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Sunday, March 26 2017
The Great Jerusalem Earthquake When The Messiah Returns
"There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down ... And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south"
Earthquakes are a natural geologic result of the sudden release of great energy that builds up along "faults" of the Earth's crust. The diagram below isn't just a map of where over 350,000 earthquakes have happened, it's also a map of the "fault lines" where earthquakes are most likely to occur. Notice that the land of Israel is located right on top of one of those fault lines - that is seen as the Jordan River Valley.
While earthquakes are natural, they can also be miraculous when the LORD (see the Fact Finder question below) makes them happen exactly when and where He wants them. A number of those are recorded in Bible history - including at the time of the Crucifixion, and then the Resurrection of the Messiah, at Jerusalem - which is immediately adjacent to the Jordan River Valley earthquake fault line.
The miraculous earthquake at the exact moment that the Messiah died on the Cross (see What Time Did Jesus Die?):
"27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
The miraculous earthquake that allowed the first witnesses of the Messiah's Resurrection to see inside the empty Tomb (see also Why Did They Find The Tomb Already Empty At Sunrise?):
"28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Miraculous earthquakes involving the Messiah's Return are also going to happen - along with natural earthquakes, and all of the calamities that humans have made themselves subject to after rebelling against the Paradise that they were originally blessed with (see also The Feast Of Tabernacles: The Return Of Paradise Prophecy).
"24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." (Matthew 24:7 KJV)
Many are familiar with the Messiah's famous Temple prophecy that "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
But some critics will whine that the great stones of the Western Wall are still standing - they haven't been thrown down (keeping in mind that it was the Romans in 70 AD, not an earthquake in the end-time, that the prophecy was speaking of, that threw those stones down). That will be accomplished at the time of the Messiah's Return when Jerusalem is going to experience a great earthquake that will split the nearby Mount of Olives into two (the Mount of Olives is right beside the Temple Mount - the Messiah made the prophecy while actually looking across the Kidron Valley to the Temple from atop the Mount of Olives), as recorded by Zechariah.
"14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Fact Finder: Who is the LORD God who "made the Earth and everything in it"?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 26
590: Emperor Maurice proclaimed his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire (the East Roman Empire).
1169: Salah ad-Di-n Yu-suf ibn Ayyu-b (commonly known in English as "Saladin"), the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, became the emir of Egypt (in Arabic, "emir" mean "commander," "general," or "prince"; see also What Does The Bible Say About Arabs? and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1344: During the "Reconquest of Spain" by Church of Rome's "Christian" forces from the Muslims (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Siege of Algeciras (a city in Spain), ended. It was one of the earliest European battles where gunpowder was used.
1552: Guru Amar Das became the Third Sikh Guru.
1636: Utrecht University was founded in the Netherlands.
1780: The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa, Israel (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).
1812: An earthquake destroyed Caracas, Venezuela.
1827: Ludwig von Beethoven of Germany, one of the greatest composers in history, died. He wrote many of his finest works after he had become totally deaf.
1830: The anti-Biblical "Book of Mormon" was published, in Palmyra, New York.
1902 Cecil Rhodes died at age 49. The English-South African businessman and politician was the 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (South Africa)
1917: British cavalry fought Ottoman/Turkish forces at the Battle of Gaza (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1921: The racing schooner Bluenose was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Captained by Angus Walters, it raced 5 times for the North American fisherman's championships and was never beaten. It also served as a working fishing boat. Sold during the Second World War, it was wrecked near Haiti in 1946. It is commemorated on the Canadian dime.
1938: Herman Goering (one of Adolf Hitler's henchmen) warned all Jews to leave Austria.
1942: Under orders from Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Nazis began transporting Jews to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland.
1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine against polio.
1971: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared East Pakistan the independent republic of Bangladesh.
1973: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt took over the premiership, saying, "the stage of total confrontation [with Israel] has become inevitable" (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1979: At the White House, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt signed the Camp David peace treaty to end 30 years of war between the two countries (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1997: Police in Rancho Santa Fe, California, discovered 39 people (18 men, 21 women) of a cult (see Is Your Church A Cult?) who committed suicide in a rented mansion; indications were that after death they were expecting to be picked up by a spaceship that their leader told them was following Comet Hale-Bopp that was then visible.