| Just "Normal" earthquake activity?|
Dozens Of Large Earthquakes Strike As Speculation Mounts That Japan’s Southern Island May Split
By Michael Snyder, on April 17th, 2016
Over the past 48 hours, our planet has been hit by literally dozens of earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater, and scientists are acknowledging that what is taking place is highly unusual. This strange shaking began toward the end of last week when the globe was struck by five major earthquakes over the space of just two days, and over the weekend the seismic activity just continued to escalate. Very early on Saturday, Japan’s southern island of Kyushu was hit by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, and on Saturday night a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Ecuador’s Pacific coast. It was the worst earthquake that Ecuador had experienced since 1979, and it was followed by at least 163 aftershocks. Unfortunately, there are indications that what we have seen so far may be just the beginning.
Because the Ecuador earthquake was bigger, it is getting most of the headlines at the moment, but the truth is that what is going on in Japan is potentially far more dangerous.
Over the past week, Japan’s southern Island of Kyushu has been rocked by a series of devastating quakes, including two major ones in less than 48 hours. The following comes from the Guardian…
A second major earthquake in less than two days has shaken Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, with at least 34 people thought to have been killed, about 1,500 injured and more feared buried after building collapses and landslides.
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck at about 1.30am on Saturday, waking people across the island – including the thousands already in crisis centres. It caused widespread damage, with several landslides and a village evacuated over fears a dam might burst.
The mainstream media in the United States is using the term “landslides” to describe what has happened all over Kyushu, but the truth is that in many instances it would be far more accurate to say that “giant cracks” or “vast chasms” have formed. The geography of Japan’s southern island has been fundamentally transformed, and this is beginning to cause huge concerns. Here is more from the Guardian…
One major landslide tore open a mountainside in Minamiaso village in Kumamoto prefecture, destroying a key bridge that could cut off food and other relief transport to the worst-hit area.
Another landslide hit a road, collapsing a house that fell down a ravine. In another part of the village, houses were left hanging precariously at the edge of a huge hole.
I want to show you a map which comes directly from the U.S. Geological Survey. This map shows all of the earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater that have hit Japan’s southern island over the past week. As you look at this map, do you see a pattern?…
The dozens of earthquakes that have hit Japan’s southern island over the past week appear to form something of a straight line that divides the island in two. Many are now speculating that geological forces are beginning to tear Kyushu in half, and if that is true, the earthquake activity that we have seen in Japan so far is probably just the tip of the iceberg.
We could potentially be talking about an event that could ultimately have far more of an impact on Japan than the tsunami of 2011. By the time it is all said and done, entire cities could be wiped off the map and millions upon millions of Japanese citizens could be displaced.
Already, the seismic activity that has rocked Kyushu is having quite an impact on the Japanese economy…
Earlier today Toyota was one of many Japanese companies to announce that it will suspend most car production across Japan as a result of critical supply chain disruptions caused by the recent destructive earthquake and numerous aftershocks. All of the major assembly lines will be shut down across its four directly-run plants, and Toyota will be halting production in stages at other group companies as well.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, most of the Toyota group in Japan will be effectively shut down through at least the end of this upcoming week, with a production loss of as many as 50,000 vehicles, including brands such as Prius, Lexus, and Land Cruiser.
Our planet resembles something of a giant cracked egg, and the enormous tectonic plates that we are all living on are constantly in motion. So if Japan’s southern island is in the process of slowly splitting in half, that shouldn’t exactly be a surprise. After all, scientists assure us that Los Angeles and San Francisco will be directly next to one another someday.
And it isn’t just Japan that we need to be concerned about. All along the “Ring of Fire”, seismic activity is increasing, and this has many of the experts completely puzzled. The following comes from an excellent piece by Alvin Conway…
This has continued to baffle many of the world’s leading geologists, who still attest the rise in the number of large earthquakes is merely a random natural occurrence. For instance, the number of large earthquakes doubled in 2014. However, here’s what scientists had to say about it: “If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.
“We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California.
If you are familiar with my work, then you already know that I believe that we have entered a period of time during which we will see seismic activity on a scale that none of us have ever experienced before.
This great shaking will combine with other factors such as financial collapse, geopolitical instability and civil unrest to produce what many have described as a “perfect storm”. Life as we know it is in the process of fundamentally changing, and right now we are only in the very early chapters of this change.
