Earthquake in Haiti: The End of the World?

“Orthodox” 16th Century Representation of the “Apocalypse”


Since late 2009, I have been in Europe and unable to post about the situation in Haiti.  LCG, however, posted the following in a commentary by Dr. Scott Winnail that (now that I am in the USA–got back around midnight–I can post):

Commentary: Signs of the end of the age in Haiti?
Tuesday afternoon, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the small island nation of Haiti and its nine-million inhabitants. The quake flattened the president’s palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials feared thousands – perhaps more than 100,000 – may have perished but there was no firm count. One leading Haitian senator commented that there could be as many as 500,000 dead…
The massive destruction has severed power lines, completely disrupting internal communications in the nation. Relief organizations say it will take days to learn of the extent of the damage. This relatively shallow earthquake was the most severe quake to strike the island in over 200 years (, January 13, 2009).

But why would a loving God, who made the residents of Haiti in His own image, allow such a horrific catastrophe and such tremendous devastation? And why Haiti, a nation that was already experiencing so much difficulty?

Near the end of His earthly ministry, Christ’s disciples asked Him what signs would precede His second coming. In response, Jesus Christ listed numerous events that would signal His impending return, including “earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). The recent powerful earthquake in Haiti does not mean Christ will return tomorrow. However, it does fit with the signs Christ Himself gave for His return.   Read more

LCG also reported:

…my secretary, Debbie, was able to make contact with one of our members in Haiti.  Dr. Wilner Pierre was also able to talk to him.  This member wasn’t hurt during the earthquake and all his family was protected as well.  Because of the chaos, he hasn’t been able to make contact with our other brethren but he said he would try to travel to the location where our deacon lives and where the Church meets, to see how conditions are there. We instructed him to let us know and we will keep you informed.  Have a nice Sabbath. – Dibar Apartian

My prayers have often been with the Haitians this past week.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? When does the six thousand years of human rule end?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2010, 2011, or 2012? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? What is “the beginning of sorrows”?  Have we begun or are we about ready for “the beginning of sorrows” to begin.

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