In recent months and years, seismic activities around the world have been on a sharp rise. The activities have increased dramatically in frequency as well as in intensity. Major earthquakes that were previously uncommon in certain places are now being felt by the residents and official records. Just yesterday on the last day of March, 2020, the state of Idaho, which does not normally have seismic activities, recorded a 6.5 M major earthquake that was felt in Oregon, Montana and California the neighboring states.
The cistern was hewn under the ground. And even if such a cistern was holding water, an earthquake would split the walls and all the water in the cistern will be lost to the earth. This is the picture that we are being warned of in the frequent earthquakes today.
A cistern is not like a well. The well connects the ground level to an underground water table. The well is thus a container of natural well water with the water level flush with the source of the underground water. Both a well and a cistern are artificial structures. The Lord uses Jacob’s Well in John 4 to speak to the life giving water from inside the well that God provides. The water in a cistern, however, is poured into it as a big bucket to hold the stagnant body of water for consumption.
In the Olivet Discourse, the Lord Jesus made it clear about the signs pertaining to His Appearing to gather His people. Among the signs He gave, earthquakes happening in a crescendo manner were spoken of. He used the analogy of a woman in labor as an example of the contractions just before the water breaks from the placenta of the mother. In Luke 21,
Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution
10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness.
Right after persecution of His believers, there will be earthquakes, in many places also there will be famines and pestilences. Then there will be terrors in the signs of the heavens.
During the torrential flooding of 2019 on the east coast of the United States, agricultural farm lands were compromised by the saturation of the earth, which went on to affect the new growing season in 2020. Round about this time in 2019, last year, there was this report as a reminder.
CHICAGO/COLUMBUS, Neb. (Reuters) March 31, 2019 – At least 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) of U.S. farmland were flooded after the “bomb cyclone” storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water this month, satellite data analyzed by “Gro Intelligence” for Reuters showed. Farms from the Dakotas to Missouri and beyond have been under water for a week or more, possibly impeding planting and damaging soil. The floods, which came just weeks before planting season starts in the Midwest, will likely reduce corn, wheat and soy production this year.
Fast forward to 2020, the US is in a state of pandemic due to the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus designation CoVID-19, dubbed the Covid19 contagion situation. In the US in many states, metro area grocery stores reported hoarding of essential items and food and water. Many shelves were emptied out by those who have the economic power to scoop up a stockpile, leaving those poor and live in poverty to go without.
Is this a sign of famine even in the most prosperous nation on earth?
There are also reports from China in March, and from Africa and Iran that locust swarms are eating up crops in a matter of hours.
Iran afflicted by large swarms of desert locusts, amid coronavirus woes
‘The density of locusts in the swarms is so high that a 10 to 15-centimeter layer of dead locusts forms on the ground after spraying pesticides.’
By TZVI JOFFRE MARCH 5, 2020 03:20
While in Africa currently,
For months, hundreds of millions of locusts have been flying across East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, forming the largest swarms seen in decades. New swarms are continuing to spread from Kenya to Iran, and the worst swarms—those over the Horn of Africa—are multiplying quickly.
The bugs pose an unprecedented threat to nutrition and health in the region, which faces extreme poverty, ongoing violent conflict, and limited healthcare infrastructure. Now the covid-19 pandemic is making it more difficult to quell the swarms, creating a nightmarish situation.
“Obviously, the challenge for the international community will be to address the humanitarian needs of multiple layers of need and competing crises all over the globe,” Cyril Ferrand, the FAO’s East Africa resilience team leader, told Earther. “That’s the danger of the current situation where we have huge demands for assistance, combined with the fact that with covid-19, even the northern hemisphere is quite affected economically.”
Due to food cross contamination between species, a novel (new) virus came on board from the virus epicenter in Wuhan city, in the province of Hubei late 2019.
