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February 27, 2013

More or Mega?

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In my Scripture studies, I found when asked about the latter days Jesus said there would be fearful sights and signs in the sun, 
moon and stars and on earth, some big earth movement as nations 
will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring of the sea.

Why the roaring of the sea?

That pretty much sums up the definition of an earthquake tsunami. 

Not only that, but in prophetic Scripture, the sea is often used as a metaphor for a multitude, a sea of people. That shadow picture starts out in Genesis 32:12. The sea symbolizes "peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues" representing the mass of humanity across the globe. 

That's not my idea, the metaphor continues on to Revelation 17:15. 

Jesus aka Yeshua connected with the water imagery in the Bible. For example, He told His disciples in Matthew 4:18-20 "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 

At Sukkot, the last Feast of Tabernacles Yeshua attended in Jerusalem, He declared to the crowd gathered there:
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" John 7:37-38
Everyone knows we've always had eclipses, super novas, pestilence, earthquakes and shaking in the sea and around the globe, but Yeshua spoke of a great, a "mega" shaking. I think its purpose is wake people up, to bring them out out their sleepy stupor,  forgetting about their Creator.  
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. Luke 21:11
The Greek word used here for "great" is "megas."

Many misinterpret the old English word "divers." The Greek word is "topos" and it means "separated place."

In Luke 21:10-11 the warning reads alike this: 
"Then he said to them, 'Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven."
The Greek words are μέγας σεισμός or megas seismós.

Megas is great, but σεισμός "seismós" has more context according to Strong's Lexicon as well as Thayer's and Smith's Bible Dictionary. There are two meanings in Greek: a commotion (of the air) like a storm or tempest or an earthquake shaking (of the ground).

The tempest storm is the first used in Matthew. We can see it in Matthew 8:23-26 with the short story of Jesus calming the storm on the sea that swamped the boat:
"And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm [seismós] on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 
And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm." Matthew 8:23-26
Tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons are great commotions (of the air). So is pestilence. 

Pestilence is likely the bigger problem. In the past 1,900 years since Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus and his Legions, some 600 million people have died in global pandemics and modern medicine can't manage the unknown. 

The worst pandemic in that time line have been the plagues of Justinian, HIV, Smallpox,  the Black Death and the Spanish Flu.

That points to another problem with big city life, there's potential for pestilence. Infection can be easily and quickly spread by close proximity. A crowd is a bad place with disease in the air. 

Regarding the risk in earthquake shaking (of the ground), as well as hurricanes (of the air) we do know damage and injury is greatly magnified today with increased location risk, it's the same for pandemics. 

If we look at a map, we can all see the mega population growth in cities full of people that ignore fault lines and hurricane patterns. 

Check out the ring of fire. There are many large and densely populated cities around the ring.

Which is worse... you choose, earthquakes, hurricanes or pandemics? None of them discriminate, the only real protection is to be in the right place at the right time. 

Thing about that for a minute. 

It was a big part of the job description of a Levite, to teach people to do the right thing. The Levites are gone and today our morals are in a state of decay and entropy. 

The important thing is there's an answer. We need to repent, to return to honor God's word and heed the warnings if we don't.

A great shaking will come one way or another, but for now, let's zero in on the earth shaking side of "seismós" but that does NOT mean we should ever take our eyes off great commotions (of the air) and don't forget about the pestilence.

Millions of people are now living along some very serious fault lines. Those areas are rife with continental plate stress, and we ignore the clear and present danger of those fault lines as if they didn't exist. 

The globe's plates are generally separated by extreme distance. The ring of fire iscattered around the coastal outline of the Pacific Ocean and some pretty remote geography. Oddly, around that ring, if we just look we'll find... idol-like religions. 

Deadly earthquake zones include Sumatra (Islam), Haiti (Voodoo) and Japan (Buddhism).

The Earth is shaking like Paul wrote in Romans 8:19-23

Paul didn't come up with that on his own. As usual, whether you know it or not, he was connecting with the Hebrew Bible (aka the Tanach). He was an expert on the Bible and his warning reflects the voice of the prophet Haggai, and it's not just about the earth shaking:
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty." Haggai 2:6-7
In the past ten years, the earth has shaken violently at land and in sea. We've all seen the headlines:
  1. Iran, 2003: More than 26,000 people killed in 6.6 earthquake
  2. Indonesia, 2004: A devastating 9.1 earthquake and its nsuing tsunami off the Sumatra killed more than 230,000 people in a matter of hours
  3. Kashmir, 2005: A 7.6 earthquake near Muzafferabad killed an estimated 100,000 souls
  4. China, 2008: Nearly 69,000 people were killed in 7.9 earthquake in the Sichuan province
  5. Haiti, 2010: More than 45,000 people were killed in 7.0 magnitude earthquake
  6. Japan, 2011: Some 19,000 are dead and missing as a result of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began leaking radioactive water and it continues today with no permananet solution
In ten last decade almost 400,000 people have been lost in just six mega quakes. 

The worst known earthquake year was 1556. The problem was a Chinese earthquake, it's recorded in Chinese imperial records that some 830,000 people lost their lives.

The Smithsonian Institute provides a graphic and amazing time-lapse animation of all global earthquakes and volcanic eruptions since 1961. Sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions are provided since 1978. Sulfur dioxide emissions are a precursor to acid rain and its the same atmosphere that surrounds the dead planet Venus.

The Smithsonian graphc is worth a closer look.

Another view of earthquake activity is available at Earthquake 3D and it features live feeds visually on a globe in realtime.

In March of 2010, one year before the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami struck northern Japan, an article from BBC News reported on the unusual sightings of multiple deaths of giant oarfish found on the shores of Japan:
"In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast."
While only ten in number, this was very strange and many people in Japan felt that the appearance of the dead oarfish mean't that an earthquake disaster was coming. Perhaps, the oarfish are significant. In that area little is known of the great sea creatures other than they are thought to be the stuff of the legends of giant sea serpents that sailors have described for hundreds of years. Unusual too, because in Japanese lore, oarfish, which can actually grow up to 50 feet in length normally live at ocean depths of 3/4 of a mile and deeper so they are very rarely ever seen, but when they are found, it is believed that they are the harbinger of an oncoming earthquake.

