Posted in drive by pneumatology, prophecy, science, steven lawson, the onion, todd friel, volcanoes

The Onion hilarity, bible study fellowship recipes, a scientist’s agitation, Drive By Theology, WWUTT?

Thursday is grocery shopping day. I want to go early since it is supposed to be very hot and my car AC doesn’t work anymore. My usual routine is suspended for today, so no deep theological thoughts. 🙂 Here are a few things for your consideration.

I have Bible study in my home. Here are two recipes I enjoy making in order to have something on hand to serve the guests. My mama taught me that. She taught me manners and hospitality. It is a dying art, I think. I like these 2 recipes because they are inexpensive, use only a few ingredients, are easy to make, and are low calorie. They also cook fast, something to consider in hot Georgia during the summer.

Banana Oatmeal ‘cookies’
These are gluten free and sugar free. Though the recipe calls for a small bit of sugar, I omit it. I use banana, oatmeal, raisins, and sunflower seeds. That’s it. They are tasty and filling.

The write-up says, “I’d very loosely call these treats cookies. Why? The recipe is basically two ingredients, oats and bananas, plus a few add-ins. Also, it’s pretty healthy. Probably with my add-ins they’re only about 40 calories each, but don’t let that scare you. These “cookies” are actually very tasty, like baked banana oatmeal in portable form.”

Two-Ingredient Angel Food Pineapple Cake
This recipe uses a box angel food cake and a 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, in its own juice. That’s it. Don’t even grease the pan, the cake won’t rise. I stir the the ingredients together by hand and let sit for 2-3 minutes. It froths up. Then pour into a baking dish. I use a 13-inch glass dish. Bake for the allotted time and that is it! Top with Cook Whip if desired, or fresh fruit.

As far as beverages go, I never have any that other people enjoy on hand. I don’t drink sodas or juice because of the sugar. I do always have a jug of cold water in the fridge and usually a jug or two of chilled herb tea. Chilled green tea with lemon is refreshing to serve. I know most people down south drink ‘sweet tea’ but I just can’t serve that. It’s gross.

As a person who studies prophecy and has from the beginning of her Christian walk been interested in last things, I found this spoof-news piece from The Onion laugh out loud funny. I mean, I laughed hard from my gut.

Experts Say Best Option Now Is Keeping Nation As Comfortable As Possible Till End

WASHINGTON—Saying there were no other options remaining and that continued intervention would only prolong the nation’s suffering, experts concluded Tuesday that the best course of action is to keep the United States as comfortable as possible until the end.

According to those familiar with its condition, the country’s long, painful decline over the past several decades has made it clear that the most compassionate choice at this juncture is to do whatever is possible to ensure America is at ease during its last moments.

“We need to accept the fact that the U.S. doesn’t have long—simply helping it pass that time in comfort is the humane thing to do,” said economist Danielle Martin, speaking on behalf of a large group of experts ranging from sociologists and historians to lawmakers and environmentalists, all of whom confirmed they had “done everything [they] could.” “Attempting to stabilize the country in its current enfeebled state would not only be extremely expensive, but it would also cause unnecessary agony as it enters this final stage. With how hard the nation is struggling to perform even basic functions, letting it meet its end naturally is the merciful decision here.”

More at the link.

Here is a new site I found. It is WWUTT, or “When We Understand The Text”. WWUTT is the creation of Pastor Gabriel Hughes from First Southern Baptist Church in Junction City, KS. Their 90-second video about Altar Calls is very good. Their statement says the videos are made to share, so if you enjoy this one and agree then go for it, share away.

Todd Friel of has a new series out. It’s actually an update of an old series, called “Drive By.” I own and have listened to Drive By Discernment and Drive By Pneumatology. I’ve listened to DBD twice, actually. It’s really good. The Drive By series is so named because the series contains numerous lectures about the topic which can be listened to on your commute to work. Each lecture is only 7-11 minutes long but are doctrinally solid. Many contributors speak on the series so there are a variety of voices. This newly updated one is Drive By Theology. It features Friel as host and Dr Steven J. Lawson.

