Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Earthquake Headed for Israel?

Ezekiel prophesied it:
"For in my jealousy and in blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel." Ez. 38:19
Of course, the context is the Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel 38 and 39, the time when a Russian coalition including Turkey, Iran, Libya, and the Sudan, descend to destroy Israel. The earthquake in Haiti has brought Israel's expectation of an earthquake to light. They believe it is overdue. They believe it could be catastrophic if they are not prepared. They are preparing...! Could that mean they are preparing for a Gog-Magog visit? Every indication says they are preparing for both. Oh the times in which we live.
Read from today's Jerusalem Post
The government is aware of the danger that an earthquake of large magnitude poses to the population. Based on information gathered by the Israel Geophysical Institute and a special task group of engineers, a scenario projecting a 7.5 magnitude earthquake was presented to lawmakers. According to the estimate, an earthquake of this magnitude in Israel would cause approximately 16,000 fatalities and 90,000 injuries, and 377,000 people would be evacuated from their homes. In addition, the estimate foresees 10,000 fully collapsed buildings, 20,000 with heavy structural damage and more than 100,000 with minor to medium damage.
This of course is not considering the expected damage to the economy resulting from the destruction of infrastructure, public facilities, factories and commercial centers.
AS A response, the government initiated a nationwide program in 2005 called Tama 38 that offers tax and planning incentives to the private sector to reinforce buildings. But today, five years later, the program has proven highly ineffective. A bureaucratic labyrinth of red tape and an insufficient incentives package have jammed the cogs of the program, leaving less than 15 buildings reinforced in the entire country.
The last serious earthquake to hit Israel was in 1927 and measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. Five hundred people were killed, a small number compared to the devastation that will occur as a result of modern Israel's high population density. Moreover, the natural geophysical cycle produces a high-magnitude earthquake every 80 years on average, meaning that we are already overdue.
I hope that the government will learn from the terrible tragedy in Haiti and take more meaningful action to safeguard the citizens of Israel. It must, or the next search and rescue mission might be closer to home.
With all that is happening....It would be well for each of us to make sure we are prepared for the Day that is coming. Jesus encouraged that we stay alert lest that day catch us unaware. But more than being prepared...we should be filled with joy that we actually get to serve the King of Kings!

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