Today, many marine biologists believe that those ten Japanese oarfish sensed the coming changes in tectonic plates in the Earth's crust and sought safety.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which suffered a level 7 nuclear meltdown during the quake is still poisoning the Pacific and there is no way to stop the nuclear decay that is seeping into the sea. 

Today, we know that the 2004 massive 9.1 Sumatra quake was preceded by an 8.6 quake in 2005 and it has been followed by another 8.6 mega quake in 2012. Its resulting tsunami showed the power of destruction from the sea the day after Christmas in 2004 as tragedy stuck from the sea.

On January 4, 2013, a movie about that was released titled "The Impossible," it is a true-life movie about the heroic Belon family that was engulfed in the tragedy of the Indonesian mega quake and it's ens
uing horror wave tsunami.

We were reminded of this just three weeks ago as a massive 8.0 undersea quake struck the "Solomon" Islands on February 6, 2013 when the "Santa Cruz" Islands were identified to be at risk by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

According to NASA, and other scientific sources, the February 2010 8.8 Chile mega earthquake that stuck "Conception" altered the tilt of the Earth's axis and shortened the length of a day by speeding up our planetary rotation. The Chilean quake which is the 5th largest to ever be recorded within the USGS list that includes the 9.5 1960 Valdivia, Chile mega quake as well as the 9.0 Kamchatka, Russia mega quake of 1952 and the 9.2 Prince William Sound, Alaska mega quake of 1964.

The coastal city of Conception, Chile was moved by some 10 feet toward the Pacific.

All buildings in that disaster zone were either badly damaged or destroyed. One report stated: "It was if a giant hand had stretched the land along an almost directly westward line (slightly downward) for ten feet at Conception, while adjacent ground moved only a tenth that distance - indicating considerable "shearing" of the land mass both north and south of Conception." Like a mirror to North America, the quake occurred just above Los Angeles, Chile.

Another axis shift occurred in the Tōhoku region of Japan as the 9.0 Richter magnitude scale mega quake that caused $235 billion in property damage and untold future nuclear damage shifted the planet's axis and sped up the Earth's rotation. That shaking moved the Earth's axis by an estimated 10 centimeters and according to Kenneth Hudnut of the U.S. Geological Survey, the island of Japan shifted about 2.4 meters (that's 8 feet).

Pakistan's last mega quake hit in 2005 and in 2008 a mega quake hit Eastern Sichuan, China as churches were damaged and destroyed. Oddly only a cross was left standing at Sacred Heart Church in downtown Port au Prince, Haiti in 2010 in which thousands lost their lives.

Soon, we may see a West Coast arrival of the 1,000 mile wide by 2,000 mile long mass of debris to be delivered by ocean currents from the Sendai Bay area of Honshu. Japan's horrific mega quake and wave roaring tsunami that the world witnessed in 2011, left 19,000 dead that have been identified. Due to the impending nuclear death toll from Fukushima, sadly we will see many more deaths as the tragedy continues to release radioactive cesium that is headed to the USA.

Scientific studies state that the floating debris will likely be carried by back in a never ending cycle of circular currents from Washington, Oregon and California before turning back toward Hawaii and again toward Asia, circulating in the North Pacific Gyre which is now infamously called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The California Coastal Commission has already issued hazardous material handling guidelines. It seems that anyone with a television has seen the roaring of the great waves that perhaps caused the greatest known wave destruction since Noah's flood. The Pacific tsunami even caused significant damage in Crescent City and Santa Cruz, California above Los Angeles, the home of earthquakes here in the United States.

We have seen earthquakes cause distress around the world that also shake the headline news. The locations must be considered. Did you notice the names of these places?

What is it with earthquakes and these cities?

It seems that across the globe places like Santa Cruz, which means "holy cross" are stuck by earthquakes. The horrible 1971 earthquake in Bolivia is just one example. The USGS earthquake map for Santa Cruz, California has so many epicenter markers, it looks like a pin pillow. Six died there in the 1989 quake that flattened many downtown areas. The same is true for Santa Cruz, Chile.

Columbus reached Haiti in 1492 and just a year and a half after the magnitude 7.0 Haiti destruction, in our own Federal "District of Columbia" (named after the discoverer), the Washington National Cathedral, which is an Episcopal Church landmark in Washington DC, experienced significant damage including fallen broken angels from the church's roof when disaster struck in August 2011. The spire of the National Cathedral "crashed onto the steps" as the 5.8 quake cracked the church's foundation as it shook the Capitol area. The earthquake badly damaged the steeple and bell tower at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in nearby Fells Point.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese there said the church was unsafe to occupy as building inspectors condemned the building... Earlier, in February, a 6.3 quake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand and destroyed the Christchurch Cathedral and according to the Brisbane Times "the crumbling spire at Christchurch Cathedral is one of the starkest images to emerge from today's devastating earthquake." Police in Christchurch reported that the bodies of some victims may never be recovered because they were pulverized by the buildings that collapsed around them.

I just can't help but be reminded of that warning from Messiah recorded almost 2,000 years ago:
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring Luke 21:25
The Global Seismographic Network (GSN) is a 150+ station, globally distributed, state-of-the-art digital seismic network providing free, realtime, open access data. The Network is a cooperative partnership between IRIS and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), they offer an interactive map that not only shows the latest earthquakes but allows you to display thousands of quakes from an archive of 3.4 million spanning from 1970 to minutes ago through the IRIS Earthquake Browser, and one of many features is that you can view and rotate earth quakes in 3D! You can vary the 3-D view. I like this version.

A new report on mega quake activity leads me to believe that perhaps geologists from Menlo Park, California have unwittingly discovered what the Savior of the world is talking about in Luke 21:11.

It certainly appears that the Scriptures are warning us of mega quakes.

If we just look at what we already know today we can interpolate that 'The Ring of Fire' is the area where a global quake could occur in alignment with a series volcanic eruptions along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. 'The Ring of Fire' is associated with a host of oceanic trenches and volcanic belts and continental plates. The 'Ring of Fire' has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's volcanoes. Some 90% of the world's earthquakes occur along the "Ring of Fire."

