Yeshua taught that there would be many earthquakes in different places around the world in the end times (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11). Earthquakes can sometimes be the result of a clash of spiritual forces behind the scenes. There was an earthquake when God visited Elijah at Mt. Horeb (I Kings 19:11-12), and in the time of King Uzziah (Zechariah 14:5, Amos 1:1).
Earthquakes can occur as the result of our prayers, prophecies and praises – when combined with the work of angels and the fire of the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:25-26; Revelation 8:3-5; 11:13, 19). There was an earthquake at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19:18), and also at the time of Yeshua’s crucifixion (Matthew 27:54) and resurrection (Matthew 28:2).
The word for earthquake in Greek is seismos (as in “seismic” and “seismograph”). In Hebrew there are two words. One is simply the word for “shaking” and used in Modern Hebrew for an earthquake, re’idah רעידה.
In Biblical Hebrew there is another word, ra’ash רעש, which can be translated as noise, earthquake, shaking, or rattling. The sound of the voice of the Lord can actually shake the earth (Hebrews 12:26). This word ra’ash also describes the sound at the supernatural manifestation of the glory of YHVH (Ezekiel 3:12-13).
This word is found in three significant prophecies about the end times:
- Resurrection: There is a vivid and detailed picture of the physical reconstruction of bodies at the moment of the resurrection in Ezekiel 37:1-14. At the moment of the resurrection, there is an earthquake shaking, rattling noise: ra’ash (verse 7).
- Great War: When the forces of Gog and Magog attack Israel in the end times, there is a fiery power from God that is released to destroy them. This causes a great earthquake: ra’ash (Ezekiel 38:19; Isaiah 29:6).
- Second Coming: When the forces of evil reach Jerusalem, the Lord descends to fight them; His feet stand on the Mt. of Olives and a huge earthquake takes place, which splits the mountain in two: ra’ash (Isaiah 29:6; Zechariah 14:4-5).
These passages indicate that the Resurrection, the War, and the Second Coming take place at the time of the great earthquake and are part of the same event. Since the Rapture is described as coming at the same time as the Second Coming and the Resurrection (