I don’t drive anywhere and my commute to work is a short 10 minutes, but I listen to these when I cook or do the dishes or craft at home, so it’s perfect for busy homschooling moms, too. The series is an excellent way to get an education without commuting to seminary or spending lots of money.

You can purchase them by downloading immediately to your computer or ordering a CD/DVD. They are affordable, usually between $15 and $25 for 35-70 lectures. I recommend the series. If you are a pastor who has a person in your congregation who wants to study more but is frustrated by time limits either because they work outside the home or are a busy mother or caretaker, this is a perfect series. I should say that the lectures are doctrinally solid without being dense or difficult to understand. Makes a great gift. I plan to buy the Theology package in 2 weeks. I can’t wait!!

Erik Klemetti is a Professor of Geology who specializes in volcanology. He also has taken on the journalism world for the frequent false, misleading, or hyperbolic reporting on science topics. I feel his pain. As a former journalist I know for a fact that we stumble on science and fail almost always on math/economics reporting. Here Dr Klemetti is frustrated with a Russia Today news piece on the newly active volcano Sinabung in Northern Sumatra.

Now this is a difficult issue. With most science reporting there is a decided bias against a creationist perspective. This is to be expected. However too many Christians display a lack of maturity when it comes to pressing repeat or ‘like’ or retweet on science that is hyperbolic and just plain wrong. Much of the Ark discovery news in the Turkish mountains is one example.

There are some things that are true about the article but I was perplexed as to what exactly was untrue. Someone asked the same question and Klemetti said what was reported was “not a likely scenario at all regarding Toba”. No further specifics were given.

Now it’s true that a volcano can rain down hell, volcanic sulfur gas and ash is part of the eruption. (And God can make sulfur rain down at any time as we learned from Sodom in Genesis 19:24). It’s true that volcanoes can cause a nuclear winter and they will do so again (it’s likely volcanic activity that is referenced in Rev 6:12). Though the article throws the specter of near-extinction of humans, it is true that in the Tribulation no flesh would survive if Jesus doesn’t come back before everyone dies. But scientists don’t know that, or they don’t believe it if they do know.

Dr Klemetti’s concern with the article is that the kind of eruption the reporter described is not likely for the kind of volcano Sinabung is. However we know that the earth is the Lord’s and He can make the ground open up where there is no earthquake fault. He can make mountains melt like wax and He can make all the islands sink under the ocean. Klemetti’s frustration is legitimate because many reporters aren’t careful with the science facts. However the frustration he feels and all scientists feel only increase as the Lord increasingly demonstrates that He is in charge of the earth. A third of the sun will go dark, pestilence will sweep away most of the population very quickly, Israel will be supernaturally protected from military destruction, demons will emerge from the abyss, a third of all waters will turn to blood, and third of all grasses will burn up, the sun will be so hot people would combust if they stayed outside, and more. Science will not be able to explain these coming things.

More than one scientist will be saying “no, no, no, no, no, no…”

One last thing. Check out Adam Ford’s (Adam4D) cartoons. He has been on a roll lately. Like with this one

Creflo’s Jet

And “Who’s The Bigot?

And I really liked “Locusts

I’ll leave you with a good word from Paul-

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Posted in earthquakes, michigan earthquake, prophecy, volcanoes

Rare quake shakes Michigan, "strongest ever". Other earth updates

What Was That Rumble? Officials Confirm 4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Michigan
May 2, 2015 12:42 PM


KALAMAZOO (WWJ) – If you thought you felt an earthquake on Saturday — you did. And It was one of the strongest quakes ever experienced in Michigan. Officials with the United States Geological Survey said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 and a depth of focus of 5.9 km was measured around 12:23 p.m. about nine miles southeast of Kalamazoo. Multiple residents in several different regions beyond Kalamazoo — from Mount Pleasant and Sterling Heights to Lansing and even as far as Cleveland, Ohio — reported feeling a rumble and the ground shake for between five and 10 seconds. No damage or injuries have been reported. The strongest earthquake in Michigan history was a 4.6 magnitude in nearly the exact same location in August 1947.