You can view new and existing volcanic activity at the Smithsonian Institution USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report. If you have visited this important website, you should.

A "great" earthquake is defined globally by scientists as one in which fifty thousand or more people are killed. This is what they have said this month, that they expect three times more mega quakes in the 21st century than occurred in the last 100 years of the 20th century. When you think about it, outside the devastation of a following tsunami from the roaring of waves from the sea, the way so many die is the fact they live in a city. This is exactly what happened in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Here's an excerpt of the February 2013 professional journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute:
MENLO PARK, Calif. — "Predicted population increases in this century can be expected to translate into more people dying from earthquakes. There will be more individual earthquakes with very large death tolls as well as more people dying during earthquakes than ever before, according to a newly published study led by U.S. Geological Survey engineering geologist Thomas L. Holzer."

Holzer and his USGS co-author James Savage studied earthquakes with death tolls of more than 50,000, which they define as catastrophic, and reported global death tolls from roughly 1500 A.D. to the present. Comparing those events to estimates of world population, they found that the number of catastrophic earthquakes has increased as population has grown. After statistically correlating the number of catastrophic earthquakes in each century with world population, they were able to use new (2011) 21st-century population projections by the United Nations to project that approximately 21 catastrophic earthquakes will occur in the 21st century, a tripling of the seven that occurred in the 20th century. They also predict that total deaths in the century could more than double to approximately 3.5 million people if world population grows to 10.1 billion by 2100 from 6.1 billion in 2000.

Four catastrophic mega quakes have already struck since the beginning of the 21st century, including the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake (and tsunami) and 2010 Haiti earthquake that each may have killed over 200,000 people.
The study explains the population risk increase in lethal earthquake areas and in my view, this is the focus of the prophecy from Jesus. I hope this commentary gives you some insight as to why you need to dig into the meaning of the words that you read in your Bible. You have to go back to the original language to get a clearer picture.

In the United States, we have all been concerned about a potential devastating mega quake in the greater Los Angeles area as well as the Pacific Northwest. Hollywood producers have made a number of movies about it this that have momentarily grabbed our attention.

In March 2011, following the Japan quake, ABC News reported about the New Madrid fault: Little-known U.S. Fault Lines Cause For Seismic Concern About Potential Earthquakes and that report states:

"There are 15 nuclear power plants in the New Madrid fault zone -- three reactors in Alabama -- that are of the same or similar design as the site in Japan experiencing problems.

The USGS report predicts that a major quake would create horrific scenes like something out of a science fiction movie, potentially cutting the Eastern part of the country off from the West in terms of vehicular traffic and road commerce."

Not only that, but most people think that the present danger on the west coast is related to the San Andreas fault but perhaps the truth is that the fault that poses the greatest danger to Los Angeles is the Puente Hills fault zone. Check out this March 20, 2010 report from the Los Angeles Times... Puente Hills fault focuses shaking toward downtown Los Angeles:
"Seismologists say one reason why the Puente Hills thrustfault is so dangerous is that it focuses shaking toward downtown Los Angeles, rather than away from it."
Below is a Puente Hills Earthquake Visualization of ground motion during a simulated magnitude 7.4 earthquake along the Puente Hills fault:

It seems that we are not having more earthquakes; but quakes are getting bigger and more people are living in seismically active areas within vulnerable buildings in the world's earthquake zones. You can search any geographic region on earth for yourself at the USGS Search Earthquake Archives.

Mega quakes are exponential. To get a better handle on them check out the USGS "How Much Bigger Calculator.

A magnitude 7 earthquake produces 32 times more energy — or is 32 times stronger — than a magnitude 6. A magnitude 8 releases 1,000 times more energy than a magnitude 6, and it releases that energy over a larger area and for a longer time and it goes witout saying that is not good for highly populated areas in quake zones.

Take a look at the new report "Global Earthquake Fatalities and Population" it can be purchased online. It appeared in "Earthquake Spectra", Volume 29, Issue 1 (February 2013).

Scripture warns of global volcanic activity in Joel 2:20.
“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke."
Could the word of God be this simple?

The answer is yes and the reason is that God is about life, so He gave warnings to the prophets to preserve life.

If you consider it, the instruction hidden in the Feast of Tabernacles may be an elegant, mysterious instruction that God gives to protect and preserve those that patiently honor His words of instruction in the latter days. Here's the interesting thing about Tabernacles... during the week long fall Feast there can be no doubt God's instruction is to stay outside in a Sukkah. Is it a heavenly advice for life?

Do you think a crumbling building can fall on you if your not in it?

The prophet Zechariah describes that an earthquake will one day split the Mount of Olives in two parts, south and north, and the prophet also describes the horrors of another earthquake:
Zechariah 14): "...and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee ... like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee".
The book of Revelation also gives us a warning of a coming Mid East megaquake that will awaken many to recognize the signs of the times by a seal, a token of proof:
Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.

Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Revelation 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
What does all this mean?

If you do not know your Messiah, it is now time for you to return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp and teach others to do the same.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer His salvation and eternal life to you and those that you know. You can accept His gift of eternal life now. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of any known willful sin. Ask for God's forgiveness and He will grant it. Then accept His gift of love and eternal life through Jesus, Messiah Yeshua - King of the Universe.

Mega Updates 

February 11, 2023: The earthquake loss of life is heartbreaking in southern Turkey and northern Syria. 

I took a look at the USGS map of them. Oddly, what jumped out is the big ones are centered around ancient Haran and the 30 day quake pattern shown below outlines Abraham’s foot steps from Ur of the Chaldees in the botom right of the image and in Egypt in the bottom left.

USGS Earthquake Map February 11, 2023

December 23, 2020: Hurricanes and typhoons are great commotions (of the air). So are pestilence and plagues as wind gales and airplanes carry them, but the inner storm of respiratory disease is carried by a sea of people when a sick person talks, coughs or sneezes. 

That's why your mother always said, cover your mouth when you cough. 

