0 What The Bible says about Earthquakes

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16


When God is angry, he causes earthquakes

The earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth. 2 Samuel 22:8

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. Psalm 18:7

The anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble. Isaiah 5:25

Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isaiah 13:13

At his wrath the earth shall tremble. Jeremiah 10:10

God is jealous ... and is furious ... The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence. Nahum 1:2-5

But God isn't in earthquakes (He's in still small voices)

The LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12

Earthquakes are sometimes caused by people shouting

It happened when the Israelites brought the ark to the battlefield when fighting the Philistines.

When the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang. 1 Samuel 4:5

And it happened when Solomon was made king.

All the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them. 1 Kings 1:40

And sometimes earthquakes happen just by God's presence

As it did on mount Sinai.

Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. Exodus 19:18

The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God. Psalm 68:8

God ... had horns coming out of his hand ... the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow. Habakkuk 3:3-6

And when he marched into Edom.

LORD ... when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped. Judges 5:4

Or when God speaks

When God speaks it sometimes causes not only earthquakes, but heaven-quakes as well.

Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. Hebrews 12:26

God killed Korah and his family with an earthquake

The ground clave asunder that was under them. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. Numbers 16:31-33

After hearing about Jonathan's first slaughter, the Philistines trembled so much that is caused an earthquake

And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling. And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another. 1 Samuel 14:15-16

Someday God will cause an earthquake in Jerusalem

Woe to Ariel, to Ariel [Jerusalem], the city where David dwelt! ... Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake. Isaiah 29:1-6

There was an earthquake when Jesus died

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent. Matthew 27:50

Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand ... The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble. Joel 2:1-10

And at his tomb

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake. Matthew 28:1-2

When Peter and John prayed, it caused and earthquake

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken. Acts 4:31

God sent an earthquake to get Paul and Silas out of jail

At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened. Acts 16:25-26

There will be earthquakes at the end of the world

They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth ... or fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Isaiah 2:19-21

It shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard. Isaiah 24:18-20

Shall not the land tremble for this? ... In that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day Amos 8:8-9

It is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land. Haggai 2:6

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Matthew 24:7

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places. Mark 13:8

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places. Luke 21:11

And, of course, there are lots of earthquakes in Revelation

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake ... and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Revelation 6:12-14

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. Revelation 8:5

And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand. Revelation 11:13

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake. Revelation 11:19

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air ... And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake. Revelation 16:17-18

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