Q. Can you tell me if the great earthquake and the coming back of Christ at the end of the tribulation happens at the same time, because I was wondering if Christ stood on the Mt. of Olives and it split or if it split because of the earthquake? So glad to find this site.
A. Zechariah 14:4 says, “On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.”
I believe that the Mt. of Olives splits in two as a result of the Lord’s arrival there. I think it’s a local event whose purpose is to forever bury the current Temple Mount at the bottom of the river that immediately begins flowing out of the south side of the Temple (Ezekiel 47:1-12) to form an east / west link between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea (Zech 14:8).
If you’re referring to the Great Earthquake of Rev. 16: 18-19, that happens before the Lord’s return. So the two references are not to the same event.