The Earth Shook

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tsunami wave arriving in NZ
Tsunami wave arriving in NZ after 8.1 earthquake by the Kermadec Islands.

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I know many in the North Island were woken by what seemed to be a very long earthquake at around 2.30 am Friday morning. I was awake for it. I thought, “that was long” and headed for my lounge, going back online to geonet, where it said a 6.9 earthquake had struck 7 mins ago at the top of the east coast of New Zealand. I immediately went to prayer for those on the east coast. As I sit here writing today there have been further earthquakes out by the Kermadec Islands still continuing, the largest an 8.1 at around 9 am this morning, with aftershocks continuing. I am watching all the unsettling events unfolding as many areas have been evacuated due to the huge Tsunami threat. The message:

WHEN IT IS LONG OR STRONG GET GONE

So since there is no ignoring this - what does the Bible say about earthquakes and tsunamis?

Well I can’t find any references to tsunamis but there is quite a bit about earthquakes. There are 3 important ones talked about in the Bible, just as we have had 3 large ones in a row within the last few hours. The first important one in the Bible was at Jesus crucifixion. Jesus died and the earth shook, and the curtain in the Temple was torn in 2 this was the veil that separated the Holy of Holies — the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence — from the rest of the temple where men dwelt. That’s a fairly significant occurrence, note it was torn from the top down. The dead were raised, emerging from their tombs.

And tombs opened, and many godly men and women who had died came back to life again.- Matthew 27:52

The Roman soldiers in charge of the crucifixion, declared, “Surely this was the Son of God.”

The next important earthquake was 3 days later on Sunday morning:

Suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it. - Matthew 28:2

The Resurrection.

The 3rd most important earthquake hasn’t happened yet. It is our New Testament reading today in Revelations. It will happen after the “Rapture”, indicated in the verses just above it (Revelations 16:15). There will be the greatest earthquake of a magnitude unprecedented in human history, islands will sink into the sea and vanish. . . .the earthquake will be felt globally. I hope I will not be here for it, that “my robes are kept in readiness and that I will not walk, naked and ashamed” that I will be ready when He comes. Are you ready?