Revelation 6:1, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see…”
Were John’s apocalyptic snapshots and descriptions of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” in the Book of Revelation pointing to events that would only take place nearly 2000 years after the visions were first revealed? All too often, many of today’s Christian teachers and Bible prophecy experts have repeated the belief that the entirety of the Book of Revelation, with the exception of the first three chapters, are to be understood in futuristic terms only. I have done this myself in the past. Whether it be the Seven Seals or the Seven Trumpets or the Seven Bowls of wrath, everything contained therein and described by John from Revelation 4:1 onward must be treated as little more than a description of apocalyptic earth-shattering events that we, as Christians, will never witness taking place upon the world in which we live, events that can only begin to come to fruition after an imminent rapture has suddenly removed all followers of Christ from the face of the earth to deliver them from the impending wrath of God and the last-days Beast of Revelation. If we take the time to engage in a careful examination of the text, however, we may begin to see that some of the events often understood as yet to come, are events that are already taking place today.
An Overview Of History: The Islamic Beast Of Revelation – The Past And The Present
After careful study, I have come to the conclusion that, judging from the description of events and their sequence provided for us in Scripture, the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” described in the first four Seals of Revelation 6 are four separate Read more…
This is the second time this week we’ve witnessed a powerful 7.0+ magnitude earthquake …
The Australian – “A LARGE earthquake, initially reported as 7.2, has been recorded in the islands north of Japan.
The USGS report placed the quake at a depth of 10km in the Kuril Islands, 258km east-north-east of Kuril’sk.
The initial report of 7.0 has since been revised upwards to 7.2.
The quake was felt in Hokkaido and much of the northern island of Japan. It was also reportedly felt in Tokyo.
No reports of injuries or tsunami have yet been made.
The Tsunami Information centre in the Hawaiian Islands reports that, based on past history of earthquakes in that area, a major tsunami is not likely.” Read more.
News 9 received hundreds of phone calls, emails, Facebook and Twitter messages soon after the first earthquake hit.
The first quake was reported around 1:45 a.m. about three miles west of Chandler. The United State Geological Survey says it had a magnitude of 3.0.
Fifteen minutes later, the strongest earthquake of the morning hit the Oklahoma City metro area. The 4.3 quake was centered near Luther, 29 miles east and northeast of Oklahoma City. This earthquake awakened many residents and shook buildings from Oklahoma City to Stillwater.
The USGS reported a third quake at 2:15 a.m. near Boley, Oklahoma. This one had a magnitude of 2.8. One minute later, a fourth early-morning quake shook the area of Luther and Choctaw. The USGS says this one had a magnitude of 3.3.
At 5:16 a.m., a fifth earthquake measuring 4.2 was recorded four miles east northeast of Luther. This one struck while News 9 Meteorologist Jed Castles was on the air sharing the forecast, but he was so focused Stan Miller and Bobbie Miller had to interrupt him and point out the lights in the studio were swinging because of the latest earthquake.
There have been some reports of minor damage from Tuesday morning’s earthquakes, but no reports of injuries.” Source – News 9.
Communications to the region around the epicentre, in a remote corner of the south-east of Iran, appear to be cut off.
Tremors were felt across the Gulf region, across Pakistan and well into north-west India on Tuesday, when the earthquake struck at 10.44am GMT.
The US Geological Survey said it had measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.8 and gave its location at 50 miles east-south-east of the town of Khash, in Iran. It is the biggest earthquake to strike Iran for 40 years.
Though the area is largely desert and mountains, there are several major cities, including Zahedan, only 125 miles away, which has more than half a million inhabitants.
One Iranian told The Guardian that the small town of Hiduj, which had a population of around 1,000 according to a national census conducted in 2006, had been badly damaged.
The Iranian semi-official news agency Fars quoted Tehran University’s geophysics centre as saying the quake had hit the south-eastern city of Saravan in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province, at 3.14pm local time and reported that it had killed at least 40 people, according to some of their sources. At least seven villages near Saravan had been affected, the agency said.
