On April 25, a devastating 7.8 earthquake struck the landlocked nation of Nepal and caused a fatal avalanche on Mount Everest. The death toll in Nepal from the worst disaster in 80 years is climbing toward 6,000 and casualties are reported in surrounding regions of India, China and Bangladesh. Some 400,000 people have been displaced from their homes (Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2015; Wikipedia: 2015 Nepal Earthquake). Other reports mention, “Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes as strong aftershocks continued. Thousands spent Sunday night—their second night—outside… A senior official in Gorkha district, the location of the earthquake’s epicentre, told AP he had heard reports of 70% of houses being destroyed” (BBC, April 27, 2015).
Jesus Christ predicted that deadly “earthquakes” and “fearful sights” would be among the “signs of the end of the age” and that they would be just “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:7-8; Luke 21:11). The clear implication of these prophecies is that horrific disasters will increase in frequency and magnitude as we approach the end of the age. Christians who look forward to the return of Jesus Christ must never grow calloused to suffering, but will need to pray even more fervently “Thy kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10).
To learn more about signs of the “end of the age,” be sure to read “Signs of Christ’s Second Coming.”