000 dead, 450,000 homeless, another 150,000
homes badly damaged. One tremor, at 9.2 on Richter scale, was the
strongest ever recorded on modern seismographs. Quake-spawned tidal
waves battered coast of Hawaii, Japan, Alaska, Australia and New
2. Agadir, Morocco, Feb. 29, 1960-12,000 dead; city wrecked by two earthquakes and a tidal wave.
Iran, April 24, 1960-1,500-3,000 dead as the city of Lar and
neighboring village of Gerash were completely destroyed. Two huge
tremors reduced Lar to a "billowing cloud of dust" as one observer
commented. Another said, "This is the worst scene of disaster and
devastation 7 have ever seen."
4. Algeria, Feb. 21, 1960-46 dead.
5. Peru, Jan. 13, 1960-60 dead.
Mexico—An alarming increase in earthquakes noted in Mexico City
area—over 40 during first half of August, 1959, alone. Residents of
Loma Bonita fled into the streets and fell to their knees to pray.
Formosa, Aug. 16, 1959 —Violent 40-minute earthquake left 14 dead, many
buildings destroyed and damaged in Hemgchung area.
Solomon Islands, Aug. 19,1959—Tremors shook island of Vella Lavella
every eight minutes for eight hours, tumbling brick and concrete
buildings, leaving natives in a state of constant panic.
9- Greece, Jan. 8, 1959 —An earthquake of "extreme violence" was reported around Rhodes or other Greek islands.
Mongolia, Jan. 23, 1958 —Moscow: "record earthquake topples mountains
in remote mongolia."—"One of the worst earthquakes ever recorded has
rumpled the earth's surface in a remote part of Mongolia, splitting
open huge chasms and toppling mountain peaks in a primeval display of
natural force. Existing rivers were jerked into new courses, and
completely new rivers — one eight miles long — were created... 'Dense
clouds of dust billowing above the mountains to a height of 4,500 feet
could be seen as far as 40 miles away. Some peaks cracked and half
crumbled, and scars formed with a sheer drop of hundreds of yards.' The
center of the earthquake is marked by a fissure more than 155 miles
long and up to 70 feet wide."
11. Japan, Nov. 7, 1958—Tremor equal to Tokyo quake of 1923.
Montana, U.S.A., Aug. 17, 1959-Disaster struck near Yellowstone
National Park —the largest quake in U.S. during present century
excluding Nevada and California quakes.
13. Tennessee, U.S.A., Dec., 1959 —Sharpest quake in western Tennessee in 20 years.
Georgia and South Carolina, U.S.A., Aug. 3, 1959 —A rumbling,
house-rolling tremor hit these southern states. "A tremendous jolt from
some external force," said one observer.
15. Northern California, U.S.A., March 3, 1959 —Biggest in area since 1906 San Francisco quake.
Alaska— 1959 quake regarded as one of greatest quakes in earth's
history. washington (nana) — "Scientists of the Coast and Geodetic
Survey have pieced together reports of one of the greatest earthquakes
in world history. It occurred last year in a remote region of
southeastern Alaska. Almost unnoted by the rest of the world, the
effects were reported as far away as Hawaii and Valparaiso, Chile.
ice-capped mountains 'danced.' Waters of a small bay were thrown 1,800
feet up a mountainside in a titanic deluge which swept away great
forests as if the trees were matchsticks. A great glacier was tossed
over a high mountain range like a white flying carpet. Ships were
thrown 15 feet or more out of the water. Over an area of 150 square
miles, the soil boiled in sand craters, and there were great
landslides. It might well have been one of the major catastrophes of
history, except that it was in a very sparsely inhabited area."
wonder scientists are concerned! Something BIG is brewing, but not even
the scientists realize how big. These recent reports herald only the
beginning. What's ahead concerns you and your family's future.
daily the newswires are carrying a story of a seismic disturbance
somewhere on earth. Elliott B. Roberts, member of the Coast Geodetic
Survey, in California, U.S.A., reports that if every earthquake were
counted — from the slightest to the major quakes— nearly a MILLION
earthquakes are now occurring annually.
No matter how awesome
the destructive power of the hydrogen bomb, it is dwarfed into
insignificance compared to the destructive capacity of earthquakes. It
would take the combined force of TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND atomic bombs of
the Hiroshima class to begin to release the equivalent energy of only
ONE of the major shocks in the recent Chilean disaster.
