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A Volcano in the Sky

There are certain things in life that have fascinated me. Some of these things are good and wholesome while others are unwholesome like my obsession with volcanoes. Perhaps, this all began in my childhood as one of my neighbors grew up near Mount Saint Helens. After the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens, this family showed me pictures of how beautiful this part of Washington state was before this natural disaster.

And after the seven days the floodwaters came upon the earth or land. 11 In the year 600 of Noah’s life, in the seventeenth day of the second month, that same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up and burst forth, and the windows and floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And it rained upon the earth forty days and forty nights, Genesis 7:10-12.

According to Moses, the springs of the earth burst forth prior to the first rain event ever on earth. If you believe that Yellowstone National Park contains a super volcano in the form of the Yellowstone Caldera, this was likely when the first eruption occurred on earth. As the volcanic ash blocked out the sun, this could have triggered a global flood and set in motion the tectonic plates that tore apart Pangea to form the earth’s 7 continents.

Then the Lord rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 He overthrew, destroyed, and ended those cities, and all the valley and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26 But [Lot’s] wife looked back from behind him, and she [b]became a pillar of salt, Genesis 19:24-26.

Whenever you try to describe or grasp the hand of God, it’s nearly impossible to do without divine knowledge and insight. However, after recently reading Genesis 19, the brimstone and fire from heaven seems to be similar to a modern-day pyroclastic flow. While Moses doesn’t mention an eruption, I can visualize some sort of volcano in the sky , situated above Sodom and Gomorrah. However, this tragic event happened, it’s a warning to continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Philippians 2:12.

by Jay Mankus


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