STRONGEST QUAKE EVER RECORDED
Japan was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. Then on
It not only rattled Tokyo and shook the north of the
country, but also unleashed a tsunami with ferocious
10-metre, 30 feet-high waves.
Such an enormous
tsunami was unprecedented in that part of the world. It
swept inland for 6 or 7 miles (10-11 km), wiping out
whole towns. Countless cars with their hapless occupants
were tossed to and fro in the surging waves; whole
buildings were uprooted and swept along, some of them
ablaze, and washed out to sea. Even big ships were
carried by the surge and deposited inland. One was seen
stranded on top of a surviving 2-storey building.
The quake struck
at a depth of six miles (10 km), about 80 miles (125 km)
off the eastern coast. The area is 240 miles (380 km)
northeast of Tokyo.
As the tsunami
with 30-feet-high waves began sweeping at around 800
kph, across the Pacific ocean, a tsunami warning was
extended to a number of areas in the Pacific, Southeast
Asia and Latin America, Russia, Indonesia, New Zealand
and Chile. Damage was caused in Hawaii and on the
Californian coast. In the Philippines, authorities
ordered an evacuation of coastal communities, but no
unusual waves were reported.
But much of
northern Japan has been totally devastated.
cities lie in ruins. Roads and rail, power and ports
were crippled across much of the north. This was the
most powerful earthquake in the nation’s recorded
The initial shock
was felt as far away from the epicenter as Beijing,
China. There were another two massive “aftershocks”
on the same
day. And within two days,
quakes above 6.0
had hit the
area. Hundreds of aftershocks followed during the next
month - about
were of magnitude 5.0
Dozens of cities
and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-km) stretch of
coastline were shaken by the violent tremors that
reached as far as Tokyo, hundreds of kilometers from the
epicenter. More than 4 million buildings were without
power in Tokyo and its suburbs. A large section of
Kesennuma, a town of 70,000 people, burned furiously.
combed the tsunami-battered region north of Tokyo for
survivors and struggled to care for millions of people
who were stranded without power, food and water. Prime
Minister Naoto Kan dubbed the double disaster as his
country’s worst crisis since World War Two.
“It’s a scene from
hell, absolutely nightmarish,” said a member of the
International Red Cross Federation in the obliterated
coastal town of Otsuchi. “The situation here is just
beyond belief, almost everything has been flattened.”
Japan Red Cross
President, Tadateru Konoe, said: “After my long career
in the Red Cross where I have seen many disasters and
catastrophes, this is the worst I have ever seen.
Otsuchi reminds me of Osaka and Tokyo after the Second
World War when everything was destroyed and flattened.”
THE TSUNAMI DEPOSITED THIS BOAT ON TOP OF A TWO-STOREY
Tsutomu Sato, 46,
a survivor in Rikuzantakata, a town on the NE coast,
said: “When the tsunami struck, I was trying to evacuate
people. I looked back, and then it was like the computer
graphics scene I’ve seen from the movie Armageddon. I
thought it was a dream. It was really like the end of
near-freezing temperatures, tens of thousands of people
took shelter in schools, stadiums and makeshift
100,000 soldiers to deliver food, water and fuel, and to
pull stranded survivors from buildings and damaged
homes. More than 450,000
people had to be evacuated. More than
The 9.0 was the
earthquake to hit the world in the past century. It was
stronger than the 6.3 quake that devastated the city of
Christchurch in New Zealand in February. And it also
surpassed Japan’s Great Kanto quake of
September 1, 1923,
which had a magnitude of
killed more than
people in the Tokyo area.
quake in Kobe in
Even for a country
experienced in earthquakes, this one was of more
horrific proportions because of the tsunami that crashed
ashore, swallowing everything in its path as it surged
several miles inland before retreating.
In Tokyo, commuter
trains shut down, and trucks were unable to make
deliveries as supermarket shelves ran empty. Large areas
of land were completely under water, and millions of
households were left without electricity.
ENORMOUS ECONOMIC COST
economic experts, the economic
was around $300
billion – that’s just to the region hit by
the quake and tsunami.
disaster will be a huge blow to Japan’s economy - the
third-largest economy in the world - which has the
world’s biggest public debt load. Since it was already
at the doorstep of national insolvency, the quake may
have made a
an eventual certainty.
has a trillion dollars invested in the US Treasury
bonds. But now a large portion of those bonds will have
to be sold to pay for reconstruction. That in turn will
help push the US economy closer to the brink.
JAPAN’S GREAT NUCLEAR DISASTER
When it seemed
like things could not get any worse, an
explosion crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant,
240-km north of Tokyo. The nuclear installations had
already been severely damaged by the quake and the
The explosion sent
a huge plume of smoke billowing into the sky, and the
exposure of fuel rods in the four reactors led to
radiation leaks into areas around, and into the sea.
Radiation levels within the plant surged to 1,000 times
Now Japan had to
grapple with this third disaster - the worst nuclear
catastrophe, since the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine
Japan’s PM, Naoto
Kan, declared a state of emergency as engineers tried to
confirm whether any of the four reactors at Fukushima,
had gone into meltdown.
The tsunami had
knocked out the power to the system that cools the
dangerously hot nuclear fuel rods. Emergency workers,
trying to avert a “disaster with global implications,”
pumped sea water into the reactors to cool down the
Excess heat in a
reactor causes the metallic core to melt. When the core
melts down, it melts right through the container and
into the ground and eventually into the
authorities and the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power
Co (TEPCO), have worked as hard as they can, under
extremely difficult circumstances, to stabilize the
nuclear power plants and to contain the atomic crisis.
But mounting problems, including badly miscalculated
radiation figures and no place to store dangerously
contaminated water, have stymied the operation.
TEPCO said fuel
rods at the No. 2 reactor were fully exposed, which
could lead to the rods melting down.
There were partial
meltdowns of the fuel rods at both the No. 1 and the No.
3 reactors where the explosions had occurred, and a
TEPCO official described the situation in the No. 2
reactor was even worse than in the other units. TEPCO
said 11 people had been injured in the blast.
Engineers say they
are far from being in control of the damaged reactors
and it could take months to stabilise them and years to
clear up the toxic mess left behind.
30-km EXCLUSION ZONE
Japan declared a
30-km exclusion zone around Fukushima, and evacuated
about 140,000 from areas around the plant.
Officially it is 30-km, but in practice, police are
reportedly enforcing a quarantine zone about
The evacuees from
the zone joined more than 450,000 other evacuees from
the quake and tsunami-hit areas. The government warned
those remaining in the evacuation zone to stay indoors.
Around 100 people
never left their homes, refusing to evacuate from the
zone around Fukushima even when the power plant began
spewing harmful radioactive materials.
People in the
exclusion zone are at risk of receiving radiation of at
least 112 microsieverts. At that level a person gets the
same amount of radiation every day as they would expect
to get under normal circumstances in a year.
residents of towns surrounding the crippled plant are
regularly returning home, defying health warnings as the
crisis drags on. Many return to collect valuables or
THREATS AT NUCLEAR PLANT
engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are
warning that the troubled nuclear plant is facing a wide
array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely,
and that in some cases are expected to increase as a
result of the very measures being taken to keep the
JAPANESE DISASTER IN ‘HANDS OF GOD’
The nuclear crisis
in Japan is now in the “hands of God”, the EU’s energy
commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, said, rattling
Speaking to the
European Parliament’s environment committee on March 16,
Oettinger expressed surprise at the “incredible
makeshift” methods being used by Japanese technicians to
prevent further disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
“The site is effectively out of control,” the German
commissioner told MEPs, a day after he described Japan
as facing an “apocalypse.”
problems at the complex are complicating the
humanitarian disaster that has killed over 28,000.
