View From The Ridge

View From The Ridge

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hell Fire on Earth!

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.
Aerial view of active lava flow field, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
11 October 2002
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.[1][2]
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    
We had read in the paper that the current eruption was noteworthy and crowds of people were flocking to the Jaggar view point to see the action. So on Friday morning, May 1st, I asked Jeri if she would be interested in braving the crowds and traffic to see a, perhaps, once in a life time event.  She was!  I then asked our neighbors, Ken and Terri, if they were interested and they were.  Turns out there is a old military base, Kīlauea Military Camp, located in the Hawaii Volcano National Park.  They continue to maintain the facility and rent out what use to be base housing to active and retired military personal.  Ken, having retired after 21 years in the Air Force, qualified so he made reservations and we were on our way by 11:30.  It is a 100 mile drive and two hours, not counting our stop for lunch.
From 1.25 miles with a digital camera and and 850 zoom lens. 
 It was drizzling rain so after checking in with KMC, we drove up to the crater.  Between the rain and steam it was difficult to get a decent picture of what was going on.   You have to realize that the view point is 1.25 miles from the active lava flow so moisture in the air quickly reduces the quality of any pictures.  But shortly thereafter the weather cleared for about an hour and we were able to get some pictures.  Then the rains came back in and we left.  Our plan was to eat dinner, do a little shopping and then return at night.  We shopped first, the ate dinner, then played a round of Wizard,  then went up to the Jaggar view point at 8:30 pm, along with a what seemed like 25% of the island population.  Fortunately we had a handicap placard and had no problem finding a parking place.  The night time view is spectacular to say the least.  The rain had dissipated, the sky was clear, a full moon, it was all beautiful. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

    Remember, I am 1.25 miles from this explosion.  The park rangers told us that the lava was soaring at least 4 stories high.

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. 

That morning at breakfast we noticed this huge crowd of kids that we had not seen before.  Apparently they were there on a Saturday school field trip to view the volcano.  Turns out they were there to sing songs and dance to the volcano goddess "Pele".  All but two of the kids appeared to be native Hawaiians.  The two blonds were the exception.

 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.

I took these two pictures from several hundred yards away.  Later I went to the area they were in to take a few close up pictures.  Then a Hawaiian man, half again as big as me, very politely asked that I not take any pictures while they were singing.  I did not ask why, I just very politely responded "Not a problem", put the lens cap back on my camera and walked back to the car.  I'm not sure if I have angered Pele or not by taking the two pictures I did, but time will only tell.  Besides, what is she going to do?  Strike me with cancer.  Been there, done that three times already.  

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.   


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