Proof: Jesus is Coming Soon!

Biblical Proof That Jesus is Coming Soon!

By Mark Swarbrick

It is always exciting to discover something in the Bible you never saw before and I want to share something new that I just found a few days ago. It blew my mind and I think you will find it exciting.

I was reading in Revelation and read this verse:

“At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Revelation 11:13)

Now this event happens in Jerusalem after the Rapture during the 7-year Tribulation. Note that one-tenth of Jerusalem falls and that 7,000 people die in Jerusalem as a result of the earthquake. We can deduce some things from these figures. One thing we know is that it would have been impossible for this prophecy to be fulfilled in the year 1525 when the population of Jerusalem was only 5,612. Pretty difficult to have 7,000 people die in the city when less than that live there.

What should the population of Jerusalem be expected to be when this prophecy is fulfilled? It would make sense to correlate that the 7,000 people who die may represent approximately one-tenth of the population of Jerusalem, since it states that one-tenth of the city falls. So if 7,000 is a tenth of the people, then the population would be around 70,000 when this event happens. So a reasonable figure for the population in Jerusalem at the time of this earthquake should be around 60,000 to 80,000 people. That is if the assumption that ten percent of the population dies.

However, it is difficult to be dogmatic about that assumption. There are simply too many variables with an earthquake. In the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 the death toll exceeded 3,000, out of a population of 400,000. That is just a bit less than one percent of the population.

What percentage of the Jerusalem population will be killed in the prophesied earthquake? I think it is a reasonable assumption to say that the percentage will be somewhere between 1 percent and 10 percent. Based upon that, we can assert that the population in Jerusalem at the time of the earthquake will be between 70,000 and 700,000 people.

During the Middle Ages and the Ottoman Era the population was well below the minimum figure of 70,000. Generally, a population of a city grows over time, and such is the case with Jerusalem. By 1838 Jerusalem had 11,500 people, and it continued to grow: 1806 – 8,774, 1844 – 15,510, 1846 – 17,173, 1882 – 21,000, 1905 – 32,400.

But all of these populations are too low for the prophecy. So in what year did the population reach the minimum number for the likely fulfillment of the earthquake prophecy? The 1931 census shows 90,053 and is the first one to show the population over the minimum of 70,000. That is 17 years before Jerusalem became a nation again. What is the population of Jerusalem now? The Census in 2011 in Jerusalem was 801,000 people. Just a bit over the maximum 700,000 needed, if we calculate 1 percent of the population is killed. In fact, if the earthquake happened now, the death toll would be just under one percent, just like the ratio in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

So what does this mean? It means that since 1931 the time became ripe for the prophecy to be fulfilled and that today the time is more than ripe. The time frame 1931 to today is a period that matches the demographic data for the Jerusalem earthquake. In fact, at no other time in history, since the middle ages, has there been sufficient population in Jerusalem for this event to come to pass. When you add in the fact that during this time period Israel became a nation again after 2,000 years in exile, the era becomes even more significant.

One more thing is significant about this passage. All through Revelation as terrible things happen we read that, “they cursed the God of heaven…they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.” (Rev 16:11) But in the case of the Jerusalem earthquake we read, “the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Revelation 11:13). In Romans 11:26 the Apostle Paul tells us that someday, “all Israel will be saved.” It appears that this happens or begins to happen at this earthquake.

All of this means that the Tribulation is very close, and since the Rapture happens before that, the return of Christ for His Church is imminent! Jesus said, “When you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” The world is literally going to Hell in a hand basket, but look up, our redemption draweth nigh!


  1. Pastor Mark,
    This is really I never saw this before.
    I am so grateful to God for your ministry. You are really helping me understand these things.

    This is one of the Books in the Bible most Pastors preach out of context to scare the people. What is your view on the seven churches. Jesus said to one of the churches that he will erase their names from the book of life. How do you interpret that passage?

    Does this means that a Christian name can be erased from the book of life after being saved?

    Moreover , I have a couple of issues that are not sitting well with me in my local church here in Sierra Leone, but I want you to write to your personal email to seek your opinion on same. Can you please send me your email.



    1. Hi Emmanuel, I am glad this site is a benefit to you! Regarding the seven churches in Revelation, I see a three-fold meaning. One, I believe they were seven literal churches of John’s time being referred to, but (two) that also they were prophetically representative of conditions in various churches of all time, and (three) they were prophetically representative of seven consecutive church ages from that time until the return of Christ.

      Concerning whether or not names can be erased from the book of life, there are a couple passages that hint at this possibility: Psalms 69:28 says, “May they be blotted out of the book of life…” and in Revelation 3:5 we read: “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.

      That it is possible for a believer to backslide to the point where they are no longer a believer in Christ and thus no longer saved, is made clear in many passages of scripture. For example:

      Hebrews 10: 26-29, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified…

      So clearly, “Once saved always saved” is not a biblical doctrine. No church believes that except Baptist churches, or churches with Baptist leanings.

      Hope this helps. You can write me at God bless,

      …Pastor Mark


  2. I like it! Thanks! I pity all who will die in their sins in that earthquake, and I love all who will come to faith because of it. I’m ecstatic that Jesus is coming soon and those who trust in Him now will not be in that earthquake, nor suffer the fury of the wrath of God. Thank you again, brother. An interesting find!


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