No Area on Earth Immune
the majority of earthquakes take place along known seismic "belts," no
area on earth is immune to catastrophic tremors. As a recent report has
brought to light, "Great earthquakes occasionally occur OUTSIDE the
main trouble zones. In the United States, for example, a great
earthquake occurred in New Madrid in southeastern Missouri—an area not
popularly considered earthquake-prone. This earthquake was felt over
two-thirds of the United States." (Dallas Times Herald, August 23,
Seismologist Leonard Murphy of the Coast and Geodetic
Survey, recently stated, "We've been lucky in the United States in that
few earthquakes have occurred in major, heavily populated cities."
However, with recent knowledge of earthquake potential brought to light
by investigations during the International Geophysical Year, no area on
earth may be considered "outside" an earthquake zone. As one noted
seismologist recently stated it: "The farther you are from the last
major quake, the nearer you are to the next."
What Causes an Earthquake?
peoples once believed that the earth was supported upon the back of a
huge legendary beast. Whenever the earth convulsed they believed it to
be the movements of this great beast.
As man's wisdom increased,
he has come to learn more of the earth beneath his feet. Scientists now
know that deep within the earth tremendous forces are at work. These
forces are part of the primary LAW that keeps this earth in
balance—part of the basic law that was planned and built into this
earth when it was created.
Scientists realize there is much they
do not yet know nor understand about these great forces constantly in
motion beneath the surface of the earth. Yet, they are aware of their
awesome potential when they examine the breath-taking flaws and
distortions that have occurred on the surface as a result of these
forces in action.
The mighty Rocky Mountains of the Middle
Western United States, the towering Swiss Alps and the lofty South
American Andes give mute testimony of the power of these mysterious
These internal forces are part of the
primary law that keeps this earth in balance. These expansional and
contractional movements—that are constantly taking place within the
earth—have their resultant effect upon the "skin" or crust of the
earth. As a result, there must be a "giving and taking" to compensate
for these tremendous subterranean forces.
The earth's crust
therefore is a moving— almost living—thing, creased and cracked to
allow for the constant moving and shifting that must occur.
the rectangle in figure a — illustrated in the accompanying diagram —
represents a large tract of land, perhaps several hundred miles across,
and that the weakest rocks lie along the line ab. Imagine that the
dotted lines are very long straight fences built across it. If the
block is slowly strained by forces working on the land mass in
different directions, it will be deformed so the fence is moved to the
positions shown in b.
All the time this is going on—and the process is very slow — elastic energy is being stored up, just as when a spring is wound.
Eventually the strain may become so great that the weaker rocks can no longer resist.Suddenly
they break and the stored-up elastic energy is released as the earth's
crust shifts to a new position, just as if the coiled spring were
suddenly let go.
The rocks along the line of weakness (AB) move
until they take up a new unstrained position (c). The waves of energy
set up by this sudden movement — or release — of tremendous areas of
land we call an earthquake. This movement and stress pattern may occur
horizontally, vertically or a combination of the two, according to the
direction of the strain upon the land masses.
recent years seismologists and scientists have come to astounding new
knowledge concerning the origin of earthquakes and earthquake potential
on this earth. In their studies they have encountered new potentials
that stagger the imagination.
Just over fifty years ago, at the
time of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, scientists were aware
that certain "earthquake cracks" were associated with movements of the
earth's crust. At this time —less than sixty years ago — scientists
believed that these cracks in the earth were the by-product of earth
tremors— but had nothing to do with their cause.
Franciscans, back in 1906, knew of the "earthquake crack" and referred
to it as the "great fissure." Other earthquake cracks had been observed
in different places along the Pacific Coast, but had never been
associated in any way with each other.
Soon after 1906 and the
San Francisco disaster, serious investigations began into these
isolated earthquake cracks. It was at this time that the startling
truth was learned that these "isolated" faults were all part of one
treviendous gargantuan fault system. It was to this particular vast
fault—running visibly on the surface of the land for over 700 miles and
stretching from the Gulf of California to a point well above San
Francisco—that scientists gave the name "San Andreas Faultline."
studies of similar fault systems have revealed to scientists and
seismologists that the entire surface of our earth is cracked and
creased by these tremendous cracks and deformities.