I'm no prophet, not even close, but the fact is that the disease death toll of just one viral pandemic can far out weigh all recorded earthquakes and hurricanes. 

Do you remember the one earthquake in the exodus that swallowed up Korah and his 250 leaders, but in the wilderness many plagues broke out and tens of thousands lost their lives when they stood in defiance in front of Almighty God's pillar of fire opposing Him and forgetting His glory is a consuming fire.

The problem, they defiled themselves in His presence and opened the door, bringing holy disaster on themselves. 

We have to remember something critically important, God said the purpose of the Levites was a gift of protection against plague:
"And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the people of Israel, to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement for the people of Israel, that there may be no plague among the people of Israel when the people of Israel come near the sanctuary." Numbers 8:19
Everyone is talking about a pandemic. According to Merriam Webster a pandemic is a disease that spreads very quickly and affects a large number of people over a wide area, even throughout the world. 

Earthquakes and hurricanes are local.

A pandemic is a health shaking commotion - usually a respiratory tempest of the air infecting one's lungs, and in the Bible pestilence always comes after a warning

For now, earthquakes have no warning.

Which is worse... you choose, earthquake, hurricane or now pandemic? 

Perhaps the warnings repeated in Matthew, Mark and Luke point to another great pandemic as people again make the error of standing in defiance against God's voice. In America we have false idols, ourselves. Our Supreme Court has tossed prayer out of public schools, we've legalized death in the womb, we sanitize it with the word abortion calling if family planning.

The problem, we are falling away, falling away from grace and judgement is near our highest courtroom steps.

Luke 21 is real and it ties to "great signs" from heaven. Like I said, I'm no prophet, I do not know what those signs are. However, if you'll just use a Bible word search for "great sign" you'll find same exact match that I've have.

It's in Revelation 12:1 followed by another sign at a later date in Revelation 12:3 marked by war that arose in heaven. Then in Revelation 15:1 we see a series of plague connections with details described as vials in chapter 16. The last is listed as a great earthquake followed by a massive hailstorm, perhaps a metaphor for asteroids, perhaps not.

Interesting too, mass quarantines began during the 14th century, in an effort to protect coastal cities from plagues along the ring of fire.

Kristen Coppock, MA, Managing Editor

"Pfizer and BioNTech have announced a second agreement with the US government to supply 100 million doses of BNT162b2 (Comirnaty), the companies’ vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), from domestic production facilities. This agreement brings the total number of doses to be delivered to the United States to 200 million."

“With these 100 million additional doses, the United States will be able to protect more individuals and hopefully end this devastating pandemic more quickly,” Albert Bourla, CEO and chairman of Pfizer, said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our work with the U.S. government and health care providers around the country.”"

"NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Biotech firms Moderna and BioNTech used a biotechnology known as messenger RNA, or mRNA, to produce vaccines effective against Covid-19 with miraculous speed. That has pushed the combined worth of specialists in this emerging field to more than $120 billion. That’s a glimpse of what’s possible if it can be applied post-pandemic to treat cancer or rare diseases.

The technology is the closest thing yet to making medicine digital. MRNA vaccines essentially inject genetic code that instructs a recipients’ cells to construct a part of the virus. The body recognizes the produced protein as foreign and mounts a future immune response when exposed. Moderna and BioNTech’s vaccines show the technology works fast. Vaccines typically take a decade to develop. They took less than a year."

Kristen Coppock, MA, Managing Editor

"Moderna’s new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine, mRNA-1273, has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA,1,2 only 1 day after the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) publicly expressed support for the action.3 Administration of mRNA-1273 is indicated for individuals aged 18 years and older.2

The FDA's action marks the second EUA for a vaccine targeting COVID-19, which is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On December 11, 2020, the FDA approved an EUA application for the first COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, BNT162b2, which was jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.1,4

According to FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, MD, the availability of 2 COVID-19 vaccines is a crucial step in combating the global pandemic, which has caused a vast number of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States."

December 2, 2020: There's another panic WHO announces COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic

"Today, as WHO/Europe’s Standing Committee of the Regional Committee met, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, briefed the group on the rapid escalation of COVID-19 in the WHO European Region, now placing it at the centre of this pandemic."

"Britain on Wednesday became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for general use, while Italy and Japan promised free inoculations for all even as the global death toll ticked towards 1.5 million.

A mere 12 months after the pandemic began in China, the UK's independent medicines regulator gave its green light to the BioNTech-Pfizer drug in double-quick time but insisted safety had come first.

"Everybody can be confident that no corners whatsoever have been cut," said Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) chief executive June Raine. "The public deserve nothing less.""

"As the world inches towards 1.5 million Covid-19 deaths, the U.S. continues to lead the toll, passing 13 million confirmed cases on Saturday."

November 15, 2020: I wonder if David Beasley has read this: 
There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11 ESV
"UNITED NATIONS -- The head of the World Food Program says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.

David Beasley said in an interview with The Associated Press that the Norwegian Nobel Committee was looking at the work the agency does every day in conflicts, disasters and refugee camps, often putting staffers’ lives at risk to feed millions of hungry people -- but also to send “a message to the world that it’s getting worse out there ... (and) that our hardest work is yet to come.”

“It was so timely because we’ve been fighting to get above the choir,” Beasley said of last month's award, pointing to the news being dominated by the U.S. elections and the COVID-19 pandemic, and the difficulty of getting global attention focused on “the travesty that we’re facing around the world.”

“So this was really a gift from above,” Beasley said, recalling the surprise and delight of WFP's 20,000 staffers worldwide, and his own shock at being interrupted during a meeting in Niger in Africa's Sahel region with the news.

Beasley recalled his warning to the U.N. Security Council in April that as the world was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it was also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action wasn’t taken.

“We were able to avert it in 2020 ... because the world leaders responded with money, stimulus packages, deferral of debt,” he said." 

November 5, 2020: Global COVID-19

"The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global health threat, and CDC is committed to stopping its spread. CDC has a long history of strengthening public health capacity throughout the world to contain outbreaks at their source and minimize their impact.

