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Published On : August 18, 1999
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Earthquakes In Old And New Testaments, The Lord's Mount Of Olives Return, Valley Of Jehoshaphat - Valley Of Decision, Defining Brook Of Kidron, Gethsemane And Mount Of Olives, Similarities Between Valley Of Decision And Armageddon
Columbia Earthquake -- Jan. 25, 1999
Taiwan Earthquake -- Sept. 21, 1999
Let us begin part five of our series by taking a look at some other verses found in the Old Testament which deal with earthquakes. Afterwards, I will offer some thoughts for your consideration:
"Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth."
Isaiah 2:10-21, KJV
"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger."
Isaiah 13:9-13, KJV
"Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously."
Isaiah 24:17-23, KJV
"Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust. Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly. Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision. It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion."
Isaiah 29:1-8, KJV
"And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD."
Ezekiel 38:18-23, KJV
"Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more."
Joel 3:9-17, KJV
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts."
Haggai 2:6-7, KJV
While it is quite possible that some of the previous verses from the Old Testament may be referring to a future great earthquake at the time of the Lord's Return, there is also Scriptural proof which points to the fact that some of the Prophets were writing of an actual physical earthquake which occurred in the days of Jewish King Uzziah, also known as Azariah. This earthquake may have occurred around 800-750 B.C.. We find clear proof of this in the following verses, where both Amos and Zechariah, two of the minor Prophets, speak of a great earthquake which occurred in Jerusalem:
"The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake."
Amos 1:1, KJV
"And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, 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."
Zechariah 14:5, KJV
Turning our attention to the New Testament, in the Gospel of Matthew and the Book of Acts, we likewise see that the Lord sometimes used physical, literal earthquakes in order to accomplish His purposes; such as when Jesus and some of the Saints rose from the dead, and also when the Lord delivered Paul and Silas from prison in the town of Philippi. Consider these verses:
"And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God."
Matthew 27:51-54, KJV
"And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it."
Matthew 28:2, KJV
"And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."
Acts 16:26, KJV
At the same time, in addition to Jesus' own prophecy in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew concerning temblors which will occur during the Endtime, there are other verses in the New Testament which point to earthquakes which will occur in the future. Some of these quakes appear to be very literal in nature, while others may possibly be symbolic of the casting down, that is, of the defeat, of spiritual powers and Earthly leaders and government authorities at the time of Christ's Return. Consider the following verses:
"See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:25-29, KJV
"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; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
Revelation 6:12-17, KJV
"And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven . . . And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
Revelation 11:13, 19, KJV
"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 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. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."
Revelation 16:12-20, KJV
In examining the previous verses, one point which becomes clear, is that it appears that Isaiah, Joel, Jesus and John all spoke about the very same events which will occur during the Endtime. Similar to our Lord's own words found in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew concerning His Second Coming, Isaiah, Joel and John all mention that the final great earthquake which will herald the Lord's Arrival, will be tied in directly with the Sun, Moon and stars being darkened in some way. While we know that this earthquake is going to occur at Christ's Return, a close examination of the Scriptures reveals even more regarding this temblor. As I explain in the article "The Triumphant Touchdown Of Jesus Christ!", Zechariah tells us that the Lord will descend upon the Mount of Olives, just as He returned to Heaven from the Mount of Olives almost two thousand years ago. Compare the following verses:
"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey."
Acts 1:6-12, KJV
"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, 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. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light."
Zechariah 14:1-7, KJV
Thus we see that when the Lord returns upon the Mount of Olives, a great earthquake is going to occur which will result in a great valley forming as the fissure widens from east to west; that is, the crack will begin in the east in the direction of the Dead Sea, and it will open westward towards the Mediterranean Sea. In the verses I shared earlier from the Book of Joel, it appears that the Prophet may have made mention of this very same valley when he said:
"Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel."
