There seems to have been a lot of earthquakes recently. In fact, as I write this, one with a magnitude of 5.1 was reported in the Palau region of Asia. Recently, it seems as if the world is shaken…
…but not stirred.
Not a big deal, considering about 1,319 earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 5.0 happen annually.
But when you do some research, you find that a 5.0 rating produces considerable damage, similar to that of a tornado.
INsERT link to graph
That’s like 1,319 tornadoes a year. And that’s not even including earthquakes that hit with higher magnitudes.
Here are some stats you may want to know:
In the last week, there have been 133 earthquakes in North America.
In the last week, there have been 235 earthquakes worldwide.
In the last week, Vanuatu has been hit by 16 hard earthquakes.
In the last week, the earthquake that hit Peru measured 7.0.
Last year, 320,159 people died due to earthquakes.
Here’s my point: we are shaken, but not stirred.
People are concerned about Will and Jada (possibly) divorcing, Jay-Z coming out with a new record, and a proposed $155million theme park centered on Noah’s Ark.
But there are people dying.
There are cities toppling.
There are major nations facing potential economic collapse.
Yet, you and I both know that this is how it’s going to be before the End.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Matthew 24:6-8, ESV
I’m not saying the end is at hand, but the end is a lot closer than it was last century.
The Apostle Peter tells us that the end is near (1 Peter 4:7).
Live with the end in mind.