CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the largest city in New Zealand’s southern island Tuesday during a busy workday, destroying buildings, crushing vehicles and killed dozens in what seems to be one of the country’s worst natural disasters.
“But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, stop being alarmed. These things must take place, but the end hasn’t come yet, because nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes and famines in various places. These things are only the beginning of the birth pains.” – Mark 13:7-8
The prophecies uttered by Christ during His time spent wandering around the cities of Israel before His crucifixion include the warning that earthquakes will be a major sign of the beginning of a series of events that will usher in the end of the age. While some may point out that earthquakes of diverse magnitude and frequency have always been striking the planet, one cannot ignore the rise in frequency combined with a barrage of other factors linked together in end-time warnings. Surely we are in an unparalleled time of rumors of conflicts, conspiracies, wars, and factions all combined with unending natural disasters. The Greek word seismos translated earthquakes in Mark 13, could just as easily be translated as a shaking or storm. Mark 8:24 gives us an example of that usage;
“Behold, a violent storm (seismos) came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep.”
Jesus further elaborates in Luke 21:25;
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and there will be distress on earth among the nations that are confused by the roaring of the sea and its waves. People will faint from fear and apprehension because of the things that are to come on the inhabited world…”
Yahoo News reported flares from the sun two days before the earthquake in Christchurch;
“A whopper of a solar flare that fired up earlier this week is wreaking havoc on some radio communications on Earth, and could spark exceptional auroras soon.”
It seems ‘seismos’ of varying kinds are gripping not only the Arab societies, the earth and sea, the sun, but that the hearts of men also are beginning to be shaken with fear and apprehension like no other time we have ever seen. Have we ever seen a time when pundits can make a career out of conspiracy theories? It is not just the earth that is quaking, but a global convergence of shakings that appear to be what Christ’s church today would examine prophetically as the beginnings of ‘birth pangs’.
If these are the beginnings of birth pangs, what do you think is about to be born?
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