 History of earthquakes in Michigan
The U.S. Geological Survey says the earliest record of earthquake tremors in Michigan came from a series of shocks in Missouri about 1811.

In 2010 a large earth crack appeared in Upper Michigan.
One day the land was flat and filled with trees shooting straight into the air. Twenty-four hours later there’s a 600-foot-long crack, 4-feet deep twisting its way through the woods – and those vertical trees are now pointed 30 degrees left and right where the earth has mounded 15 feet high. No, it’s not a disaster movie; it’s what happened Monday at the home of Eileen Heider on Bay de Noc Road in Birch Creek. Heider was sitting in her recliner watching TV at about 8:30 that morning. “The chair shook for a few seconds and I thought the spring in the chair went,” she said. … The next day Heider’s friend, Doug Salewski, found a hole in the ground and a 200-yard crevasse a short ways away which wasn’t there before. Heider went to investigate and said the crack was three-feet wide and about five-feet deep in spots. 


Steve Herman, reporter for Voice of America, Asia, reports, USGS: M6.1 #quake SE of #Japan (Too small to trigger significant tsunami).

LONDON: An earth tremor of magnitude 5.7 struck 185km south-southeast of Japan’s Izu islands on Saturday (May 2), the United States Geological Survey said. The USGS at first put the quake at 6.1, but later revised it to a weaker reading. The tremor was at a shallow depth of 10km.


Underwater Volcano May Be Erupting Off Oregon
An underwater volcano off the coast of Oregon has risen from its slumber and may be spewing out lava about a mile beneath the sea. Researchers were alerted to the possible submarine eruption of the Axial Seamount, located about 300 miles (480 kilometers) off the West Coast, by large changes in the seafloor elevation and an increase in the number of tiny earthquakes on April 24. Geologists Bill Chadwick, of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University, and Scott Nooner, of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, successfully forecast the eruption in a blog post in September 2014.


You might remember the Japan 9.0 Quake of 2011 shifted the earth off its axis, shortened the day and moved the island 8 feet. Is anything too hard for the LORD? (Jeremiah 32:27).

Nepal Earthquake Shrank Mount Everest, Lifted Areas Near Kathmandu 3 Feet
Nepal’s massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake transformed the land the was shaken by the natural disaster, pushing areas near the city of Kathmandu higher in elevation and making Mount Everest slightly shorter. It won’t be enough to unseat Everest as the world’s tallest peak, but according to studies performed after last weekend’s temblor, the mountain is now an inch shorter than before the quake. On the other hand, some locations just outside Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu were lifted 3 feet higher than before the tragic event, the study also found.


Lava lake on Hawaii’s volcano overflows in spectacular show
HONOLULU (AP) — A lake of lava on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been rising over the past week and, at times, overflowing in a spectacular show. Video posted online by visitors shows lava splashing over the side of the vent rim. Janet Babb, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said Thursday that this is the first time lava from this vent has come into view from a public platform within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island. “It’s always been out of view for visitors who were in the park public viewing areas,” she said. But this past week, because of lava is rising inside the volcano, the lava lake rose high enough that it was visible, she said. The last time molten lava was visible in the crater was in 1982 when a fissure erupted. The last time there was a lake was in 1974.


Chile’s Calbuco Volcano erupts for third time in 8 days


Bulusan volcano erupts
Mount Bulusan in the province of Sorsogon erupted on Friday morning, causing an explosion of steam and ash that lasted five minutes followed by 40 volcanic quakes, government seismologists said. While the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) did not raise the alert level at the volcano, it warned the public against venturing into Mount Bulusan’s four-kilometer permanent danger zone because of possibility of sudden explosion. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist, told The Manila Times that the explosion scattered ash in Puting Sapa and Sangayon villages of Juban town and in Cogon, Gulang-Gulang and Tinampo villages of Irosin town. “This is just a minor explosion [that] coincided with Labor Day celebrations. We’re closely monitoring the [volcanic] activity if it will escalate in the coming days,” he said.

