Send us your church administration and theology related questions. In this column the ED will answer as many of them as space permits.
Weren't the Lisbon earthquake, the dark day and the falling of the stars local events that affected only one small region? ─I.P., Newfoundland, Canada.
They were not as local as some would think. The Lisbon earthquake was felt in the North African city of Fes, 400 miles away; in the city of Strasbourg, 1,100 miles away; and through a tidal wave in Barbados, 4,000 miles away. (See Mervin Maxwell, God Cares, Volume 2, pages 194, 195) In the Gosling Memorial Library in St. Johns, Newfoundland, we have evidence that even Canada was hit by a tidal wave as a result of this earthquake. (Ernest Monteith, The Lord is My Shepherd, page 3)
The falling of the stars was not limited to New England. The event was recorded as far away as Western Canada. (Ernest Monteith, The Lord is My Shepherd, page 5).
As Dr. Mervin Maxwell points out in his book God Cares, these signs are significant in three important aspects:
1. Their magnitude. All of them called world-wide attention and made an impact on the people of their time.
2. Their location. They occurred in Europe and North America where people were studying the Bible and pondering the prophecies, and where they would be ready to perceive their importance. A dark day over the Sahara or in New Guinea would have said little about the coming of Christ to cannibal head hunters or Muslim nomads.
3. Their timing. They took place at the exact time, in the right order, right on schedule.
Henry Feyerabend is the speaker of "It Is Written" telecast for Canada and evangelist for North American Division working in conection with the Media Center evangelistic program.