In a space of less than a week, various places in the world have experienced earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. As the days go on, it feels like Cosmology keeps going through a sort of metarmophosis daily.
A few days back, I did write an article speaking on hurricanes, fires, winter storms, earth quakes, epidemics as being signs of the end times and various Bible verses to accompany the article.
Well, the latest Earthquakes and Volcanoes are just more Harbingers signaling the times.
As we watch these often disturbing events, I hope we can take comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is in control and we need not fear.
The Bible does talk about the last days and what will happen;
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’
Below, I have collected some of the latest cosmological occurrences and what the major news outlets are saying about the events.
“According to the US Geological Survey, the 6.0 magnitude quake was centered offshore western Java at a depth of about 43 kilometres (27 miles). The epicentre was about 153 kilometres (95 miles) southwest of Jakarta.”
“Buildings in the capital swayed for 10 to 20 seconds and people have taken to social media describing the earthquake as terrifying.
‘This is the second time I felt an earthquake in Jakarta, so shocking, so scary, so traumatic,’ one person wrote.” Daily Mail
“Zainal, who heads Banten province’s search and rescue agency, said the quake damaged houses and other buildings in Lebak district, including a high school and hospital, and a mosque in Pandeglang district collapsed.
Buildings in the capital swayed for 10 to 20 seconds and some ordered evacuations, sending streams of people into the streets.”
“A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska in the early hours of Tuesday, prompting warnings of a possible tsunami down the west coast of North America.
Emergency sirens sounded in Kodiak, a town of 6,100 people on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, one of the closest settlements to the epicenter.
“This is a tsunami warning. This is not a drill. Please get out to higher ground,” said the announcer on local public radio station KMXT.”
“The entire West Coast of the U.S. has been placed on tsunami watch after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the Gulf of Alaska.
California is included in the alert, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Tsunami Warning System. The quake has also triggered warnings for Alaska and the coasts of British Columbia in Canada.
Authorities have urged residents in Alaska to evacuate low-lying coastal areas, with the NWS sending out an emergency alert to mobile phones warning: “Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland.”
“The earthquake woke Putney up out of a dead sleep, and he estimates it shook for at least 30 seconds.
“I’ve been Kodiak for 19 years that was the strongest, longest lasting one I’ve ever felt,” he said by telephone.”
“The Philippines’ most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes Tuesday in a dazzling but dangerous eruption that has sent 56,000 villagers to shelter in evacuation centers.
Lava fountains gushed 700 meters, or about 2,300 feet, above Mount Mayon’s crater and ash plumes rose up to 3 kilometers at night and at least twice Tuesday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. An explosive eruption Monday was the most powerful since the volcano started acting up more than a week ago.”
On January 13 this year the cone began releasing clouds of ash, prompting the evacuation of surrounding areas. More than 24,000 people have since been relocated.”
Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said. One soldier later died.
The eight soldiers were in a group of 30 who were undergoing ski training when they were hit by the volcanic rocks, defense officials said.