Startling new facts have come to light as a result of exhaustive and intensive scientific
research made during the International Geophysical Year of 1957.
Charting and scrutinizing the hidden depths of previously unknown ocean
floors, scientists have discovered additional breath-taking flaws in
the earth's crust. Beneath the waters of the Mid-Atlantic lies the
newly discovered Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a spectacular rift tracing its
serpentine course from Antarctica in the south, through the Atlantic,
all the way to the North Pole. This breath-taking ridge continues, in
fact, beyond the North Pole on into the Pacific and AROUND THE WORLD.
the mysteries of this phenomenon, scientists have discovered a huge
crack or fault running along the crest of this ridge — in places MILES
In similar studies in the Pacific, giant fractures trace
their way— unseen—beneath the sea, mute evidence of the tremendous
forces lying below.
studying these fault systems, scientists have had to come to an
entirely new concept in earthquake potential. With the startling new
knowledge of the immensity and magnitude of the tremendous fault
systems that trace themselves through this earth, seismologists and
geologists must face the reality that Huge faultlines mean HUGE
Never before have scientists been able to
understand the world around us as they do today. The International
Geophysical Year of 1957 has revealed more knowledge about this globe we live on than mankind has been able to learn in all the centuries that have gone before.
as scientists less than 60 years ago did not associate the isolated
fissures near San Francisco, California with one tremendous fault
system over 700 miles long, scientists of just a decade ago did not
realize how intricately this earth is cracked into a maze or network of
related fault systems. In the last few years — especially with the
recent investigations of the I.G.Y. — the staggering truth has been
realized. No earthquake on earth can be considered an isolated
occurrence, but rather the stretching of one muscle in the breathtaking
gargantuan fault system that one day may break loose into the most
fantastic geology display ever witnessed by man.
Yes, the shocking reality scientists must now face is the potential of WORLD-WIDE EARTHQUAKES.
F. Noble, an alumnus of Yale University, has demonstrated this hugeness
in earthquake potential that staggers the imagination. While studying
strata distortion along the San Andreas faultline in California, Noble
was amazed to discover a FORTY MILE separation between two imposing
mountain ranges. He has demonstrated that the 10,000 foot San Gabriel
range and the equally imposing San Bernardino range were once ONE
RANGE, created by a tremendous upthrust along the San Andreas faultline
in the past. Having created this range, the San Andreas faultline has
subsequently torn it apart, dragging the two halves where they now
stand today — better than forty miles apart.
Where slippages along faultlines were once thought of in terms of feet, they now must be understood in terms of miles.
intensity of an earthquake is generally determined by the extent of
displacement or slippage along a faultline. The amount of slip that
produced the devastating San Francisco earthquake in 1906 was
apparently only twenty-one feet. Can it begin to enter our imagination
the ferocity and scope of an earthquake where a slippage along a
faultline of perhaps ONE MILE or more should take place? No structure
in the area could be left standing — the whole face of the land would
be changed! No wonder scientists have said the San Andreas faultline
has the destructive potential of ONE MILLION atomic bombs.
process of fracture and displacement is known to the geologist as
"faulting." Faults are the result of subterranean coinpressional,
tensional or shearing forces. The displacement of the strata may be
different depending upon the type of force being exerted below. Almost
every conceivable earth movement is possible, as is demonstrated in the
accompanying simple diagrams of earth slips.
that recently devastated the Chilean coastline are graphic evidence of
the destructive potential that we live with daily on this earth.
Earthquakes of this magnitude can occur! Scientists now realize the
awesome fragility of the paper-thin shell we call the earth's crust,
upon which we live.
Not So Solid Earth
Perhaps a clearer
concept of the fragility of the earth's crust will serve to demonstrate
the precarious position we live in daily.
We have come to look
upon our earth as quite solid and substantial. However, when we
scrutinize its construction more closely we are in for a SHOCK.
In the accompanying diagram the basic structure of the earth is shown — based on most recent data.
inner core is probably composed of an ultra dense metallic material —
superheated — under tremendous pressure. The outer core is similar in
composition, probably of metallic iron. It is in a molten, superheated
condition since it does not transmit certain seismic vibrations. The
mantle of the earth is composed of very dense rock, more dense than any
we know on the surface. The temperature of the mantle below the earth's
crust is several thousand degrees centigrade, yet this ultra dense or
basic rock remains a semi-solid due to the tremendous pressure.
