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ASIAN TSUNAMI - December 26, 2004
The Science of Earthquakes and Tsunamis
(posted: March 2011)

                        “Thus the world turned to its old standby: religion.
                           It ascribed the event’s ultimate cause to God.
                           It ascribed its proximate cause to some act of man
                           that made God angry ...” 17 (referencing a 19th century tsunami)
                                                                                                               Simon Winchester

* All scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.

  1. The second most powerful earthquake ever recorded unleashed a massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004. It inundated the shorelines of twelve countries, killing some 280,000 people. The country most devastated was Indonesia and the city most devastated was Banda Aceh in the Aceh province of Indonesia.

    Encoded into the Bible patterns for this event can be found the science of tectonic plates and earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and mountain ranges that tectonic plates produce. Also encoded into the scripture patterns for the Asian tsunami are the acts of man that precipitated this catastrophic event. Both of these aspects will be discussed.

  2. Biblical Year Pattern for December 26. 2004/Hebrew Year 5765 (Psalms 4, 104, 65)
    1. Psalm 104:5-9, 17, 18, 25, 26 32, 35 - Creation; the science of
      earthquakes and tsunamis
                5. You laid the foundation of the earth, so that it should not
                      be moved forever.
                     [Earth remains unmoved, but tectonic plates shift. The plates
                      form the foundation of the earth’s surface.]

      “The world has 20 or 25 (tectonic) plates moving around very, very slowly on the surface of the earth.” 18 (Simon Winchester)

              6. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters
                    stood above the mountains.
                   

      “Imagine a mountain of water appearing out of nowhere ...” 13

      “... never before witnessed ... so much water flowing over a shoreline.” 13

                7. At Your rebuke they fled; at the voice of Your
                     thunder they hastened away.

      “(Witnesses) saw the water retreat from shore ... (and) heard this strange thunderous sound. ‘It felt like doomsday.’” 19

      “... the most reliable clue is the sudden outrush of water from the shore shortly before a tsunami hits.” 12

      “... the horror ... who heard this noise coming ...” 20

                8. They went up over the mountains; they went down
                      into the valleys ...


      Valley near the Coast of Sumatra

      “The water rose as high as the coconut trees ...” 6

      “... high wall of mud, water and debris swept 6 miles inland ...” 6

                9. You set a boundary that they might not cross over,
                     that that they may not return to cover the earth.


      The restored Coast of Sumatra post-tsunami

                     [Asian tsunami authenticates Noah’s flood. Unlike
                     the flood of Noah, the sea returned to its original
                     boundary in 2004.]

             17. Where the birds make their nests; the stork has her
                     home in the fir trees.

      “I saw a group of banded storks ... fly to a safe area.” 3

             18. The high hills are for the wild goats; the cliffs are
                     for the rock badgers.

      “Not a single animal perished ... ran to the mountains ... toward the hills.” 3

      25, 26. This great and wide sea in which there are
                      innumerable teeming things, living things both
                      small and great. ... There is that Leviathan which
                      You have made to play there.

      “It was a wave - it was a monster. It rose from the deep and swallowed life whole ...” 2

             32. He looks on the earth and it trembles; He touches
                     the hills and they smoke.

      “Three minutes that shook the world.” 4

      [The earth trembled generating the massive Asian Tsunami of 2004 (Psalm 104).]

             35. May sinners be consumed from the face of the
                     earth, and the wicked be no more ...


      The lone mosque left standing in a decimated coastle village near Aceh identifies the sinners (v. 35) relative to December 26, 2004.

      “For years, Laskar Jihad, one of several terror groups active in Indonesia, has been running a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the native Christian population - burning villages, bombing churches, slaughtering thousands ...” 5

      [The relentless persecution of Christians does indeed make God angry.]

    1. Psalm 65:5-8, 9, 10 - Tectonic plate (ends of the earth) science; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
              5. ... You are the confidence of the ends of the earth, and of the
                    far-off seas.

                  [The movement of tectonic plates (ends of the earth) cause sudden
                  slippage along fault lines producing earthquakes which generate
                  tsunamis in the 'far-off seas.']

