The Rebuilding of Ruined Places


The rebuilding of the ruined places in the world, and the ruination of constructed places, are signs and portents of Doomsday. (Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha'ah li Ashrat as-Sa'ah, p. 138)


The reconstruction of these ruins is a further sign of the End Times. As we stated in the previous section, during the twentieth century, many cities were reduced to rubble and thus had to be rebuilt, among them Berlin, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and Dresden.


In 1995, the earthquake that hit Kobe reduced the city to heaps of rubble. As the photographs on the right show, the city was soon reconstructed.


A similar example is the Kobe, a Japanese city devastated by a powerful earthquake in January 1995. For 30 years, the Japanese government and universities have invested 1 billion dollars in developing early warning systems for earthquakes. However, no model can distinguish all types of tremors. The region of Kobe and Osaka is one of Japan's most prominent industrial and commercial centers. Thus, the total economic impact of the Kobe earthquake was immense, amounting to billions of dollars.9 Yet, despite this loss, Japan reconstructed Kobe.

(Left) War devastated Dresden in 1946.
(Right) Then Dresten was rebuilt by 1996.
(Small picture above) Tokyo was ruined by an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in 1923 and flames as an aftermath of intense shock waves. As the photographs reveal, Tokyo was soon rebuilt.
(Left)The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco killed 3,000 people and burned a great part of the city.
(Right) A view from of San Francisco today.


9. H. J. de Blij, M. H. Glantz, and S. L. Harris, Restless Earth (The National Geographic Society: 1997), 8.

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