Are earthquakes a sign of the end of the world?

Are earthquakes a sign of the end of the world?

Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24 that there would be a number of signs that precede his return to the earth.  These signs include false prophets claiming to be Christ, wars, famines and earthquakes.

Matthew 24:5-8 many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.  (6)  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  (7)  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  (8)  All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.  

These signs will occur in the beginning of the time of tribulation, leading up to the key event mentioned in Matthew 24:15, the abomination of desolation, when the Antichrist takes up his position as a god worthy of worship.

There are no signs given to us to predict when Christ will return for His Church in the rapture.  Any signs we can distinguish, whether politically, spiritually or physically, show us that Christ’s return to the Mount of Olives is coming closer.  Make no mistake, that the current pace of earthquakes and wars will have no comparison with the time of tribulation.

Matthew 24:21-22  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.  (22)  And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Shad Sluiter