Around 10:30 a.m., when the crater became visible, dirty-white steam was seen coming out of it. Phivolcs seismologists said Mount Bulusan, one of the most active volcanoes in the country, exploded at 8:09 a.m. The volcano has erupted 15 times since 1885 and is considered as the 4th most active volcano in the Philippines after Mayon, Taal and Kanlaon. Bulusan last erupted in 2011.

Posted in ring of fire, volcanoes

Four different volcanoes, four separate eruptions happening at the same time, unprecedented

Fox News reports,

A team of Russian photographers were able capture an incredibly rare event as four volcanoes erupted simultaneously within about 100 miles of each other. The amazing display occurred in the Kamchatka region in Russia’s far East. The photographers also attached a video camera to the outside of their helicopter, and it rotated 360 degrees to capture all of the eruptions. Martha MacCallum discussed the phenomenon with Corey Powell of Discover Magazine, who said the Siberian region is home to 29 active volcanoes and about 150 dormant ones. “Nobody’s ever seen anything like this. Four different volcanoes, four separate eruptions happening at the same time, unprecedented,” said Powell, who went on to explain why this activity is occurring in that part of the world.

“Geologic frenzy” lol. “No one has ever seen this before”. This is the same area that is tied in with the Ring of Fire earthquakes I reported on Sunday and yesterday.

Revelation shows that volcanic activity will be prevalent in the Tribulation,

“When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,” (Rev 6:12). The sun turning black as sackcloth seems to be a reference to what we now call volcanic fog. I wrote about that here

Joel’s end time, Day of the Lord references contain one about pillars of smoke:
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.” (Joel 2:30)

NOT that the Tribulation/Day of the LORD has begun, no. But that the increased activity certainly is noteworthy. When scientists say “unprecedented” then personally I take it as another birth pang. Combined with the huge earthquake last night at the Santa Cruz Islands, and being part of the same Ring of Fire, then I just take it all the more as another sign of God’s work in the world.

You know the verse in Revelation 22:12 where Jesus “Behold! I am coming quickly”? Some translations say ‘soon.’ Others say, ‘quickly.’ But the word for quickly/soon is tachu, from where we get tachometer. A tachometer measures speed, not time. It gives the sense that the engine is revving up, and up, and up. The speed is increasing. A tachometer measures the revolutions per minute of the engine. Strong’s explains the word’s use:

“used of God’s promptness characterizing how He has ordered all physical scenes of life to happen on His perfect timetable without unnecessary “delay” (Rev 1:1, 22:6). It does not mean “immediately” or necessarily “in a very short time” but rather “without any delay.”

There are indications of another financial collapse in both America and Europe fairly imminently. There is the nuclear problem of Iran (which I have a post partly prepared for tomorrow) and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. The Chinese and Japanese tensions inched closer to flashpoint this week. Fighting in Damascus got worse yesterday. There is a lot going on and I don’t know where we are on His timetable, nor what events there still are to endure in this world before the rapture comes. But it definitely seems to me that things are speeding up.

Posted in internet cafe shooting, klemetti, randy alcorn, volcanoes

Linkapolooza: Alcorn on Prosperity Gospel, volcanoes, the shootin’ grampa, Rosenberg’s sermon in Haifa, and more

Here are some links for you guys to some good stuff I randomly found.

How the Health and Wealth Gospel Perverts Our View of Evil and Suffering
By Dr. Randy Alcorn

It’s a stick up! These robbers didn’t expect the elderly patron to shoot! Two robbers holding up patrons of an internet cafe at gunpoint were surprised to be shot at by an elderly man who not only shot them, but chased them out of the store. The robbers were injured, they were also arrested. The incident was captured on live surveillance camera from three angles.
I think it’s cool the old duffer was in an internet cafe in the first place.

