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July 5, 2008 / Nick

Are there more earthquakes now than ever before?

“…And there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places” (Matt. 24:7)

The Lord said that before His coming reports of earthquakes in diverse places would increase. We have seen this prophecy fulfilled as both the frequency of earthquakes and our ability to record and report on seismic shifts has increased.

The ground upon which we stand is made up of several ‘plates’, earthquakes are usually the result of energy which is released when these moving plates collide, causing the ground to shake.

In scripture several earthquakes are recorded or prophesied. One of the most powerful being when Jesus died on the cross causing the great veil of Herod’s Temple to be torn from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51). In Haggai the LORD promises to ‘make tremble the heavens, the earth, the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all nations’ (Hag. 2:6-7 Amplified). This is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled and reflects John’s vision in Rev. 16:18 “and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great”.

Did you know that there was a major earthquake and fire in San Francisco at about the same time that God poured out His Spirit at the Azusa Street revival of 1906. This was an example of the natural reflecting a spiritual shift, of God using natural means to remind us of His soon coming.

Earthquakes over the past 10 years

Over the last decade the Lord has sent several earthquakes, Rev. 11:13 tells us that earthquakes are a means of turning men’s hearts towards God.


In August 1999 an earthquake struck Imitz Turkey, an Islamic country, killing 17,118 and leaving around 500,000 homeless. BBC News described it as ‘the most powerful quake to hit Turkey’


26 December 2003, the city of Bam in Iran was hit by an earthquake which left 56,000 dead, according to the BBC “70% of the modern city was destroyed”.



On exactly the same day the following year at 7.58AM (12:58AM GMT) Asia was woken by a devastating Tsunami. The New Scientist magazine described it as the ‘greatest natural disaster in living memory’. The power of the undersea quake was equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima sized atomic bombs: killing 226,000 and leaving 500,000 without shelter, food or water. 13 nations in all were affected including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka & Somalia. The cost of aid was $7.5 billion (New Scientist, 20 Jan 2005).



8 Oct 2005 an earthquake hit Pakistan, Afghanistan & Northern India killing 75,000. According to BBC News (4 Oct-2006) the World Bank described the quake as “the most debilitating disaster in Pakistan’s history”.


On 12 May a scale 8 earthquake, the strongest category, hit Sischan China killing 69,130, leaving 374,031 injured and 17,824 missing. It was estimated to have left 4.8M people homeless (sources:, The Chinese earthquake was followed by a major cyclone in Burma on May 30. The cyclone literally re-wrote the map of the region. The full impact of the disaster is unknown, it is estimated that over 77,000 people died and 55,000 are missing. In total 2.4M people were left homeless and without food or water (source: BBC News).


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