In a worst-case
Fukushima disaster could render the area around the
plant uninhabitable for 200 years or more.
accounts for 30% of Japan’s electricity. Of Japan’s 54
reactors, 11 have been shut down by the quake.
RADIATION SPREADING TO SEAWATER
Workers at Japan’s
damaged nuclear plant resumed the laborious yet urgent
task of pumping out the hundreds of tons of radioactive
water from inside several buildings at the plant. The
water must be removed and safely stored before work can
continue to power up the plant’s cooling system, nuclear
safety officials said.
spokesman said some radioactive water is “almost
certainly” seeping from a damaged reactor core in one of
the units. That raises the potential for long-lasting
environmental contamination in areas around the plant.
water in Unit 2 appeared to be due to a partial meltdown
of the reactor core.
been trying to remove the radioactive water and to
find a place to store it. The empty tanks inside the
reactor that were meant to hold condensed water are
to restart the cooling system hit a roadblock when it
turned out that power cables had to be laid through
turbine buildings that were flooded with contaminated
A top TEPCO
official acknowledged it could take a long time to clean
up the complex. “We cannot say at this time how many
months or years it will take,” he said, insisting the
main goal now is to keep the reactors cool.
RADIOACTIVE WATER PUMPED INTO SEA
For some days
Japan pumped radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean
from the crippled nuclear plant.
concern at the discharge of contaminated water from the
Fukushima plant, reflecting growing international unease
over the month-long nuclear crisis.
JAPAN RAISES NUCLEAR CRISIS SEVERITY TO HIGHEST LEVEL
APRIL 12/11. As
Japan struggles to regain control of the Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear plant, it has raised the severity of
its nuclear crisis to a top level of 7 (up from 5),
putting it on par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in
PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM RADIATION
A number of
people, including even plant workers in protective
clothing who were seeking to contain the disaster, were
confirmed to have suffered radiation contamination, and
hundreds may have been exposed.
Some food and sea
products in the area have been found to contain
unacceptable levels of radiation. As a result, South
Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines said
they would test Japanese food imports for radiation.
By the end of
March, small amounts of radiation, thought to come from
Japan’s crisis-stricken power plant, have been detected
OTHER NATIONS WEIGHING UP NUCLEAR OPTIONS
Switzerland put on
hold some approvals for nuclear power plants, and
Germany said it was scrapping a plan to extend the life
of its nuclear power stations, raising questions over
the future of the global nuclear industry.
Taipower also said it was studying plans to cut
nuclear power output.
May 22, 1960 – CHILE -
The world’s most
powerful earthquake left
and injured, and 2 million homeless after it struck
Chile in 1960. The port of Puerto Saavedra was destroyed
in the ensuing tsunami, which caused $550m worth of
damage in Chile, and killed a further 170 people as
five-metre waves hit the coasts of Japan and the
Philippines. A day later Volcán Puyehue in Chile’s lake
district spewed ash 6,000 metres into the air, in an
eruption that lasted for several weeks.
March 28, 1964 – Prince William Sound, ALASKA -
The Gulf of Alaska
was devastated by the earthquake that caused landslides
in Anchorage and raised parts of out-lying islands by as
much as 11 metres. The resulting tsunami reached
heights of 67 metres as it swept into the shallow Valdez
inlet and was responsible for most of the 128 deaths and
$311m worth of damage.
December 26, 2004 – N. SUMATRA -
tsunami in history was felt in 14 countries across Asia
and east Africa, triggered by a “megathrust” as the
Indian tectonic plate was forced beneath the Burmese
plate. Indonesia was the worst affected with an
estimated 170,000 of the nearly
Nov 4, 1952 – KAMCHATKA, Russia -
Russian peninsula was near the epicentre of the quake,
but it was the Hawaiian islands that took the brunt of
the tsunami that caused a million dollars’ worth of
damage as waves scoured the coasts, ripping boats from
their moorings and in Honolulu harbour, lifting a cement
barge before throwing it down onto a freighter. No
deaths were recorded.
August 13, 1868 – ARICA, PERU (now part of Chile) -
Hawaii also felt
the force of the tsunami created by this pacific basin
earthquake, but the destruction was just as heavy in
South America with the city of Arequipa destroyed
and 25,000 killed. The quake was felt as far away as La
Paz in Bolivia. Four hours after the first shocks, waves
as high as 16 metres inundated the coast and carried one
US gunboat two miles inland to rest precariously on the
edge of a 60m cliff.
January 26, 1700 – Nth Pacific coast of AMERICA -
The only North
American account of one of the continent’s largest
earthquakes comes from the oral history of native
Americans near Vancouver Island which describes how the
large community of Pachena Bay was wiped out by a huge
wave. Across the Pacific, the quake was accurately
recorded by Japanese observers of the large tsunami that
struck Japan on 27 January 1700.
February 27, 2010 – off
Bio-Bio CHILE -
The region around
Concepción has been recorded as a centre for seismic
shocks since the 16th century, but few have been as
devastating as the early morning quake that generated a
Pacific-wide tsunami and cost the lives of 521 people. A
further 12,000 were injured and more than 800,000 left
January 13, 1906 – coast of
Emanating from the
ocean off Ecuador and Colombia, the quake generated a
tsunami that killed between 500 and 1,500 people along a
coastline from Central America to San Francisco. To the
west in Hawaii, rivers suddenly drained about 12 hours
after the first shocks, then were submerged as a series
of successively larger waves flooded the coast.
November 1, 1755 – LISBON,
destruction of Lisbon and the deaths of a quarter of the
city’s population were caused by an earthquake, followed
by fire, and a tsunami that was felt in north Africa,
France and northern Italy. At least 50,000 perished.
August 15, 1950 –
simply disappeared in the string of disasters generated
by an earthquake with an epicentre in the Tibetan Rim,
but which wrought most destruction in India’s Assam
state. Across the region, landslides claimed the lives
of 1,526 people and rendered parts of the landscape
unrecognisable from the air. The quake was followed by
severe flooding; and eight days after the first tremors
a natural dam on the Subansiri river burst, releasing a
seven-metre wall of water against nearby villages.
SOME OF THE RECENT MOST DESTRUCTIVE QUAKES
December 26, 2004.
The quake set off
the Asian tsunami. About
PAKISTAN, (Kashmir region).
Oct 10, 2005.
2,700 homes were
destroyed or damaged in neighbouring Indian
Jammu-Kashmir. Death toll – over
24 aftershocks above 5.0.
SICHUAN , CHINA –
December 5, 2008
January 12, 2010
Although the 7.0
magnitude earthquake did not rank with the strongest
quakes on record, its devastation was immense.
Injured: 250,000+. Homeless: 1½ million.
February 27, 2010.
This was the 7th
greatest earthquake ever recorded. 90% of the historic
town of Curico was destroyed.
killed; mostly through the tsunami that followed the
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -
100,000 homes were
damaged, and Christchurch was devastated. Some very
powerful aftershocks followed the 7.1. Amazingly, no-one
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -
Feb. 22, 2011
Although less in
intensity, this quake was more devastating than the
earlier 7.1. Death toll around
and 2,500 injured.
THE MOST POWERFUL QUAKE EVER RECORDED
CHILE. 9.5 May 22, 1960.
generated a tsunami that brought destruction, not
only in Chile, but as far away as Japan. Surprisingly,
died - not so high seeing it was “the big one.”
There have been
five earthquakes of 9.0 or above, recorded in the last
1952 KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA
2004 SUMATRAM INDONESIA
SOME OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST QUAKES
1700 N Pacific coast
AMERICA killed ???
