View from the Ridge -- of a Volcano!Rev_19:20 The beast was taken prisoner, together with the false prophet who had performed miracles in his presence. (It was by those miracles that he had deceived those who had the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped the image of the beast.) The beast and the false prophet were both thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
Rev_20:10 Then the Devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had already been thrown; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Rev_20:14 Then death and the world of the dead were thrown into the lake of fire. (This lake of fire is the second death.)
Rev_20:15 Those who did not have their name written in the book of the living were thrown into the lake of fire.
I have said before that living on a live, active, volcano is a cool thing and exciting. And now I have pictures to prove it. I have taken the liberty of copying some information from Wikipedia about the volcano Kīlauea.
Kīlauea is the youngest and southeastern most volcano on the Big Island of Hawai`i. Topographically Kīlauea appears as only a bulge on the southeastern flank of Mauna Loa, and so for many years Kīlauea was thought to be a mere satellite of its giant neighbor, not a separate volcano. However, research over the past few decades shows clearly that Kīlauea has its own magma-plumbing system, extending to the surface from more than 60 km deep in the earth.
In fact, the summit of Kīlauea lies on a curving line of volcanoes that includes Mauna Kea and Kohala and excludes Mauna Loa. Hawaiians used the word Kīlauea only for the summit caldera, but earth scientists and, over time, popular usage have extended the name to include the entire volcano.
||The eruption of Kīlauea Volcano that began in 1983 continues at the cinder-and-spatter cone of Pu`u `Ō `ō (high point on skyline). Lava erupting from the cone flows through a tube system down Pulama pali about 11 km to the sea.|
Our first exposure to this eruption was August of 1989 or 1990 when we came over for 10 days to visit Jeri's sister and brother-in-law, Judie and Tom. In those days you could walk right up to some of the flows that were making their way to the ocean, something they don't allow today. Over the past decades, the off and on flows have claimed over 220 homes on the south part of the Island.
That all changed on April 24, 2015. Again, from Wikipedia:
Halemaʻumaʻu Crater is a pit crater located within the much larger summit caldera of Kīlauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The roughly circular crater floor is 2,530 ft by 2,950 ft and 270 ft below the floor of Kīlauea caldera. Halemaʻumaʻu in the Hawaiian mythology is home to Pele, Hawaiian Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes, according to the traditions of Hawaiian mythology.
According to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory the crater is currently active with molten lava visible in lava lake. From 2008, when the current vent inside Halemaʻumaʻu crater first erupted, to April 2015, lava was present inside the vent fluctuating from 20 to 150 meters below the crater floor. On April 24, 2015 molten lava in the vent, known as the Overlook Crater, became directly visible for the first time from the Jaggar Museum overlook at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory when the lava rose to an all-time high level since the Overlook Crater first opened. A few days later, on April 29, the lava started spilling over the rim of the Overlook Crater and onto the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.
In the few times we have visited the volcano the most we could see during the day was steam venting from the crater. At night you could see the glow of the lava against the steam but no lava.
|In March 2013, the glow from the lava lake|
|From 1.25 miles with a digital camera and and 850 zoom lens.|
|The dark area at the bottom of the picture is the rim of the crater. |
The next morning we ate breakfast and then drove back up to the viewing station to see what the lava situation was and try and get some good daytime pictures. Other than the wind blowing, it was a picture perfect day, no pun intended.
The Hawaiian population here seems to think that anything modern built on any of the volcanoes will upset Pele and all hell will break loose. It seems that just a few centuries ago they were throwing virgins into the volcanoes. Fortunately we are not seeing any of that today.
Between the two days we spent more than four hours viewing the fire and brimstone. Ken and I each took about 300 pictures. It was fascinating and sobering to view the awesome power of nature and to realize that it is under God's control. And it can be unleashed at any time at the sound of His voice or the wave of His hand. I think it is His tiny preview of what hell will be like for those that reject Christ as Lord and Savior. It is the reason that Christ died on the cross as the last blood sacrifice for sin so that we who trust in Christ as lord and savior will be spared an eternity in the fiery furnace of hell. Thank you Lord Jesus for the great sacrifice you made for my sins, on my behalf.