17 AD: One Of The Worst Earthquakes In History

One of our readers brought my attention to an earthquake that struck Asia Minor in 17 AD right in the middle of the area that would later have the seven churches of Revelation.  Pliny the Elder called it "the greatest earthquake in human memory."  It essentially destroyed the western part of what is now Turkey, toppling more than a dozen cities - several of which were the very cities that would host the churches to which John wrote more than a half-century later: Sardis, Philadelphia, Ephesus, and possibly even Smyrna.

The earthquake was especially devastating because it occurred at night when everyone was asleep and unaware (remind you of a Scripture or two?).  The Lydian Earthquake, as it was called, was so powerful that Roman trade in the region essentially stopped overnight.  Tiberius Caesar waived all taxes from the region for a period of five years and sent a massive aid package, so that the people could rebuild.

Now here we are, exactly 2,000 years later, discussing the book of Revelation again and the possibility that some of its future prophecies may be fulfilled this year in 2017.

Go figure.

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  1. Thanks for posting that Gary!

    There's a guy on youtube (not a scholar at all and I mean that in a kind way) who believes Christ was crucified in 17 AD (not 33 AD) because he alleges that history scholars are off by 16-17 years based on their use as a benchmark who was reigning at the time, but the ruler ruling at the time "allegedly" co-reigned 16-17 years earlier. I have no idea if the guy is correct but always thought his theory was interesting given the date of the 17 AD EQ and how scholars have been wrong on so many other things.

    Here's the guy I'm referring to...

    1. Does anyone happen to know the date of this earthquake? I would love to know, as it would have a great bearing on some findings of my own about AD 17 and possibly the crucifixion.

    2. But if the AD 17 earthquake was centered in Turkey, then it would not have been the earthquake at the crucifixion.

    3. It's a very interesting earthquake, but imho, not the one at the crucifixion. There are many data points that place the crucifixion in 31, 32, or 33 AD.

  2. I couldn't locate a month and day for the 17 AD EQ and searched everywhere. I think the place and timing of it is very interesting. I'm trying to keep an open mind about its biblical significance because in these last days many of us (like me) have discovered that our previous understanding of scripture has been wrong. I never knew until about 10 years ago that "no man knows the day or hour" was very possibly an ancient Jewish idiom for Rosh Hashanah and only six years discovered that the Rev 12 sign is likely referring to constellation configurations and that's just the tip of the iceberg. I suspect we will soon learn how many more things we were wrong about scripturally in the new few months and years as our understanding increases as God said it would. Exciting times for sure.

  3. In Daniel 9 we are given the "COMING" of Messiah (not His birth or death) as being 483 X 360 (173,880 days) from the going forth of the command to build and restore Jerusalem. That command was given to Nehemiah in chapter 2 in the 20th year of Artaxerxes in the month of Nisan. Xerxes was assassinated in 465 B.C. and was succeeded by Artaxerxes making his 20th year 445 B.C. Nissan that year was March 13th to April.Counting days makes no difference to which calendar is used 173,880 days from then brings you to April of 32 A.D. 33 A.D adds another year of days to the calculation which CANNOT fit. It also makes 17 A.D. way, way too short a time to fulfill the scripture given by Gabriel to Daniel. I believe the scripture. How about any of you?

    1. "I believe the scripture. How about any of you?"

      If anyone here didn't, they wouldn't be posting at this website, now would they? That's the kind of comment where even if you're right, you're wrong. It isn't going to kill you to check your attitude at the door. Thanks.

  4. RE: "I believe the scripture. How about any of you?"

    So if someone questions your interpretation of scripture that means they don't believe scripture?

    Anybody can multiply 483 x 360. Have you independently verified the starting and ending dates for Daniel's prophecy without relying on others, if so, how? How have you verified adjustments from a 360 day year to a 365.25 day year and when were the starting and ending dates? Where is your research proving the absence of any celestial events that may have disturbed hours in a day or days in a year, etc? If you are relying on historical records and calendars, how have you independently verified neither were altered? I could go on and on.

    The bottom line is that none of us knows for sure because we're all groping in the dark and anyone that questions long-held beliefs (other than core issues of Christianity which this issue doesn't involve) does not mean they no longer believe scripture.

  5. Hi! Does anyone happen to know if there is record of an earthquake in any of the possible years of the crucifixion from 30 AD to 33 AD?

    1. The only significant earthquake in Israel between 1 and 50 AD occurred in 33 AD (according to four different sources). You can read about that here under point #2: http://www.unsealed.org/2017/02/the-gospel-in-stars.html


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