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July 26, 2003

Israel Due for a Big One

I have taught for the last 25 years that the great earthquake, found in Revelation 6:12 and Zechariah 14:5, are the same earthquake, and that it initiates the last 1260 days prior to Armageddon, which marks the time Israel will flee into the Negev and remain until the Lord returns.  (See Prophecy Update Number 130 in our Archives.)

Revelation 6:12 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

This makes the recent release of earthquake probability in Property and Casualty Management Edition Online very interesting.  The National Underwriter Online News Service has recently indicated Israel, which is known to average a big earthquake every 1,000 years, could be due for a big one soon.  This is according to Risk Management Solutions of Newark California, a risk management firm that has currently developed a model for earthquake prediction in Israel.  They claim to be the first to offer both high-resolution and aggregate analysis capabilities for the insurance and reinsurance risk management programs.

According to RMS, the biggest risk of a quake in Israel is along the Dead Sea Rift, and this makes it particularly relevant because of its proximity to major cities, and the high probability of generating a major quake.

Based on what they learned from historical records, the Jordan Valley segment of the Dead Sea Rift generates earthquakes with magnitudes of seven or higher approximately every 1000 years.  The last major quake on this segment occurred in 1033, increasing the current probability of a major earthquake in the near future.

RMS said it worked closely with the Geophysical Institute of Israel to compile a record of historical events spanning more than 2000 years.  An industry seminar about the new Israel Earthquake Model was presented July 24th at the London Underwriting Center.

The great earthquake that occurred in the days of King Uzziah of Judah was produced along this fault, and it will also be along this fault that the earthquake and havoc of Isaiah 29:6 shall be experienced.

Isaiah 29:6 – Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

I believe this rift valley fault structure will undergo a massive structural readjustment during the last three and one-half years of this age of the Gentiles, culminating with the final battle of Armageddon.  The quake introduces this period, and will be followed by several others, with the last one being the greatest of this age.  It will divide the city of Jerusalem into three parts, and lift the land from Geba to Rimmon.  The connecting fault structures extend northward into Turkey, and then east and west across northern Turkey with the western extension of the system passing south of Rome.  Its effects will ripple through these areas, affecting many cities and nations.  I have taught this for 30 years.  You will find it over and over again in our Prophecy And Birth Pang Archives.  I believe you will see the earthquake that sets it in motion when the antichrist attacks Israel, which I speculate likely to occur between 2005 and 2008.  The final quake will occur some three and one-half years after the initial attack, and is described in Revelation 16:16-19.

Revelation 16:16-19 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. [17] And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. [18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

The massive restructuring of many sections of Israel because of a series of earthquakes in the Jordan Valley rift is detailed in Scripture, and may be found in our Birth Pang Archives in Birth Pangs 18 to 32.  All of the diagrams associated with 18 to 32 are found under Birth Pang Diagrams.  The cross link on the Birth Pangs Menu is slow to react, so after you click on it, be sure to give it time to come up.  And as you click back through the archives the reaction time is also often slow.  Birth Pang Diagrams 23 to 48 apply to the rift valley for which the earthquake model is utilized in earthquake prediction probability.  When the first Birth Pang appears, click on Birth Pang Diagrams, and give them plenty of time to appear.  You many enlarge them by clicking on them individually.   

Of course, the RMS is not, in any way, shape, form, or fashion, issuing a warning for an earthquake of horrifying proportions, which will produce effects like those shown in the diagrams, but the Scriptures do, and I am of the OPINION it will occur before 2008.