9.0 killed 25,000
1883 DUTCH INDIES
8.7 killed 542
ECUADOR 8.8 killed
JAPAN 7.9 killed
biggest recorded quake.
1965 RAT ISLANDS,
ALGERIA 7.5 killed
ARMENIA 6 -7 killed
6.4 killed 7,600+
TURKEY 7.6 killed
TAIWAN 7.7 killed
GUJARAT 7.9 killed
2004 SUMATRA. Indonesia
CHINA 7.9 killed 87,587
CHILE 8.8 killed
ZEALAND 7.1 huge damage
ZEALAND 6.3 killed
history, an estimated 75 million people have perished in
earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires and in the
landslides they triggered.
you will be hearing of ... earthquakes”
INCREASE IN SEISMIC ACTIVITY
increasing? Look at these statistics, and you will see
a definite increase in the number of big quakes, year
24 July to 22 Aug 10 (2010) - there were
6 that were
- Geoscience Australia
The truth is that
there are reports of significant earthquakes and
significant volcano eruptions somewhere in the world
almost every day now.
THE WORLD IS CONSTANTLY SHAKING
the Earth is now
earthquakes of magnitude
7 to 7.9
of quakes less than
Geological Survey gives detailed figures of major
earthquakes over the past
This is a summary of the statistics.
ABOVE IN THE LAST ELEVEN YEARS
2001 16 2005
11 2009 17
2002 13 2006
11 2010 22
2003 15 2007
In 2001 there was
one 7+ quake every
2010 there was one 7+ quake every
– in 1st three months, it is
... one 7+ quake every
AND ABOVE IN THE 20th CENTURY
First decade -
9 Sixth decade -
- 9 Seventh decade - 8
- 5 Eighth decade -
- 8 Ninth decade -
- 11 Tenth decade -
QUAKES in the 20TH CENTURY
DECADE OF THE
TOTAL 8+ QUAKES
from 2001 to 2010 - 13
current rate of increase, this century could experience
or more super (8.0+) quakes.
In the 20th
century quakes above 8.5
of the 21st century
At the current
rate of increase, this
But we believe the
ultimate earthquake, and the “Day of the LORD,” will
soon bring the climax of this seismic buildup. And we
can expect the increase to continue steadily until that
MAJOR EARTHQUAKES SINCE JAPAN’S 9.0
RANGOON, Burma 6.8 March
At least 74 people
died and 110 were injured in a strong earthquake that
struck Burma, with fears that the toll will rise as news
filters through from remote areas still cut off. Tremors
were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres
from the epicentre, as well as in Hanoi and parts of
INDONESIA 6.7 April 3/11
FIJI REGION 6.4.
JAPAN 43 quakes of 6.0+ from March 11 to 31.
JAPAN 6.1, 6.6, 6.2, 6.0
April 9, 11, 12
NEW ZEALAND 6.6 April 18
SIXES ARE NOT SMALL!
We are beginning
to think that quakes in the 6 range are small and not so
serious; and of course, some of them are not so
destructive. But it depends where they strike.
on Feb 22, 2011
was a great disaster.
on March 24., was a killer, and was very extensive and
biggest quakes in
recent times was a “small”
with its epicentre in Latur district of Maharashtra, on
Sept 30, 1993. It
rumbled across eight states. The power of the quake was
equivalent to a hydrogen bomb. And around
VOLCANOS ALSO ARE VERY ACTIVE
2011 is continuing
the trend of increased activity along the Ring of Fire
that began last year. 2010 was a banner year for
volcanic eruptions around the Ring.
* Two massive
volcanoes in the Kamchatka region of Russia erupted at
almost the exact same moment when the massive magnitude
9.0 earthquake struck Japan.
* One of the most
active volcanoes in Indonesia, Mount Karangetang,
erupted just a couple of hours after the earthquake hit
* The Fuego
volcano in Guatemala exploded back in Feb.
* 800 meter high
ash plumes rose from the Santiaguito volcano in
Guatemala near the end of February.
* Although not on
the Ring of Fire, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is also in
the Pacific Ocean and it has also been extremely active
lately. It shot lava 65 feet into the air recently.
THE RING OF FIRE
The “Pacific Ring
of Fire” is a 40,000 km (25,000 miles) horseshoe shaped
arc of earthquake and volcanic zones, where
approximately 80% of the world’s quakes, and 75% of
volcanic eruptions, occur.
From Chile, Peru,
Mexico and California, it stretches up across the rim of
the Pacific to Alaska, E Russia, Japan, Philippines, and
down to Indonesia, PNG and New Zealand.
E Russia (1952),
Chile (1960), Alaska (1964), Indonesia (2004), and
Japan (2011), all experienced a
earthquake as we have see above. California is waiting
for its “big one.”
Can something like
we have seen in Japan happen inside the United States?
right along the Ring of Fire and many are convinced that
someday a gigantic earthquake will permanently change
the geography of that state. The truth is that
California is way overdue for that quake.
An article in
Time magazine last year reported that California has
more than 300 faults - fissures - running beneath its
surface, including the massive San Andreas Fault.
Last year, over
2000 earthquakes struck southern California in just one
week, raising fears of the imminence of “the quake to
end all quakes.”
CALIFORNIA ON EDGE AFTER QUAKE ACTIVITY
Earthquakes are striking the middle of the Gulf of
California, giving US West Coast residents the question
TheWeatherSpace.com has received many reports and
concerns about an Earthquake striking California because
of what is happening down in the Gulf of Cailfornia.
including a 5.3-magnitude moderate quake have struck the
area today. The lingering concern of viewers is to
whether California is next, due to the fact Japan
started this same way. - TheWeatherSpace.com
SWARM OF QUAKES HAVE EXPERTS CONCERNED
Nevada seismologists are keeping a close eye on an area
southwest of Hawthorne, Nevada, where hundreds of
earthquakes have been detected over the past few days.
The largest was 4.4 which is quite large in size.
are concerned as the location of these quakes is on top
of a fault that has until now remained unknown or has
not been active; and because devastating quakes at other
places, have happened on un-named faults.
Japanese believed that earthquakes were caused by the
sudden movement of the giant spider that carried the
earth on its back.
theories of Plate Tectonics have gained wide acceptance
over the past few decades. The thick crust of the
earth’s surface is about 70 miles thick and it has been
fragmented. It consists, we are told, of ten major and
a number of minor plates that are slowly but constantly
moving – a few centimetres a year.
scientists believe the Tectonic Plates were the result
of a massive asteroid impact in Noah’s day.
the fountains of the great deep burst open.”
plates become temporarily locked in place, and tension
and stress builds up where they meet. The sudden release
of pent-up energy when they separate, causes massive
Sometimes a plate
rises up and clashes with a neighbouring plate, creating
enormous friction and explosion. Sometimes there is a
massive cleavage on the crust - the floor of the sea,
which thrusts water up to produce a tsunami.
Off Japan, for
instance, the Pacific plate is thrusting under the
Eurasian plate, causing the deep-seated quakes
characteristic of the Japanese archipelago. Similarly,
in California, along the San Andreas Fault, two great
plates are sliding past each other.
The sliver of
California west of the San Andreas fault, which is
located on the Pacific plate, is moving toward the
northwest. The rest of the state is resting on the North
American plate, which is moving westward. The sudden
movement of a portion of the fault that had been locked
in place for many years is thought to have caused the
great San Francisco quake of 1906.
warily eyeing at least two stretches of the San Andreas
Fault that seem to be “locked.” One segment, near Los
Angeles, has apparently not budged, while other parts of
the Pacific and North American plates have slid some 30
feet past each other. Near San Francisco, there is
another locked section.
