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.