CDC is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to assist countries to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. CDC routinely provides technical assistance to ministries of health and subnational and international partners to improve our collective response to infectious disease threats like COVID-19."

Response Goals and Objectives

The goals of CDC’s global response to COVID-19 are to limit human-to-human transmission, minimize the impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable countries with limited preparedness capacity, and reduce specific threats that pose current and future risk to the United States.

CDC’s global COVID-19 response works toward these goals by meeting the following objectives:
  • Strengthen capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to local COVID-19 cases, including getting timelier and more accurate data to inform public health decision-making and strengthening the public health workforce globally
  • Mitigate COVID-19 transmission in the community, across borders, and in healthcare facilities; prevent transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare facilities, among healthcare workers and public health personnel and minimize disruptions to essential health services
  • Contribute to the scientific understanding of COVID-19 and address crucial unknowns regarding clinical severity, extent and pathways of transmission, and infection with support for special investigations
  • Ensure readiness to implement and evaluate vaccination programs and use therapeutics when available
CDC’s technical support is delivered in coordination with other U.S. government agencies and other stakeholders including multilateral organizations.

"Good afternoon.

In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled.  

There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives. 

Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals.

In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher.

WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. 

Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.

Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do."

My note: Maps like the one I inserted at the beginning of this post are usually used to track earthquakes, but in February 2020 John Hopkins University has rolled out a global map of the pandemic shaking the planet. Their Coronavirus Resource Center website says:

"Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.

This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives."

"Coronavirus (Covid-19) has, to date (February 25th 2020) infected over 77,000 Chinese citizens, mostly in Hubei Province, since it was first identified in December 2019.  It has so far spread to more than 30 countries. It has claimed more than 2,600 lives and been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO)."

July 5, 2019: New 7.1 earthquake hits Southern California -- 1 day after largest temblor in decades

"A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Kern County in California on Friday evening -- just a day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that was the largest temblor in the region in two decades, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.

Shaking on Friday evening was felt as far away as Las Vegas and Los Angeles and into northern Mexico. The USGS said there was a 5 percent chance a larger quake could still follow."

July 4, 2019: Today is the first day of Tammuz and a 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California

"A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California on Thursday and officials said it was the largest to hit the region in 20 years. The quake struck near the city of Ridgecrest, which is located about 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Some injuries were reported in Ridgecrest, authorities said, but the extent is currently unclear. A city in the hospital was evacuated and officials are assessing structural damage to the building.
The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:33 a.m. PT. The earthquake was initially given a magnitude of 6.6, but was later revised to 6.4. The quake was felt more than 150 miles away in Los Angeles, but no damage was reported."

June 4, 2019: Today is the first day of Sivan. Quake swarm unleashes 400 tiny temblors on Southern California. What does it mean?

More than 430 tiny temblors have rattled Southern California in the past 10 days or so, some just strong enough to be felt by residents, LAist reports.

But the swarm of earthquakes hitting the Inland Empire, stretching from eastern Los Angeles to the Mojave Desert, probably doesn’t indicate a major quake’s on the way, KTLA reported.

“This is just a place where the earth sputters along instead of letting go all at once,” seismologist Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter."


Video report from CBS This Morning.

This follows a series of major quakes that killed hundreds since July in the Indonesian island of Lombok.

August 23, 2018: According to, M1.5 or greater:
  • 163 earthquakes in the past 24 hours
  • 1,209 earthquakes in the past 7 days
  • 10,843 earthquakes in the past 30 days
  • 82,856 earthquakes in the past 365 days
Do the math for yourself, the 30-day average over the past year divides to 6,810, but that number is up more than 59% in the last 30 days with the count at 10,843 as of 10PM CST.

Last 30 days 10,843 as of August 23, 2018

Of the 10,843 earthquakes in the past 30 days, 8 have been magnitude 6.5 or greater, That's 40% percent of the major quakes in the eight months of 2018 in just 30 days.

Remember the 9.0 magnitude seven years ago in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan?

What about tomorrow?

August 5, 2018: Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Indonesia, killing 91

"MATARAM, Indonesia -- A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake killed more than a dozen on the island. Authorities said Monday thousands of houses were damaged and the death toll is likely to climb. Rescuers haven't reached some of the worst affected areas in the north of the island."

July 30, 2018: Second earthquake swarm in one week hits off Oregon on the Cascadia Subduction Zone

"A swarm of earthquakes shook the Cascadia Subduction Zone off of the Oregon coast on Sunday morning shortly after 9:00 a.m., according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The swarm marks the second in just a 5-day span giving fair warning to coastal residents that the Big One could hit anytime.

M5.3 earthquake hits the Cascadia subduction zone off Oregon coast on July 29 2018.
After a string of almost a dozen minor quakes last week, the waters off the southern Oregon coast – approximately 280 miles west of Florence, Oregon – rumbled with yet another M5.3 quake on Sunday morning, at 9:10 a.m. and was followed by a series of 4 aftershocks:

  • M 5.3 – Off the coast of Oregon
  • M 3.2 – Off the coast of Oregon
  • M 3.0 – Off the coast of Oregon
  • M 3.8 – Off the coast of Oregon
  • M 4.4 – Off the coast of Oregon

There was no tsunami alert issued, and there are only 10 reports of it being felt on land. The quake was about seven miles beneath the sea floor."

July 18, 2018: "The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly. And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven." Revelation 11:13

'Major earthquake would kill 7,000, destroy bridges'

"State Comptroller finds Israel only partially prepared for major earthquake, which would have devastating consequences.

Israel - Arutz Sheva: "The State Comptroller, retired judge Yosef Shapira, published the report on "State Preparedness for an Earthquake" on Wednesday afternoon, which examines the preparedness of national infrastructures and buildings in the State of Israel.

In light of recent earthquakes in the north, the State Comptroller instructed the publication of the report, which presents an up-to-date picture of the deficiencies in earthquake assessments.

Experts in the field believe that the occurrence of a strong earthquake, with all its severe consequences, is almost certain. Its impact on different regions of the country will be enormous. According to the government-approved preparedness examination, in the event of a major earthquake, Israel could expect 7,000 fatalities, 8,600 people seriously injured, 37,000 people lightly injured, 9,500 people trapped in rubble and 170,000 made homeless."

