An earthquake in Toronto (where the G8 is about to open) shook the northeastern US as far south as Ohio.
The SF Chronicle reports:
June 23 (Bloomberg) — A magnitude 5.0 earthquake in Canada shook office towers in Toronto and Montreal, interrupted train service and forced lawmakers and government workers in Ottawa from their buildings. The earthquake at about 1:41 p.m. New York time today was centered about 53 kilometers (33 miles) northeast of Ottawa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The tremors were felt as far away as Ohio, New York and Massachusetts, said Bruce Presgrave, a USGS geophysicist in Golden, Colorado. Don Davies, a lawmaker with the opposition New Democratic Party, had to cut short an Ottawa press conference on the costs of the Group of Eight (G8) and Group of 20 (G20) summits in Canada. The tremor comes three days before leaders from the Group of 20 countries converge on Toronto to debate ways of coordinating exit strategies from fiscal stimulus.”
Tampa Bay online reports:
The midday quake was felt in Canada and in a number of U.S. states, including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. Residents of a number of states in the Midwest and Northeast reported feeling the earthquake. In Ohio, people reported the sound of plaster cracking in Cleveland and buildings in Cincinnati gently swaying. In Cleveland, James Haselden says his office in a renovated 19th century brick building swayed and he heard plastic cracking but saw no damage. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on its website that the Canadian quake was felt by some residents in the western Pennsylvania area. The quake also was felt in New Jersey, where the Bergen County administration building in Hackensack was evacuated after employees reported they felt a tremor.”
The upper “A” is the epicenter of the quake and the lower one points out Toronto, where the quake was felt and perhaps not to coincidentally, the G8 and G20 Economic Summits are about to open. How many millions of people felt that quake? It is a populated area of Canada and the most populated section of the US. Millions upon millions of people were directly affected by this quake, which in my opinion, was from God.
The LORD told us there would be earthquakes. “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.” Earthquakes are one of His signature methods of alerting His people that He is present. Famous biblical fulfillment prophetical earthquakes of the past have been the one that occurred when Jesus died upon the cross. The one that released Paul from prison. In the Old Testament’s 1 Samuel 14:15, Then panic struck the whole army–those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties–and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.” An earthquake and a panic sent by God. Perhaps like today’s? [Below, people flee the office buildings in Toronto, where the 5.5 quake shook buildings for 30 seconds or more]
In the future (the near future in my opinion,) the LORD promised that the day Gog attacks Israel, “In My zeal and in My blazing wrath I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence; the mountains also will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse and every wall will fall to the ground. “I will call for a sword against him on all My mountains,” declares the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. “With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. “I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the LORD.”‘ (Ezekiel 38:20-23)
And we are promised earthquakes not just specifically as in Ezekiel, but also in general during the end times as the Luke verse states. Earthquakes are a sign from God. I can’t make the statement or claim that every quake is from God or that every quake has a prophetic tie-in. But we are far along enough in the end times that the Luke verse stating that there will be earthquakes in diverse places seems safe to say that God is trembling in righteous anger and warning His people. It seems safe to say that the panic set off by this Canadian quake seems to fit His methods for warning and a call to repentance. It seems safe – more than safe – to say that He is making Himself known among the nations. That the Tribulation is accompanied by many, many quakes as prophesied in Revelation, Zechariah, and Ezekiel is also a sign that the trumpet may be about to be raised to the Lord’s lips even at this moment. When that trumpet sounds, the Church Age ends, and we are raptured. It will happen in the twinkling of an eye. Are you ready?