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Avoiding Loss in the Coming Earthquake

March 4, 2009

Earthquake precedes seals, trumpets and thunders in Revelation 6:1, 8:5 and 10:3. The apocalypse in the Hebrew Scriptures is called “the day of the Lord,” and it links to an earthquake in numerous passages: Joel 2:10,11; Zeph 1:7,10, Zech 14:1,5; Isa 2:12,19.

These passages support “the day of the Lord,” not as the day Christ comes, but probably the last seven years of tribulation, initiated by the earthquake. Paul says the day of the Lord comes with “sudden destruction” 1Thess 5:2,3.

As Evangelical Christians, we may have misread the wedding parables and concluded that Christ’s “knock” (Lk 12:36) is a rapture and we go to heaven, but why would He say, “have your loins girded”? (verse 35). If we were going to heaven, it wouldn’t matter. If you believe is a rapture, you might like to consider

Calamity is seen in each wedding parable.  See a Summary of  them at   God took Israel from calamity to a covenant relationship at Sinai. He later said, “I am married to you,” Jer 3:14. That’s how we marry the Bridegroom because “all those things happened unto them for ensamples [types] and they are written for our admonition…ends of the world.” 1 Corinthians 10:11.

How can we avoid loss? We’re like the goodman. “If the goodman …had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” Matt 24:43. Christ warns, “If you don’t watch, I will come to you as a thief,” Rev 3:3.

“Watch” means to be awake. It is translated from the Greek word, gregoreo. We can’t be awake every night, but there was only one night in the year that believers were commanded to watch. It was Passover, Exod 12:10,42. Christ understood this and asked His disciples to watch with Him. Matt 26:38-41.  

Paul knew those holy days were “a shadow of things to come,” Col 2:16. He kept them, (Acts 20:6,16; 27:9) and urged us to follow his example and do so, 1Cor 11:1; 1 Cor 5:8. Some scholars say the types that relate to the second advent will be fulfilled at the time of the symbolic service. This was so last fall when the U.S. Senate met on Rosh Hashanah to approve a bailout. For 10 days till Yom Kippur the markets crashed; compare Lev 23:24-27 with Rev 8:7, James 1:9-11 KJV. For timing this spring, visit 

Why not celebrate communion on the eve of 2nd Passover, Sunday evening, May 10, and remember to “watch” in prayer, reflecting on the whipping and pain Christ took for us, Matt 26:38-41. “If you don’t watch, I will come on you as a thief.” Revelation 3:3.

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