IS HELL RELATED TO VOLCANOES AND MOUNTAINS?
Brimstone forming around a volcanic vent
But the fearful and the unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. – KJV
The contents that spew out of a volcano are very much similar to what the bible says about hell, that there is a fire burning with brimstone. Brimstone refers to sulphur. One of the major gases that constitute a volcanic eruption is sulphur dioxide (SO2). When most volcanoes erupt, they release an enormous amount of sulphur dioxide gas which is originally formed from a reaction of sulphur and other elements.
Emission rates of SO2 from an active volcano range from <20 tonnes/day to >10 million tonnes/day according to the style of volcanic activity and type and volume of magma involved. For example, the large explosive eruption of Mount Pinatubo on 15 June 1991 expelled 3-5 km3 of dacite magma and injected about 20 million metric tons of SO2 into the stratosphere. The sulfur aerosols resulted in a 0.5-0.6°C cooling of the Earth’s surface in the Northern Hemisphere. The sulfate aerosols also accelerated chemical reactions that, together with the increased stratospheric chlorine levels from human-made chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) pollution, destroyed ozone and led to some of the lowest ozone levels ever observed in the atmosphere.
Mud volcanoes release a lot of molten mud which is known as magma when still below the surface of earth and lava when it reaches the surface of the earth.
Some of those who have been to hell and back have seen people immersed fully or halfway in boiling mud.
If hell is indeed located in the centre of the earth, then volcanoes could as well be another proof that it does exist.
In terry Watkins article, you read the following
“Caspar Peucer, a famous fourteenth century astronomer and physician, who also researched and documented the volcanoe eruptions at Heklafell wrote some very frightening information in his research findings. Peucer, claims (as others) that “fearful howlings, weeping and gnashing of teeth” could be heard “for many miles. . .” as these volcanoes erupted:
“Out of the bottomless abyss of Hekla fell, or rather out of Hell itself, rise melancholy cries and loud wailings, so that these can be heard for many miles around . . . there may be heard in the mountain fearful howling, weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
(Haraldur Sigurdsson, Melting the Earth, The History of Ideas on Volcanic Eruptions, p. 73)
And Caspar Peucer is not alone. There are others who believe they have heard “cries and screaming” coming from volcanoes. Most have tried to ignore the obvious. Some simply explain the “sounds of hell” to some rational meaning. But they are there. . .
“The fearsome noises that issued from some of their volcanoes were certainly thought to be the screams of tormented souls in the fires of hell below“.
(Haraldur Sigurdsson, Melting the Earth, The History of Ideas on Volcanic Eruptions, p. 73)
Inside this earth, this very moment, there are millions of lost, tormented souls — burning, weeping, and wailing— without any hope whatsoever! “
- (Terry Watkins, http://www.av1611.org)
Bible verses that relate hell to mountains/volcanoes
The bible does indeed relate hell to mountains in some of the following verses
The following verse of the bible relates the fire of hell directly to volcanoes. We can say that the foundation of a volcanic mountain is the volcanic activity taking place under it. The bible here says that a fire shall burn in the lowest hell and set fire the foundations of the mountains. What else could this mean except a volcano? Judge for yourself my dear reader!
“For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains“- KJV
According to the account of Jonah who was swallowed by a fish for three days, the bible does indicate that Jonah was not just in the belly of the fish but also went elsewhere. His body did remain in the belly of the fish for three days but his spirit seems to have gone somewhere else, in fact to hell according to what he explains himself. He says that God heard him out of the belly of hell. He adds that he went to the bottom of mountains and the earth with her bars was about him forever. He probably tasted eternity in hell. This again suggests hell to be at the bottom of mountains or at least part of it.
Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, and said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I , and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast into the deep, in the midst of the seas, and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
Then I said, I am cast out thy sight, yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains, the earth with her bars was about me forever: yet hast though brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.-KJV
From the above account you can see that Jonah went to the belly of hell and to the bottoms of the mountains. Hell and bottom of mountains (volcano?) are related in one way or another.
GROANING HEARD AT HEKLA VOLCANO
In the article posted in Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, you find a witness who says that fearful underground groaning were heard at Hekla volcano as it was about to erupt.
Cambridge advanced learner’s dictionary defines the word groan as “a deep long sound showing great pain or unhappiness”
Whether the groaning heard just when the Hekla volcano was about to erupt was of tormented souls in hell brought near to the surface of the earth by the volcano or not is yours to decide, my reader.
Hekla and an Icelandic Horse Hekla, 1970.
Fearful underground groaning was heard just before Hekla volcano erupted on September 2, 1845 according to an anonymous source. Volcanoes could be a proof that hell exists and is located inside the earth.
Hekla is a stratovolcano located in the south of Iceland with a height of 1,491 metres (4,892 ft). Hekla is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874. During the middle Ages, Icelanders called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell.”(Italicized and bolded for emphasis)
Hekla is part of a volcanic ridge, 40 kilometers (25 mi) long. However, the most active part of this ridge, a fissure about 5.5 km (3.4 mi) long named Heklugjá, is considered to be the volcano Hekla proper. Hekla looks rather like an overturned boat, with its keel being in fact a series of craters, two of which are generally the most active.
The volcano’s frequent large eruptions have covered much of Iceland with tephra and these layers can be used to date eruptions of Iceland’s other volcanos. 10% of the tephra produced in Iceland in the last thousand years has come from Hekla, amounting to 5 km3. The volcano has produced one of the largest volumes of lava of any in the world in the last millennium, around 8 km3.
The fearful underground groaning
Hekla was dormant for more than sixty years prior to 1845, when it suddenly burst forth on September 2 at 9 am:
After a violent storm on the night of the 2nd of September in that year, the surface of the ground in the Orkney Islands was found strewn with volcanic dust. There was thus conveyed to the inhabitants of Great Britain an intimation that Hecla [sic] had been again at work. Accordingly, tidings soon after arrived of a great eruption of the mountain. On the night of the 1st of September, the dwellers in its neighbourhood
were terrified by a fearful underground groaning, which continued till mid-day on the 2nd. (italicized and bolded for emphasis).Then, with a tremendous crash, there were formed in the sides of the cone two large openings, whence there gushed torrents of lava, which flowed down two gorges on the flanks of the mountain. The whole summit was enveloped in clouds of vapour and volcanic dust. The neighbouring rivers became so hot as to kill the fish, and the sheep fled in terror from the adjoining heaths, some being burnt before they could escape. On the night of the 15th of September, two new openings were formed — one on the eastern, and the other on the southern slope — from both of which lava was discharged for twenty-two hours. It flowed to a distance of upwards of twenty miles, killing many cattle and destroying a large tract of pasturage. Twelve miles from the crater, the lava-stream was between forty and fifty feet deep and nearly a mile in width. On the 12th of October a fresh torrent of lava burst forth, and heaped up another similar mass. The mountain continued in a state of activity up to April 1846; then it rested for a while, and began again in the following month of October. Since then, however, it has enjoyed repose. The effects of these eruptions were disastrous. The whole island was strewn with volcanic ash, which, where they did not smother the grass outright, gave it a poisonous taint. The cattle that ate of it were attacked by a murrain, of which great numbers died. The ice and snow, which had gathered about the mountain for a long period of time, were wholly melted by the heat. Masses of pumice weighing nearly half a ton were thrown to a distance of between four and five miles.
(Wikipedia, www.wikipedia.org, “hekla”)
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