Are you an eschatologist?
I am – sort of – if my fascination with what is described as “the branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind,” and beliefs concerning “the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment,” qualify me as one. I certainly do not claim to be a theologian or an expert, but I cannot help but be riveted by the quotation from the King James Bible; “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” or as the New International Version (©1984) has it, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”
Earthquakes Mentioned As Precursors of the Events Surrounding the Second Coming of Christ.
It was Christ, Himself, who declared that earthquakes would be in “divers places.”
“In Such An Hour As This there will be Earth Quakes in Divers Places. … There will be Chaos, Destruction and Fear!” Well, we argue, there are many places in the Bible that speak about earthquakes. However, the end of this present age and the events before the final judgment are portrayed as coming after an increase in earthquakes on the earth. In the New Testament, earthquakes are mentioned as precursors of the events surrounding the Second Coming of Christ, and in the Old Testament, Zechariah 14:4-5 prophesies an end time earthquake which will split the Mount of Olives in a north-south direction at the Second Coming. Revelation 16:18 speaks of the coming great earthquake in connection with the pouring out of the seventh and last “Bowl of Wrath” upon end-time Babylon. And we cannot deny, in this month of January, 2009, that we have been experiencing “end-time drama” as never seen before.
The Book of Revelation
Leading scholars remind us that it is incorrect to refer to the last book in the New Testament as “Revelations” (plural) or “the Revelation of Saint John the Divine” and what fascinates me is that it substantiates so many prophecies already given in both the old and New Testaments. Chapter 1:1-20 has four distinct divisions: Intro (vv.1-3), salutation (vv.4-8), Christ in His glory (vv.9-18), the instruction “to write” (vv.19, 20).”THE APOCALYPSE” is foreseen in Daniel 7:13 and Rev 1:7; 1:13; 14:14.
The background: According to 2Tim 1:9, Jesus was there before the beginning of time. In John’s Gospel we read, “in the beginning was the WORD.” THE FINAL DESTRUCTION of the earth – which was not intended by God to be eternal – is described in poetic imagery in Psalm 102:25,26, which is quoted in Hebrews 1:11 and 12. The most graphic account of the end of the world, indeed of the entire physical universe, is found in 2Peter 3:10.
Signs Of the End of the Age can be found in Mark 13, Acts 2:14 – 21, 2Timothy 3:1; Daniel 24:30), Matt chapters 24 and 25p, Mk 13 and Luke 21; however, the most graphic account of the end of the world, indeed of the entire physical universe, is found in 2Peter 3:10. In Chapter 5, our attention is drawn to a scroll which is held in the hand of God. It is sealed with sefen seals. (Seven being the number of perfection.) It contains secrets which were completely unknown at that time.
Pestilence and Death
The Book of Revelation Chapter 6 begins with what is commonly known in the Scriptures as the “Day of the Lord,” or the day of God’s judgment on the earth. This is the beginning also of the Day of Christ because, on the same day, believers are caught up in the air to be with the Lord. They are taken from the earth, and God’s judgment is then poured out upon those who have rejected Christ. Here we have the beginning of the seven years of Tribulation – or great suffering. Daniel 9:24-27. People are transferred to the heavenly or spiritual realm. How is it that the Church has now been transferred to Heaven? Something has intervened! This transfer is spoken of as “THE RAPTURE.” 1 Thess 4:13 – 18; 1Cor 15:50 – 55.