New International Version (NIV)
17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.
The National Earthquake Information Center estimates that around 50 earthquakes occur daily. Most are either too small to notice or occur in an area too remote to affect anyone. That’s good news because being in an earthquake would be a terrifying thing. One day; however, there will be an earthquake like no other and God’s wrath will be poured out upon the earth. He will have extended His great mercy to those who would receive it, and He will answer that long asked question:
Why would a merciful God allow such horrible things to happen in the world?
And the answer is…He won’t. It makes me cringe at the thought of His wrath, but He is making all things right again. Grab hold of His mighty saving hand while you can.
Blessed are the redeemed. Your mercy and grace is restoring them. Your love holds them until that great and terrible day. We thank You and praise You. In the name of Him who gave His all we ask all things. Amen!