But Fars also quoted Fariborz Rashedi, the head of medical emergencies for Sistan and Baluchistan province as saying the situation in his province was ‘normal’, with only three people injured.
On the Pakistan side, the situation seemed just as confused.” Read more.
Hundreds Feared Dead – “Iran has been hit by its most powerful earthquake for nearly 40 years and there is confusion over the number of casualities. Iranian crisis centre official Morteza Akbarpour told the ISNA news agency that the earthquake had so far,’not caused any fatalities’. ‘The epicentre of the quake was located in the desert and population centres do not surround it. There were no fatalities in the towns around the epicentre,’ he said. However, another official was quoted by a news agency as saying he feared hundreds had died.” Read more.
By Yeganeh Torbati and Marcus George, Yahoo! News – “A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran’s only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 32 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two small villages, Iranian media reported.
The 6.3 magnitude quake totally destroyed one village, a Red Crescent official told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), but the nearby Bushehr nuclear plant was undamaged, according to Iranian officials and the Russian company that built it.
Many houses in rural parts of the province are made of mud bricks, which have been known to crumble easily in quake-prone Iran.
‘Based on the most recent figures on the impact of the earthquake, 32 people have been killed and 850 injured,’ said deputy governor of Bushehr province, Shahpour Rostami, Fars news agency reported.
Across the Gulf, offices in Qatar and Bahrain were evacuated after the quake, whose epicenter was 89 km (55 miles) southeast of the port of Bushehr, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The early afternoon shock was also felt in financial hub Dubai.
The Russian company that built the nuclear power station, 18 km (11 miles) south of Bushehr, said the plant was unaffected.
‘Personnel continue to work in the normal regime and radiation levels are fully within the norm,’ Russian state news agency RIA quoted an official at Atomstroyexport as saying.
Iran informed the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency that there was ‘no damage to the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and no radioactive release from the installation’, an agency statement said, adding that it was not currently seeking additional information.” Read more.
Flashback: Iranian Cleric: Women’s Clothing Causes Earthquakes – “A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes… ‘Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes,’ Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair.” Read more.
The two are considered minor. No damage has been reported from either.
Thursday night’s quake struck around 7:27 local time. It was centered about six miles northeast of Caruthersville, Missouri and measured a 2.7 on the Richter Scale. Tuesday night a similar quake hit near Portageville, Missouri.
The U.S. Geological Survey considers the New Madrid Seismic Zone the most active in North America east of the Rockies.
But it’s been about 100 years since a major earthquake hit this area. Still, the two recent quakes are leaving behind some rattled nerves.
The only thing getting shaken Friday in Caruthersville, Missouri is the salad at Grandad’s Deli.
‘It’s a scary thought,’ said Sharon Russell, owner.
Russell said they were busy Thursday night and didn’t notice the tremor.
‘We were kind of rocking in this little place last night, so we didn’t feel it,’ she said.
But now, the week’s two tremors are the talk of the town. Alexis Avis shook with the first.
‘The first one I felt, I was in bed. And I thought I could tell it was an earthquake,’ she said.
Avis said the two so close together put her on alert.” Read more.
Rumors Of Wars, Earthquakes: North Korea May Trigger Nuclear Strike As Early As April 10th, Loads Rockets Onto Missile Launchers As Earthquake Strikes Region
Crackpot Kim Jong-un’s regime today issued a chilling threat to British diplomats warning them to get out of Pyongyang.
Alarmingly the North Korean government said it would not be able to guarantee the safety of embassies from April 10.
Russian diplomats have also been advised to evacuate.
Today the Foreign Office added that it is ‘considering next steps’ after the threat.
It is still unclear why next Wednesday has been set as a deadline – but it is sure to spark fears despot Kim Jong-un will launch an attack after that date.
This week South Korean workers employed in factories in the North were also told to leave by April 10.
The dramatic development came as North Korea moved a second missile to its east coast in a further threat to Japan, South Korea and US Pacific bases.
The rogue state has already transported a Musudan missile with a range of 1,800 miles (3,000km) to the same area.
