Israeli MP blames quakes on gays
An Israeli MP has blamed parliament's tolerance of gays for earthquakes that have rocked the Holy Land recently.
Shlomo Benizri, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party, said the tremors had been caused by lawmaking that gave "legitimacy to sodomy". Israel decriminalised homosexuality in 1988 and has since passed several laws recognising gay rights. Two earthquakes shook the region last week and a further four struck in November and December.
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote:</font><hr>Earthquake Hits Israel
By Israel News Agency Staff
Jerusalem----February 11......An earthquake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook buildings in Israel at 10:15 a.m. this morning. The tremor lasted 25 seconds. Israeli authoritues have stated that aftershocks are to be expected from the quake.
Emergency services Magen David Adom said they had no immediate reports of any wounded in the tremor. Several people were hospitalized in Israeli hospitals for stress-related symptoms. People evacuated homes and offices in cities across the region. Hundreds of people were seen rushing to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The quake was felt as far away as Beirut.
Israel Radio reported that residents in various cities have called in saying some buildings have collapsed, but these reportes have not been confirmed. <hr></blockquote>
http://www.israelnewsagency.com/israele ... 10070.html
"An earthquake in Israel is a certainty; it's just a question of when"
By Ellis Shuman, IsraelInsider
"The Haifa Bay area is a ticking bomb, which will explode if and when an earthquake occurs," said [Israeli] Geological Institute Director Amos Bein.
"Nearly the whole of Israel is along the fault line," said MK Meli Polishook-Bloch, chairwoman of the Knesset Science and Technology Committee. "An earthquake is a certainty; it is just a question of when. It could be in five minutes or 50 years."
An earthquake in Israel — what’s next, frogs?
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Ynet News: GII picks up two small earthquakes in Jordan rift valley area over past few days.
Study shows major quake is pending.
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Menorha - Earthquake in Israel on February 15th 2008
The effect of the earthquake in Israel, especially in Jerusalem, has been a definite hole on the Temple Mount, near the Dome of the Rock on Friday. ...
Recent tremors raise fears of potentially destructive earthquake
Epicenter northeast of Lebanese city of Tyre
A Tel Aviv resident, living on the second floor, said: "We felt the earth move. The bed was rocking, the doors were moving, and the chandeliers were swinging." <hr></blockquote>
The Promised Land, in the providence of God, lies immediately adjacent to the African Rift Zone, the deepest known break in the earth's crust. A number of important quakes are mentioned in the Bible and many Holy Land earthquakes are known from secular history. (Ref. 2)
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah at the Southeastern shores of the Dead Sea in the time of Abraham about 1900 BC is vividly described in Genesis 19. Archaeological research suggests that a great earthquake opened the rift zone releasing "brimstone" (sulfur?) and volatile petroleum gases which caused a terrible firestorm (Ref 3).
Archaeological evidence suggests that the earthquake "in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel" (Amos 1:1)---sometime between 749 to 760-may have had a magnitude greater than 7.0, possibly even 8.0 or higher. (Ref 2).
Elijah experienced an earthquake at Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:11) though he was not in Israel, but 300 miles South of Mt. Carmel in the Sinai wilderness at the time.
Scripture is clear that God fully controls nature, through the rule of certain angels (Heb. 2:5). There are no accidents in His universe. When Jesus died on the cross, the end of his life was punctuated by a severe earthquake on April 11, 32 AD, (Ref 4) following a strange three-hour darkness covering the land,
"...Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, 'Truly this was the Son of God!'" (Matt. 27:50-54)
A second great earthquake occurred on Easter morning according to Matt. 28:2 at the time of the resurrection. Evidently these two earthquakes have not yet been noted in any archaeological site damage thus far excavated.
Another "providential" earthquake recorded in the Bible was the Lord's means of releasing Paul and Silas from jail in Philippi. The terrified jailer and his family fled for refuge not out of the city, but into the kingdom of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, (Acts 16:11-40).
The giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai was accompanied by a frightening earthquake (Exodus 19:16-18). Earthquakes symbolize judgment not grace---so it is not surprising that great world-wide earthquakes will characterize the end of the age in which we live. This is indicated by the imagery of Rev. 4:5 (the rainbow is the corresponding symbol of grace, Rev. 4:3, Gen. 9:11-17). The writer of Hebrews quoting Haggai 2:6,7 tells us that the coming shaking of creation will affect not only the earth but also the heavenly places and the host of heaven, i.e., the angels,
The third group of scholars, just referred to, place this earthquake as identical with one of the events described in Rev. 8:5, 11:19 (comp. Luke 21:25-27) or 16:18. The seven bowls of wrath seem to cascade out of the seventh trumpet, and the seven trumpets out of the seventh seal, therefore these three linked earthquakes of increasing intensity seem to be closely linked or could possibly be a single event (Ref 5). Revelation 16 adds further information about this greatest-of-all earthquakes which follows immediately after the martyrdom of God's two witnesses on the Temple Mount:
"The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, 'It is done!' And there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as had never been since men were on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered great Babylon, to make her drain the cup of the fury of his wrath. And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found; and great hailstones, heavy as a hundred-weight, dropped on men from heaven, till men cursed God for the plague of the hail, so fearful was that plague." (Rev. 16:17-21).
Not only is Jerusalem severely shaken at this time but the cities of the nations also. Evidently the topography of Eretz Israel will be drastically altered at this time as well. Islands "flee away" and mountains disappear , apparently around the globe.
Jesus was last seen departing this earth from atop the Mt. of Olives 40 days after the resurrection, promising through two angels to return "in like manner." A known East-West earthquake fault transects the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem. Tourists today often stand at the very spot overlooking the Temple Mount to the West and the Wilderness of Judea and the Dead Sea to the East. It is there that Jesus, the Lord, will stand in the not-too-distant future to trigger earth's last terrible earthquake and the dawning of the long-awaited golden age of peace on earth.
Jesus was last seen departing this earth from atop the Mt. of Olives 40 days after the resurrection, promising through two angels to return "in like manner." A known East-West earthquake fault transects the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem. Tourists today often stand at the very spot overlooking the Temple Mount to the West and the Wilderness of Judea and the Dead Sea to the East. It is there that Jesus, the Lord, will stand in the not-too-distant future to trigger earth's last terrible earthquake and
the dawning of the long-awaited golden age of peace on earth.
"...On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward. And the valley of my mountains shall be stopped up, for the valley of the mountains shall touch the side of it; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
Then the LORD your God will come, and all the holy ones with him. On that day there shall be neither cold nor frost. And there shall be continuous day (it is known to the LORD), not day and not night, for at evening time there shall be light. On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it shall continue in summer as in winter (Ref 6). And the LORD will become king over all the earth; on that day the LORD will be one and his name one. The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem." (Zech. 14:2-10)
Signs of the End or Signs of the Times?
It is quite true the Bible has a lot to say about big earthquakes. The end of the age when Jesus stands upon the Mount of Olives is marked by will surely be the greatest earthquake experienced on earth. Even now stress is evidently building up world-wide in anticipation of this great event. I believe we have descriptions of this one mammoth world-wide earthquake in Zechariah 14:4ff, Ezekiel 47:1-12, Joel 3:18 and in Revelation 6:12, 8:5, 11:19 and 16:18-21.
In fact, the Revelation passages help us to anchor the sequence of cascading judgments God calls down upon the earth during this period--because they all culminate in this one great earthquake as a clear marker that Christ has now commenced His reign on earth.
The Norwegian Academy of Sciences has determined that since 3600 B.C. there have been 14,531 wars and only 292 years of peace. This is approximately 2.6 wars per year, and one year of "peace" out of every two decades, or a little over 36 hours of peace per month, or about one minute of peace every four hours.
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote:</font><hr>[green]Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid..."
"I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation;
but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world."
(John 14:27, 16:33)