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Earthquakes - Sign of the Last Days

The Watchtower have always placed great emphasis on Jesusí words in Matthew 24 that the end of the age would be marked by earthquakes. Having proof that there has been a significant increase in the number of earthquakes would be evidence that they were right about their critical date of 1914. Unfortunately for the Watchtower, scientific research has, if anything, proved the opposite.  This, however, has not prevented the Watchtower from making false claims and painting false pictures of doom and gloom to it loyal members.   Letís see what picture the Watchtower paints about Earthquakes

Awake! 1984, 22nd October 1984, p. 6-7

Jesus foretold "great earthquakes." (Luke 21:11) Has the frequency of these really changed?... Since 1914 the yearly average of reported severe earthquakes has soared to over 11 times what it was during the thousand years before then.

[Emphasis added]

Survival into a New Earth, 1984, p. 23

The frequency of major earthquakes has increased about 20 times what it was on an average during the two thousand years before 1914.

[Emphasis added]

Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, p. 236]

In comparison with the previous 2,000 years, the average per year has been 20 times as great since 1914.

[Emphasis added]

What do the seismologists say?

 

Professor Charles Richter in National History, December 1969, p. 44."

Certain religious groups have picked this rather unfortunate time to insist that the number of earthquakes is increasing. In part they are misled by the increasing number of small earthquakes that are being catalogued and listed by newer, more sensitive stations throughout the world. It is worth remarking that the number of great earthquakes from 1896 to 1906 was greater than in any ten-year interval since." -

Professor N. N. Ambraseys, private letter dated August 9, 1985.

Most certainly, there has been no increase in the seismic activity of the Mediterranean during this century. Quite the contrary, in the Eastern Mediterranean the activity of this century has been abnormally low when compared with that of the 10th-12th and 18th centuries."

Seweryn J. Duda, Professor of Geophysics, University of Hamburg. Private letter dated July 7, 1986.

There are indications that worldwide seismic activity - if expressed in terms of earthquakes with magnitude 7 or over-has decreased steadily in the time from the beginning of the 20th century until now."

 

 

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