BBC - London: Earthquakes are rare in the UK, but recently scientists discovered an ancient fault line directly under London.

Another earthquake in 'Surrey swarm' near Newdigate

"Another earthquake has been confirmed in Surrey - the latest in a series of tremors to be felt since April.

The 1.7 magnitude quake struck at about 04:00 BST just north of Russ Hill near Newdigate at a depth of 1km, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

It was picked up by two new seismic stations built last week to record the earth's movements in Surrey after the recent spate of tremors.

The quake was like "a weak thud" lasting a few seconds, the BGS said.

It is thought to be ninth tremor in the earthquake "swarm"."

Second 'more powerful' earthquake strikes near Gatwick Airport in space of 12 hours leaving homes shaking

"Another earthquake has hit an area near Gatwick Airport in Surrey - the second recorded in just 12 hours.

The first was recorded in Newdigate, Dorking at 4.59am this morning with a magnitude of 1.7.

This was later raised to a magnitude of 2.0 by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Just hours later a second earthquake measuring 11 times the strength of the first hit the same location.

A a magnitude of 2.7 was recorded at 1.33pm this afternoon, the BGS confirmed."

"It comes less than two weeks after a magnitude of 3.0 was recorded in the same area.

It makes it the sixth earthquake in four weeks in the Dorking and Gatwick Airport area.

A spokesman from the British Geological Survey said: "We can confirm that there has been another earthquake today. Provisional indications are that it was approx. mag 2.7, about 11x bigger than the one that occurred earlier today, which is now a mag 2 earthquake.""

November 13, 2017: Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area

"Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with nearly all of the victims in an area rebuilt since the end of the ruinous 1980s war.

Sunday night's magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck about 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people were going to bed.

The worst damage appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Residents fled into the streets as the quake struck, without time to grab their possessions, as apartment complexes collapsed into rubble. Outside walls of some complexes were sheared off by the quake, power and water lines were severed, and telephone service was disrupted.

Residents dug frantically through wrecked buildings for survivors as they wailed. Firefighters from Tehran joined other rescuers in the desperate search, using dogs to inspect the rubble.

The hospital in Sarpol-e-Zahab was heavily damaged, and the army set up field hospitals, although many of the injured were moved to other cities, including Tehran.

It also damaged an army garrison and buildings in the border city and killed an unspecified number of soldiers, according to reports.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei immediately dispatched all government and military forces to aid those affected.

Many of the heavily damaged complexes in Sarpol-e-Zahab were part of construction projects under former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The newly homeless slept outside in cold, huddled around makeshift fires for warmth, wrapped in blankets — as were the dead.

The quake killed 407 people in Iran and injured 7,156 others, Iran's crisis management headquarters spokesman Behnam Saeedi told state TV. Most of the injuries were minor, he said, with fewer than 1,000 still hospitalized.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported 445 dead and 7,370 injured. There was no immediate explanation of the discrepancy, although double-counting of victims is common during such disasters in Iran."

October 26, 2017: ‘Really Big’ Earthquake Is Coming, Striking 7 Million People in the Worst Natural Disaster in North American History

"The last time the Juan de Fuca oceanic plate jolted under the North American plate, unleashing a 9.0 earthquake, was in 1700. With the event scheduled to happen once every 500 years or so, we are due for another any day now. Although it's not clear what will happen when this mega quake does hit, researchers at the University of Washington recently presented 50 possible scenarios of how the event might unfold."


"Updated - The ongoing earthquake swarm at the Yellowstone National Park supervolcano is now one of the longest ever recorded, having started on June 12. Over the past three and a half months, almost 2,500 earthquakes have been recorded in the western part of the national park. This puts it on a par with the biggest swarm ever recorded, where more than 3,000 earthquakes took place over three months.

The swarm in no way signals an impending eruption, and it appears now to be coming to an end. However, experts at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say it has been “fascinating” to monitor and are eager to learn more about it in their analysis of the event.

In a monthly update about activity at Yellowstone, the USGS said 115 earthquakes had been reported in the park during September. Of these, 78 were part of the ongoing swarm 6 miles north of West Yellowstone. The biggest event in the swarm last month was magnitude 2.3."

September 10, 2017: USGS says 260 earthquakes have struck Southeast Idaho since Sept. 2

"Both USGS and University of Utah reported that the most powerful quake in the swarm was a 5.3 magnitude temblor that occurred at 5:56 p.m. on Sept. 2. It's been years since Southeast Idaho has experienced a 5.0 or greater magnitude quake. Such temblors can cause damage to buildings.

Authorities have not reported any damage to structures or injuries to people as a result of any of the recent quakes.

Authorities said that Southeast Idaho has never experienced so many quakes in such a short time frame, though the region does experience some seismic activity especially in the Caribou County area."

December 9, 2016: Radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster detected on Oregon shores

"SALEM, Ore. - Seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on Oregon shores, researchers say.

Seawater samples from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from the nuclear disaster but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment.

Citing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Statesman Journal newspaper reports the samples were taken last winter and later analyzed.

Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the crippled Japan nuclear plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Woods Hole chemical oceanographer Ken Buesseler runs a crowdfunded, citizen-science seawater sampling project that has tracked the radiation plume as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean."

November 20, 2016: San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says

November 1, 2016: This morning from the LA Times... Nearly 20 'micro-quakes' hit near the Salton Sea

"A series of small earthquakes struck near the Salton Sea area overnight.

Nearly 20 micro-quakes — the strongest measuring magnitude 3.3, with others much smaller — struck the town of Niland near the eastern shore of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 3.6 quake was recorded near Salton City on the west side of the Salton Sea.

In September, a series of more than 200 small quakes hit the area. That prompted scientists to say for several days that there was an elevated risk for a big San Andreas fault earthquake. Many of the minor quakes were located under the sea itself.

The Salton Sea is one of California’s most seismically complex areas. It is located on a web of faults that scientists fear could one day wake up the nearby San Andreas from its long slumber."

