On Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean,
which registered a magnitude 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered
massive killer waves known as tsunamis that as of Jan. 2, 2005
had been known to have caused as many as 150,000 deaths. The
number of dead is expected to dramatically increase as the disastrous
after effects from disease, pestilence, injuries and contaminated
water take their toll.
As of this date, it is estimated that over 500,000 are injured
and up to five million are now homeless. The faithful of the
Church are deep in prayer for the people of the nations which
are suffering and are making contributions that bring glory to
the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Luke 21:25-26 Jesus prophesied that at the close of the
age great distress and perplexity would come upon the nations
as they experienced among other things, "the sea and the
Quoting Jesus we read, "And there will be signs in the
sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress
of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's
hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things
which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will
The fearful earthshaking event the world has just witnessed
was so powerful that scientists have detected that the earth's
wobble has increased significantly and that the rotation of the
globe has been affected by a fraction of a second. They also
report that the area's tectonic plates may have slipped as much
as 95 miles or more. So ends any doubts that the earth can be
moved as is prophesied in such passages as Isaiah 13:13 where
God has foretold us, "Therefore I will shake the heavens,
and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the
Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger."
Environmentalists and health organizations are apprehensive
that there will be far reaching ramifications in the ocean and
on land as the massive amounts of debris and sewage sucked out
to sea may have seriously damaged, or even destroyed the delicate
life supporting eco system of the coral reefs, while on land
fresh water wells and farmland have been contaminated by sea
water and pollutants.
Scientists report that sea level changes were recorded around
the world. A message has truly been sent to all the continents
of the earth.
The world is swiftly being prepared for the arrival of the
prophesied Tribulation when its Christ rejecting populace will
receive the Anti-Christ. As global desperation cries out louder
and with ever greater desperation for a savior, then will appear
front and center their unanticipated replacement for Christ.
Instead of a man of divine purity and the giver of eternal life
they will receive a man of sin and death.
The recent foreshadow of the horror to come is dramatic and
unmistakable to the students of Bible prophecy. The far reaching
destruction of the Indian Ocean earthquake brings to mind the
coming prophesied Tribulation earthquake of Revelation 16:18-20
where we are told that it will be, "a mighty and great earthquake
as had not occurred since men were on the earth...and the cities
of the nations fell," and that, "every island fled
away and the mountains were not found."
The reported increase in the earth's wobble reminds us of
the prophecy of the coming days of Isaiah 24:19-20 when, "The
earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, the earth
is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall stagger to and fro like
a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut..."
Even the change in the speed of the earth's rotation brings
to mind a possible unique fulfilment of the prophecy of Jesus'
words in Matthew 24:22 where He told us when speaking of the
days of the great Tribulation, "And unless those days were
shortened, no flesh would be saved..."
But most of all we should consider in light of Jesus' prophecy
the limited preview shown to the world of what will happen in
the coming days of "the sea and the waves roaring"
(Lk. 21:25). For this we will review our Rapture Watch message,
"Destruction of U.S.A. will come from Earth's Four Corners."
We quote, "Over the years students of Bible prophecy
have endeavored to find where God may have revealed the fate
of the United States in His Word. One popular teaching is that
the prophecies given for Babylon in Chapters 50 & 51 of the
Old Testament Book of Jeremiah are in actuality allegorical prophecies
against the U.S.A.
This action can quickly be disproved by reading verses 60-62
of Jer. Ch. 51. There we are told with all certainty by God's
inerrant Word that the prophecies given in Jeremiah's Chapters
50 & 51 are against the literal, geographical land of Babylon.
It is this same geographical Babylon which has been rebuilt in
Iraq in these last days and awaits the inevitable fulfillment
of Bible prophecy.
This must be so since, according to God's Word, once geographical
Babylon is destroyed in fulfillment of this prophecy it will
remain desolate forever. Obviously the existence of geographical
Babylon in Iraq in 2002 proves that this prophecy remains unfulfilled.
Quoting Jer. 51:61-62 we read, "And Jeremiah said to
Seraiah, "When you arrive in Babylon and see it, and read
all these words, "then you shall say, "O Lord, You
have spoken against this place to cut it off, so that none shall
remain in it, neither man nor beast, but it shall be desolate
It is also maintained by some that "Babylon the Great,"
prophesied of in Revelation Chapters 18 & 19, is in fact
the United States.
Although we are in agreement that the Babylon written of in
these passages is a symbolic representation of the world dominating
power at the close of the age, we must disagree that it is the
United States of America.
The reason for our position is due to what we believe is formidable,
scriptural and scientific evidence, which reveal a catastrophic
fate awaits the continent of North America approximately 3 ½
years prior to the destruction of Revelation's Babylon the Great.
On Aug. 24, "01 it was reported on Paul Harvey's News
and Comment that the first ever Tsunami (that is tidal wave)
detector had been anchored to the bottom of the ocean off of
the North American seacoast. More Tsunami detectors were planned
to be put in place in the future.
I've found it intriguing that in these last days there is
serious concern that America might someday be struck by great
Looking a short number of years into the future, while keeping
the thought of great tidal waves in mind, we can reasonably surmise
by the Scriptures the impending fate of the United States and
why the Bible makes no clear reference to America being in any
place of prominence at the conclusion of the age.
Quoting from the prophecy found in the Bible Book of Revelation
7:1-3 we read the following: "After these things I saw four
angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the
four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the
earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending
from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried
with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to
harm the earth and the sea, saying, "Do not harm the earth,
the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our
God on their foreheads."