Joel C. Rosenberg preached a great message in Haifa Israel this past Sunday. Here are his notes.

Sermon in Haifa: “O GOD, In Light of the Growing Threats To Israel, Open Our Eyes

“…Let us pray that the Lord opens the eyes of all Israelis to how much the God of Israel loves them, and what a remarkable plan He has for their lives. Let us pray that the Lord would open the eyes of all Israelis to the truth that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah that we’ve been waiting for, and that when we choose to follow Yeshua and let Him save and rescue us then He will give us the supernatural peace, hope, joy and courage that we so long for….”

Here’s a shortie but a goodie from The Christian Pundit,

American Mansions and Sanctification
“…We love going through these houses and marveling at how men have taken raw materials from creation, used their gifts to cut, carve, shape and paint, and make something that brings delight: a porch with intricate stone work framing a lovely view; a Durer etching in exactly the right alcove; cut glass that takes sunlight and turns it into thousands of rainbows on a tile floor. But how often do I take the time to delight in the Lord’s work in the souls of His people? …”

Geologist and volcano expert Erik Klemetti asks, “The Volcanoes of Colombia: More Active or Just More Watched?

Of those people asking if there are more earthquakes, the USGS says no, there are just more instruments recording them and more population impacted by them. I say this is not the correct answer. Their own quantifiable data clearly shows an increase in seismic activity. Now we wonder the same about volcanoes. It seems to me there are more volcanic explosions lately, does it seem that way to you? Read on to see how Klemetti answers that question with regard to volcano activity in South America.

So many of today’s evangelical preachers are falling into apostasy. We need discernment. But if we don’t have discernment who do we go to in order to learn discernment? LOL it is a chicken and the egg question. I recommend Justin Peters’ “A Call for Discernment”. His three part series is on Youtube.

1. A Call for Discernment Session 1 – Dangerous Doctrine
2. A Call for Discernment Session 2 – Mangled Manifestations
3. A Call for Discernment Session 3 – The Hurt of Healing

Some of the old guys of the faith sure knew their stuff. If you’re not sure about today’s skinny jeans wearing, sex-talking hipster preachers, then check out some of the fathers of the faith like AW Pink. Here is one quote:

“Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.” —Arthur W. Pink

The Lord is good and kind, He is also Judge and there is no jury. We preach the full counsel of God here because of the simple reason He delivered it to us. Thank you Jesus!

Posted in end of days. prophecy, laacher see, volcanoes

Laacher See, the European supervolcano that may be waking up (Updated)

Updated to include Prof. Klemetti’s rebuttal to the Daily Mail article.

I have been meaning to review the volcanic action from 2011, and also to make a correction to one of my graphs that I discovered has a flaw in it, and I will do that this week. I noticed that 2011 was rife with eruptions from long-standing active volcanoes and also eruptions from dormant ones. Personally, I think volcanic action was one of the least covered news items of the year, in both secular news and in Christian eschatological sites. Now here comes more information on a supervolcano from the Daily Mail with its predictable hypberbolic and misleading headline:

Is a super-volcano just 390 miles from London about to erupt?
–It’s similar in size to Mount Pinatubo, which in 1991 gave us the biggest eruption of the 20th century
–Billions of tons of ash and magma would be ejected
–Southern England would be covered in ash

“A sleeping super-volcano in Germany is showing worrying signs of waking up. It’s lurking just 390 miles away underneath the tranquil Laacher See lake near Bonn and is capable of ejecting billions of tons of magma. This monster erupts every 10 to 12,000 years and last went off 12,900 years ago, so it could blow at any time. … Volcanologists believe that the Laacher See volcano is still active as carbon dioxide is bubbling up to the lake’s surface, which indicates that the magma chamber below is ‘degassing’.

