Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yellowstone shown to have lava plume on the rise

Last year about this time, Yellowstone supervolcano exhibited ominous rumblings. I reported on it here and here and here. It was said that a plume of hot and molten rock was rising fast and that its eruption, if large enough, could constitute an extinction level event (ELE). The BBC documentary "End Day" illustrates the 6 likeliest ways life on earth could end. When Yellowstone acted up, it was trotted out again on youtube, part 5 of 6 shown on endless loop, (Yellowstone eruption.") Fascination abounded with the Yellowstone supervolcano, its size, and what the earthquakes could mean.

The rumblings continued until the nearly continuous earthquakes were deemed to be an earthquake swarm. Hundreds and hundreds of earthquakes swarmed and roiled underneath the massive volcano for two weeks, until there was a pretty good set-in of panic. The tremors were harmonic, which are known precursors to an eruption. In order to quell the rising global panic, scientists insisted that there was no plume of molten lava rising inexorably to the surface even though that was what the data seemed to affirm. They said that there is no deep plume of molten rock, only shallow hot rock moving around like slowly boiling soup, which is normal and no worries were necessary, please disperse, nothing to see here.


Only, that's wrong.

"Today, the most detailed seismic images yet published of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano shows a plume of hot and molten rock rising at an angle from the northwest at a depth of at least 410 miles. Seismic imaging was used by University of Utah scientists to construct this 3-D picture of the Yellowstone hotspot plume of hot and molten rock that feeds the shallower magma chamber ... " (Credit: University of Utah)"

Not only is there a plume after all, but it's 20% larger than previously suspected and goes 20% deeper than originally thought too. "Researchers say, the new images prove that the Yellowstone caldera holds more fuel for a “supereruption..."

Not that an eruption is imminent, scientists say. But the again, they also said that there was no molten plume under Yellowstone, didn't they?

Beyond what the bible tells us, I certainly do not know that the Lord has in mind for specifics in upcoming judgments. I don't know if Yellowstone will erupt soon, or ever. I do know what the bible says, though. "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matthew 24:21). The Lord said that it will be so terrible that if He did not cut short the time, NO ONE would survive. (Mark 13:20). Even if a Yellowstone eruption is not in the future course of events, think about what life on earth would be like if it did erupt, and then transfer that horror and strife to any of the other events the Lord DID promise would come. The seal judgments kill one-fourth of the earth's population (Revelation 6:8). The trumpet judgments come next and one-third of those remaining also die (Revelation 9:15). The bowl judgments do not result in widespread deaths at all. Instead, they produce intense suffering, so bad that people try to die, but can't.

If a super-eruption does occur, it could explain passages such as these:

"There was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;" Rev 6:12. I've always wondered about the tie-in with an earthquake followed in the verse by a darkened sun and moon like blood, but it could indicate an earthquake triggering the supereruption. A eruption of this kind would actually be like 100 nukes going off underground, then the shock wave comes to the surface, blowing a 30 mile wide explosion, throwing debris in the air. The debris creates a darkened sun and a volcanic winter.

Rev 6:14 "The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place." During a nuclear explosion, (and also a super-eruption), the atmosphere parts as a vacuum is temporarily created. This could be the phenomenon John is talking about in that Revelation 6:14. Scholars think that those passages indicate nuclear blasts, and they well could. Though phrases like "hail and fire," "a great mountain burning with fire," and "a great star... burning like a torch" have typically been interpreted to indicate successive large nuclear blasts, they could also be a super-eruption. Revelation 6:8 is the sixth seal, the first set of judgments, so the chronology would not be far off from this point in time. Though, with Iran testing advanced missiles and creating nuke triggers, it looks likely that nuclear war could well be in the tribulation landscape as well.

The entire point is, are you ready??? Bad things are coming. Earthquakes so bad that every mountain was put out of place. Death on a global scale. Blood flowing so high it passes the horses' bridles.(Rev 14:19-20). You do not have to be on earth for these cataclysms! You can be sequestered with Jesus and attending the banquet of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! (Rev 19:7-10). How? Do you believe that you sin? That Jesus died and rose again to pay for those sins? And thus believing, and repenting, that His forgiveness will allow you to dwell in heaven with Him forever? Then you are saved. Pray to Jesus for forgiveness of those sins, and believing on His name, you will be with Him and His bride forevermore. Or, stick around for the supereruption that the movie 2012 cannot even bring close to the reality and horror that unbelievers will soon endure.

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