7.0 Haiti (not to add the multiple aftershocks)
5.3 Kuril Islands
5.3 Kyukyu Islands
5.4 Kermadec Islands
5.2 West Chile Rise
6.0 Mariana Islands
5.3 Santa Cruz Island
4.9 Aleutian Islands
4.9 Andreanof Islands
4.6 Fiji Islands
The above list covers the last two days of significant earthquakes around the world.
Granted, all we are hearing about is the devastation in Haiti (appropriately) and its subsequent carnage, but there is an upward trend in world earthquakes. Additionally, there has been a recent, concerning trend in the California/Nevada region, with approximately 1063 smaller quakes measured over the last week alone (link here).
Jesus said that this last generation would notice earthquakes as a sign - something noteworthy - something getting people's attention. The story in Haiti, resulting from this earthquake will go down in history as one of the most devastating natural catastrophes in history. The number of deaths is now measured in the hundreds of thousands and the resulting carnage is just beginning. Infectious disease, violence, and further aftershocks will contribute.
And of course, the other and highly related sign - famine - has already begun in the region as enough food cannot reach the needy. As in all disasters and during war, famine and pestilence quickly follow; the signs are often highly interrelated.
Recall that it was only a few years ago that an earthquake created a tsunami - causing similar carnage.
And all of this is happening at a time when all of the signs are surging in intensity and frequency:
Just as the revived Roman Empire continues its growth as seen with the developments in the Mediterranean Union.
Just as Swine Flu finally begins to recede from the headlines.
Just as tensions in the Middle East are reaching a pinnacle.
Just as Iran and Russia consolidate their alliance.
Just as we hear about several new "super infections" spreading, such as mutated forms of TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDS to name a few.
Just as the Mediterranean Union selects its leader and splits into a ten nation leadership.
Just as the revived Roman Empire consolidates under their new constitution, the Lisbon Treaty.
Just as the G20, the G7, the UN and other world leaders call for the global financial system and currency.
Just as the rumors of war breaking out in the Middle East - including the possible use of WMDs continue to mount.
The signs are all around us - not just a few, but all of them. All of the signs that we have been given to watch and observe are increasing - exactly as Jesus warned: like birth pains. The earthquake in Haiti just puts an exclamation point on the obvious. The time that Jesus spoke of is rapidly approaching. I repeat - rapidly approaching. Its undeniable.
In the context of the above signs, Jesus made two very simple statements. But typical for Jesus' teachings, these brief statements contain a powerful message.
"When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28).
"Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near." (Luke 21:31).
Jesus speaks only in truth.
Anyone who understands basic logic can see the truth here:
Jesus gave us the signs, and the signs are ALL undeniably here.
Jesus also said when we see these signs, His return is near.
Therefore, Jesus' return is near. Its the only logical conclusion.
Keep looking up - just as instructed by Jesus - our redemption is drawing near!