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Author: Ron Graham


Bible Calamities and Catastrophies
—A simple list

Biblical Disasters

  • Flood The flood of Noah’s time covered all the earth, even higher than the mountains (Genesis 7:10-24).
  • Fire "The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, the earth and its works will be burned up" (2Peter 3:10-13).
  • Earthquake "Then God’s voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven'" (Hebrews 12:25-28, Isaiah 2:19 NKJV, cf Matthew 27:51).
  • Volcano "The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire..." (Micah 1:4 NIV, Psalm 97:5).
  • Whirlwind "When your dread comes like a storm and your destruction like a whirlwind..." See Wisdom’s warning (Proverbs 1:27-30).
  • Hailstorm One of the plagues that God sent upon Egypt through Moses, was the worst hailstorm Egypt had ever experienced (Exodus 9:23-26).
  • Famine Joseph said to Pharaoh, "All the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will devastate the land" (Genesis 41:28-36, cf Acts 11:28).
  • Plague "The LORD sent venomous snakes among the people, and many of the Israelites were bitten and died" (Numbers 21:4-9).
  • Epidemic God told Moses, "Festering boils will break out on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt" (Exodus 9:8-12).
  • War such as Nebuchadnezzar waged on Jerusalem and the land of Israel "Your land is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; foreigners devour your fields before you, a desolation, demolished by strangers; and the daughter of Zion is abandoned..." (Isaiah 1:7-8, cf 2Kings 6:24-31),
  • Atrocity [WARNING: If you are a child, or unable to mentally handle a shocking, disgusting, and depressing true story, please skip this item] (Judges chapter 19).
  • Shipwreck Luke’s true and uplifting account of surviving shipwreck at Malta when he accompanied Paul to Rome (Acts chapters 27-28).


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