15 May, 2008

The Earthquake was Prophetic

Many of you have heard me speak of what the Lord was speaking to me concerning the earthquake that shook the mid-west last month. (For those who have not, I will follow this post up with another entry and relate what the Holy Spirit spoke to me)

Anyway, a friend found this blog entry and shared it on a forum where we had been discussing the Word God had spoken to me. It written by a man named John Gross, who lives in the Kansas City area. I think you will find this interesting.


At the end of my commentary on this morning shaking’s you will find a copy of a news story by Matt Sepic. While reading his story He mentioned Mount Carmel ILL. as being near the quakes epicenter. He also mentioned Kingshighway bridge being temporarily closed due to the quake.

Mount Carmel and KINGSHIGHWAY “Kings High way” are both found in the Bible. Mount Carmel is found in 1 kings 18 and is known as the place where Elijah took on the 450 prophets of Baal and God showed up in power. Kings High Way is found in the Book of Numbers.

Numbers 20:17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king’s high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

Numbers 21:22 Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king’s high way, until we be past thy borders.

The King’s Highway was an ancient trade route that began in Egypt, and stretched across the Sinai Peninsula to Aqaba and then northward to Damascus and the Euphrates River. One of the earliest references to the King’s Highway is where the Israelites requested a safe passage through Edom.

Both Mount Carmel and the King’s highway speak of not turning. One from the path set before them and the other to other god’s.

Call me crazy call me radical, this is just how my mind works. I tend to think black and white, right and wrong and sometimes I get carried away and see signs where there not. If that is what I am doing I am sorry. I know God is good and He does not DO evil. He does however use natural things to get our attention. Jesus used natural things to explain spiritual truths all the time and we call them parables. Endulge me if you can as I ramble on.

Back to Mount Carmel

elijah on mount carmel

1 kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

The contest between Baal and the Lord God began and ended with fire.

1 kings 18:36-40 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. 40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

As soon as Elijaha heard that jezebel was looking to kill him for killing Her prophets He ran and hid and wanted to die BUT the Lord showed up in chapter 19 and had a few things to say. He got the attention of Elijah and part of the process included an earthquake.

1 Kings 19:11-13 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Mount Carmel seems to be known as the place where God personally partnered with man to remove compromise and idolatry. We are in such a place in America. I know that earthquakes are seen in the bible as a general sign of the end of the age.

Mark 13:8 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

This quake may be a little more. I was wondering what happened in America’s history on the 18th so I dug a little and found 5 things [good and bad]that caught my eye.

  1. April 18, 1880 Deadliest tornado outbreak to strike Missouri:
    8 tornadoes killed 152 people in portions of southwestern and central Missouri Deadliest single tornado to strike southwestern Missouri:
    Marshfield, Mo. (Webster county)
    F-4 tornado
    99 dead; 200 injured
    (92 people were killed in Marshfield, 7 died in Springfield by the same tornado)

  2. April 18, 1906 The birth of the modern Pentecostal movement is generally traced to an April 18, 1906, story in the Los Angeles Daily News whose front-page headline spoke of a “Weird Babel of Tongues” from a “New Sect of Fanatics” at a former livery stable at 312 Azusa St. in downtown Los Angeles. In fact, the Azusa Street revival had been building for some weeks before it broke into the public consciousness and spread across the nation’s religious landscape. Experts also place it in the context of the periodic revivals, or Great Awakenings, that historians have identified throughout in American history. In that sense, Pentecostalism grew out of the nationwide spiritual ferment at the end of the 19th century. The Azusa Street revival lasted for three years, until 1909

The April 18, 1906, issue of the Los Angeles Times carried the above story on the Azusa Street revival.

3. April 18, 1906 San Francisco was wrecked by a Great Earthquake at 5:13 a.m., and then destroyed by the seventh Great Fire that burned for four days. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of trapped persons died when South-of-Market tenements collapsed as the ground liquefied beneath them. Most of those buildings immediately caught fire, and trapped victims could not be rescued. Reevaluation of the 1906 data, during the 1980s, placed the total earthquake death toll at more than 3,000 from all causes. Damage was estimated at $500,000,000 in 1906 dollars.

4. April 18 1988 U.S. launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in retaliation for the April 14 mining of the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will. The one-day action is the world’s largest naval battle since World War II.

5. April 18 2007 The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2003, was upheld by the Supreme Court on April 18, 2007 by a 5-4 vote in the consolidated cases of Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood. The court indicated that its ruling about specific abortion procedures, known as D&E, did not overturn previous rulings, including Roe v. Wade.

Well some interesting things happened on April 18 th. So what was scheduled to happen today April 18 th 2008? Well the one the whole world watches is this.

April 18 (Bloomberg) — Pope Benedict XVI, who angered Jewish groups this year when he revised a Good Friday prayer to include a call for Jews to recognize Jesus, will make the first trip by a pontiff to a U.S. synagogue today in New York. Benedict, who addressed the United Nations this morning, is scheduled to make a 20-minute visit to the Park East Synagogueon Manhattan’s Upper East Side at 5 p.m. The synagogue is led by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a native of Austria who lived under Nazi occupation in Budapest during World War II. The visit comes the day before the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Passover tomorrow, how could that be Easter was a month ago and that is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus which happened just a few days AFTER passover. So what happened well its called compromise with paganism. Well there are many things in the church that were picked up in the dark ages. Many have been tossed aside during the reformation but many have not.

Jesus is our passover lamb we have forgotten that. God deals with nations we have forgotten that. One day soon we will cry out as a Nation to God not knowing why He has left us. Then we will remember It is not God who left, but U.S. As the shaking continues let us humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways, AND THEN…….

The blood of 50 million babies crying out from the ground, God is longsuffering, but I think He is soon to speak and it will be louder than 5.2. There is nothing louder than silence. Choose the still small voice!!!


Moderate quake centered in southeastern Illinois shakes Midwest


ST. LOUIS (2008-04-1 8) Midwesterners were awakened early Friday morning by a moderate earthquake centered in southeastern Illinois.

There were no injuries, and only minor damage was reported. It happened at 4:37 a.m. The tremor measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale.

The U.S. Geological Survey said two small aftershocks during the next three hours measured 2.6 and 2.5. An aftershock at 10:14 a.m. measured 4.2.

The quake’s epicenter was near Mount Carmel, Ill., not far from Evansville, Indiana.

Mount Carmel resident Mary Lou Kieffer said the quake was short, but it was enough to wake her up.

“Everything was shaking,” Kieffer said. “We were in bed, and the whole bed was shaking. We got up and started looking around to see what was falling on the floor.”

Seismic activity is not unheard of in the Midwest.

The New Madrid fault along the Mississippi River has produced several notable earthquakes over the past two centuries.

However this tremor happened in the Illinois Basin-Ozark Dome region, another seismic zone to the north.

In St. Louis, crews closed the Kingshighwaybridge near Vandeventer Ave. because some concrete had fallen from it.

However after an inspection, the center lanes were reopened. St. Louis Street Department engineers say the outer lanes will remain closed while other parts of the bridge are inspected.

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