Sooner or later,
such segments will catch up with the inexorable movement
of the opposing plates. If they do so in one sudden
jolt, the resulting earthquakes, probably in the 8
Richter range and packing the energy of multi-megaton
hydrogen bombs, will cause widespread destruction and
kill possibly hundreds of thousands of people.
MAP OF THE
EARTHQUAKES IN THE BIBLE
“earthquake” is used 19 times in the Bible, 13 times in
the prophetic passages of the Word of God.
In the Olivet
Discourse, (Matthew 24 & Luke 21), the Lord Jesus
indicated that earthquakes in many different places
would be a sign of His Second Coming. (Matthew 24:7)
In the prophetic
book of Revelation, the word “earthquake” is used seven
times between Revelation chapters 6 to 16.
earthquake in Revelation 6:12 is the sixth seal judgment
happening in the
of the seven year Tribulation period.
point of the Tribulation, there will be a number of
earthquakes that cause great damage and death, and they
are foretold in Revelation 8:5 and 11:13,19.
earthquake to ever hit the earth will happen at the
Tribulation period. (Revelation 16:18).
Revelation 16:18: “Then there were flashes of lightning
and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great
earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to
be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so
TSUNAMIS IN THE BIBLE
A tsunami is a
series of large waves of extremely long wave length and
duration, generated by a violent undersea disturbance –
such as an earthquake of 7.5 or above.
The Dec 26, 2004
quake in Indonesia was measured at
It was the 5th deadliest quake ever recorded, and it
resulted in the Asian Tsunami, which was the worse
tsunami in living memory. It wiped out over 230,000
estimated the power of that 9.0 quake as equivalent to
million Hiroshima atom bombs.
tsunami (a Japanese word) is not in the Bible, but
the Messiah, speaking of the endtimes,
“There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and
upon earth despair among nations, with perplexity at
the roaring and tossing of the
hearts will faint from terror, being apprehensive of
what is coming upon the world.” (Luke 21:25-25)
The context of
this prophecy suggests the Master was speaking of
something more than the usual sea storms.
The great tsunami
of the Bible is in Genesis –at the flood in Noah’s day.
It was the greatest disaster ever to hit the earth.
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the
seventeenth day of the second month - on that day all
the fountains of the great
deep burst open; and the rain poured upon the
earth for forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis
The “great deep
bursting open” indicates an enormous seismic shift – a
series of super-earthquakes that thrust up waters from
deep under the earth’s surface, and set off tsunamis
around the world.
floodgates of the sky were opened!” (Gen 7:11). The “the
firmament” or “expanse” – (Gen 1:6-9), was a protective
water canopy surrounding the earth’s atmosphere that
gave the planet its very beneficial environment. This
canopy collapsed because of an upheaval in the universe.
A REPLICA OF NOAH’S ARK
The waters came
down, to become tsunamis, and the deluge continued for
forty days. And Noah’s huge, flat-bottomed ship was, we
believe, swept along by the tsunami waves, to finally
rest on Mt Ararat.
That was the first
time God shook the heavens and the earth! And it was the
first massive judgment of God upon a world that had
become filled with violence and corruption. (Genesis
(The 2nd shaking
of the earth – Hebrews 12:26-27 – which we will come to
PROPHECIES OF Y’SHUA CONCERNING ENDTIMES
Jesus taught that
even as one can look to various “signs” within nature,
as indicators regarding the changing of seasons, so also
should we discern some specific signs with regard to the
prophetic seasons and the climax of the age.
Matthew 16:2-3: “He answered and said to them, ‘When it
is evening, you say, “it will be fair weather,
for the sky is red.” And in the morning, “it will be
bad weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.”
Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of
the sky, but are you unable to discern
the signs of the times?’”
that the generation that would see His return is the
generation that would be born in 1948 – the year of the
restoration of God’s “fig tree” – Israel.
Luke 17:29-32: “Look at
the fig tree,
and all the trees; when they put forth leaves,
you can see for yourselves and know that summer is now
near. Likewise, when you see these things happening,
recognise that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you
the truth, this generation
will not pass away until all things take place.”
Among “all these
things” that Jesus said the last generation would
witness, was a definite
increase in earthquake activity
in various places.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and
earthquakes, in various places.
All these are the beginning of
sorrows.” (Matthew 24:7-8)
The “beginning of
sorrows” (Gk arche odin) literally translates as
what makes the fact that the top six earthquakes in the
history of mankind all took place after 1948, so
described the last days’ earthquakes as birth
contractions, which we all know are characterized by a
progressive increase in both frequency and intensity.
EARTH’S BIRTH PAINS INCREASE
“Unprecedented” weather and natural disasters
occurring simultaneously around the globe.
We are seeing an
increase in strange weather patterns; floods, droughts,
famines, earthquakes, etc., and it is because the earth,
creation itself, longs to be freed from the curse which
came on man and the creation when Adam fell into sin.
The apostle Paul
reminds us that
whole creation groans
with birth pangs. (Romans 8:22).
As delivery draws
near, birth pangs always increase. Therefore, the
creation itself will travail as the time of delivery
The “fix” for the
extreme weather and natural disasters, will not come by
the hand of man. There is no turning back, just as a
woman who labours and enters into stronger labour does
not just stop and go backwards in progression.
solution against the force of God.
“YHWH rejoices in His works; the One who
looks at the earth, and it
trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.”
weather events and natural disasters now occurring do
not prove global warming is true - but they do prove
that there is a God, a God who keeps His Word.
The signs we are
seeing should serve as a “wake
Tribulation time of judgment is coming, and we each one
should examine our own life before God.
Be sure, all these
signs will continue to increase until the Kingdom of God
is established at the Second coming of Jesus the
Matthew 24:42: “Therefore be on the alert, for you do
not know which day your Master is coming.”
WERE JAPAN’S MULTI-DISASTERS A DIVINE JUDGMENT?
Was Japan more
wicked than all the other nations, that it should be
singled out for divine wrath? Not necessarily!
We should see the
disasters not as a judgment, but as a warning to the
nations. They are a preview of the Tribulation
conditions that are soon to come on the whole world.
And it is not only
the Japanese disasters, but the floods, droughts,
famines, earthquakes, cyclones, tornados, and upheavals
that have been happening in China, Burma, Philippines,
Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, South Pacific
Islands, the US, Britain, Russia, India, Pakistan,
Haiti, Chile, Latin America, Africa, Israel and the
Middle East. They are all warnings of the day when
God will shake the heavens and the earth once more.
“See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.
For if those who refused to listen to the
one who warned them on earth did not escape, how
much less will we escape if we turn away from Him
who warns us from heaven. At that time His voice
shook the earth, but now He has promised,
ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT
ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVENS.”
THE SECOND SHAKING IS SCHEDULED
“For thus says YHWH of Hosts, ‘In a little while I will
once more shake the heavens
and earth, the sea and the dry land. And
I will shake all the nations’.”
saying the planet is already sitting in the middle of a
“shooting gallery.” They are more right than they
realise. And we must agree when we look at a very
specific prophecy concerning the stars falling to earth.
The apostle John
has recorded the visions and prophecies given him by the
Messiah in the Book of Revelation. These are most vivid
descriptions of the wrath of God that’s to come upon
introduces the seven years of worldwide disasters.
In this chapter we have the shaking of the planet - the
result of a bombardment of stars - asteroids. This is
during the first half of the Tribulation. John writes:
“I watched as He opened the sixth seal; and there was
a great earthquake;
and the sun turned black
as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became
blood-red; and the stars of
the sky fell to earth, as a fig tree casts
its unripe figs when shaken by a strong wind. The sky
vanished like a scroll being rolled up; and
every mountain and island were
moved out of its place.
