A recent wave of hundreds of small tremors centered around Yellowstone raise fears of the threat of a supervolcano in the heartland of America, one that seismologists say is set to hit sooner rather than later. Several rabbis explain that this terrifying prediction may not be as terrifying as scientists think, since it is, after all, a prophesied stage in the Messianic process.
Yellowstone Park attracts thousands of tourists who come to witness God’s creation, but the enormous crater, in all its beauty, is not only testimony to His creative majesty but to His destructive anger as well. Unlike the Grand Canyon, the product of 17 million years of patient aquatic erosion, the centerpiece of Yellowstone Park is a 40-mile wide caldera crater, the result of a sudden cataclysmic geologic explosion 630,000 years ago.
Recent seismic activity suggest this tranquil natural refuge may be ready to revert to its violent past.
Exactly one year ago, Yellowstone rumbled in its sleep, with three quakes ranging from 3.7 to 4.3 magnitude on the Richter scale. Last week Yellowstone rumbled again, but with greater intensity. On Thursday evening, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook the region, the epicenter approximately eight miles northeast of Western Yellowstone in Montana.
The next morning, three more quakes measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale hit in the same area. On Monday, a series of 30 more tremors shook the area. In total, there were over 200 quakes in four days.
Just a few days prior to the wave of earthquakes, Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, an Israeli kabbalist noted for his accurate predictions, warned that earthquakes are about to become more common in the world. He made an analogy between natural disasters and current global politics.
“All the nations of the world are in great confusion,” the rabbi said last Wednesday in his weekly sermon. “There will be more earthquakes felt because there is no stability in the world.”
Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, noted that disasters, natural and manmade, seem to be striking faster and harder than in previous generations.
“Tsunamis, earthquakes, and forest fires are more catastrophic than ever, despite technology giving us the ability to cope with them better,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “And now scientists tell us of threats we absolutely cannot protect us against, like a volcano that threatens the world.”
The rabbi explained that volcanoes are explicitly mentioned by the prophets as playing a role in the end of days, preparing the world by burning away impurities as a crucible is used in metallurgy to purify metal. He cited Zechariah as a source for this.
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
Rabbi Berger suggested a simple faith-based solution to cope with the threat.
“By strengthening the belief in all of creation being one, and bringing our will in line with the will of the Creator, we can bring nature back in line with the will of the one,” Rabbi Berger said.
“This is especially true in our generation, in the moments before the final redemption,” said Rabbi Berger.
And Hashem shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall Hashem be One and His name one. Zechariah 14:9
“This is a special attribute of the end of days,” Rabbi Berger said. “The oneness of all of creation allows us to destroy and also to fix nature like never before.”
Yellowstone is listed as a geologic hotspot that could one day cause a global threatening disaster. The site has already seen three catastrophic eruptions, approximately 2.1 million, 1.3 million, and 640,000 years ago.
Experts estimate that a Yellowstone eruption today would kill 87,000 people immediately, covering the entire US and Southern Canada with a layer of ash, and perhaps even affect the climate around the world.
Internationally renowned physicist Michio Kaku described the situation at Yellowstone as a “sleeping Godzilla that if it erupts at its maximum eruption…it could literally tear the guts out of the United States of America”, reducing the country to a total of 30 states, with a gaping hole where much of the Midwest used to be.
Kaku figures that there is a ten percent chance of such a super-eruption taking place in the next century. Though the figure may seem low, when betting on global natural disaster beyond the influence of man and technology, the numbers are less certain.