Joel 3:12-16, KJV
It is interesting to note that the name Jehoshaphat actually means "Jehovah has judged" in Hebrew. Some Bible scholars have speculated that this Valley of Jehoshaphat, or Valley of Decision, may possibly be a reference to the deep ravine situated below Jerusalem's East Wall, which separates the city from the Mount of Olives. It is through this valley that the Brook of Kidron flowed. Jesus and His Disciples were quite familiar with this area, as they often passed over the torrential brook in order to go to the Garden of Gethsemane, which was located at the base of the Mount of Olives; as we see in the following verses:
"When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples."
John 18:1-2, KJV
Thayer's Greek English Lexicon defines the Brook of Kidron and the Garden of Gethsemane as follows:
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of Hebrew origin
Cedron or Kidron = "turbid"
1) the name of a winter torrent, rising near Jerusalem and flowing down through a valley of Kidron, having the Mount of Olives on the east, into the Dead Sea.
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of Aramaic origin
Gethsemane = "an oil press"
1) the name of a place at the foot of the Mount of Olives, beyond the torrent Kidron.
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Easton's Bible dictionary also provides the following data regarding the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane and Kedron, or Kidron:
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Mount Of Olives:
So called from the olive trees with which its sides are clothed, is a mountain ridge on the east of Jerusalem from which it is separated by the valley of Kidron. It is first mentioned in connection with David's flight from Jerusalem through the rebellion of Absalom and is only once again mentioned in the Old Testament. It is, however, frequently alluded to. It is frequently mentioned in the New Testament . It now bears the name of Jebel et-Tur, i.e., "Mount of the Summit;" also sometimes called Jebel ez-Zeitun, i.e., "Mount of Olives." It is about 200 feet above the level of the city. The road from Jerusalem to Bethany runs as of old over this mount. It was on this mount that Jesus stood when he wept over Jerusalem.
"No name in Scripture," says Dr. Porter, "calls up associations at once so sacred and so pleasing as that of Olivet. The 'mount' is so intimately connected with the private, the devotional life of the Saviour, that we read of it and look at it with feelings of deepest interest and affection. Here he often sat with his disciples, telling them of wondrous events yet to come, of the destruction of the Holy City; of the sufferings, the persecution, and the final triumph of his followers. Here he gave them the beautiful parables of the ten virgins and the five talents; here he was wont to retire on each evening for meditation, and prayer, and rest of body, when weary and harassed by the labours and trials of the day; and here he came on the night of his betrayal to utter that wonderful prayer, 'O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt'. And when the cup of God's wrath had been drunk, and death and the grave conquered, he led his disciples out again over Olivet as far as to Bethany, and after a parting blessing ascended to heaven.
This mount, or rather mountain range, has four summits or peaks:
1. the "Galilee" peak, so called from a tradition that the angels stood here when they spoke to the disciples.
2. the "Mount of Ascension," the supposed site of that event, which was, however, somewhere probably nearer Bethany.
3. the "Prophets," from the catacombs on its side, called "the prophets' tombs;" and
4. the "Mount of Corruption," so called because of the "high places" erected there by Solomon for the idolatrous worship of his foreign wives. Vulg., "Mount of Offence".
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Oil-press, the name of an olive-yard at the foot of the Mount of Olives, to which Jesus was wont to retire with his disciples, and which is specially memorable as being the scene of his agony. The plot of ground pointed out as Gethsemane is now surrounded by a wall, and is laid out as a modern European flower-garden. It contains eight venerable olive-trees, the age of which cannot, however, be determined. The exact site of Gethsemane is still in question. Dr. Thomson (The Land and the Book) says: "When I first came to Jerusalem, and for many years afterward, this plot of ground was open to all whenever they chose to come and meditate beneath its very old olive trees. The Latins, however, have within the last few years succeeded in gaining sole possession, and have built a high wall around it. The Greeks have invented another site a little to the north of it. My own impression is that both are wrong. The position is too near the city, and so close to what must have always been the great thoroughfare eastward, that our Lord would scarcely have selected it for retirement on that dangerous and dismal night. I am inclined to place the garden in the secluded vale several hundred yards to the north-east of the present Gethsemane."
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The valley, now quite narrow, between the Mount of Olives and Mount Moriah. The upper part of it is called the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The word means "black," and may refer to the colour of the water or the gloom of the ravine, or the black green of the cedars which grew there.
