The Prophesied Gargantuan Earthquake of Armageddon and How it Will Change Our Planet

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There are dozens of prophetic signs concerning the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. They range from wars and rumors of wars to plagues to overwhelming destruction and widespread calamity. But there’s one small prophesy with huge implications that is said to occur right before the Second Coming. The scriptures and modern prophets speak of one massive happening that will drastically change the face of our world. SPOILER: It’s a gargantuan earthquake.

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The prophesied earthquake will bring earth’s landmasses together again.

The earthquake to end all earthquakes

Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught that when that Second Coming is near, there will be four momentous changes to our planet (yes, the entire planet). Here’s what is prophesied to happen:

  • There’s going to be a gigantic earthquake, the severity of which “has never been known since man’s foot was planted on this planet.
  • “Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain shall be made low; the rugged terrain of today shall level out into a millennial garden.
  • “Earth’s land masses shall unite; islands and continents shall become one land.”
  • And finally, “The great deep—presumably the Atlantic ocean—shall return to its place in the north, ‘and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided.’”

Wait, WHAT?!

Hold up. OK, that’s kind of a big deal. An entire ocean heading north? That’ll be a sight to see. The islands and continents will become one landmass again? Why do we not talk about this more? It’s like a literal return to Pangaea.

Suddenly Eastern and Western culture will meet face to face. What a day that will be. No more isolated islands. Borders will have to be tossed out completely. Those who survive the destruction will live together.

If you’ve been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a while, you’ve heard lesson after lesson about the Second Coming. But for some reason we rarely talk about landmasses coming together as one. That said, if you think about it, it totally makes sense (the gospel has a habit of that).

Preparation for the Millennium

Christ’s Second Coming serves the purpose (amongst many other purposes) of ushering in the Millennium—a thousand years of peace where Christ himself will rule over the earth. There’s not going to be any East Kingdom or West Kingdom. We’re all going to be together. One fold, one shepherd.

What a beautiful thought that is! A world divided by arbitrary borders, composed of almost 200 separate nations and governments, coming together as one. Our separate cultures will slowly assimilate into the culture of Christ himself.

Speaking of earthquakes

According to scripture and modern revelation, this earthquake will cause a new river to appear in Jerusalem flowing westward towards the Mediterranean Sea, and eastward to the Dead Sea (subsequently healing its barren waters). Additionally, Christ will split the Mount of Olives in two. One segment will move north and one will  move south, allowing the remaining besieged Israelites to narrowly escape imminent destruction from invading armies.

Some sources indicate that there’s a suspicious fault line near Jerusalem. One of them rests in an east-west line cutting right through the Mount of Olives. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.

Scripture/Manual references:

Revelation 16:17-21, D. & C. 133:21-24, Revelation 11:13, Ezekiel 38:19-20, Haggai 2:6-7, Old Testament Student Manual: The Battle of Armageddon: A Prophetic View, Zechariah 14:8-9, Ezekiel 47:1-5, Zechariah 14:4-5,



David Snell is a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He's the Founder of The Sunday Pews, and has experience writing for Mormon Newsroom Pacific, KBYU11, Classical 89 Radio, and plenty more. He tries not to take himself too seriously and just wants to brighten your day a bit.