Major earthquake strikes Iran, Pakistan; Bombs explode at Boston Marathon (Second Coming Watch Update #333)

1. According to Reuters, a major earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday and an Iranian official said hundreds of people were feared to have been killed. Tremors from the 7.8 magnitude quake were also felt in India and the Gulf states. One official said, “It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead.”

2. According to the Boston Herald, two huge explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line just before 3 p.m. on Monday, killing three people and injuring 144, including several traumatic amputations. Many of those injured are children — including an 8-year-old who was killed in the blast. Federal investigators said no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings one of the city’s most famous civic holidays, Patriots Day. But the blasts among the throngs of spectators raised fears of a terrorist attack. A White House official said the bombings were being treated as an act of terrorism.

3. According to Israel National News, on the eve of Israel’s Independence Day celebrations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded Israelis that they have always had to fight for their freedom and their right to exist. As he commemorated fallen soldiers, he said, “Today, too, there are those who threaten to annihilate us — they haven’t succeeded in the past, they won’t ever succeed.” Netanyahu seemed to be alluding to Iran, which Israel believes is working toward achieving military nuclear capabilities and has issued countless threats to annihilate the Jewish state. The prime minister added, “If we have no choice, we will grasp our swords and go to battle.”

4. According to Reuters, North Korea made new threats of military action as the reclusive nation celebrated the anniversary of its founder’s birth, stoking tension on the peninsula with a new “ultimatum” to South Korea in the stand-off over its nuclear program. The latest statement followed threats of nuclear attacks on the United States, South Korea and Japan, after new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to the testing of a nuclear weapon in February. The country said, “Our retaliatory action will start without any notice from now on.”

5. According to NBC News and NewsOK.com, a series of earthquakes shook Oklahoma early Tuesday morning. The first, a magnitude 4.3 quake, struck at 12:56 a.m. local time around 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. A smaller earthquake preceded this one, and three more followed. Rumblings were felt across a wide portion of central Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

6. According to Christian Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss global issues and development goals. The two leaders spoke about current conflicts and serious humanitarian emergencies in Syria, the Korean peninsula, and the African continent. The Vatican said the meeting took place “to express the appreciation that the Holy See has for that organisation’s central role in the preservation of peace in the world, in the promotion of the common good of humanity, and in the defence of fundamental human rights.”

The Bible says in Revelation 22:12: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

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