Abstract taken from Wu, Yi-Chi; Chen, Ching-Sung; Chan, Yu-Jiun
In late December 2019, a previous unidentified coronavirus, currently named as the 2019 novel coronavirus#, emerged from Wuhan, China, and resulted in a formidable outbreak in many cities in China and expanded globally, including Thailand, Republic of Korea, Japan, United States, Philippines, Viet Nam, and our country (as of 2/6/2020 at least 25 countries). The disease is officially named as Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19, by WHO on February 11, 2020). It is also named as Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens on January 15, 2019 by the Taiwan CDC, the Ministry of Health and is a notifiable communicable disease of the fifth category. COVID-19 is a potential zoonotic disease with low to moderate (estimated 2%–5%) mortality rate. Person-to-person transmission may occur through droplet or contact transmission and if there is a lack of stringent infection control or if no proper personal protective equipment available, it may jeopardize the first-line healthcare workers. Currently, there is no definite treatment for COVID-19 although some drugs are under investigation. To promptly identify patients and prevent further spreading, physicians should be aware of the travel or contact history of the patient with compatible symptoms.
In late December 2019, an outbreak of a mysterious pneumonia characterized by fever, dry cough, and fatigue, and occasional gastrointestinal symptoms happened in a seafood wholesale wet market, the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, in Wuhan, Hubei, China.1 The initial outbreak was reported in the market in December 2019 and involved about 66% of the staff there. The market was shut down on January 1, 2020, after the announcement of an epidemiologic alert by the local health authority on December 31, 2019. However, in the following month (January) thousands of people in China, including many provinces (such as Hubei, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Henan, Hunan, etc.) and cities (Beijing and Shanghai) were attacked by the rampant spreading of the disease.
A CNN report says of Italy,
2 days ago – Italy’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000. Many are asking why the fatality rate is so high. By Valentina Di Donato et al.
Italy’s death toll is now the highest in the world at 10,023. Fatalities passed the grim milestone on Saturday, with an increase of 889 since the last figures were released on Friday, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.With 92,472 confirmed cases, Italy appears to have the highest death rate on the planet.
Infection as of today
The Lord prophesies of pestilence.
And now, we will address the earthquakes.
Reported today, as one of many examples to come, we have this report.
Idaho rocked by strongest earthquake in nearly 40 years
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
A preliminary magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled Idaho on Tuesday with shaking felt across the region, including Washington state, Utah, Nevada and Canada.
Tuesday’s quake was the strongest in the state since the 1983 Borah Peak earthquake and reportedly killed two people. This earthquake was so strong that the eruptions of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park were noticeably longer.
There have been frequent earthquakes on the west of Mississippi since the July 4 2019 shake east of L.A.. Report.
Jul 5, 2019 – The epicenter of Friday’s powerful quake was 11 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The headline read like this.
7.1-magnitude earthquake felt in Southern California, could be largest in 20 years
Marie McCainThe Desert Sun
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A 7.1 magnitude earthquake was felt across Southern California on Friday night, just a day after a 6.4 temblor struck near Ridgecrest.
The quake at 8:20 p.m. PDT was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, a Mojave Desert town 150 miles away from Los Angeles. The quake sent rocks crashing down parts of a state highway, ruptured gas lines and cut power to the town of Trona and parts of Ridgecrest, which saw building damage, fires and several injuries from the earlier quake.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom requested federal emergency assistance and officials reported “significant” damage and said they expected to have a better grasp of the earthquake’s impact after daybreak.
Some residents of Ridgecrest, a town of about 28,000, were too fearful to sleep inside their homes.
So how shall we fit these observations of the earth into the Olivet Discourse?
For I believe the Church is under judgement for her unfaithfulness, much like leading up to 589 B.C., Judah was being evicted from their land due to bloodshed and idolatry. Through the prophet Ezekiel, the Word of YHVH, the preincarnation of the subsequent Y’shua (Jesus of Nazareth) told the Prophet.
1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations. 3 You shall say, Thus says the Lord God: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself! 4 You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of[a] your years has come. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries. 5 Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult.
The very same indictment can be raised against America for what she has become today – bloodshed in crime and legal abortions, these cities which host Planned Parenthood clinics all over the States, and the charge of idol worship in America. And much like the story in Egypt just before the exodus of the children of Israel, God is judging the gods of Egypt, as He is now the gods among the American people, one by one, to neutralizing their glory among the people, until a remnant shall submit to God and render Him the glory that people robbed from God.
At this point, I shall introduce the words of the Word of YHVH given to the Prophet Jeremiah (2).
