The Heavens Will Shake!
"Men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
-Luke 21:26, emphasis added
Not only will the sun be darkened, and the stars fall, but there will also be great earthquakes in various places!
Part 3 of Christ's Warning-"the powers of the heavens will be shaken": Both natural and supernatural phenomena in the earth and sky appear to be increasing. And when Christ returns there will be cosmic quakes: "There will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven" (Luke 21:11).
In the last decade we have seen the highest, ever-recorded dangers to human life on Planet Earth. Here they are to ponder:
Last week Asteroid 2012 DA-14 flew by at 17,400 miles away. That innocent sounding names with a date, a letter and a number hides the real power of that asteroid. Packing more punch that all know atomic weapons, combined. We have also watched the last 11-year, solar cycle explode plasma jets so large they would engulf Earth if we were closer. And, just 9 years ago, our planet was struck by the Sumatran-Andaman earthquake. That quake was so massive that scientists are still analyzing what happened. But this we do know: the earthquake lasted about ten minutes; it is the longest quake ever known, and was the most powerful ever recorded. The quake, centered in the Indian Ocean, created the largest gash in the earth's seabed ever observed. It was the second deadliest quake known to history. The quake was also the second largest to hit our planet (that we are aware of) and is only surpassed by the 1960 Chilean quake.
So we have lived through the closest extinction-level asteroid fly-by, the largest solar flare cycle, and second biggest, second deadliest, longest, and most powerful quake ever felt and measured by man. We have watched a space rock whiz by closer than any has ever been and that it will be the first asteroid visible with the naked eye from earth. And, on May 15, 2005, we had the highest-level solar storm sighted by the NOAA.
Jesus was asked, "What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" So He ran down the now-familiar list of earthquakes, famines, wars, and pestilences. He said that all of these would come upon the earth like "birth pangs" that would increase in frequency and intensity as the time grew near.
Jesus responded, "There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in and the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (Luke 21:25-27). . . . In the meantime, He told those who would witness the signs of His return, "Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28).
One thing is certain: for the first time man now has the ability to track smaller asteroids that could wreak enormous destruction on this planet. This is creating an increased anxiety over previously unknown threats from the heavens. This is what Jesus predicted would happen in the last days.
The prophetic signs of Christ's soon coming just keep multiplying. Are you ready to meet Him?
How can you get ready? Live in the hope of Christ's return. Trust Him with your future. Wait upon Him to guide your daily life. Avoid whatever grieves Him. Resist fearing anything but God!
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