“Then the kings of the earth, the great men, the
generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and free
man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of
the mountains. They called to the mountains and to the
rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide
us from the Presence of Him (the Almighty) who
sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for
the great day of His wrath has come; and who is able to
stand before it?’”
“the sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up,” is to
do with the shaking of the Universe. This great upheaval
causes the stars to strike the earth.
The stars here
are undoubtedly asteroids, meteorites, or comets.
And notice, it’s not just a single, stray asteroid. It’s
a bombardment. The stars here are likened to a fig-laden
tree that’s shaken in a strong gale. The hard, unripe
“figs” wallop the earth, so that even the great men cry
out in terror, seeking death to escape the wrath of God.
Yes, the people at
that time will recognise that it is the wrath of Yahweh
coming upon the earth, and not just a natural calamity.
They will begin to realise that they are on the losing
side; that they are sinners in the hands of the Almighty
God. They will realise that things will never be the
same again. Time is up. It’s now the judgment time!
The prophet Isaiah
uses harsh words when he says:
“Look! The day of YHWH is
coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger,
to make the land a desolation; and
He will exterminate its
sinners from it.” (Isaiah 13:9)
That’s a hard
word, isn’t it?
going to exterminate the sinners from off the face of
the earth. You may say,
“Why should God exterminate people?
only has created us! So why should He seek to
from off the face of the earth?”
Good question! You
do recognise, don’t you, that we are sinners, one and
all? We have sinned against the
sinned by our words, thoughts and deeds. Our standards
have become corrupt. Our morals are corrupt, our speech
is perverted, and our dealings are perverse. We utilise
cunning as though it was the source of wisdom. We
stockpile missiles of slander, hatred and deceit to
defend ourselves from the rockets of treachery
manufactured in our neighbour’s backyard.
We paint our faces
with religiosity, and grease our hands with “charity,”
to make a show of “righteousness” before the Almighty,
and before anyone else who might be observing us. And
our lives are so selfish, proud and conceited that we
would even deem ourselves worthy to tell God what to do.
We take delight in ungodliness, and teach others to do
likewise. We say, “every man for himself,” and we slave
to make others bend to our wills.
We take the law
into our own hands, and become a law to ourselves. We
change good to evil, and evil to good. Righteousness, we
mock at it; filth, we revel in it. We use lies like a
carpenter uses nails. Murder, rape and violence; it’s
alright as long as you get away with it! And someone
has said the Eleventh commandment is,
Alcohol, drugs and
nicotine are assets to help calm ourselves, and to
reinforce us for our continuous round of “give me, give
me.” This is our 21st century society in general.
Listen oh people!
Hear the Word of the LORD!
GREAT TRIBULATION IS THE JUDGMENT TIME
- the judgment of
this sin-sodden generation. Another writer has described
our present age as,
I’m fully aware
that judgment is not a popular subject, but I must
declare what God has declared:
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God
now commands all people everywhere to
repent (that is,
to change their minds and turn to the Lord for
salvation), because He
has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in
righteousness through a Man whom He has
appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising
Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
WHY SHOULD GOD BE SO UPSET WITH THE NATIONS?
Long ago, King
David gives one very good reason:
“The kings of the earth
take their stand, and the
rulers take counsel together against YHWH and against
His Anointed - His Messiah:
‘Let us break Their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off
Their fetters!’” (Psalm 2:2-3)
The apostle Peter
repeats these words in Acts 4:25-28.
The nations of the
world have become extremely antagonistic towards God’s
Anointed - Y’shua, Jesus Christ.
Although there are
thousands of people turning to the Messiah every day
around the world, the animosity towards these new
believers is severe in most of those countries.
that, sadly, is also the case. There are now some 15,000
believers in Y’shua, but they are being persecuted by
orthodox rabbis, the modern day Pharisees. The martyr
Stephen exposed the Pharisees as ...
“You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears
are always resisting the Holy Spirit; just as your
fathers did. Which one of the prophets did your fathers
not persecute? They killed those who had previously
announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose
betrayers and murderers you have now become.” (Acts
the majority of the people of Israel, who in spite of
being a chosen people and endowed with enormous
intelligence and skill, are still hard in their attitude
towards Y’shua the Anointed One. They simply will not
believe that He is their Messiah. Like many “Christians”
today, many Jews are not bothered about any Messiah.
For Israel there
is a national day of awakening ahead, but it will come
during the Tribulation. It is called “The Day of Jacob’s
Distress.” The weeping prophet Jeremiah warned of that
day. Can your imagine this?
“Ask now, and see if a male can give birth to a baby.
So why do I see every man with his hands on his
stomach, like a woman in labour? And why have all
faces turned pale? Ahh! for that day is great, there is
none like it; and it is the
time of Jacob’s distress, but he will be
saved out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:6-7)
Men are going
through the agonies that have created terror in their
bellies. And Zechariah says that during the seven years
of distress in Israel, two thirds of the people will be
cut off and perish.” (Zechariah 13:8)
Y’shua the Messiah
is still weeping over Israel today:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the
prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often
I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen
gathers her chickens under her wings, and
you were unwilling.”
they despise the Word of
you can see in the US, for example, the law will not
permit the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public
any more. The laws of the nations are no longer based on
God’s commands but upon social opinions and prevalent
practices. Rationalism and satanic agendas mold
the political policies that must bring warnings
from the Almighty, and incur His fierce wrath.
“Woe to those who call evil
good, and call good evil.” (Isaiah 5:20)
Not one nation in
the world (except Israel) will accept the Covenant
concerning the Promised Land. The covenant I am
referring to is called the Abrahamic Covenant, and it is
clearly recorded in every unabridged Bible in every
language around the world.
“Now YHWH said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, and your
relatives and your father’s house, and go to the land
that I will show you. And I will make you into a great
nation, and I will bless you, and make your name
great; and you will be a blessing. And
I will bless those who bless
you, and I will curse him who curses you. And
in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed’.”
“On that day YHWH made a covenant with Abram, saying,
‘To your descendants I have
given this land, from the river of Egypt as
far as the great river, the river Euphrates’.” (Genesis
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, YHWH appeared to
Abram and said to him, ‘I am El Shaddai; walk before Me
and be blameless. And I will make
My covenant between Me and
I will multiply you exceedingly.’
“And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him,
saying, ‘As for Me, look, My covenant is with you, and
you shall be the father of many nations. And no longer
will your name be called Abram, but your name will be
Abraham; for I will make you the father of many nations.
I will make you very, very fruitful, and I will make
nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I
will establish My covenant between
Me and you and your
descendants after you throughout their
generations for an
everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to
after you. And I will give you and to
after you, the land where
you are living, all the land of Canaan, for an
everlasting possession; and I will be their
God’.” (Genesis 17:1-8)
“Then God appeared to Jacob
again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He
blessed him. And God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob;
you will no longer be called Jacob, but now your
name is Israel.’ So He
called his name Israel.
“God also said to him, ‘I am El Shaddai - God Almighty.
Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of
nations will come from you, and kings will come forth
from you. And the land
which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I give to you. Yes,
and I will give the land to your descendants
after you’.” (Genesis 35:9-12)
lost their land to Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC, and later,
again, to the Romans in 70 AD.
While in exile in
Babylon, God said to the Israelites:
“Therefore, thus says YHWH, the Sovereign Master,
‘Surely in My burning jealousy
I have spoken against the rest
of the nations, and against all Edom, who
appropriated My land for
themselves as a possession, with wholehearted
joy and with spiteful minds, in order to
drive out and to plunder ... ‘But you,
O mountains of Israel,
you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for
My people Israel; for they
are about to come home.