Evidence from the Bible suggests that in general a cistern is an underground water reservoir; for example, Leviticus 11:36; 2 Kings 18:31 (and Isaiah 36:16); 2 Chronicles 26:10; Proverbs 5:15; Isaiah 30:14; the two passages referred to above (Jeremiah 2:13 and 14:3) and even Jeremiah 38:6.
A cistern in Jeremiah’s time in Israel was basically a hole dug in the hard ground. The people transport water and pour into it for their personal use, no more need to go to the Living Water in the creation of God. The Word of YH says, “hewed out cisterns for themselves,” representing the self-efforts for survival after they have tasted the Living Water of God.
In fact, for his punishment of speaking repentance to kings, the Prophet Jeremiah was cast into a makeshift prison inside a dry cistern. Jeremiah 38,
6 So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.
The cistern was hewn under the ground. And even if such a cistern was holding water, an earthquake would split the walls and all the water in the cistern will be lost to the earth.
This is the picture that we are being warned of in the frequent earthquakes today.
God compares their futile habits to forsaking Him (v. 13). Their choice has become “broken cisterns that can hold no water.” What happens if your water reservoir does not hold water? You thirst and will eventually die of thirst. And if you do not return to the Living Water to receive the water of life, you will die spiritually.
We worship You, Word of God, Y’shua. You are still applying this word today to those who believe in You.
1 The Word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the Lord,“I remember the devotion of your youth,
your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness,
in a land not sown.
3 Israel was holy to the Lord,
the firstfruits of his harvest.
All who ate of it incurred guilt;
disaster came upon them,
declares the Lord.”
4 Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the clans of the house of Israel. 5 Thus says the Lord:
“What wrong did your fathers find in me
that they went far from me,
and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
6 They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord
who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
who led us in the wilderness,
in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of drought and deep darkness,
in a land that none passes through,
where no man dwells?’
7 And I brought you into a plentiful land
to enjoy its fruits and its good things.
But when you came in, you defiled my land
and made my heritage an abomination.
8 The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who handle the law did not know me;
the shepherds[a] transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal
and went after things that do not profit.9 “Therefore I still contend with you,
declares the Lord,
and with your children’s children I will contend.
10 For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see,
or send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has been such a thing.
11 Has a nation changed its gods,
even though they are no gods?
But my people have changed their glory
for that which does not profit.
12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this;
be shocked, be utterly desolate,
declares the Lord,
13 for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Today, earthquakes are happening all around the world with the prophetic message that says these “cisterns” must crack, and it is spiritually serving as a warning shot for all those lip service people (“My people”, to wake up in time). Thousands of people admit they are believers. But unfortunately, even people who no relationship with the Savior say they are Christians. Most American Christians doubt the authenticity of the Holy Bible.
A survey says,
MAY 15, 2017
Record Few Americans Believe Bible Is Literal Word of God
Writer Joseph C. Sommer writes, “Humanists reject the claim that the Bible is the word of God. They are convinced the book was written solely by humans in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. They believe that because the writers of the Bible lived in an unenlightened era, the book contains many errors and harmful teachings.”
“In the United States, the Bible is often hailed as a divinely inspired book. Television and radio carry religious programs praising the Bible as the holy and infallible word of God. Religious groups also distribute vast amounts of books, magazines, tapes, pamphlets, and other items. The materials promote the idea that, as televangelist Pat Robertson has said, “The Bible . . . is a workable guidebook for politics, business, families and all the affairs of mankind.”
Pat Robertson, yep, that guy.
Therefore, it appears today that many in the last days Church are actually humanistic Christians, who are not the kind that the Lord says about being born anew in John 3.
When the earth shifts, and all the plates of the earth jump for joy at the return of creation’s Maker, the earth crust will release all the tensions built up through 6,000 years under man’s ill government.
All the foundation of the structures that are built into the earth by man and religions shall be tested. Cisterns will burst and the water will be leaked to return to the earth. The owners of all the cisterns, spiritually speaking, will dry out spiritually and wither in the sun.
When a person dries out spiritually after his pet religious theories are tested ungodly and irrelevant, his days of production in the Lord will also cease to be.They are eventually routing themselves out for the Hewer to address them at the Passover.