Nevertheless whenever that pressure is released, it spews forth in
white-hot superheated emissions known as volcanic eruptions.
of the tremendous pressure and potential force contained within the
paper-thin shell of the earth's crust. The earth is FOUR THOUSAND MILES
THICK down to the center of the core, yet the crust that encloses it
all is only from 6 to 40 miles thick. Comparing our earth to an apple,
the apple's skin is several times thicker in comparison to the
thickness of the earth's crust in relation to the earth.
now we can understand why the crust of the earth is not so solid after
all, but entirely subject to the staggering power lying only skin deep
below our feet.
What About the Future ?
Should we be
alarmed about the future? Are earthquakes going to continue to increase
in frequency and intensity? Our scientists tell us something is
brewing. We need to know!
Down through the centuries God has
warned man of his sinful and disobedient ways. God has sent His
prophets in every age to warn man of the fruits of his disobedience.
Man has rejected these warnings! And now, at the end of nearly 6,000
years, Almighty God is sending one last final warning to the world as a
witness before He executes His judgment upon a godless and lawless
That last warning — of the coming rule of God over man — is now booming around the
world just as Jesus Christ prophesied: "And this Gospel of the Kingdom
shall be preached in all the world for a witness and then shall the end
come" (Mat. 24:14). That warning is being fulfilled through The world
tomorrow program circling the globe with over twelve million watts of
power each week and through the pages of The Plain Truth magazine.
Almighty God is through warning mankind verbally, He is going to speak
in a language that man will heed and understand. God is going to bring
down vengeance upon disobedient and lawless man.
judgment that the Creator God passes upon disobedient and rebellious
peoples. "Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust for FEAR of
the Eternal, and for the glory of his majesty .The lofty looks of man
shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of man shall be bowed down, and
the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of
hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone
that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low" (Isa. 2:10-12).
How is God going to accomplish this?
What are the means He is going to use?
is going to bring upon man the most terrifying and nerve-shattering
circumstances to bring man to his knees. God is going to SHAKE man into
a realization of his sins and transgressions!
There can be no
more terrifying experience than a "killer-quake" striking suddenly —
without warning — in the still of the night. Imagine awakening suddenly
amid a bedlam of crashing glass and falling debris. The floor of YOUR
home or apartment pitching and bucking like a ship in a wild storm.
Wall and ceilings collapse, fractured water mains erupt in watery
geysers in the streets, spewing gas from ruptured gas lines — ignited
by a million pilot lights —spew fire into the tindered wreckage.
Powerlines crash in a shower of lethal sparks upon crumbling homes and
helpless panic-stricken people.
Imagine groping in the chaotic darkness and
tangled wreckage for YOUR loved ones and family. When our seemingly
solid world collapses around us the possessions and baubles for
entertainment we have gathered around us, that have kept us too
occupied to seek our God and serve Him, will seem unimportant and
Notice now verse 17: "And the loftiness of man shall
be brought down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the
Eternal alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols He shall
utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rock, and into
the caves of the earth, for fear of the Eternal, and for the glory of
his majesty when he arises to SHAKE TERRIBLY THE EARTH. In that day man
shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made
each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go
into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks,
for the fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he
arises to shake terribly the earth" ( Isa. 2:17-21).
not heeding God's warning booming around the world. So, God is going to
employ the most awe-inspiring, horrifying circumstances to JAR mankind
into reality. God is going to bring imagination-defying earthquakes —
around the world — to make mankind turn from his rebellious ways.
man is going to forsake his cities that have been utterly destroyed —
made rubble by the terrible hand of the Creator God in that day. Man
will run into the open fields and out into the mountains seeking to
escape the terrible shaking wrath of the Creator God, brought down upon
mankind through terrible, devastating earthquakes.
Earthquakes a Sign
Jesus Christ was asked, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what
shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the age?"—Jesus Christ
said that among many other terrible and destructive circumstances
earthquakes would occur in many places (Mat. 24:7).
promised that together with famines and pestilences, earthquakes will
be one of the signs immediately preceding His imminent return. Christ
told His disciples, "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his
branch is yet tender, and puts forth his leaves, ye know that summer is
nigh: so likewise, when you shall see all these things, know that it is
near, even at the doors" (Mat. 24:32,33).