Kedron Cedron, turbid, the winter torrent which flows through the Valley of Jehoshaphat, on the eastern side of Jerusalem, between the city and the Mount of Olives. This valley is known in Scripture only by the name "the brook Kidron." David crossed this brook bare-foot and weeping, when fleeing from Absalom, and it was frequently crossed by our Lord in his journeyings to and fro. Here Asa burned the obscene idols of his mother, and here Athaliah was executed. It afterwards became the receptacle for all manner of impurities, and in the time of Josiah this valley was the common cemetery of the city. Through this mountain ravine no water runs, except after heavy rains in the mountains round about Jerusalem. Its length from its head to en-Rogel is 2 3/4 miles. Its precipitous, rocky banks are filled with ancient tombs, especially the left bank opposite the temple area. The greatest desire of the Jews is to be buried there, from the idea that the Kidron is the "valley of Jehoshaphat" mentioned in #Joe 3:2| Below en-Rogel the Kidron has no historical or sacred interest. It runs in a winding course through the wilderness of Judea to the north-western shore of the Dead Sea. Its whole length, in a straight line, is only some 20 miles, but in this space its descent is about 3,912 feet. Recent excavations have brought to light the fact that the old bed of the Kidron is about 40 feet lower than its present bed, and about 70 feet nearer the sanctuary wall.
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A few points which are not mentioned in the previous quotes is that the Mount of Olives runs north to south, and is about two miles long. Its highest point is three thousand feet. The wilderness of Judea is located to the south of the ridges, while to the east is the Jordan River Valley and the Dead Sea, beyond which lies the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It is about fifty miles from Jerusalem to Amman, Jordan. At any rate, it is possible that the Valley of Kidron and the Valley of Jehoshaphat, also known as the Valley of Decision, may be one and the same. However, we should not limit our thinking to this possibility alone; as it may very well be that this valley does not even exist yet. In other words, perhaps the Valley of Jehoshaphat is actually the valley which will be formed when the Mount of Olives splits in half when the Lord stands upon it at His Return.
One final possibility, is that the Valley of Jehoshaphat may not be either one of the aforementioned valleys. If we consider the fact that Jehoshaphat actually means 'Jehovah has judged', and that the final battle in which the ungodly forces will attempt to defeat the Lord, will be fought in the Valley of Megiddo, perhaps that may be the real Valley of Decision. It was in the Valley of Megiddo, located on the southern edge of the Plain of Esdraelon in northern Israel, that foolish King Josiah lost his life during an unprovoked battle against Pharaoh Necho, king of Egypt. Megiddo is also known as Megiddon, Har Megiddo, or Armageddon. It is also interesting to note that when the Prophet Zechariah was describing how Jerusalem would become a burdensome stone to the nations of the Endtime, and how the Lord would finally come to Jerusalem's aid, after He had severely chastised the Jews through invasion and military defeat, thus finally bringing a small remnant of them to repentance, the Prophet made a direct link to the Valley of Megiddo, or Armageddon, and King Josiah's fall there. Consider the following verses:
"After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him. But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not. Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo. And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded. His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah."
2 Chronicles 35:20-24, KJV
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness . . . And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon."
Zechariah 12:2-4, 9-11, KJV
"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon."
Revelation 16:12-16, KJV
As we continue this discussion in part six, I will offer some final evidence which may point to a link between the Valley of Jehoshaphat, or the Valley of Decision, and the Valley of Megiddo. In addition, I will mention the signs which will precede the Jerusalem earthquake, and stress the importance of the Southern Europe/Middle Eastern earthquake region. I will also be presenting some information which will explain the geological structure of Israel and the surrounding area, which will further prove that a mighty earthquake in the vicinity of Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives at the time of the Lord's Return is very feasible. This will include facts concerning the Dead Sea Rift. In addition, I will be exposing the distortions of the U.S. Geological Survey, by sharing some of their earthquake tables with you. I will conclude part six by mentioning the 1999 destructive earthquakes in Turkey, as well as begin to discuss other tremors which have rocked the planet since the beginning of 1999. I trust that you will join me.
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