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The Earth Shaker!

Kings of the Incan Empire were a very fierce and proud bunch.  One of the greatest Inca rulers was named Pachacutec Yupanqui.  Pachacutec was not supposed to succeed his father as the next ruler.  Instead, his brother had been appointed as crown prince.  In the midst of an enemy invasion, however, Pachacutec demonstrated his ability to lead.  While both his father and brother fled the scene, he rallied the army and prepared for a desperate defense of their homeland.  The enemy was so severely defeated, that legend tells how even the stones rose up to fight on the side of Pachacutec!  As a result, Pachacutec became the sole ruler of the Incan Empire after his father's death.

He immediately launched very aggressive military conquests.  Sometime after 1400, he even planned to take over the wealthy lands around Lake Titicaca.  The kings of the Titicaca region were strong and haughty.  As many as 400,000 people lived in the kingdoms around that lake!  Their land was rich with gold and silver, along with huge herds of llamas and alpacas.  Pachacutec knew if he could not conquer the kings of Titicaca, then he would live in fear of the day when they would come to conquer him.  Standing on a high plane north of the lake, he scanned the enemy ranks in silence.  When he finally ordered an attack, both sides clashed in a mighty charge!  But in the end, Pachacutec was victorious.

The Lake Titicaca Basin became the crown jewel of the Incan Empire.  In fact, many scholars believe the famous Machu Picchu was built during the reign of Pachacutec as one of his own pleasure estates!  Pachacutec was so successful in his battles, that he is sometimes referred to as the "Napoleon of the Andes."  The name Pachacutec means "He who shakes the earth!"  Without a doubt, he did shake up a lot of things throughout his reign.  But the strength and victory of Pachacutec is nothing compared to Someone else.  The Bible describes One who will shake the earth.  Isaiah chapter 2 foretells the Day of the Lord when He comes in His own victorious conquest.  He is the real Earth Shaker!

17 The arrogance of man will be brought low
   and human pride humbled;
the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
 18 and the idols will totally disappear.

 19 People will flee to caves in the rocks
   and to holes in the ground
from the fearful presence of the LORD
   and the splendor of his majesty,
   when he rises to shake the earth.
20 In that day people will throw away
   to the moles and bats
their idols of silver and idols of gold,
   which they made to worship.
21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks
   and to the overhanging crags
from the fearful presence of the LORD
   and the splendor of his majesty,
   when he rises to shake the earth.