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Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Good morning. It is Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Jeanette Stark here.


A headline caught my eye yesterday. “The Deepest Earthquake Ever Recorded Happened 467 Miles Underground, Surprising Scientists.” (source smithsonianmag.com)


I read earthquakes are rare beyond 186 miles deep.


Maya Wei-Haas for National Geographic wrote, “between 1976 and 2020, nearly 57,000 earthquakes rattled our planet. The bulk of them were shallow, and only a mere four percent occurred beyond 186 miles deep, which was thought to be the maximum depth for what scientists call "deep earthquakes,"


“Now, a team of researchers has zeroed in on what could be the deepest earthquake ever detected, shaking up scientists' understanding of them.


“In 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck beneath Japan's Bonin Islands. One of the aftershocks occurred deeper than the original earthquake itself, at 467 miles. It's so deep that it nears the layer of Earth known as the lower mantle…”


The article went on to say, “The researchers introduced a few possibilities. First, the molecular structure of minerals becomes unstable as pressure increases further into the mantle. That deformation could leave weak spots in the rock, causing earthquakes. Another theory is that the larger earthquake caused a torn slab of the seafloor to shift, and even a miniscule shift is enough to cause an earthquake, reports National Geographic.”


Okay. I have my own theory. And it is not theory really, I simply went to my Bible.


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


I chose the King James Version because as I kid, I thought that meant earthquakes in the oceans. You know the place where divers go?...”divers places.” True story. Anyway…I digress


Of course, divers in this application means different or various places.

Luke was writing about a conversation Jesus had with those around Him. What was the topic exactly? It was the signs of the current times then, as well as signs just before Jesus would return.


He spoke about, and predicted, the destruction of the temple, and the destruction of Jerusalem.


“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Luke 21:20-24 NKJV


Jesus spelled it out for them so that they could be saved from the savagery that would come, the total destruction of the city. It was a terrible time.


Jesus loved Jerusalem! But He also knew what was coming. Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” NKJV


According to bible-history.com “Titus with his Roman legions arrived at the outermost northern Wall of Jerusalem, the Passover of 70 A.D. The Romans built embankments of earthen work, they placed battering rams and the siege began.

The Roman army numbered 30,000; while the Jewish army numbered 24,000. According to Tacitus there were 600,000 visitors crowding the streets of Jerusalem for the Passover. After five months the walls were battered down, the great Temple was burned down, and the city was left ruined and desolate,…

The legions of Rome brought the captives to Caesarea and after over one million Jews were killed, 95,000 captives were taken as prisoners…”


For those trapped inside the city, it was a nightmare. There was so much suffering.


In his book Of the War, Josephus writes: The upper rooms were full of women and children that were dying by famine, and the lanes of the city were full of the dead bodies of the aged. The children also, and the young men wandered about the market places like shadows, all swelled with the famine, and fell down dead, wheresoever their misery seized them. As for burying them, those that were sick themselves were not able to do it; and those that were hearty and well, were deterred from doing it, by the great multitude of those dead bodies…A deep silence also, and a kind of deadly night had seized upon the city.” (source tiferetyeshua.org)


Luke 23:28-29 “But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ “


In 2002, Arthur Goldschmidt reported in his A Concise History of the Middle East that ‘Human blood flowed knee-deep in the streets of Jerusalem’


We can hardly imagine the horror of that piece of human history. But they were warned!

There is another date coming that we have been warned about. Jesus talked about it in the very same conversation.


He spoke about the end of world as we know it. He spoke of signs and disasters that would happen just before He returned to take His people to Heaven. I wonder if any more people will take heed now, than did then regarding the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.


Let’s read what Jesus said in Luke 23:25-28:


“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”


I love that last part…Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. Jesus our redeemer will return! Praise God!!!


It is important to know what the signs are. It is important to watch for His return.

Verses 34 through 36 give us the best advice,


“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”


Do not let the cares, the stresses, the worries of this life weigh you down. Jesus is coming and it is going to be glorious!!

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