            6. Who established the mountains by his strength, being clothed
                   with power.

      “The theory of tectonic plates ... . If two continental plates collide, they ... produce mountain ranges. ” 18 (Simon Winchester)

            7. You who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their
                  waves, the tumult of the peoples


    2004 Asian Tsunami hitting Thailand.

      “It was so calm and so still ... like a sheet of glass” 10

      “The sea is coming! Come! Come! Look at the sea!” 10

      “It was a thunderous roar ...” 10

          8a. They who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs ...
                  [Twelve countries (the farthest parts) were impacted by
                  the tsuami.]

             b. ... You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.
                 [The outgoing of the ocean is often the first sign of a tsunami.]

    9, 10. You visit the earth and water it ... for so You have prepared it.
                 You water its ridges abundantly ...
                 [The coastlands were overwhelmed with abundant water when
                  God visited the earth on December 26, 2004 (Hebrew
                  year 5765).]

      “... so much water flowing over a shoreline. ... tsunami was more like a plateau of water ... extending 4 to 5 km from front to back.” 13

  1. Biblical Day Pattern for December 26, 2004 (chapters representing day 26 in appropriate books)
    1. Leviticus 26:12-14, 27-32, 36 - God identifies Himself; disobedience provokes God’s wrath 17;
      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 8
    2. Job 26:5, 11, 12, 14 - Thousands swept out to sea 6; God stirs the sea; the mere edges of His ways
        1. He stirs up the sea with His power ...
        2. Indeed, these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we here of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?

          "It was a thunderous roar ..." 10

    1. Isaiah 26:3, 5, 9, 21 - God provides calm for those who trust in Him and judgement upon those who don’t. ” 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 17
           9. ... For when Your judgements are in the earth, the inhabitants of
                the world will learn righteousness.
                [The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.]

      21a. For behold the Lord comes out of the place to punish the
                inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity ...
                [see discussion: Laskar Jihad (Psalm 104:35)]

           b. ... The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover
                 her slain.
      1. “Banda Aceh: A city of debris and corpses” 6

        “In Banda Aceh, death is inescapable ...” 6

    2. Ezekiel 26:3-5, 12-15, 17-19, 20, 21 - The defining chapter of Asian tsunami; details the fate of Banda Aceh
           3. “There this says the Lord God: ‘Behold I am against you
                  ... as the sea causes its waves to come up.’“

      “But deep beneath the sea, a terrible wave has been born.” 4

         4. “And they shall destroy the walls ... break down her towers; I
                will also scrape her ... and make her like the top of a rock.”

    “The surge of water rushed into the streets wrecking everything ...”

    “It was also the great rhythmical sucking of the water back off the land...” 6

       12. “... they will break down your walls ... lay your stones, your
                timber, and your soil in the midst of the water.”


    Banda Aceh 3 weeks after December 26th tsunami.

    “Every street ... within reach of the ocean is lined with smashed and bent timber, concrete, and brick shards.” 6

    “The waves looked empty but they were carrying everything from cars to the roofs of houses.” 6

      14. “I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for
                spreading of nets ...”says the Lord God.”

    “As far as the eye can see, only a few solitary buildings still stand (in Banda Aceh).” 6

    “Along with the shattered buildings and the staggering death toll, the waves damaged the psyches of fishermen who now stand grounded next to their battered boats.” 11

    “Countless boats line the shore, awaiting repairs ... others lie in pieces ...” 4

      15. “Thus says the Lord God: ‘will the coastlands not shake at the
                sound of your fall ...?’“

    “A powerful earthquake (2 months later) rocked ... eastern Indonesia ... causing panic ...” 15

    “Panic when the Earth Moves” 16

      16. “Then all the princes of the sea ...; they will clothe themselves
                with trembling; they will ... tremble every moment and be
                astonished at you.”

    “I cannot begin to imagine the horror (of the) people who heard this noise coming and had their lives snuffed out by this wave.” 22 (Secretary of State Colin Powell)

    “Asked about Powell’s reaction to the carnage, his helicopter pilot had just one word: ‘Shock.’” 22

    17a. “... How you have perished, O one inhabited by seafaring
                men ...”
    [see discussion verse 14]


    Fishing boats that survived the tsunami.

         b. “... O renowned city, who was strong at sea ... who caused
                their terror to be on all their inhabitants!”

    “Taliban style religious police now patrol Aceh, violently enforcing sharia.” 5

    “... Indonesia on a ‘watch list’ because of the increase in religious violence targeting Christians and other minorities, as well as moderate Muslims ...” 5

              [No group immune to Islamic terrorists]

      18. “Now the coastlands tremble ...; Yes the coastlands by the sea
                are troubled at your departure.”