Our major news sources
and current scientific journals tell us that earthquakes are increasing
in frequency and in magnitude. Earthquakes of a magnitude never before
recorded on earth by man are now occurring — witness the devastation in
I960. These are signs of the times.
As we approach the end of
this age, earthquakes are going to grow increasingly greater and more
frequent in occurrence! Great earthquakes in heavily populated areas
will begin to occur. Man is going to be shaken and terrified until he
is snapped into reality — into realizing he has transgressed against
the Creator God!
The Return of Jesus Christ
All these events will culminate in the return of Jesus Christ to this earth! Let's understand what is to occur.
Zechariah 14. "Behold the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall
be divided in the midst of thee" (verse 1). Now continuing in verse 4.
"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives which is
before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in
the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west and there shall
be a great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the
north, and half of it toward the south. And you shall flee to the
valley of the mountains;... yea, you shall flee like as you fled before
the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah."
Christ is returning to this earth to plant His feet upon the Mount of
Olives. In that day there will be a tremendous earthquake in which the
whole face of the land will be changed. Mountains will be moved out of
their places! New valleys and rivers will be created. Jesus Christ will
be King over all of the earth in that day (verse 9).
day is mentioned in Revelation 16. The time setting is the return of
Jesus Christ to this earth. "And the seventh angel poured out his vial
into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven,
from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and
thunderings, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as
was not since men were upon the earth so mighty an earthquake and so
great" (vs. 17-18). "and the cities of the nations fell." (v. 19)
whole face of the earth is to be changed by this cataclysmic
earthquake. "And every island fled away, and the mountains were not
found" (vs. 20).
The return of Jesus Christ is going to be
highlighted by the most cataclysmic earthquake that has ever struck
this earth. It will defy the imagination! Every fault system and
earthquake crack on the face of the earth will come into full play when
Jesus Christ descends to shake terribly the earth.
Tremendous Tidal Waves
only will the earth itself writhe under the cataclysmic convulsions of
this tremendous earthquake, but also the very oceans and seas will
erupt in tremendous seismic waves to devastate huge portions of this
Notice Jesus Christ's words in Luke 21. "For these be the
days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in
those days! For there shall be great distress in the land and wrath
upon this people. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon,
and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with
perplexity: the seas and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them
for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the
earth: for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken" (Luke 21:22, 23,
Yes, these are the terrible and awe-inspiring times spoken of by Jesus Christ to soon come Lipon this earth.
Earthquakes to Grow Worse
Christ warned us that we would know of His impending return by the
things He-outlined to come to pass. With each passing day our major
newspapers and news magazines world-wide tell us of increasing famine,
pestilence among cattle and crops, of increasing rumors of war and of the accelerated occurrence of earthquakes world-wide. These are signs of the times!
we hurtle down toward the grand smash climax of this age, these means
that God has chosen to shake man from his lethargy are going to
increase in violence and scope.
Around the world whole nations
have experienced earthquakes of a magnitude unprecedented in the
history of man on this earth. Yet, these are to grow worse.
Scientists Aware of What's Ahead
into the earthquake faultlines of this earth has introduced into
geologists' thinking an entirely new scope of destructive potential.
we have God's protection — unless we know in advance about these things
and are preparing for them — we will have to go through them.
But, notice Jesus' warning to His people.
ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape
ali. these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son
of man" (Luke 21:36).
God Our Protector
promises deliverance and protection to His people. God will not bring
these things upon those who obey Him and trust in Him. Notice His
promise in Psalm 91.
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of
the most High [he that is obeying and keeping the Commandments of
Almighty God] shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Surely he
shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome
pestilence. Thou shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for
the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in
darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand
shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it
shall not come nigh thee. Because thou hast made the Eternal, which is
for a refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil
befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he
shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
in the future, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps next week or next year, when a
sudden eerie silence falls over YOUR town — YOUR city — and then from
deep within the bowels of the earth comes an ominous rumbling and your
familiar world begins to sway and teeter and dissolve in chaotic
destruction, will you have God's protection? Our only hope lies in
obedience to the Creator God and to His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and
Savior. What a dreadful fate it will be to be His enemy when He shakes
terribly the earth!