Wikipedia offers information about Laacher See volcano, “The Laacher See is a potentially active volcano, proven by seismic activities and heavy thermal anomalies under the lake. Carbon dioxide gas from magma still bubbles up at the southeastern shore, and scientists believe that a new eruption could happen at any time, which today, even with a much smaller Volcanic Explosivity Index, would result in a major disaster, especially considering that Germany is a heavily populated country and this caldera lies just 8 km from the Rhine at Andernach” and the Romanian Disaster Seismic site says “which, today, would be a disaster beyond all description.”

Germany’s old supervolcano Laacher See is also known as the West Eifel Volcanic Field and is described here at the Smithsonian Volcanism Program website.

Now the volcano may or may not erupt in the near future. The volcano has always degassed. See Prof. Erik Klemetti’s note below, and in addition, he has written a rebuttal article about the Daily Mail article. Daily Mail tends to be sensationalist and the article doesn’t contain information that the volcano is about to erupt.

But the interesting thing I like to note is not that the DM says it is or is not waking up. It’s this: supervolcanoes are being discussed in the news, where even five years ago hardly anyone except scientists and volcano enthusiasts knew what a supervolcano was, never mind where they all are and that they are becoming active. Even Geology Professor Erik Klemetti wrote in 2010 of “Laacher See: The caldera in the middle of Europe,” “We’ve been discussing calderas recently on Eruptions (I wonder why) and the Laacher See in Germany came up. I’ve actually been to the Laacher See on a field trip lead by one of the world’s experts on the caldera, Dr. Gerhard Worner. So, I thought I’d post some pictures and talk a little about this feature that up until maybe 5 years ago, I didn’t even know existed.”

THAT is the news, that they are in the news, not their imminence or not imminence of activity. Because truthfully, there is a lot of volcanic activity lately. Given the Tribulation’s prophetic promise of such activity and the nearness of the Tribulation to us in time, it stands to reason that the supervolcanoes may be waking up and that their existence is brought to mind. I wrote about the effects supervolcanoes have had on climate change in the past and showed through scriptures that they are indeed prophetically promised to erupt given the effects we see promised in scripture which match the historic effects. That essay is here.

Of Laacher See’s volcano’s activity from a more scientific source than Daily Mail, Prof. Klemetti wrote, “There is some suggestion that the Laacher See eruption could have had a strong effect on the climate of Europe after the eruption and the human populations living there at the time. Although it has been quiet since the climactic eruption ~12,900 years ago, the caldera should still be considered potentially active as CO2 seeps exist in some parts of the lake, suggesting that there is still magma degassing under the lake. In fact, the CO2 can be a hazard, supposedly killing some Medieval monks in their sleep.”

Here is another supervolcano that IS waking up in Japan. In this scientific paper published Sept. 2011, titled “Remotely-triggered seismicity in the Hakone volcano following the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake” the scientists examined the after-effects of the 9.0 quake in Japan last March. In the paper, the scientists concluded that the 9.0 seismic event triggered the volcano’s awakening-

“Seismic activity in the Hakone volcano was significantly activated just after the occurrence of the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake. The onset of seismicity was initiated during the Love and Rayleigh waves from the main shock. The seismic activity persisted for approximately one month, with more than 1600 events occurring. The large dynamic stress changes of 0.6 MPa probably contributed to initiate a sequence of seismic activity. The features of the hypocenter distribution and the focal mechanisms are almost consistent with those of the earthquakes that ordinarily occur in the Hakone volcano. We would like to note that seismicity around the northern end of the Tanna Fault was activated after the main shock, where earthquakes were previously hardly observed. We installed 21 offline temporary stations in and around the Hakone caldera prior to the main shock and we are continuing the observation. [emphasis mine]

Keep looking up!

Posted in end time, indonesia, prophecy, volcanoes

(UPDATED)21 MORE volcanoes in Indonesia rumble, Major plate restructuring ahead?