Update October 30, 2016: Italy earthquake: 6.6-magnitude tremor rocks nation's center

"(CNN)A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy on Sunday morning, injuring at least 20 people, in the strongest tremor to hit the country in more than three decades.

The earthquake follows tremors last week and comes on off the heels of a devastating quake in August, which killed nearly 300 people and flattened entire villages.

  • The quake struck 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of Norcia, the US Geological Survey reported.
  • Fire and rescue services said six people had been pulled from rubble in Norcia.
  • There were no immediate reports of deaths -- many residents had not returned since a devastating quake in August.
  • Some villages are cut off, so the impact there has not been assessed, said Fabrizio Curcio, the civil protection chief.
  • Some 15,000 people are without electricity, according to Curcio.
  • Much of the Basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia collapsed."

Update October 26, 2016: So very sad and praying for those in Italy: 2 powerful earthquakes rattle central Italy 2 hours apart

“It was a very strong earthquake, apocalyptic,” Marco Rinaldi, mayor of the small town of Ussita, told the ANSA news agency. “People are screaming on the street and now we are without lights.”

Rinaldi added, "Many houses have collapsed. Our town is finished."

Update October 2, 2016: Today, is the eve of the Fall Feast "Day of Trumpets" (Yom Teruah) begins at sunset as the 7th Biblical month new moon appears above.

It is the day of the shofar blast, a day of shouting and we might take note that rumors of war are raging as Russia warns US not to attack Syrian regime while Hurricane Matthew rages in the Caribbean Sea potentially threatening the U.S. Atlantic east coast with roaring seas and on the Pacific west coast an Earthquake Advisory Issued For Southern California After Salton Sea Quake Swarm

"LOS ANGELES ( — A swarm of earthquakes that rattled the Salton Sea area earlier this week has increased the probability of a major quake hitting Southern California.

The California Office of Emergency Services (OES) issued an earthquake advisory warning residents and officials in Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Imperial counties that there was a greater possibility of a major earthquake through Oct. 4.

More than 140 seismic events have been recorded near Bombay Beach beginning Monday ranging from magnitude 1.4 to 4.3, according to U.S. Geological Services (USGS) seismologists.

“California is earthquake country. We must always be prepared and not let our guard down,” said OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “The threat of an earthquake on the San Andreas Fault hasn’t gone away, so this is another important opportunity for us to revisit our emergency plans and learn what steps you need to take if a significant earthquake hits.”

The swarm occurred in a region known as the Brawley seismic zone, which is located near a fault network that connects the southernmost end of the San Andreas fault with the Imperial fault."

Seismologists at the Southern California Earthquake Center are nervous about a big domino effect along the San Andreas Fault. Interestingly, two years ago at this same time around the Fall Feasts that year... an earthquake swarm hit the Mommoth Lakes region, far from the San Andreas fault in central California along the Nevada border.

The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast Map

Update September 10, 2016 Thirteen dead and more than 200 injured in 5.7 Tanzania earthquake

"Tremors felt as far away as Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya after quake strikes near north-western town of Bukoba on Saturday.

At least 13 people have been killed and 203 injured in north-west Tanzania in a 5.7 magnitude earthquake, local authorities said.

“The toll has climbed from 11 people dead to 13 and from 192 injured to 203,” said Deodatus Kinawilo, district commissioner for Bukoba, the town close to the epicentre of the quake that struck on Saturday."

Update April 8, 2016: A new report published in Science Advances Vol. 2, no. 4, e1501693 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501693 today notes that the earth's rotational spin axis has been affected by ice melts in "southern Greenland, where pervasive thinning occurs" ... "explained by global-scale continent-ocean mass transport, with robust changes in terrestrial water storage (TWS) playing an unexpectedly large role."

The ice sheet mass changes are noted in a previous study A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance released in Science 30 Nov 2012: Vol. 338, Issue 6111, pp. 1183-1189 DOI: 10.1126/science.1228102.

These changes impact oceanic weight redistribution and may cause global scale tectonic shifts due to the earth's change in angular momentum and torque. This is fairly easy to conceptualize, just think of a spinning top that would be disturbed by weight redistribution that would affect torque acting on it.

A spinning top falls sideways. The effect is described as precession. A spinning top precesses slowly around a vertical axis through its point of support while it spins on its axis. The change in angular momentum is always affected by weight redistribution as its center of mass is changed.

No question our Creator has always known that this change in the earth's angular momentum and torque from global-scale continent-ocean mass transport would occur. Perhaps Jesus referred to this when He said, "there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves." Luke 21:25

We can't doubt the Word of God even if we do not understand it. If God has said it, it will happen.

"Earth’s spin axis has been wandering along the Greenwich meridian since about 2000, representing a 75° eastward shift from its long-term drift direction. The past 115 years have seen unequivocal evidence for a quasi-decadal periodicity, and these motions persist throughout the recent record of pole position, in spite of the new drift direction. We analyze space geodetic and satellite gravimetric data for the period 2003–2015 to show that all of the main features of polar motion are explained by global-scale continent-ocean mass transport.

The changes in terrestrial water storage (TWS) and global cryosphere together explain nearly the entire amplitude (83 ± 23%) and mean directional shift (within 5.9° ± 7.6°) of the observed motion. We also find that the TWS variability fully explains the decadal-like changes in polar motion observed during the study period, thus offering a clue to resolving the long-standing quest for determining the origins of decadal oscillations. This newly discovered link between polar motion and global-scale TWS variability has broad implications for the study of past and future climate."
Update October 2, 2015: Watch out for the MEGATSUNAMI

"The study appears today in the journal Science Advances, and revives the debate over whether sudden giant collapses present a realistic hazard today around volcanic islands or distant continental coasts.

'Our point is that flank collapses can happen extremely fast and catastrophically, and therefore are capable of triggering giant tsunamis,' said lead author Ricardo Ramalho, who did the research as a postdoctoral associate at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory."

Update July 15, 2015: Fox News Report: Mega-quake could kill 13,000 in Pacific Northwest

Update April 25, 2015: The BBC reports from Asia:
"Nearly 1,000 are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.
Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas."

