The End of the World

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  Matthew 24:36 NIV

This morning, a bit before 6, I woke up to a large earthquake which was magnified because our house sits up on posts.  I’ve written before about our earthquakes in PNG so this should not be surprising to anyone but the timing of this one was a bit amusing.  In my half-asleepness I laughed remembering the recent news articles (like this one) about the end of the world but then just rolled over and went back to sleep.  It is now May 21st 2011, the day when supposedly a large earthquake would shake the world and the rapture would happen but things have seemed pretty normal today.  I’ll let you know tomorrow if anything changes.

Here are the earthquake details for anyone interested:

Magnitude 5.8 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
Friday, May 20, 2011 at 19:43:15 UTC Magnitude 5.8
Date-Time Friday, May 20, 2011 at 19:43:15 (UTC) – Coordinated Universal
Time
Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 05:43:15 AM – Local Time at Epicenter
Location 7.21S 146.89E
Depth 1.0 kilometers
Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
Distances 54 km (33 miles) SSW of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
149 km (92 miles) NE of Kerema, New Guinea, PNG
252 km (156 miles) N of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2337 km (1452 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Event ID usc0003k0p

Just in case you didn’t know this about me:  I firmly believe in the truth of the Bible.  If it says we are not to know the day or the hour, we are not going to know.  We have been forewarned, “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40)

3 thoughts on “The End of the World

  1. Dear Joy Ellen:
    Your comment is both theologically correct and seismologically correct.

    Moment magnitude 5.8 is considered a “moderate” earthquake, neither small nor large. But if you are close to the epicenter (closer than 20 kilometers) it can feel larger, with moderately high shaking. Notice carefully that the focal depth of the earthquake was one kilometer…this is unusually shallow, so there might have been surface rupture along a fault. PNG is one of the most geologically active places in the world (daily earthquakes and active volcanoes) so it is of no surprise that you felt an earthquake nearby.

    We geologists have maps of world seismicity that are widely published on the internet, yet sadly these are rarely read and frequently misunderstood by fundamentalists who wrongly interpret the Bible for their own purposes (leading to hubris and false preaching).

    All the best from Bob

    Robert H. Sydnor
    Life Member, Seismological Society of America
    Ordained Deacon, Presbyterian Church
    Life Member, American Geophysical Union
    Life Member, Calif. Academy of Sciences
    Member, Geological Society of America
    Member, Earthquake Engr. Reseach Institute
    California State Registered Geologist #3267

  2. Joy,

    I went and read the article you referred to. What amused me was not the end of the world talk but the Athiest organization that has contracted with so-called born again Christians to take care of their pets when they go. Both sides have signed statements of faith or non faith, saying they either for sure ARE going in the raputure or for sure ARE NOT going in the rapture. Either way, the Athiests have offered to drive to the houses of the born againers to pick up their pets and adopt them as their own in the event of the rapture.

    As crazy as this sounds to me, I don’t think many Athiests will be thinking about pets after a portion of the world disappears. But hey, maybe when it happens they will want some extra furry company for comfort.

    Do you think I could find someone for Buddy? 🙂

    Melissa

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