Unfortunately, most people are ignoring the warnings and will continue to ignore them until it is far too late.
| 2016/4/18 16:37|
| Re: Just "Normal" earthquake activity?|
Hardly doubt this is "normal earthquake" activity bro. As I keep saying. God is speaking in the shaking. The question is are we listening?
Let us look up. Our Redemption is drawing nigh.
| 2016/4/18 19:30|
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Like I said on the other "shaking"thread there have been other periods of abnormal earthquake activity.
Let's consider the New Madrid quakes in the early 1800s (four of 7.0 magnitude or greater in a few months time). These changed river courses they were so powerful. Let's consider further that these happened today, with exponentially increased population and structures in the area of these quakes. There would be huge loss of life and inestimable property damage.
Now let's admit that if they happened today Mr. Snyder would be saying that its a sign of the end.
But it DIDN'T happen today. It happened over 200 years ago.
So my question is simply this: Why must we assume that these recent earthquakes are a sign of the end, when similar things and much worse have happened many times years and years ago?
Unless we are willing to say that EVERY earthquake since the ascension is a "birth pang" I don't see how we can definitively say that these recent ones are.
God knows that we observe regular seismic activity on the earth. So don't you think he would make it exceedingly clear if he is doing something as a sign? A couple of earthquakes in a few days time is really not terribly abnormal. There is no reason for the world to see it as terribly abnormal. In fact a seismologist quoted in the article said it is still a normal variation.
I hate to seem to be the only one who tries to see things reasonably. I am not against the second coming- good grief no. But I think we are so much wanting to see the return of Jesus that we are willing to try to create signs where no sign is intended. We live in a big world where the earth shakes from time to time.
If God intends a sign, don't you think it will be undeniable?
| 2016/4/18 19:52||Profile|
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Is this the "shaking" that Hebrews is talking about?
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
| 2016/4/18 19:57|
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And again, I asked you what's undeniable & you aren't really sure. I don't doubt the thing from 200 years ago, but birth pangs work that way. One, then one larger, then one closer together, then larger ones & closer together, and on and on until the baby comes forth. I have read a lot from seismologists & they are the ones that would know what's abnormal & they seem to concur that what is going on now is abnormal (& they're the experts in that field, not me - and I don't think anyone else here is a seismologist, geologist or volcanologist, are they?). Again, I think some people can make "anything out of nothing" & likewise others can "turn anything into nothing" through "normalcy bias". But I guess it is what it is, eh? 😊
| 2016/4/18 20:16|
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Actually, the initial discussion was on Matthew 24, where Jesus spoke of "earthquakes" and it Was in the context with famines, pestilences, etc., birth pangs, the Day of the Lord, etc. Not Hebrews.
| 2016/4/18 20:17|
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My mistake, Jeff. I meant to post that in the "shaking" thread.
| 2016/4/18 22:12|
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Quote: "I asked you what's undeniable & you aren't really sure."
Not sure why you said this- I answered twice on the "shaking" thread.
What I am sure of is that when God intends a sign it will be sure. We won't be wondering.
The seismologists say we are in a period of increased seismic activity. So if in a couple of years we are in a period of decreased activity, then what will Snyder say?
That's what upsets me. Guys who make prophetic statements never admit they are wrong. If in a couple of years seismic activity is way down, he will not say "a couple of years ago I was wrong." He will say. "we are now in the calm before the storm."
| 2016/4/19 8:06||Profile|
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Don't you think the spiritual signs are more reliable than the sociological and geological signs? The Holy Spirit speaks much more throughout the NT regarding the spiritual signs (iniquity abounding, love of many waxing cold, brethren betraying brethren false christs, prophets, teachers, brethren, etc, etc) of the Lord's coming.
Jesus said, "when you hear of wars and rumors of war, THESE THINGS MUST COME TO PASS BUT THE END IS NOT YET".
Right after this verse in Matthew 24, He elaborates that nations rising against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms, famines, pestilences and earthquakes are ONLY THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS, but does not tell us when the beginning of sorrows starts.
One can view history of man and recognize that the things Jesus enumerated in the "Beginning of Sorrows" text have been happening since the 1st century. So, have we been in the "Beginning of Sorrows" for the last 2,000 years?
After the Lord talked about the "Beginning of Sorrows", He says this:
Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
We know that this took place in the 1st century and increasingly each century, thereafter.
Seems like the Lord is covering the entire time of man since He resurrected and will come back.
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Great point J.
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