"Major historic monuments in the Nepalese capital have been destroyed in the powerful earthquake, eyewitnesses and officials have said.
These include a nine-storey tower, temples and some parts of what was once a royal palace, all listed as Unesco world heritage sites.
Pictures posted on social media show some of the monuments have been reduced to rubble.
Eyewitnesses say several others now have cracks and could collapse."
According to EW Bullinger: The number nine is a most remarkable number in many respects. It is held in great reverence by all who study the occult sciences; and in mathematical science it possesses properties and powers which are found in no other number.


Yet, I received this text from a sister in Christ:
"Sharing this praise: Dawa sent me this text message, please read:

We were in the church this morning, When the massive quake came at 12 noon. At Bhaktapur Newari church. The building was so huge seven story. If it would have collapsed we all have died under that huge buildings. But we were given the enough time the lord to escape.
God saved us!"

In Nepalese, Bhaktapur means "city of devotees" newari means "a thought". The devoted Christians thought only of God's salvation today!

Seven is the number of perfection, the number of the Spirit of God.
"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne." Revelation 1:4 referencing Isaiah 11:2
Update September 26, 2014: Mammoth earthquake swarm is the largest in nearly a decade

"More than 600 small earthquakes have rattled the Mammoth Lakes region in less than 36 hours as ripple effects continued across one of the most seismically active volcanic regions in California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The swarm of quakes — ranging from magnitude 1.0 to 3.8 — began just before 5 a.m. Thursday, according to the USGS."

Update September 16, 2014: NBC News says... Expect the Unexpected: More 9.0 Megaquakes Are Coming, Study Says
"No one should be surprised if a magnitude-9 megaquake erupts off America's West Coast — or anywhere else around the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," for that matter.

That's the upshot of a study in October's issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America: Researchers say that computer models of future seismic activity, plus a check of past activity going back thousand of years, suggest most of the Pacific's earthquake zones are capable of generating shocks at least as strong as magnitude 9 every 10,000 years on average."
Update April 19, 2014: IRIS is a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. The IRIS Data Management Center maintains an event datamap (Wilber) that tracks earthquake activity globally. It allows you to compare events by size and date range.

Update April 8, 2014: According the Smithsonian Institution's volcanic monitoring, volcanic activity is up. This is not a comprehensive list of all of Earth's volcanoes erupting during the week, but rather a summary of new activity and unrest:

Volcano Name & Its Location:

1. Copahue Central Chile-Argentina border
2. Karkar Papua New Guinea
3. Krakatau Indonesia
4. Merapi Central Java Indonesia
5. Poás Costa Rica
6. Reventador Ecuador
7. Shishaldin Fox Islands (USA)
8. Slamet Central Java Indonesia
9. Ubinas Peru

Update March 29, 2014: Yellowstone National Park hit by 4.8-magnitude earthquake after California is shaken by major tremor

"A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has shaken Yellowstone National Park and rattled observers of one of the world’s deadliest super volcanoes. The quake — the most powerful in 30 years — struck near the Wyoming border with Montana yesterday, almost in the center of the United States’ most famous national park. Since Thursday, there have been at least 25 recorded in the nation's first national park."

Late last year, a study into the super volcano found the underground magma chamber to be 2.5 times larger than previously thought, with the cavern spanning a 90km by 30km area and capable of holding tons of molten rock.

If the volcano were ever to erupt, observers say the outflow of lava, ash and smoke would likely devastate the United States and affect the entire world."

Update September 24, 2013: Pakistan earthquake creates new island, 'mud volcano' to blame

"Mud houses in the mountains crumbled as a 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook western Pakistan early on Tuesday. Meanwhile, on the coast, residents of Gwadar saw a solitary island rise from the sea."

Update: May 24, 2013: If you are wondering just how a worldwide quake might occur just take a look at the story below from Russian Earthquake Could Be Deepest Ever
"The massive, magnitude-8.3 temblor that struck today (May 24) near Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula could turn out be the deepest earthquake ever recorded.

At 378 miles (609 kilometers) below the seafloor, the quake could best the previous record set in Bolivia, in 1994. The initial depth may be revised as scientists collect more data. The Bolivian quake was a magnitude-8.2, and 392 miles deep (631 km), Nature News reported.

Why so deep? The Sea of Okhotsk sits above a subduction zone, where the Pacific Plate dives beneath the North America Plate. (Though some scientists think there is also a microplate, a small tectonic plate, beneath the sea.) The northwest Pacific crust is some of oldest, coldest oceanic crust subducting on Earth. It's also quickly rolling into the subduction zone, like a speedy conveyor belt, so the cold crust reaches deep into Earth's mantle before warming up.

This setting makes for deep earthquakes in the subducted Pacific plate crust. The extraordinary depth of today's earthquake also means the shaking traveled far across Russia, reaching Moscow and rattling the Kremlin 4,000 miles (6,400 km) away. The waves also crossed the United States, as seen in this video from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology."
The USGS Earthquake Center says: "This deep section of the Pacific slab beneath the Sea of Okhotsk has hosted several large earthquakes in the past - four above M 6 within 200 km of the May 24 event since 1988."

What does this all mean? 

It's time for you to repent and return to God's voice, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. 

It means we need to know "Who is the One Called Jesus.

Consider a prayer: Please, God guide me by your Spirit as to what I should hear and do.

It's time to repent and return to God's voice, return to hear and do His words and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your assignment. 

Stretch out your hand, and take from the tree of life, and live forever.

Open a Bible, read it, listen to God's voice and do Yeshua's teaching about the forever jots and tittles. 

You can learn how the things which are written in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms are concerning Messiah and you can teach others to live life like Jesus, it's love in God's way:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
Today is the time, open your eyes if you're dead in your own valley of dry bones.

Look up and you'll recognize Messiah from Abraham's promise passed on to Isaac and Jacob as written by Moses in the Torah. You can see Him too in the Prophets and the Writings.

Repent and walk your Emmaus Road with Messiah. Study the Scriptures He taught every Sabbath that are filled with doing life God's way in the Kingdom, and tell others about Him. Be a gatekeeper until the house is complete.