    “Whole fishing villages in Aceh have probably been wiped out, with no one left ...” 6

      19. “... says the Lord God: ‘When I make you a desolate city ... when
               I bring the deep upon you and great waters cover you.”
    [Wow]

    “It rose from the deep and swallowed life whole ...” 2

    “... in this wasteland that used to be (Banda Aceh).” 14

    “... send powerful walls of water roaring ... crashing into coastal cities ...” 14

      20. “Then I will bring you down with these who descend into the
                Pit ... and I will make you dwell in the lowest parts of the
                earth ... with these who go down to the Pit ...”
              
    [Fate of terrorists]

    “An Islamic militant group (Laskar Jihad) that has slaughtered thousands of Christians in Indonesia ...” 21

      21. “Then I will make you a terror and you shall be no more;
                though you are sought for, you will never be found again.”
                says the Lord God.
             
     [The God of the Bible says that those who commit terror (V. 17)
                will themselves be terrorized in the Pit forever.]

    “The Islamization of Indonesia is eroding ... religious freedom. The Islamists stated aim is to completely eliminate Christianity from their country.” 20

    “(Islamists) have orchestrated jihad against Christians ... with over 600 churches destroyed, and repeated attacks and killings of Christians.” 20

    “The march of Jihad continues apace in Indonesia ... (with) a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the native Christian
    population.” 5

    1. John 5:3-7, 14, 20-40, 45-47 - stirring of the waters; the Father has
      a Son; scriptures point toward the Messiah
      Note: Chapter 5 represents day 26 in John as John has only 21 chapters.
                4. For an angel went down at a certain time ... and stirred up the
                      water ...

                     [That certain time was December 26, 2004, in accordance with
                      the day and year patterns written in The Book over 2,000
                      years ago.]

              14. ... “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
                     [These committing acts of terror will themselves be terrorized -
                      in this life or the next (Isaiah 26; Ezekiel 26).]

      20-40. [These verses affirm that Jesus is the Son of God; both life
                       and judgement are in His hands. The stirring of the waters
                       stamps these verses with the seal of God.]

      45-47. [Beginning with the writings of Moses, the scriptures affirm
                       the coming Messiah: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.]

  2. Conclusion

    God in His justice rises up and judges sin; God in His mercy provides a way of escape. Sin brings forth death; trust in the Son brings forth life. Massive judgements such as the one on December 26, 2004 provide those of us still alive with an impetus for change. Life is in the Son and Him alone. There is no other way to the Father except through Jesus Christ, the Son.

    Jihadists who would persecute Christians to their death, beware, “Martyrs” who would gladly detonate themselves to kill others, be on guard. The One who can stir the waters is also the One who judges.

Your eternal destiny may be different than you imagine.

 

Amos

 

  1. Religions are different but devastated regions grief same; DMN January 5, 2005
  2. Tsunami; US News and World Report; January 10, 2005
  3. Can Animals Predict Disaster?; Nature: PBS; November, 2005
  4. Three Minutes that Shook the World; DMN; January 2, 2005
  5. March of Jihad; DMN; September 22, 2006
  6. Banda Aceh: A City of Debris and Corpses; Time; January 10, 2005
  7. Banda Aceh, Indonesia; Associated Press; January, 2005
  8. Hundreds Killed in Indonesia Quake; Tsunami fears; Associated Press; March 2005
  9. Finding God in Tragedy; US News and World Report; January 24, 2005
  10. Man saves orphanage members from disaster; Washington Post; December, 2004
  11. Fishermen see tsunami as a betrayal of the sea; Los Angeles Times; January, 2005
  12. A Deadly Wave; Discover; January 1999
  13. Waves of Death; Science News, Volume 154; October 3, 1998
  14. The Fight for Life; US News and World Report; January 17, 2005
  15. Quake creates panic in Indonesia; Associated press; February, 2005
  16. Panic When the Earth Moves; US News and World Report; April 11, 2005
  17. Krakatoa; post-script, Simon Winchester, January 5, 2005
  18. Tsunami: An interview with Simon Winchester; The Paula Gordon Show; April 21, 2003
  19. How the Deadly Waves Spread; Time; January 10, 2005
  20. Indonesia; www.persecution.org
  21. Jihad warriors back in business; www.wnd.com
  22. (Tsunami), USA Today; February 6, 2005


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