A Fish that Predicts Earthquakes

11/09/2013 20:43


 Two of these crazy looking oarfish washed up on the California coast and stories started flying that a California earthquake was eminent. I couldn’t get over the appearance of these fish. They are long and very narrow. They are definitely from the deep depths of the ocean.



Oarfish are strange and rare. Associated with the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Chili, 10 of these other-worldly critters washed ashore. Before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami of Japan, there were 20 such sightings. Apparently there is an ancient Japanese superstition that holds that oarfish appearances are an omen of impending earthquakes. Oarfish serve as earthquake warnings to humans according to Japanese belief.


Oarfish thrive in super-deep water, sometimes 3,000 feet down, and can grow as long as 50 feet.  Maybe they are susceptible to seismic fault movement. Maybe sulfur release disorients them or is toxic to them in some way.


Just after the middle part of October, two oarfish, one 13-feet and the other 18-feet, washed up on the California coast.  But nothing happened…so far.


But the Oarfish may have predicted the earthquake in Taiwan that happened October 31.  One washed up three days before the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that did damage.



There’s documented evidence that unusual behavior of animals precede earthquakes.



Throughout the Book of Revelation, God provides several warnings of approaching disaster.


After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.  Revelation 18:1-4


Earthquakes are definite warnings as indicated by Jesus:


And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  Matthew 24:7


The Bible records five powerful earthquakes in the Book of Revelation:


I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. Revelation 6:12


Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. Revelation 8:5


In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.  Revelation 11:13


Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. Revelation 11:19


And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Revelation 16:18


How many oarfish will appear ahead of these earthquakes? By the time Revelation 8 arrives, there probably won’t be as many left to appear.


And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Revelation 8:9


Oarfish appearances might well be a sign of coming earthquakes. But let’s not wait for signs to motivate us to get ready. Let’s be ready, yield our hearts deeper to Jesus and be quick to share His love, grace, and salvation.




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