“And I will bring the third part through the fire and will refine them as silver is refined and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My name and I will answer them; I will say: ‘It is My people’ and they shall say: ‘Hashem is my God.’” Zechariah 13:9 (The Israel Bible™)
Experts are concerned that recent signs of increased seismic activity in Yellowstone National Park could be the prelude to a massive eruption that, even by conservative estimates, would have global implications, including nationwide food shortages. A Jerusalem Kabbalist explains how this was prophesied in the Bible to be a painful but necessary part of the Messianic process.
One of Yellowstone Park’s more impressive sights, a 40-mile-wide caldera crater, is a grim reminder of the potential for massive destruction that lies beneath the scenic beauty in the heartland of America. Super-volcanos are so explosive that, rather than leave a normal volcanic cone, they create a massive hole. Yellowstone is a 3,500 square mile crater created 630,000 years ago when 240 cubic miles of debris were blasted into the air, fueled by a pressurized reservoir of magma under the park.
Signs of seismic unrest are beginning to appear. One month ago, the nearby Shoshone River suddenly started boiling. The water changed color and began to emit a sulfuric odor, a sure sign of seismic activity that hasn’t been seen in the river for over 200 years.
This was followed by increased volcanic rumblings, and though small tremors are common, Yellowstone was struck by a series of relatively large tremors. On June 9, a magnitude 3.7 earthquake hit the region, on June 13 there was a magnitude 4.3 earthquake, and on June 15, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0.
Though most people associate seismic calamity with California and the Pacific Crescent of Fire, Yellowstone sits on what scientists consider the single most dangerous volcanic site in the world. A major eruption at Yellowstone would bring on global disaster. The chance of such an eruption happening at one of the major volcanoes within 80 years is put at five to ten per cent by the experts, and Yellowstone could very well be it.
Underneath Yellowstone lies a reservoir of magma more than twice the size previously thought. A US Geological Survey (USGS) study in 2014 discovered that the lava reservoir is enormous: 55 miles by 20 miles on each side and about 6 miles deep. This is as full as it was when it erupted in prehistoric times.
A super-volcano at Yellowstone has the potential to spew more than 240 cubic miles of magma across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, more than 1,100 times the magma that flowed from Mount Saint Helens in 1980, killing 57 people. Experts estimate that a Yellowstone eruption would kill 87,000 people immediately,
A catastrophic eruption in Yellowstone would immediately threaten people in the heartland of America, but the more devastating effects would be felt across the entire country and perhaps even the world. A layer of ash would cover the entire US and southern Canada, causing damage and preventing air travel. Europe experienced this in 2010, when relatively small eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland led to 20 countries closing their airspace to commercial jet traffic, affecting about 10 million travellers.
But an eruption at Yellowstone would be more than an inconvenience for vacationers and herds of bison. In a study concluded last year, researchers from the University of Utah called the magma reservoir under Yellowstone National Park, “one of the planet’s biggest time bombs.” They noted that the chances of a catastrophic eruption at this time are small, “but when it does blow, it probably will change the world.” They predicted that the effects of an eruption would dwarf any natural disaster to date, similar to nuclear winter, but on a much greater scale. The study noted that, “these types of events have been known to touch off ice ages”.
“If another large caldera-forming eruption were to occur at Yellowstone, its effects would be worldwide. It would drastically shift the world’s climate,” said researcher Hsin-Hua Huang.
After a rash of earthquakes in April, Rabbi Yitzchak Batzri, a known Kabbalist from Jerusalem, told Breaking Israel News that this was prophesied in Psalms for the end of days.
Who looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; He toucheth the mountains, and they smoke (Psalm 104:32)
“This describes what will happen in the End of Days before the final redemption,” Rabbi Batzri said. “There will be an earthquake in Israel, but it will be beneficial, opening up the Temple Mount, bringing forth living waters, purifying the city to receive the Messiah.”
When asked about the seismic activity in Yellowstone, the rabbi explained that in the book of Zechariah, it is prophesied that two thirds of the world will be destroyed by fire in the end of days.
And I will bring the third part through the fire and will refine them as silver is refined and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My name and I will answer them; I will say: ‘It is My people’ and they shall say: ‘Hashem is my God.’ (Zechariah 13:9)
“The entire world will see earthquakes and eruptions in the end of days,” the rabbi explained. “It will purify Israel, just as a mikveh (pool of water) purifies, but for the rest of the world it will purify by fire, like a crucible.”
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Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz is a features writer for Breaking Israel News. He made Aliyah to Israel in 1991 and served in the IDF as a combat medic. Berkowitz studied Jewish law and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He has worked as a freelance writer and his novel, The Hope Merchant, is available on Amazon. He lives in the Golan Heights with his wife and their four children.