Signs of the Times: …And great earthquakes shall be in divers places.

Signs of the Times: …And great earthquakes shall be in divers places.

Jesus said there’d be wars & rumors of wars, earthquakes, pestilence’s, plagues, famines & all of these things, & the End is not yet, these would be the beginning of sorrows. In the Greek language this, “beginning of sorrows” is referred to as “birth pangs”. In other words we’d see an increase of these various signs of the times & with more intensity. And it’s interesting to note how the scale, severity & frequency of all of these have increased in recent years:

Let’s take a look at Earthquakes. Jesus in his Matthew Chapter 24 & Luke Chapter 21 discourse on the signs to watch out for before His second coming we’d witness in increase in earthquakes as well as larger earthquakes,

Matthew 24:7 “And there will be earthquakes, in various places. …”

Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California.

Large earthquakes have risen by over 450% since 1900

The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — have been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers report.

Incredible increase:

  • In the 10 year period 1900/09 our planet averaged 28.9 quakes of Magnitude 6 or larger
  • In the following ten year period 1910/19 our planet averaged 32
  • 1920/29 averaged 31.7
  • 1930/39 averaged 37.8
  • 1940/49 averaged 46.6
  • 1950/59 averaged 45.1
  • 1960/69 averaged 65.5
  • 1970/79 averaged 103.1
  • 1980/89 averaged 108.5
  • 1990/99 averaged 149.2
  • 2000/09 averaged 161.1
  • the years 2010 to 2014 are so far averaging 161.

The biggest quake in 2014, was a magnitude 8.2- 94km NW of Iquique, Chile on the second of April

Here is a list of some of the more recent devastating big earthquakes:

- March 11, 2011: A magnitude-9.0 earthquake off northeastern Japan causes a tsunami that sweeps onto the coast. About 19,000 people are killed and three nuclear reactors melt at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

- Jan. 12, 2010: A 7.0 earthquake devastates Haiti’s capital and surrounding cities, killing 314,000 people.

- May 12, 2008: A 7.9 temblor in China’s Sichuan province kills 87,000 people. A disproportionate number of them were children killed when their shoddily built schools collapsed.

- Oct. 8, 2005: A 7.6 earthquake kills about 80,000 people in northwestern Pakistan and Kashmir.

- Dec. 26, 2004: A 9.1 earthquake off western Indonesia triggers a tsunami in the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

- Dec. 26, 2003: A 6.6 earthquake flattens the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran, and some 26,000 people are killed.

Earthquakes, the Fuse That Ignites Volcanoes, Have Increased Worldwide

And volcanic activity has been rising all over the planet as well. In 2013, the number of eruptions around the globe set a new all-time high. 2013 will go down on record, as seeing the most volcanic eruptions recorded in modern history. The previous number was set in 2010, at 82 volcanic eruptions for the year. The number of volcanoes erupting across the planet has been steadily rising from a meager number of just 55 recorded in 1990.

All over the world seismic activity is on the rise.

The prophet Isaiah envisioned monster quakes in the last days, saying, “The foundations of the earth are shaken. The earth is … shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut … in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall” (Isaiah 24:18-20; 30:25).


Cascadia subduction zone that stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California can also produce a devastating Earthquake, that could kill thousands of people, like Japans 9.0 earthquake & trigger a large tsunami that would hit the USA west coast, Hawaii, & Islands of the Pacific. According to Geologists the Cascadia fault in the Pacific Northwest is locked up putting an enormous amount of pressure on fault, meaning that a massive megathrust earthquake could occur at any time, seismologists are warning.

New Madrid Seismic Zone:

Earthquakes that occur in the New Madrid Seismic Zone potentially threaten parts of seven American states can would kill thousands of people.

Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Earthquake magnitudes estimated to be as large as 8.0, all occurring within a three-month period between December 1811 and February 1812.

The massive New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 were strong enough to make the Mississippi River run backward.

The Hawaiian Kilauea volcano:

There’s a remote risk that the Kilauea volcano, one of the most active in the world, will slump into the ocean, triggering a gigantic tsunami, a wave up to 990 feet high, which could devastate coastlines around the Pacific from California to Australia.

Cumbre Vieja volcano:

The western flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma could collapse, sending walls of water 100 meters high racing across the Atlantic.

California according to Geologists is well over do for a major earthquake!

Are you ready for these for these signs of the times that Jesus & other prophets spoke about? If not, you can get ready now by receiving Jesus into your heart and studying His Word.