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7 Shocking Earthquakes in the Bible

Updated on January 30, 2020

Biblical Earthquakes are referred to at least 7 major times in the Bible, from Exodus to The Tribulation. Of course there are many more mentions of the earthquake in biblical times, but these are some that span the entire bible.


Exodus 19:18

Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently,



1 Kings 19:11

The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"



Zechariah 14:5

Then you will flee to the valley of my mountains, because this valley between the mountains will go as far as Azel. You will flee as you did from the earthquake at the time of King Uzziah of Judah. The LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones will be with him.

Centurion "Truly this was the Son of God!"
Centurion "Truly this was the Son of God!"


Matthew 27:54

Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"


Matthew 28:2-4

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.


Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.


Revelations 6:12

And I saw when it opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as hair sackcloth, and the whole moon became as blood...


Southwest Radio Ministries: Bible FAQs: Earthquakes
It is becoming quite fashionable to understand the earthquakes mentioned in biblical prophecy to be references to earthquakes that already occurred in the past. The word “earthquake” is used seven times in the Book of Revelation to describe five different earthquakes. Preterists (those who believe that prophecy was fulfilled in the past) argue that these earthquakes already occurred in the first century around the time of the destruction of the Jewish Temple by the Romans. In evaluating this claim we need to examine the historical records for earthquakes in the first century.
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For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places.

Bible Prophecy Now 2011: Haiti Earthquake prophecy 2010
Christ's coming was prophesied in the Bible 800BC Believe in Christ NOW ..................................... Another sign of the end times with increase in frequency and size of earthquakes.....will have to see how big this was in terms of deaths. If there are greater than 40,000 then this would rank in the top 11 which means the Bible is right again as that would mean 8 out of last 11 have occurred in since the restoration of Israel!!!!!another prediction in the Bible!!! The increase of Earthquakes are one of the signs of the end of Grace time period.

Earthquakes The Bible, Matthew 24:7
In The Promise, Hal Lindsey states, Jesus "warned that earthquakes would increase in frequency and intensity as this old earth prepared for its final cataclysm" (Page 198). Before we examine what the Bible has to say on this issue, let me say that from a scientific standpoint, these claims of increased earthquake activity in our day are false. In part they are misled by the increasing number of small earthquakes that are being catalogued and listed by newer, more sensitive stations throughout the world" (page 44). Now, let's look at what the Bible says about earthquakes.

The above are only a few of the most severe earthquakes.there were many more, and collectively they claimed well in excess of 1.5 million victims, with China, a nation which knows not God, suffering the greatest number of victims. One of the most dramatic of all the earthquakes of the 1800s, was the 1883 earthquake at Krakatoa, co-incidental with the eclipse of Roman church power. The word earthquake occurs about 20 times in the Bible and shake and shaking about the same number of times. Middle East archaeology confirms that there have been many destructive earthquakes in the Palestine area, which is at the northern end of the GREAT RIFT VALLEY fault.


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      Joe Mayo 

      9 years ago

      All those Biblical earthquakes, yet: "Thou didst fix the earth on its foundation so that it never can be shaken." Psalms 104:5, 93:1, 96:10, 1 Chron 16:30, Isaiah 45:18...

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      9 years ago

      Chesterton, the world won't end. But billions will die in the Tribulation Period. That period is rapidly approaching regardless of what that gentleman preached in 1999. It is now 2011 and look at what has transpired since then. I wonder if he still feels the same? He can call our Lord a liar all he wants but these events will still escalate and our Lord will still return.

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      9 years ago

      there was a small shake in areas of mercer and mcdowell counties located in southern west virginia.

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      Chesterton Wilde 

      9 years ago from Quebec

      Tamarajo: thank you. I wonder sometimes if it isn't the end of the world, but I certainly hope not!

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      9 years ago

      Interesting earthquake facts and their relation to current Biblical events.


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