"What shall be the sign of Thy coming, and
of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3)
TEXT: MATTHEW 24:3-8
THE FIRST BIRTH PAIN SIGN: ANITCHRISTS
THE SECOND BIRTH PAIN SIGN: WARS
THE THIRD BIRTH PAIN SIGN: FAMINES
THE FOURTH BIRTH PAIN SIGN: PESTILENECES
THE FIFTH BIRTH PAIN SIGN: EARTHQUAKES
"See that ye be not troubled: for ALL these
things must come to pass, but the end is
not yet....ALL these are the beginning of
sorrows." (Matthew 24:6, 8)
The last birth pain sign in the inspired record of Matthew says, "there shall ...earthquakes, in divers places" (Matthew 24:7). Earthquakes are definitely on the increase. Between the years 526 A.D. and 1896 there were only 31 known major earthquakes worldwide. Approximately 2,693,000 people died in that 1,370 year period from those 31 earthquakes. During this century, however, there have been over 56 major quakes in which well over 2,000,000 people have died.
One might say that the detection and reporting of earthquakes has improved in this century over those centuries of the past. Granted, this may be true, so let us look at the quakes from 1890 to 1996 that measured over 6 on the Richter scale to see if they have increased.
From 1890 to 1899 there was 1 quake.
From 1900 to 1909 there were 3.
From 1910 to 1919 there were 2.
From 1920 to 1929 there were 2.
From 1930 to 1939 there were 5.
From 1940 to 1949 there were 51.
From 1950 to 1959 there were 475.
From 1960 to 1969 there were 1,056.
From 1970 to 1979 there were 1,184.
From 1980 to 1989 there were 1,085.
From 1990 to 1999 there were 1,525
The record clearly shows an acceleration in seismic activity. http://prophecy.landmarkbiblebaptist.ne ... pains.html
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All of the birth pangs were given by Jesus and the Old and New Testament prophets in context of the Tribulation Daniel's seventieth week. This will be the last 7 years of human history leading up to Christ's Second Advent.
Scholars in Bible Prophecy believe that although the world isn't yet in that prophesied time of unprecedented horror, the stage is being set. The birth pangs are already being felt. Christians are commanded by Jesus to watch for the birth pang-like developments.
"What I say to one, I say to all; watch." (Mark 13: 37)
Many who observe the times believe that God in His mercy and grace is allowing us to see foreshadows of the coming apocalyptic storm. One such observor likens the stage setting the birth pang symptoms to be not unlike a storm front.
The storm front is in view, the birth pangs are being felt. http://www.raptureready.com/abc/birth_pangs.html