‘For, look, I am for you, and I will turn to you,
and you shall be cultivated and sown. And I will
increase the number of men upon you, yes,
the whole house of Israel, all of it; and
the cities will be inhabited,
and the ruins rebuilt. I will multiply on you
man and beast; and they will increase and be fruitful;
and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were
formerly and will make you prosper more than at the
first. Thus you will know that I am YHWH.’…
‘For I will take you from among the nations;
I will gather you from all
countries, and bring you into your own land …
And you will live in the land that I gave to your
fore-fathers; so you will be My people, and I - I
will be your God.
‘Then the nations that are
left round about you will know that I,
YHWH, have rebuilt the ruined places, and
replanted that which was desolate. I, YHWH, have spoken
and will do it’.” (Ezekiel 36:5, 8-11, 24, 28, 36)
Yahweh the LORD instructed Moses and the people of
“The land shall never be sold permanently, for
the land is Mine;
for you are but strangers and settlers with Me.”
The Promised Land
has already been divided - in 1919, 1948, 1993, and the
pressure to divide the land once more – “to sell the
land permanently” to the Palestinians, is now becoming
TO ISRAEL: “SURRENDER!”
MARCH 30/11. UN
Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, reiterated that the
world body expects Israel to immediately surrender to
internationally-backed Arab demands that it relinquish
all claims to the Jews’ biblical heartland of Judea and
Samaria and half of their ancient capital of Jerusalem.
presence in the so-called “West Bank,” which includes
the eastern half of Jerusalem, is “morally and
politically unsustainable, and must end,” Mr Ban
insisted during a press conference in Uruguay.
Palestinians are moving forward plans to unilaterally
declare an independent state with the support of the UN,
outside the framework of a land-for-peace deal with
leaders are planning to go to the UN General Assembly in
September, to ask for recognition and backing to declare
their state in the “pre-1967 war borders.”
There is a
dangerous level of international political support
growing for this plan. Indeed, a steadily growing number
of countries around the world are signaling that they
are ready to recognize a Palestinian state that includes
all of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem as its
Palestinian plan receive an over-whelming majority vote
at the UN in favour of axing God’s covenant, and
dividing the land of Israel and Jerusalem,
it will mean not only more difficult times ahead for
Israel, but disaster for the nations themselves.
Jeremiah warns: “Tumult has come to the ends of the
earth, for YHWH has a controversy with the nations. He
has entered into judgment with all flesh.” (Jeremiah
CONCERNING THE NATIONS,
the apostle Paul declared to the Greeks in Athens:
“The God who made the world
and everything in it, since
He is Master of heaven and
earth, does not dwell in temples made with
hands; nor is He served with men’s hands, as though He
needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and
breath and everything else; and He has made from one
blood, every nation of men to live on all the face of
the earth, having determined their appointed
times, and the boundaries where they should live,
that they should seek the
if perhaps they might reach out for Him and find Him,
though He is not far from
each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist,
as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we
also are His offspring.’
“Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think
that the Divine Being is like gold, or silver or stone -
something made by the art and imagination of man.
“Having overlooked the ignorance of times past,
God now commands ALL people
everywhere to repent (that is, to change
their minds and actions towards God and His Anointed
Messiah), because He
has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in
righteousness through a Man whom He has
appointed, having furnished proof to all by raising Him
from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)
the world at large is hell-bent on going its own way and
rejecting what the Almighty says.
The day fixed for
judgment is drawing nearer every day!
God has been
giving clear warnings of the coming Tribulation
judgment, for a very long time. The great prophet Isaiah
foretold many of the details:
“Wail, for the day of YHWH
is near! It will come as destruction from the
Almighty. Therefore all hands will fall limp, and every
man’s heart will melt. They will be terrified; pains and
anguish will take hold of them; they will writhe
like a woman in labour; they will look aghast at one
another, their faces aflame. Behold,
the day of YHWH is coming;
cruel, with fury and burning anger, to make
the land a desolation; and He will exterminate its
sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their
constellations will not flash forth their light. The sun
will be dark when it rises, and the moon will not shed
“Thus I will punish the world for its evil, and the
wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the
arrogance of the proud, and abase the haughtiness of the
ruthless. I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold,
and mankind more rare than the gold of Ophir. Therefore
I shall make the heavens
tremble; and the earth will be shaken from its place at
the fury of YHWH of Hosts, in the day of His burning
anger ... Their little ones will also be
dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be
plundered and their wives ravished.” (Isaiah 13:6-13,
The Messiah Y’shua,
“For then there will be a
great tribulation, such as has never occurred
since the beginning of the world until now, and there
will be nothing like it
again.” (Matthew 24:21-22)
The apostle Paul
“For you yourselves know very well that the Day of
YHWH the LORD will come just like a thief in the
night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’
then destruction will come
upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape.” (1
THE ULTIMATE EARTHQUAKE
All the seismic
earthquake activity we are witnessing is a warning of
scheduled for the Great Tribulation, as the prophecies
The Almighty says
He is going to shake the heavens and the earth. He’s
going to make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be
shaken from its place. And the sun will be darkened.
There are two
specific prophecies regarding
“Then there were flashes of lightning and sounds and
peals of thunder; and there was a
great earthquake, such as
there had not been since man came to be upon the earth,
so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. The great
city was split into three parts, and the cities of the
nations collapsed. And God remembered Babylon the Great
and gave her the cup filled with the wine of His
furious wrath and indignation. And every
island fled away, and the mountains could not be
found.” (Revelation 16:18-20)
And here is
Isaiah’s shocking prophecy concerning the shaking of the
heavens and the earth. It is speaking about the Day of
Yahweh the LORD, the Great Tribulation:
“For the windows above are opened, and the foundations
of the earth shake. The
earth is broken asunder, the earth is split through; the
earth is shaken violently. The earth
reels to and fro
like a drunkard, and it
totters like a shack, for its transgression
is heavy upon it.” (Isaiah 24:18-20)
Can you imagine
the earth splitting into two?
On Sept. 1, 1975,
TIME magazine had a cover article called
On the cover there was a depiction of the earth split
through. The article reported seismologists’ predictions
of an ultimate earthquake for California, which they say
is already overdue.
TIME articles dealt with earthquake forecasting
and the limited success seismologists have had in
predicting the time, place and size of earthquakes.
time of the “big one” - not the date, but the period; it
is at the end of the seven years, evidently just before
Master descends to
earth, as Zechariah indicates:
“On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
which is east of Jerusalem; and the Mount of Olives will
be split in two, from east to west, forming a
very large valley, with half of the mountain moving to
the north and the other half moving to the south.”
WHERE’S THE GOOD NEWS?
We have enough
information and Scriptures to grasp the seriousness and
urgency of these times, and the fact that the Great
Tribulation is ahead. But by now you must be asking;
“What good news is there in all of this?”
There is Good News
for all who will receive it. There is Hope – not a
vague “hope so,” but a very definite
from the coming holocaust for those who will accept it.
from the wrath to come is through Y’shua, Jesus the
Messiah. He is the Saviour and
coming to deliver His true followers
- those who have been “born again” – that is, those who
have believed in Him, called on His Name, and are
trusting in Him.
The Saviour gives
this assurance to His people:
“Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe
also in Me. ‘In My Father’s House are many dwelling
places; if it were not so, I would have told you, for I
am going there to prepare a place for you. And
if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and receive
you to Myself, so that you also may be where
I am.” (John 14:1-3)
promises to receive His people. If He was not going to
take them to Heaven, there would be no point of Him
mentioning “The Father’s House.”
