Recently, Sharon and I went to visit family living nearby. On the way back, we came through Yellowstone Park. We got to see “Old Faithful,” that geyser for which Yellowstone is famous, though there are scores of other geysers and steam vents throughout the park. It’s really quite a place. We got to the site of Old Faithful just after it had erupted, but it was well worth the 90 minute wait for it to erupt again. And, no, we didn’t just sit there; there are plenty of other things to do.
Since I’m a bookworm, I had to buy a book about Old Faithful: Super Volcano, by Greg Breining. It’s a very interesting book. The first chapter describes the geology of the area and of Old Faithful, in particular. Then there’s some history of the area, and of those early explorers who discovered it. There was quite a section on the eruptions of other volcanoes and the results to the areas around them, the earthquakes that accompany and sometimes cause them, the destruction of property and life, the ruining of fertile ground for agriculture, the tsunamis from some of them. All in all, a depressing picture of destruction and desolation.
The thing is, and I’ve read this before, the thing is, if that whole caldera erupts, it’ll pretty much do this planet in, at least as we know it, maybe not right away, but from the volcanic ash and other pollutants blown high into the atmosphere to linger there and do things like block or filter sunlight. If that happens, “global warming” will not be a problem. As a result of a volcanic eruption in 1783 and the ash filtering out the sunlight, the Mississippi River froze at New Orleans (Super Volcano, p. 209). The ash itself settling back to earth, perhaps several feet thick, will bury us. There was a picture of a victim of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The force of the explosion had blown the roofs off the houses there and ash had covered the area, entombing the inhabitants. The body of this man was long decayed and gone, but someone was able to pour plaster of paris into the hole left in the ash layer and it formed a perfect statue of the man crouched there in the last few seconds of his life, ibid., p. 223.
A caldera is the crater left behind after the eruption of a volcano; it’s where the magma or lava had been, and the ground settles or collapses to fill in the vacancy. One of the descriptions of Yellowstone in the book was: “Yellowstone, the ticking time bomb.” Indeed, that’s part of the title of the book. Apparently, it’s just a matter of time before Yellowstone does literally blow its top.
“A ticking time bomb….”
Scripture does talk about the final days of this planet, not from the standpoint of evolutionary development and decay, but as a result of divine judgment on a wicked and apostate mankind. In the 255 pages of Super Volcano, there was no such viewpoint at all. It’s all “millions of years” and human evolution. Though there are some minor references to what might be called a Christian viewpoint, they’re very superficial. It always interests me that ardent evolutionists can still refer to “creation” (p. 90) and not see the inconsistency. Why don’t they say, “origin”?
In a sense, the mechanism of the final end of this planet doesn’t really matter, except that it won’t be a volcanic explosion. I don’t know if our difficulties with COVID-19 are setting the stage for the arrival of the man who will become the Antichrist or not. There are some other things which will have to happen before then, or perhaps around the same time: the sealing of the 144,000, Revelation 7; the requirement for men to have “the mark of the beast,” in order to be able to buy or sell, Revelation 13:7; the ministry of the “two witnesses,” warning people about what is going on, Revelation 11:3. But something similar to this virus and the problems it’s causing might be the occasion for some man to stand up and say, “Listen, people, this is what we have to do…,” whoever this man is or will be.
With regard to the “mark of the beast,” I’ve seen some recent posts that talk about a microchip or some other electronic kind of “leash” that mankind will have to wear. I think it will be more obvious than that. I think it will be an actual mark on the forehead, readily and openly identifying the person wearing it as one who has bowed to Satan. Since there will be 144,000 Jews publicly identified as servants of our God with a mark on their foreheads, Revelation 7:3-8, Satan will copy this idea to openly and publicly identify his servants. I know there is a great deal of debate about the Book of the Revelation, but it’s clear that it speaks of a time of open and obvious hostility between good and evil, God and Satan, a time only brought to a final and complete end when the Lord Jesus returns to this earth, Zechariah 14:1- 4; Revelation 19 and 20.
In the meantime, Old Faithful continues to erupt; the days come and go, and “life goes on.” Except the time is coming when it won’t, and they won’t, and it won’t. These will all come to an end.
Are you ready for when this world’s present history comes to a screeching halt?
The Lord Jesus told us, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me,” John 14:6. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” Acts 4:12.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31.