Have you ever wondered at the meaning of this verse?

“If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.”

People speculate as to what it means, and some of the explanations seem like a stretch . . .  but how about if the words could be taken literally?  What if the days are simply going to be less than 24 hours?

Obviously I don’t know (no one does) but here are my thoughts:

After the recent earthquake in Chile, I read that the earth’s rotation had actually sped up.  Our days are now shorter–granted, it’s only a fraction of a second, but earthquakes can have this effect on the Earth!

You may wonder how large an earthquake would have to be to noticeably shorten a day.  I don’t know.  I didn’t quite understand all I read, but I did understand this much-it’s not just the size of the earthquake that matters, but also its location.

Earthquakes cause, or are caused by, shifts in the position of the tectonic plates.  These shifts change the location of the Earth’s center of gravity.  This produces a change in the speed of rotation.

Now, it just so happens that during the time of the Tribulation, the Earth is going to experience at least one MASSIVE earthquake.  It is going to be so powerful that

‘every island fled away and the mountains could not be found’!

We are also told that

‘nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea’

This sounds to me like more than just one major earthquake.  Something is happening that will bring about the massive earthquake and, in the meantime, the sea is ‘roaring and tossing’–possibly suggesting other powerful earthquakes.

So, I think that this is a possible scenario and interpretation for the verse.  Here are my ideas about what might be able to wipe out mankind, if God didn’t shorten the days : ‘Global Warming’ or ‘Scorched Earth’?

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