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Today we are going to talk about Matthew 24:7 concerning earthquakes. In His short list of last day events found in Matthew 24, Jesus names earthquakes as an event to observe closely. So let’s see what history has to say.
I have listed some facts I found on the internet :
- USGS (United States Geological Survey) list data as follows: (note that the data only lists the number or earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 or higher)
- 11th-18th Century – 68 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
- 19th Century – 50 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
- 20th Century – 375 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
- 21st Century – 1589 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
- list25.com lists top 25 worst earthquakes, 17 of the 25 are from 1900-2020.
- livescience.com lists top 10 category 8.6-9.5 earthquakes from 1906-2011.
I need to state that the numbers have increased, in a small part, due to the increase in technology. However, there is less disparity in higher magnitude earthquakes, which due to their size is easier to detect. The greatest differences would be found, using technological detection, with earthquakes of a smaller magnitude. Also, I didn’t go back further than the 11th Century due to the lack of reliable records.
Looking at the historical evidence, I would say that the frequency of earthquakes has increased dramatically in the past 100 years. It is my personal belief, that a major reason the numbers and magnitude have dramatically increase is due to large quantities of fossil fuels being drawn out of the earth – which act as a friction buffer letting the plates move and shift less violently.
With each new step in my research, I am more convinced that Matthew 24 is speaking about our time in history. But, we do have more research and other prophecies to take into consideration As we formulate our own decisions.
I look forward to your return next blog. I plan to start looking at the prophecy in Matthew 24:10 followed by verses 11 and 14.
Until then, may our Lord and Savior keep you from all harm! (Psalms 121:7)