Sunday, April 4, 2010
On February 27, 2010, a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile. This was the fifth most powerful earthquake on record. The earthquake was off shore and the area of land that was directly impacted was not heavily populated. The loss of life was light considering the power of this quake: however, the damage to buildings and this nation’s infrastructure was extensive.
What was extremely interesting about this earthquake was the epicenter on land was the city of Concepcion. This city and the surrounding area is the center of the largest Palestinian population outside of the Middle East. There are approximately 500,000 Palestinians living in Chile. The epicenter was under the feet of the Palestinian population and actually moved the city of Concepcion 10 feet to the West!
In 2009, Chile started to become very pro-Palestinian. President Mahmoud Abbas visited the nation and tried to persuade Chile to recognize a Palestinian state in the United Nations. During the visit, the following statement was made about the land of Israel: “In a joint declaration with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Abbas reaffirmed “the pressing need for Israel to cease illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories.”
1960 Chile Earthquake
Although the 2010 earthquake was extremely powerful, it pales in comparison to the earthquake that hit Chile on May 22, 1960. This earthquake known as the Valdivia Earthquake was 9.6 magnitude and was the most powerful in recorded history. This earthquake has ominous prophetic implications and warnings. It is a picture of the massive earthquakes described in the Bible which strike during the Day of The LORD.
Tsunami Effect of 1960 Quake
The power and destruction of this earthquake is unmatched in modern history. The earthquake ruptured a fault line for 600 miles and devastated the coast of Chile, but its power affected the entire Pacific rim. It sent massive tsunamis racing across the Pacific Ocean. Waves up to 35 feet high smashed in an arc from Alaska to New Zealand. Japan and Hawaii were heavily damaged by the tsunamis. The tsunamis swept over small islands off Chile’s coast literally causing the towns to disappear. Lesser waves hit the coasts of South and Central America along with the United States.
In Chile, the earthquake triggered five volcanoes and caused a new one to erupt! It triggered massive land slides and cut all lines of communication, roads and power. One of the most awesome aspects was that two small mountains disappeared! There were numerous after-shocks and the people of Chile were terrorized by these events. To many, it must have seemed like the end of the world.
The Israel Connection
Eichmann as Nazi
On May 11, 1960, Israeli agents captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina, and on May 21, he was brought back to Israel for trial. On May 23, Israel announced to the world the capture of Eichmann. He was the Nazi architect of the holocaust and was responsible for the death of over six million Jews. Eichmann was tried in Israel and found guilty of this mass murder. In 1961 he was executed.
On the day Eichmann was landed in Israel there were four fore-shocks 7.0 or greater in magnitude in Chile with the largest being 7.9. The epicenter of this 7.9 earthquake was under Concepcion which has the largest Palestinian population outside the Middle East. These four earthquakes by themselves would have been an awesome event, but they were overshadowed the next day by the massive 9.6 monster. There were five powerful earthquakes within 48 hours after the Nazi architect of the holocaust set foot on Israel! The earth was literally shaking at this time. Many of the world newspapers had the arrest of Eichmann and this earthquake on the front page together! On both the radio and TV news, these stories were back to back!. These two events had the attention of the entire world.
Front page May 24, 1960
Front page May 25, 1960
Zoom of front page May 25, 1960
What are the chances of the greatest earthquake in modern history occurring at the very time the architect of the holocaust was arrested and then both events are front page headlines around the world? This appears as a warning from the Holy God of Israel that the holocaust is past and in the future such attacks on the Jewish people are going to be met with the massive earthquakes which are described in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This earthquake was a clear warning of what is going to happen at the battle of Armageddon, when the nations of the world are following up on what Eichmann and the Nazis started.
Earthquakes in the Bible
Earthquakes are mentioned in the Bible and what is interesting is the timing of the event. God times the earthquake, so it then becomes a warning or a weapon. An earthquake occurred at the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross that gained everyone’s attention:
Matthew 27:54 “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”
The Bible warns that as the Day of LORD approaches which will usher in the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, there will be an increase in great earthquakes. The Greek word used for great is mega. We now use the term mega-earthquake to describe one that is awesome. Both the 8.8 and 9.6 magnitude earthquakes fit the description of mega. The gospel writers warn that world-wide mega-earthquakes will be a major sign of the approaching Day of The LORD and God’s judgment on the world:
Matthew 24:7 “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
The Bible gives very specific details about the timing and magnitude of earthquakes that occur regarding the rebirth of the nation of Israel. The Jewish people would be driven from Israel into all nations for a specific time period. They would return to Jerusalem which would be trodden down until “The Times of the Gentiles” (non-Jews) were fulfilled. As “The Times of the Gentiles” draws to a close and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ approaches, awesome natural events are going to happen.
Luke 21:11 describes great earthquakes, but then Luke adds distress of nations with the sea and waves roaring. The seas roaring fits the description of massive tsunamis. The great earthquakes are going to trigger volcanic eruptions and massive tsunamis through the earth. These earthquakes and related events are so dramatic that they are going to cause people’s hearts to fail with fear!
The Bible gives very specific details about what happens when the nations of the world confederate in an attempt to destroy Israel and the Jewish people. As these massive armies invade Israel with all their weapons of war, the Holy God of Israel responds with His weapons. One weapon are mighty earthquakes. With perfect timing, massive earthquakes are unleashed on the invaders. Earthquakes seem to be the first line of defense in defending the nation of Israel.
After the Jews return to Israel, the prophet Ezekiel describes a massive invasion led by Russia with confederated Islamic nations. He describes their army like a cloud that covers the land. When this army reaches the Mountains of Israel, the first weapon that God unleashes is a mega-earthquake. At this time, Israel does not defend itself, but the God of Israel is their defense. The earthquake is so powerful, that it affects the entire earth and mountains fall.
Ezekiel 38:19,20 “For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.”
When all the armies of the world surround Jerusalem and are in the process of destroying, this event triggers the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. At His Second Coming, He returns to defend Jerusalem and the Jewish people from a 200,000,000 man army that has gathered around Jerusalem. When the feet of Jesus Christ stand on the top of the Mount of Olives, it shall split in two causing a massive valley miles wide! The Mount of Olives is huge which means a mega-earthquake caused this massive valley. This will be the opening salvo against this army, as the Lord Jesus destroys it. This event takes place during what the Bible calls “The Day of The LORD.” There will be massive earthquakes leading up to this one. When the Lord Jesus stands upon the Mount of Olives, this will be the final earthquake.
The battle line is now being drawn before your very eyes. The Jews are back in the land and Jerusalem is once again their capital. The mega-earthquakes are warnings of the judgment to come. Are you ready? Are you on God’s side of this coming battle? Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?
Chilean earthquake moved entire city 10 feet, researchers say 03/09/10