This article caught both my eye and my wife’s for the same reason yesterday: “Chile Earthquake May Have Shortened Days on Earth” (3/2/2010, Space.com).
The article explains that the 8.8 Chilean earthquake may have allowed a redistribution of mass on the earth that would shorten the length of each day by 1.26 milliseconds and shifted the figure axis of the earth by 3 inches, or 8 cm. (The “figure axis” is not, by the way, the same as the axis around which the earth spins, though it is close to it. It is the axis about which the earth’s mass is balanced and differs from the axis of rotation by about 33 feet.)
The article notes that the infamous tsunami-causing 9.1 Sumatran earthquake of 2004 had shortened the day by 6.8 microseconds and also moved the figure axis by about 3 inches.
What struck both me and my wife was Christ comments about the days ahead of us. In Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, and Luke 21:11, Christ speaks of “earthquakes in various places” (“great earthquakes” in Luke), where “various places” can indicate that the locations of these quakes may be unusual. Christ reveals in Revelation 6:12-14 in the opening the sixth seal (which hasn’t happened yet, however some few may claim that it has) that there will be an earthquake so great that every mountain and island will be “moved out of its place.”
If these earthquakes have changed the speed of the rotation of the earth and redistributed its mass in measurable ways, however small, it causes me to wonder just what sort of influence the coming earthquakes of literally biblical proportions will ultimately have.