Today, a Foreign Office spokesman reportedly said: ‘We can confirm that the British Embassy in Pyongyang received a communication from the North Korean government this morning.
‘It said that the North Korean government would be unable to guarantee the safety of embassies and international organisations in the country in the event of conflict from April 10.’ …
Two rockets have been loaded onto mobile launchers and hidden in special underground facilities on North Korea’s east coast , according to a government official.
The official added: ‘The North is apparently intent on firing the missiles without prior warning.’
The range of the second missile is unknown though it is believed to be an inter-continental ballistic KN-08 missile, which is untested by the regime.
6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Russia’s Far East, close to China and North Korea – “An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude was registered in the border area between Russia, China and North Korea, the US Geological Survey said Friday. The epicenter of the quake was 9km from the Russian village of Zarubino, about 60km northeast of the North Korean city of Aodzhiri and approximately 608 km from the capital Pyongyang. No casualties or damage have been reported.” Read more.
Fox News – “Three earthquakes have shaken Southern California, Reuters reports, citing the U.S. Geological Survey.
The USGS’s monitoring system places the epicenter of the earthquakes in the desert near Anza, about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The earthquakes were felt sharply in the local area and also rolled through downtown Los Angeles, San Diego and in Orange County.
Palms Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed says the department has received no reports of damage or injuries.
There are no other immediate reports of damage in the region.” Source – Fox News.
Today’s Quakes ‘Could Be The Foreshock Of Something Larger’ – “It happened along the San Jacinto fault between the San Andreas and the Elsinore faults.This is a fault famous for big earthquakes according to retired geology professor Pat Abbott, Ph.D. ’There’s always that slight chance – slight chance now – that this could be the foreshock of something larger. Probably not. Usually this is just an event all by itself,’ Abbot said. ’It doesn’t hurt to keep it in mind, in the next 72 hours in particular,’ he said. ‘If a larger one is going to occur it would probably be during that three-day period.’” Read more.
The Powers Of Heaven Shaken: Earthquakes, Mass Animal Deaths, Violent Storms, Meteorites Light Up Skies, Strange Signs February 2013
Haggai 2:6, “For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land.”
Romans 8:20-22, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”
Another 2,500 homes were damaged in the quake, which struck 51 kilometers (32 miles) from Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, close to the Maynmar border.
The epicenter of the quake was detected at a depth of nine kilometers, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The quake registered as deep as 33 kilometers below the surface of the planet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
More than 20 people were hurt in the temblor, which registered at 5.5 on the Richter scale. Three of the injured sustained serious wounds.
Last September, twin earthquakes in the same province triggered landslides that killed at least 80 people. The region is prone to earthquakes.
The area in which the quake occurred in considered fairly remote.
Although Jews travel to China on business, they are generally not found in such remote areas, and none were reported injured or missing in the quake.” Source – INN.
AFP – “A 6.8 magnitude quake struck Friday in the Pacific in the Kuril island chain off Russia’s far east, the US Geological Survey reported.
The US agency said the quake’s epicenter was 161 kilometers south-west of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia in the Kuril Islands that extends south of the Kamchatka peninsula.
The quake, which struck at about 6.30pm local time, occurred at a depth of 4.9km, the USGS said in an advisory.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said ‘a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no Tsunami threat to Hawaii’.
This is hot off the heels of yesterday’s strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Chile …
LiveScience – “An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.0 struck early today in southern Mexico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The temblor’s epicenter was 6 miles (9 km) east of Tlalchapa, Mexico, and 107 miles (173 km) southwest of Mexico City. It originated 38 miles (60 km) deep and struck at 2:20 a.m. local time (0920 UTC), the USGS reports.
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard and the governors of Mexican states surrounding the quake’s epicenter posted messages on Twitter saying there were no reports of major damage.
Earthquakes of this size can cause significant damage, especially with poorly built structures. Even well designed buildings can be damaged or, in some cases, destroyed depending on the severity of the quake and a building’s proximity to the epicenter. Earthquakes of this size are sometimes followed by significant aftershocks.” Read more.