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Earthquakes – Past & Future in Israel


March 1, 2004

Earthquakes – Past & Future in Israel

In my first year at Arkansas Tech University I was introduced to all the different types of faults and structural features of the crust of the earth.  I was particularly interested in the great rift-valley fault that stretches from southern Africa northward through the Red Sea, the Gulf of Eilat, the Jordan River Valley, the Beka Valley of Lebanon, and finally makes an intersection with the east-west fault across northern Turkey.  I have studied this fault structure for some 30 years, and have surveyed it from Kenya in Africa to the Lebanese border in northern Israel.  Since I am one who believes God created the heavens and earth, I believe it is his to do with as he chooses, and since I believe his Holy Spirit wrote the Bible through inspiring about 40 different men during a period of 1500 to 1600 years, then I have also concluded that many of the destructive events, which are written in his word concerning the last days, will be fulfilled by God’s power as he uses the fault structures he created and controls. You can get a good overall look at the fault structures by clicking on Birth Pangs on our Menu, then clicking on Birth Pangs Figures, then clicking on Figure 3.  The recent killer earthquake in Morocco was produced by the fault line that crosses northern Turkey, the Grecian Islands, near Rome, and between Spain and Morocco into the Atlantic.

I became a member of the American Meteorological Society in 1962 and a member of the Israel Geological Society in 1974.  There are many Bible prophecies that involve tremendous geological changes during what is known as the tribulation period, such as the tearing apart of the Mount of Olives, the lifting of the land from Geba to Rimmon, the collapse of a tenth of the city of old Jerusalem, the creation of springs across Israel, the creation of Ezekiel’s spring on the Temple Mount, the division of the Great City into three parts, and many other phenomena.  If you will take a look at Birth Pangs 1 to 14 in our Archives you will find an exposition of the Scriptures dealing with worldwide topographical changes, in Birth Pangs 15 to 32 you will find an exposition of land mass changes the Bible says will occur in Israel and the rest of the Holy Land, and if you will click on “To view Birth Pang Figures” on our Menu Page, you may view all the diagrams associated with the vast topographical changes of all the Birth Pang upheavals in these aforementioned Birth Pangs.  You may also find when these changes occur in sequence with other events of the tribulation period in the exposition of Zechariah 13:8 to 14:16 in our Prophecy Archive Updates 138A to 138E, 140A to 140D, & 141A to 141B.

In Prophecy Update 130A, I gave the RMS assessment of the probability of a major quake being due in the Jordan Rift Valley, and, in Prophecy Update 155B, I gave the survey of the weakness of the rock strata under the Temple Mount, which makes it very susceptible to more earthquake damage than the rest of Jerusalem.  At least six major earthquakes have originated from the Jordan River fault.  The closest branch of the fault to Jerusalem, which is capable of producing its own earthquake, is thirteen miles east of the city, and is called the Dead Sea Western Border Sub-Fault.  This was the fault that produced the last major earthquake to affect Jerusalem in 1927.  The epicenter was about sixteen miles east of Jerusalem, and released some thirty times more energy than the most recent quake in the Jordan Valley.  It took the lives of more than 200 people, injured more than a thousand, and left thousands homeless.  During the coming tribulation period, these figures shall be miniscule, when compared with the first earthquake fatality figures that herald the beginning of numerous powerful earthquakes, which will be occurring for some three and one-half years.

The new western section of Jerusalem, which was built by the Jews after 1948, and the old city of Jerusalem west of a line between the Damascus Gate in the northern wall and the Dung Gate in the southern wall, rests on hard Cenomanian limestone. But those sections of the old city east of that line, which includes the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount, rest on a mixture of much softer Turonian limestone weakened by a maize of old tunnels and rubble from previous ages.  That is why I believe the section east of the line will fall (collapse) during the earthquake of Revelation 11, killing some 7,000 men, and causing the remnant of Jews in the Negev to give glory to God.

Revelation 11:13 – And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

And, at the same time, the area west of the line will be lifted up and safely inhabited for a thousand years.  A fault scarp from Geba to Rimmon extends along this line.

Zechariah 14:10,11 – All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. [11] And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

Diagrams of these, and many other tribulation period changes in the land of Israel may be viewed by clicking on our “Birth Pangs Figures” on our Menu.  There are 48 diagrams on a single page.  Just click on the one you want to view, and it will enlarge to full-page size.