Earthquakes Kickoff 2024 and End Times Speculation

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James Lasher

In the past week, several major earthquakes have struck various parts of the world, leaving a trail of destruction and devastation in their wake.

From the powerful tremors in Japan that claimed numerous lives and destroyed homes, to the quakes felt in Los Angeles, New York and India, the Earth has shown its immense power and unpredictability. As these events continue to unfold, it is crucial for Christians to reflect on their faith and discern what these events might mean in regards to the end times.

A series of powerful earthquakes struck Japan’s west coast on Jan. 1, 2024, causing widespread damage and loss of life. The largest of these was a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that hit near the city of Tokyo, killing at least 48 people and injuring hundreds more. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami warning and caused widespread power outages.

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake off the Los Angeles County coast caused weak shaking throughout Southern California on Monday, with residents in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties reporting the tremors to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Did You Feel It? website.

Despite being felt by several people during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, no injuries or damage were reported, and the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale classified the shaking as noticeable indoors and causing slight rocking of standing motor vehicles.

A 1.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Astoria, Queens, on Tuesday morning, causing a series of small explosions that knocked out power and jolted residents awake in Roosevelt Island, Queens, and the Upper East Side.

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The United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake at 5:45 a.m., which coincided with the time calls began to come in from the affected areas. Despite the loud noise and shaking felt by residents, no injuries or damage were reported in New York City.

Two earthquakes of magnitude 3.9 on the Richter scale have struck Jammu and Kashmir, a disputed region between Pakistan, India and China, with the latest on Jan. 4, as reported by the National Center for Seismology (NSC). The first earthquake occurred on Jan. 2, and the second on Dec. 30 in Kupwara, with both events having a depth of five kilometers below the surface. Despite the tremors, there have been no reports of damage, according to the National Centre of Seismology.

The Bible speaks of earthquakes as signs of the end times, often associated with God’s judgment or the return of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 24:7, Jesus says, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, epidemics and earthquakes in various places.”

In light of the increase in this type of activity, Christians should be discerning about what is taking place on the Earth during the end times. While earthquakes and other natural disasters can be seen as signs of the end times, they can also be seen as natural events that occur as a result of the Earth’s geological processes.

Christians are called to remain steadfast in their faith and mission, even as we witness the events of the end times unfolding around us. While it is important to be aware of the signs and prophecies, believers must not lose sight of the Great Commission, which is to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19-20). Jesus Himself instructed His followers to focus on spreading the gospel and preparing for His return, rather than getting caught up in speculation and fear. In this way, we can continue to live out our faith with purpose and hope, even in the midst of uncertain times.

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James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.

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