Man's limited understanding causes him to be skeptical of
this prophecy by immediately questioning the statement about
the angels standing at "the four corners of the earth."
But God's truth is always greater than the limited understanding
of men as is proven by this article from the June 19, 1965 edition
of Science Newsletter (#87:390) which is titled, "Earth
Has Four Corners."
Quoting from this article, which was recovered from microfilm
at the Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Library, we read the following:
"The Earth has four corners, measurements made of earth-circling
satellites have shown
The four-cornered, or pyramid-like,
design was found by calculating the changes in the orbits of
globe-girdling satellites. At the center of the high points,
the satellites were pulled downward a few hundred feet by the
unexpectedly high gravity
The new figure for earth was found
by scientists at John Hopkin's Applied Physics Laboratory in
Silver Spring, Md., working under a contract for the U.S. Navy's
Bureau of Naval Weapons."
The report included a world map that shows all four of the
Earth's high corners are located in the Earth's oceans and that
there are also four low spots, which are additionally found in
the vast oceans. Each of the high spots covers several thousand
square miles of ocean and were a staggering 220 feet "higher"
than what the equalized average depth of the ocean should be
in that area. The low points on the other hand are apx. 253 feet
"below" [what should be] the stabilized oceans average.
The perplexing question is, "What is holding back these
seething mountains of water from rushing to fill the low spots?"
The basic understanding of gravity demands that these elevated
waters respond to its downward pull.
The scientifically supported answer is found revealed clearly
in God's Word. Quoting from Rev. Ch. 7:1 we once more read the
following prophecy: "After these things I saw four angels
standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds
of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on
the sea, or on any tree."
According to David Ebaugh, an Electronics Engineer who worked
with the very first satellites to discover the 4 ocean high points,
it was determined that prevailing winds are producing surface
friction upon the water, which in turn causes these thousands
of square miles of ocean to mass up to such great heights.
Our major jetstreams were not only found to be the cause of
the high spots as they curve upward, but that they also cause
the low spots where the winds blow downward, pushing the water
The obvious question of paramount importance is, "What
will happen when the 4 angels of God stop these winds from blowing?"
Reading in the latter part of verse 2 of Rev. 7 we find the
answer to this question, "And he cried with a loud voice
to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and
the sea." These words are more incredible proof that the
only true God is warning a rebellious world of things to come.
When the winds stop blowing as prophesied, all of the oceans
will seek their own level. Tidal waves of truly monstrous proportions
will form as thousands upon thousands of square miles of ocean
race with incredible building momentum towards the low spots.
When the tremendous accumulated kinetic energy from these tidal
waves crash against and over the low lying continents and islands,
vast areas of land will suddenly disappear.
Landmasses averaging just over 200 ft. above sea level will
suddenly become oceans, seas and great salt lakes. Crustal changes
will take place upon the earth under the great pressures and
violent redistribution of the earth's waters. Land will suddenly
appear where it has not been seen since the great flood of Noah's
day as presently heightened ocean locations retreat to new areas.
Most certainly the earth will be harmed in that day, but then
what of the sea?
As the waters cover the landmasses, inconceivable pollution
of the Oceans will take place as toxic waste dumps, nuclear plants,
chemical factories and sewage plants are suddenly submerged under
After the energy of the tidal waves is exhausted and the waters
retreat to ocean average, the injury will continue as arable
lands, lakes, streams and aquifers remain contaminated by toxic
pollutants, decaying animals and of course, salt.
To our knowledge no calculations are presently available as
to how large of tidal waves will be produced by this devastating
judgment from God, nor how far inland the initial momentum of
the raging waters will invade affected continents.
As may have been realized by now, the critical factor of who
will receive the brunt of these cataclysms is determined by where
a land mass is found in relationship to where the low spots of
the Oceans are located.
The Ocean's high spots are located off of Ireland, Peru, Madagascar
and the Philippines.
The first two low points are found off of India and Antarctica.
The last two are found off of the East and West coasts of
North America by California and Florida.
Consider the following examples for what lies in store for
the United States: California is 74 ft. below what will be future
ocean average, Florida is 187 ft. below and Washington is 212
In Rev. 7:1 God also made mention that the winds will not
blow "on any tree." Keep this in mind when considering
the complications which will arise with crop pollination.
Additionally, what will become of the weather patterns and
those who are trapped under bubbles of stationary air pollution
when God stops the winds? Of significant interest to prophecy
students is the fact that when this judgment takes place, roughly
in the middle of the prophesied final 7 years before Christ returns,
is that the remaining geographic regions which will be undamaged
by the initial Tsunamis are those very same areas which are prophesied
to be competing for global control during the final half of the
7 year tribulation!
The stimulus and opportunity for world dominion will be obvious
as the entire face of the earth is reconfigured.
The destruction and resulting chaos will change everything,
but just as God promised after the flood in Genesis 9:11, the
earth's population will not be annihilated by this catastrophe.
As certain as God's Word is true and sure about future judgment,
so too is it just as true and faithful about His promise of salvation
and eternal life. You need not be looking upon Earth for these
terrible things which are soon to take place, but instead you
could be looking steadfastly towards Heaven for the glorious
appearing of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If this is your desire then today is the day to come to God
believing with faith for the forgiveness of your sins in the
name of God's only begotten Son Jesus Christ who shed His blood
on the cross almost 2,000 years ago.
One day very soon, "
the Lord Himself will descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and
with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus
we shall always be with the Lord" (I Thess. 4:16-17)."