They were all hit with sizable earthquakes this week. Chile hit the jackpot, rocking the Richter scale with a magnitude 8.2.
Are large earthquakes increasing in frequency?
According the the National Academy of Sciences, earthquakes 8.0 magnitude and above have struck at a record rate since 2004.
The usual rate? 1 per year.
Since 2004? One, two, and even four times per year.
Most scientists attribute this to statistical chance. We do not.
The Bible tells us to expect "great earthquakes in various places" (Luke 21:11) in the lead up to the 'beginning of sorrows'.
The Bible also indicates an increase in:
- spiritual deceptions
- natural disasters
- distress of nations
- and sin
So yes, the frequency of large earthquakes will increase. But the granddaddy of all earthquakes, a massive mega-quake, won't happen until the 7th angel pours out his bowl of judgment during the Great Tribulation.
"...and there was a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth." (Revelation 16:18).
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