God uses suffering to take our eyes off this world and to focus on God and sometimes natural disasters are caused as a judgment against sin. Earthquakes have been used of God at special times, with special people, for special purposes. Sin entered the world when Adam and Even rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden mankind has been in rebellion ever since. “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Genesis 3:17). The Tribulation is a seven-year period of time that the Bible refers to as a “time of trouble” unlike anything this world has ever seen or will ever see again.
Daniel 12:1 says “and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.” The Bible calls the Tribulation by many names found in both the Old and New Testament including:
The Day of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
The Hour of Trial (Revelation 3:10)
The Day of Wrath (Zephaniah 1:15)
The Time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7)
The Wrath of the Lamb (Revelation 6:16)
And many more.
First, He uses pain and suffering to draw us to Himself so that we will cling to Him. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation” (John 16:33).
Earthquakes can remind us of the great judgments of God that are yet to come when “this present evil world” will pass away so that there can be a “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).
Matthew 24:3-8: As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives; the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Ezekiel 38:18-20: And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “that My fury will show in My face. 19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’
Isaiah 29:6: Suddenly, in an instant, the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.
ACTS 16:26: Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken
Hebrews 12:25-29:”See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.’ This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”
And men shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the glory of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. In that day men will cast forth their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats, to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the glory of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.” (Is. 2:19-21, Rev. 6:15-17)
“Yet once more I shake not only earth, but also heaven, the sea and the dry land” (Haggai 2:6; Hebrews 12:26)
2 Timothy 3:1–9 : But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them…
This frightening time of Tribulation is God’s final wake-up call to all of us who has rejected Him. God, in His longsuffering, is giving the world one last chance to turn away from sin and towards life in Christ. God is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. God commands all people everywhere in the world to repent not only those affected by natural disasters but every one.So, the call for Christians to be alert and watchful is a call to remain faithful, by abiding in Jesus, even
Through great tribulation. Timothy was told, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” 1 Tim. 4:16