Fleeing in panic: A schoolgirl flees after Mount Merapi’s eruption at 10:05 a.m. in Cangkringan, Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Monday. A continuous spew of ash and lava from the eruption prompted people living at the foot of the volcano to panic and flee to safer places. Antara/Wahyu Putro

Friday Mr Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted, an eruption which followed a 7.7 earthquake there. Indonesia sits on the Ring of Fire, a notoriously unstable area in which the earth’s plates (crust) shift, causing the ground to rumble in a way we know as earthquakes.

Then on Saturday, eight volcanoes’ alert status was raised. The eight volcanoes are:
Mount Sinabung, in Karo, North Sumatera;
Mount Talang, Solok, West Sumatera;
Mount Anak Krakatau, Lampung (Child of Krakatau Volcano);
Mount Papandayan, Garut, West Java;
Mount Slamet, Tegal, Central Java;
Mount Dieng, Wonosobo, Central Java;
Mount Semeru, Lumajang, East Java;
Mount Bromo, Probolinggo.

Today an additional 21 Indonesian volcanoes’ alert levels were raised, along with all the geologists’ eyebrows.

Indonesia volcano shoots new blast; 21 more rumble
“Deafening explosions of hot gas rattled evacuees miles (kilometers) from an Indonesian volcano Monday, the latest eruption in a deadly week. The country reported increased rumblings at 21 other active volcanoes, raising questions about what’s causing the uptick along some of the world’s most volatile fault lines.
The government has raised alert levels of 21 other volcanos to the second- and third- highest levels in the last two months because they have shown an increase in activity, said Syamsul Rizal, a state volcanologist, said Monday. Many of those are already rumbling and belching out heavy black ash. Indonesia has several volcanos smoldering at any given time, but another government volcanologist, Gede Swantika, said that normally only five to 10 would be at the third-highest alert level — which indicates an increase in seismic activity and visible changes in the crater. It is rare for any to be at second-highest — which signifies an eruption is possible within two weeks. He said monitors noticed more volcanos were exhibiting seismic activity starting Sept. 2. Geophysicist Pall Einarsson of the University of Iceland said that such an increase could be an indication that some of the volcanos — if any are very close — could be affecting one another. He said this idea is a new one for volcanologists, but they are increasingly seeing evidence of interplay between neighboring mountains. Geologist Brent McInnes said as he hadn’t seen the raw data but would find such a rash of volcanic activity significant.”

So here is a summary of the above: they don’t know what’s happening. Even the most normal theory of  ‘they are triggering each other’ is new to them…

There is talk on the internet of a seismic event that took place this morning that was felt or picked up by seismograph machines from coast to coast. I can’t nail this one down but I do find it unusual to say the least. Except, all this crustal activity is not unusual. God told us this would be happening, through Jesus, and through Isaiah. Jesus’ LONGEST answer to the disciples on any topic or any question was the Olivet Discourse. It is so named because they were atop Mount of Olives when this lengthy discussion occurred. He sat down with them and answered their query as to the signs of the end of the age in Mt 24. In verse 7-8 Jesus said: “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”

Isaiah 24: 19-20 says-

“The earth is broken asunder,
         The earth is split through,
         The earth is shaken violently.
The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard
         And it totters like a shack,
         For its transgression is heavy upon it,
         And it will fall, never to rise again.”

When the number of volcanoes exhibiting activity is five times the normal level, when the scientists scratch their heads and say they simply do not know, when they say though that the activity indicates a plate shift, when they exclaim in their typical understated fashion with words like  “significant,” and we look at the bible and KNOW that the end of the end times will be exhibiting these things, we have to believe that these are unusual times, end times. And the scientists who wonder if a major plate restructuring is ahead? We can definitely say: YES.

UPDATE: Overnight the following was posted: “An Icelandic volcano has shown signs it could be about to burst into life, just months after an eruption from another volcano caused Europe’s biggest air shutdown since World War II, experts said Monday”