Even on this blog, earthquakes rarely receive any discussion.
Yet Jesus gave this sign equal weight with the other generational signs, such as warfare, rumors of war, pestilence, famine and persecution. Viewing the data, no matter how you view it, this generation is quite unique in almost every aspect of earthquakes - whether you view total quakes, major quakes, damage from quakes, deaths, injury, etc. - every aspect you analyze is unique in this generation- and not just unique but dramatically and significantly different than any other generation. No other century has even come close to the last 100 years in terms of earthquakes frequency and severity. Additionally, all of these parameters have been increasing over the last couple of decades.
If you closely monitor prophecy related news, you will notice that earthquakes typically increase around the time other prophecy related "signs" seem to be increasing - which makes Jesus' picture of these signs appearing as "birth pains" stunningly accurate.
To finally get to the point, just as we have focused on several of the other signs recently (imminent warfare in the Middle East, Gog-MaGog, big changes coming to the EU, the formation of the coalitions who will go to war with Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of key countries, etc.) very quietly we are also witnessing a big increase in notable earthquakes.
Just look at the recent news:
Rescue workers in Iran on Tuesday recovered more bodies three days after two powerful earthquakes struck the northwest of the country, killing more than 300 people, but officials played down reports that casualty numbers may still sharply rise.The quakes, with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.3, struck East Azerbaijan province on Saturday afternoon, flattening villages and injuring thousands of people around the towns of Ahar, Varzaghan, and Harees, near the provincial capital Tabriz.Another report, by Iran's Labour news agency, said hundreds of villages had suffered severe damage, raising fears that the number of dead could mount sharply as rescuers reach previously inaccessible areas.The Iranian Red Crescent Society said it has provided temporary shelter to around 50,000 people and that the priority was to prevent the spread of illness.State television has shown extensive footage of airdrops and of officials handing out food rations and tents, after the media was accused of ignoring the national disaster and continuing to broadcast normal schedules.Meanwhile, a quake with a magnitude of 5.3 on Tuesday and more than 20 minor aftershocks added to the suffering of many who have lost their homes and loved ones and are now living in makeshift camps.
According to the ISNA news agency, up to 70 percent of residences in Iran are not strong enough to withstand moderate earthquakes, let alone those with a magnitude of 6.0 or more.
In addition to the description of this 'massive' quake in the sea of Okhotsk, open the article and look at the list of major quakes in a single day.
Massive very deep earthquake in the sea of OkhotskA Magnitude 7.7 (updated from 7.3 by USGS) earthquake hit the sea of Okhotsk 160 km from Poronaysk, Russia although it was a massive earthquake the depth of 625 km has decreased the shaking strongly, making it a IV on the Mercalli scale (light shaking) for a very wide area, no tsunami is possible because of the depth.
The earthquake has been felt as far as Japan!
Needless to say, we need to pray for all of the affected individuals - those who are now suffering loss of family members, their homes, and all associated pain and suffering as a result of these quakes - and that somehow this tragedy can be used to bring them to seek Christ.