The Cause of Earthquakes
Science has shown that earthquakes are natural responses to geologic stresses related to the movement of continental plates and volcanic pressures (and occasionally asteroid impacts). The Bible lists an additional cause. It is contained in the prophecies of Amos:
"Listen to this, you who trample on the needy and try to suppress the poor people of the country. You who say, 'When will New Moon be over so that we can sell our corn; and sabbath, so that we can market our wheat? Then by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel, by swindling and tampering with the scales, we can buy up the poor for money, and the needy for a pair of sandals, and get a price even for the sweepings of the wheat?
God swears it by the pride of Jacob, 'Never will I forget a single thing you have done'. Is this not the reason for the earthquakes, for its inhabitants all mourning, and all of of the land heaving like the Nile..." (Amos 8:4-8).
With big business bolder now than anytime in recent memory, laying off tens of thousands of workers, lobbying for the sale of billions of cigarettes around the world, secretly seeding them with deadly addictives, and thousands of similar crimes against humanity in the name of money, the poor are being exploited on a mammoth scale in our time. The only excuse, when you ask, is that it is done in the interests of 'the bottom line'. A line obviously drawn to challenge God.
The prophecy of Amos shows that this kind of behavior leads directly to momentous physical calamities -- to devastating earthquakes. Most of the great earthquakes of the End have not yet arrived. Amos' words suggest that they will appear in concert with a time when the poor are being exploited in a way which is greater than at anytime in the past. We seem to be entering such a time now.
1. The Great Earthquakes of the End
2. 'The Last Days of Babylon' Chapter 35, 'Prelude to Eternity'
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