The apostle Paul
makes it clear how this will happen:
“For the Master Himself
will descend from heaven with a shout, with
the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call
of God. Then the dead in Christ - those who died
with faith in the Messiah - shall rise first. Then
we, the living believers who remain,
will simultaneously be
caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Master in the air. And so we will be with
the Master for ever. Therefore comfort and encourage one
another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
When the Master
summons His people - “Come up!” they will be literally
caught up – their bodies being changed in an instant.
“Listen! I tell you a mystery, a secret truth; we
will not all fall asleep, (that is - die); but
we will all be changed,
transformed - in a flash, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trumpet; for
the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised incorruptible and
imperishable, and we, also,
will be changed - transformed.” (1
The Messiah, when
speaking of the endtime events – the things that we are
seeing today, said:
”But when these things
begin to take place,
straighten yourselves and lift up your heads,
because your redemption
is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
The redemption He
refers to here, is the catching up of the believers
Paul refers to
this deliverance as salvation.
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to receive
salvation through our Master, Y’shua the Messiah.” (1
The hope of
salvation is not some vague hope that somehow it will
all work out and we will all be saved. Rather, it is a
very definite assurance that God has given to us, that
He will save all who believe in His Anointed One, both
from the Great Tribulation, and from eternal Hell.
It is called “the
Hope of salvation” because it is the
that believers have, that the Saviour will keep His
people from “the great trial” that will come on the
whole earth, by gathering them to His heavenly home. And
that could happen at any moment.
Y’shua also gave
this definite promise:
“Because you have kept the word of My endurance,
I also will keep you from
the hour of trial which is about to come upon
the whole world,
to try those who live on the earth.
I am coming quickly
- soon! Hold on to what you have, so that no-one
will take your crown.” (Revelation 3:10-11)
In the last
chapter of Revelation the Master emphasizes three times
“I am coming quickly.
Blessed is he who lays to heart and keeps the
words of the prophecy of this scroll. … Look!
I am coming quickly, and My reward
is with Me, to give to everyone according to what he has
done. … He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes!
I am coming quickly!’
Amen. Come Master, Y’shua come!”
(Revelation 22:7, 12, 20)
The second coming
of the Messiah, then, is a comforting hope for true
believers. For them it will be no disappointment to
leave this world – to forgo whatever plans and ambitions
we may have for these few fleeting years, for ahead is
the glorious future of which we can barely begin to
imagine at this time.
The apostle Paul
expressed it this way:
“But just as it is written (in Isaiah 64:4), NO
EYE HAS SEEN, NO EAR HAS HEARD, AND NO MAN’S HEART HAS
IMAGINED ALL THE THINGS GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO
LOVE HIM.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
WILL BE DELIVERED?
in the Anointed Saviour. I say
there is a type of “belief” that is nothing more than a
mental assent. Some people believe in Jesus Christ in
the same way they believe in Julius Caesar – merely the
historical facts about the person.
True faith is a
faith that springs up from the heart. It is based on an
appreciation of who Y’shua is, of what He has already
done, and of what He is willing and able to do.
Faith is an active
response to the call of the Messiah, who is no other
than the Creator manifest in humanity. He is called … “Y’shua
because He will save His people from their sins.”
Eternal One) is salvation.”
salvation Y’shua provides is nothing less than the
miraculous work of Yahweh El Shaddai, Almighty God -
cleansing, delivering, restoring, remaking and
empowering. And man desperately needs that salvation –
the great provision and gift of eternal life.
My reader, if you
are not yet saved, here is the GOOD NEWS for you.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first
importance, that the
Messiah died for our sins, according to the
Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that
He was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:3-4)
Y’SHUA CAME TO SAVE A RUINED RACE
After the first
human beings were created, the same satanic evil that
had surfaced in the Angelic realm, infiltrated the
Garden of Eden, corrupting the earth and its beautiful
environment. Rebellion, sin and evil soon threatened to
make this planet and its human race, a total “write
disobedience, God’s special creation, “Man,” became
depraved, defeated, and damned.
But the Creator
came to earth to deal with the problem. As we read in
Scripture, the Creator took on a humble garment of
humanity to fulfil His eternal plan.
He came to save
the lost. As a man, He was called Y’shua (meaning
“Yahweh is salvation”), and as the representative of
“Man,” He took the title, “the Son of Man.”
Y’shua … “who, although existing in the form of God -
being in very nature God, did not regard equality
with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself
(of all rightful dignity), taking the form of a
servant, being made in human likeness. And being found
in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself (still
further) by becoming
obedient to the extreme of death; death on an
execution stake - a cross.
Therefore (because He humbled Himself), God
exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him
the Name that is above every
name, that at
the Name of Y’shua every knee will bow
- in heaven and on earth and under the earth - and every
tongue confess that Y’shua the Messiah is Lord
(the Heavenly Master), to the glory of
YHWH, God the Father.” (Philippians 2:6-11)
So that’s why
Y’shua, the sinless, Anointed One, died on a Roman
execution stake like a criminal? It was because He had
come to seek and to save the lost.
Y’SHUA PAID THE PENALTY FOR THE SIN OF THE WORLD
The Messiah first
provided a judicial basis for saving men. He paid the
penalty for humanity’s enormous sin debt.
”The wages of sin is
And Y’shua paid
that penalty! He Himself became the sinless Sacrificial
Lamb of God at Calvary, just as it was prophesied long
before by Isaiah.
“All of us like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has
turned to his own way, but
YHWH has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.
… From arrest and judgment He was taken away; and as for
His generation, who considered that He was cut off out
of the land of the living?
For the transgression of My people He was stricken.”
(Isaiah 53:6, 8)
“For indeed the Messiah
died for sins once for all,
Righteous on behalf of the unrighteous,
so that He might bring us to God. He was put to
death in the body, but was brought to life by the
Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)
death on behalf of mankind was the legal basis that
provides for man’s forgiveness. He poured out His blood
for the redemption of sinners. The shed blood means
life was given as the sacrifice
sinners free from the penalty of their sins. As Y’shua
was the only one who was ever born perfect, and lived
without sin, His sacrifice as the unblemished Lamb of
God, was fully acceptable to the justice and holiness of
And now this is
the fact for all who come to Him and avail of the
cleansing and eternal life that He offers to us ...
“The blood of Y’shua His (God’s) Son, cleanses us from
all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Y’SHUA ALONE CAN RECONCILE US TO THE FATHER
Y’shua said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
no-one comes to the Father,
except through Me.”
“For all the fullness of YHWH was pleased to
dwell in Him (Y’shua), and through Him to
reconcile all things to
Himself, whether things on earth or things in
heaven; through Him, having made peace through
His blood shed on
Y’shua has become
our Great High Priest, and He has made a way of access
for His redeemed people, to come to God.
And … “because Y’shua lives and continues for
ever, He has a permanent and unchangeable
priesthood. Therefore He is
also able to save completely and forever
those who come to God through Him, since He always lives
to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:24-25)
Y’SHUA IS THE RISEN, EXALTED MASTER WHO
MORE THAN ABLE TO FULFIL HIS PROMISES
Y’shua the Messiah
who rose again from the dead is now exalted at the right
hand of the Eternal Majesty, and He is both able and
willing to save all who come to Him just as they are –
in all their need – and with an attitude of repentance
that renounces unbelief and rebellion.
The Saviour will
who come in
childlike faith, calling on His Name.
“WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
YHWH-Y’SHUA WILL BE SAVED.” (Joel 2:32. Romans
The very moment a
person sincerely, with simple faith, calls out, “Y’shua,
save me!” or “Jesus, Lord, save me!”, he is received
with open arms by the Almighty. And God then implants
the life of His Eternal Spirit in that believer’s heart
- his spirit. A miracle takes place. It’s what is
called, “being born again.” And this is the most
essential thing for anyone who wants to be saved.
