-by Andrew Strom.

As many of you know, a major 7.1 Richter earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch in the early hours of Saturday morning. We had only been in the country for a few days but we were quite a distance away. Amazingly, nobody was killed – which is seen as a complete miracle. Earthquakes this size have been known to kill hundreds of thousands of people. So we are very thankful to God. Of course, a lot of buildings are quite seriously damaged. And a lot of people are pretty traumatized. (My heart truly goes out to them, because I have ministered to disaster victims before). But at least nobody is dead!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot help but see God speaking
to the church in the loudest possible terms through this earthquake.
The fact that it happened to the only major city called “Christchurch”
in the Western world. The fact that it has been prophesied for years
that the church will be greatly “shaken”. The fact that a whole lot
of older “structures” were wrecked or brought down – but the people
themselves survived intact.

And I also see that God is speaking to us personally through this
disaster. As you know, the “Shaking” of the church is something
we have been speaking about for years. In fact, the last article that
I wrote before being turned away from the US border two weeks ago
was “THE SHAKING is GROWING.” It seems to me (and I cannot
see it any other way) that God spun us around and forced us back
to New Zealand so we would be here in time for this disaster. We
were meant to be here when this “great shaking” came to Christ-
church. It simply does not seem credible to me that this can be
a co-incidence.

Not only that, but Christchurch is the most “prophesied-over”
city in New Zealand. Going back decades there are prophecies
(some of which we published years ago) that speak about Revival
and Reformation coming to that city – or spreading out from there.

Of course, these “Christchurch – Shaking” links have been noticed
by many around the world. Sometimes people take things to be a
“sign” that can be a little dubious. But you can hardly say that
about this one! To me, this has “Sign From God” written in neon
lights all over it!

On our Facebook page, several commented on this. Mary LaRue
wrote: “I believe this physical earthquake is an outward showing of
what God is about to do spiritually in the House (His Body). A great
shaking is coming. It is no accident that the place it hit was
Christchurch!” And Maree Crawford wrote: “The earthquake struck
when most were asleep and unaware in Christchurch… Next a
spiritual earthquake in Christ’s Church which will catch many that
are asleep, and unaware. I reread the prophecy this afternoon from
February about ‘Earthquake in the Church’ (Phil Buck). I agree…”

This event has already changed our own plans. It is certainly not
something we can ignore. We had begun to receive invitations to
minister in Australia, but I am going to have to put those back
while we see what God would have us do here in New Zealand.

It seems likely that God may want us to do something like what
we did after Hurricane Katrina (bringing teams down, etc). Obviously
if we head for Christchurch we are going to have to be very sensitive
to the trauma that these people have gone through. But the great
thing is that everyone recognizes what a miracle it is that nobody
was killed. I believe my Katrina experience may stand me in good
stead again here. What an opportunity for the Christians to show
forth the love of Jesus to a lost and dying world.

Please pray for us, my friends, as God’s specific plans start to
fall into place.

Posted in Articles by Andrew on January 12th, 2011 at 2:42 am.


yes, that is how it is.
I was in that beautifully built church [just to look as a tourist] last year and toured around that wonderfull city.