|And ye shall flee [to] the valley of the|
mountains; for the valley of the
mountains shall reach unto Azal:
yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from
before the earthquake in the days of
Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD
my God shall come, [and] all the
saints with thee.
This passage has little relevance to us
although it had a deep impact on its'
contemporary reader of Zech's day.
It was an incident of renown, much
like 911 is to our era.
People who live in earthquake prone
areas always have a dread of the
awesome power of destruction that
is unleashed when the shaking begins.
I've been in one earthquake, not a
huge one, but, strong enough to
convince me that I don't want to
experience another one. With the
knowledge of mass destruction
happening already to a region,
the possibility that it will come
again is more of a threat.
This verse is meant to convey that
sense of doomsday dread that
an earthquake during their era
would impose. They didn't have
the Red Cross or the modern
world to intervene. Apart from
the initial loss of life, the suffering
in the aftermath of such a calamity
must have felt like the end of the
world, so that is the image given.