“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying: Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them: Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying: I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows…” Matthew 24:3-14.
Rev. Rodolfo González Cruz
In this passage, disciples approached Jesus to ask him about the things that were to come, the sign of His coming and the end of the world. And the Lord warned them about being deceived. He said: “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 7:21-23). Since the 70s, earthquakes have been occurring more frequently, taking thousands of lives, but, this last decade, their magnitude has been increasing, reaching from 7 to 9. In Central America, from Panama to Mexico, there are a series of volcanos which will cause irreparable damages if they erupt. Possibly, the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean will unify, which could lead to what the book of Revelations says: the islands will disappear; bearing in mind that islands have been already devastated by tsunamis. In 2004, a terrible tsunami, after an 8,9-magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was at the front of the island of Sumatra, caused 226,408 deaths throughout 12 countries near the Indian Ocean. Buildings were completely destroyed; the world had never seen such a disaster. Some time before that, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
SORROWS in Cuba, a tidal wave had affected many communities and had caused thousands of deaths; it was terrible but not as terrible as the tsunamis of the Indian Ocean and that of Japan. Clearly, the situation is getting worse day by day. December 26, 2004. there were over 220,000 deaths in about ten countries of the Indian Ocean (170,000 of them in Indonesia), due to a 9.3-magnitude earthquake in Sumatra and a gigantic tsunami. Pakistan/India, October 8, 2005. An earthquake caused the death of 75,000 people in the region of Cachemira (73,300 in Pakistan). Indonesia, May 27, 2006. A 6.2 magnitude seism left around 6,000 deaths and over a million and a half displaced people in the region of Yogyakarta, south of the island of Java. Peru, August 15, 2007. A 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook the southern part of the country and the Peruvian capital leaving over 900 people dead and missing, and 320,000 people suffered damages. China, May 12, 2008. An 8-magnitude earthquake caused the death of around 87,000 ⸺most of them from the province of Sichuan, in the southwestern part of the country. Indonesia, September 30,2 009. A 7.6-magnitude earthquake left 1,100 dead people and almost half million displaced people in the western part of the island of Sumatra; it also destroyed the town of Padang. Haiti, January 12, 2010. Over 200,00 people died, over a million people were displaced from their homes, and the capital Puerto Principe was completely destroyed due to the 7-ma-
gnitude earthquake. Chile, February 27, 2010. The 8-magnitude earthquake, which affected the centre and the southern part of the country, and the tsunami caused 520 deaths. China, April 14, 2010. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake caused about 3,000 deaths in the province of Qinghai, in the northwest part of the country. Japan, March 11, 2011. A 9-magnitude earthquake, followed by tsunami, destroyed the Tohoku region and caused a huge nuclear accident in the Fukushima plant; there were about 19,000 deaths. Turkey, October 23, 2011. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake left over 600 dead people and no less than 4,150 victims at the Van province, in the eastern part of the country. China, August 3, 2014. A 6.1-magnitude seism shook the mountains of the province of Yunnan, in the southwestern part of the country, causing 600 deaths and over 2,400 injured people; in addition, 80,000 houses collapsed. In Nepal, April 25, 2015. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake left over half a million deaths. Not long ago, on September 7 and 19, Mexico was shaken by two strong seisms of magni-
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