“Y’shua replied, ‘This is the solemn truth I tell you;
no-one can see the kingdom
of God unless he is born again’.” (John
But you cannot be
born again if you
the Anointed One, because Y’shua is the very Source of
“Yet to all who received
those who believe and trust in His Name,
Y’shua, He gave the right to become
children of God;
children born, not of blood (of natural descent),
nor of the will of the flesh (human decision),
nor of the will of man (a natural father), but of
(YHWH, the Almighty) God.” (John 1:12-13)
In Y’shua, God’s
Anointed One, there is life –
“For YHWH, the Almighty God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten, His one-and-only,
unique, eternal Son, so that whoever believes in
Him, should not perish, but have eternal
(everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son
into the world to judge and condemn the world;
but so that the world might be saved through Him.” (John
Y’SHUA IS THE ONLY SAVIOUR!
deliverance from the wrath to come is available,
in Y’shua (Jesus) the Messiah!
“And there is salvation in
no one else;
for there is no other name
under heaven that has been given among men, by which
we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
My dear reader, if
you have never received Y’shua the Messiah as your
personal Saviour, why don’t you receive Him today! He
does not ask for money, self-righteousness, or
self-improvement. He asks you to
do the rest!
He will do a miracle in your life, changing your life
and setting you free from the bondage of sin.
section explains simply and clearly, HOW.
HOW TO ENTER THE DOOR OF SALVATION
THE DOOR OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR NEED OF THE SAVIOUR
We must start with
our condition before God. We must own up to the fact
that we are sinners in God’s sight.
The Word of God says, “For
all have sinned and fall short of the glory
of God.” “There is none
righteous, not even one.”
(Romans 3:23. 3:10)
“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and
all our righteous deeds are like filthy rags. All of us
shrivel up like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the
wind, sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
Our first prayer
merciful to me, a sinner.”
definitely pardon and blot out our sins from His record,
if we believe and receive His pardon which He has
provided through the sacrifice of the Messiah on the
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts. Let him return to YHWH, and He will have
compassion on him; and to our God, for
He will abundantly pardon.”
BELIEVE IN Y’SHUA AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOUR
We are called to
believe in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, for He
is the way to God.
“Y’shua answered him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the
Life; no-one comes to the
Father, except through Me.” ( John 14:6)
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men - the Man, Messiah Y’shua.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
The Word of God
gives us many wonderful promises:
“He who believes
in the Son has eternal life;
but he who does not believe (trust in and obey)
the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God remains
on him.” (John 3:36)
“I tell you the truth, he who hears My word, and
believes Him who
sent Me, has eternal life,
and will not come into judgment, but has passed out of
death into life.” (John 5:24)
“I am the door; whoever enters through Me will be saved.
He will go in and go out, and find pasture. ... I give
eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and
no-one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:9, 28)
“I am the Resurrection, and the Life;
he who believes in Me,
even though he dies, he
will live; and whoever is living and
believing in Me will never
11:25 & 26)
“believe in Jesus”
can be amplified by
Y’SHUA AS LORD
“If you confess
with your mouth Y’shua as LORD, the
Heavenly Master, and believe
in your heart that God raised Him from dead, you
will be saved.” (Romans l0:9)
ON HIS NAME
“For whoever will call
upon the Name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans
YHWH with all your heart, and lean not on your own
understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
It is a simple
thing to ask or to call on the Saviour. And yet some
people are too proud to ask; and some are too shy, to do
so. We need to come humbly, without fear, simply
trusting His promises.
Recently I gave my
car to a mechanic for repairs. We got to talking about
salvation. To make it clear to him, I said, “It’s a
matter of simply trusting the Saviour. Look, I gave you
my car to repair. You promised to look after the car, to
find the problem, and fix it, to keep it locked up at
night, and to charge me a reasonable price.
to do that. And
believe you will.
need to simply trust in the Lord Jesus to do what He has
promised to so - to save you from your sin, to make you
a child of God, and to give you eternal life - all
freely, by His grace.
This is a definite
must make. It is as simple as a drowning man calling
out, “Help, save me!”
“For by grace
you have been saved,
through faith - and this is not of
yourselves, it is the
gift of God -
not as a result of works, lest anyone should
boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
equations which may help you to understand more
* BELIEVE (CALL + TRUST + CONFESS) = FAITH
* GOD’S GRACE
My dear reader,
the Almighty God is waiting and longing to hear and
answer your prayer - to save you this day.
My friend, when
you were a child, you trusted your parents to give you
daily food. Now just trust the Heavenly Father to give
you His salvation.
“Commit your way to YHWH! Trust also in Him, and
He will do it.”
SETTLE THE MATTER BY PRAYING TO THE SAVIOUR
The third step, my
reader, will bring your through the door into Christ,
into the family and Kingdom of God. If you have not yet
come, take these three simple steps, and settle the
matter of your salvation today. They involve a great
decision - the greatest decision you could ever make -
to enter the Ark of God’s provision. Don’t remain
outside the ark to perish along with the
Christ-rejecting crowds, but step into Y’shua, Jesus.
The Saviour will
come into your life and give you eternal life. He will
change your life and destiny; and make you a new person.
He will also seal you with His Holy Spirit, and keep you
from the wrath to come.
Come to the
Heavenly Father just as you are, in a simple prayer.
Prayer next page may help you to express faith in
Christ. Pray, trusting God to save you right now.
Oh God, be
merciful to me, a sinner. I come to You, Heavenly
Father, just as I am, confessing my need of your grace
Y’shua, Jesus the Messiah, Your eternal Son, whom You
sent to earth to be the sacrifice for my sins and for
the sins of the world. I believe He died for me on the
cross, and that He rose again on the third day, and is
exalted at Your Right Hand. Father I believe You will
forgive my sins this very moment, and make me Your true
child, and a new person “in Christ.”
Y’shua, my Master,
my Saviour, I yield my life to You, and I
fulfil Your promises in me this very moment; that You
will save me and dwell in me; that You will make me a
temple of Your Holy Spirit; that You will give me the
gift of eternal life, and will save me from the Great
Master, make me
Your true follower. Deliver me from all my sinful and
selfish ways, and reign in every part of my life. By
Your grace, I will own You as my Saviour from this day
Thank You, Master
for bringing me to this decision.. Thank You, Father for
hearing and answering my prayer. Thank You for saving
me, and writing my name in Your Book of Life in Heaven.
Thank You, Father. I pray in the Name of Y’shua the
Messiah. Thank You, Master. Thank You. Amen.
Keep a copy of
your signed and dated decision to remind you of
this great day in
ANSWERING YOUR PRAYER.
FOLLOW HIM EVERY DAY!
A few final
instructions to help you in your new life:
1 Keep on
thanking the Master for His answer, for His salvation,
His forgiveness, and eternal life. Eternal life is the
wonderful gift of God. It is not some small favour He is
doing, but a tremendous miracle in your heart. Thank
Him, not once, but a hundred times.
“In everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Y’shua.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
2 Try to tell
someone, today of your decision to follow Y’shua, Jesus
the Heavenly Master.
3 Study God’s
Word, the Bible, ardently, and talk to the Master
4 Count upon
Y’shua and His power to keep you in all difficulties
that come along your way.
5 If you have
prayed the decision prayer and received the Lord Jesus
as your personal Saviour today, will you write to let me
know so that we might pray for you and send you some
literature to help guide and strengthen you in your
Write to me
Maranatha Revival Crusade,
PO Box 218, Applecross, Western Australia. 6953
Messiah, having been offered once
the sins of many, will appear a second time,
bear sin again, but for salvation
those who are eagerly expecting Him.”