Magma under Yellowstone

Magma under Yellowstone

The “supervolcano” at Yellowstone National Park has been hit by a swarm of hundreds of earthquakes in recent weeks.

And now, there is more bad news from scientists: It could blow far sooner than anticipated.

Evidence recently presented at a volcanism conference in Portland, Oregon, suggests the process that led to Yellowstone’s most recent supereruption developed far more quickly than experts had thought.

Hannah Shamloo, a graduate student at Arizona State University, found fresh magma might have been injected under the supervolcano only decades before the eruption. The New York Times quoted Shamloo as observing, “It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption.” The graduate student also cautioned that it’s too early to identify a precise time scale.

NASA recently garnered headlines when it unveiled a plan to stop the supervolcano by cooling it, siphoning off heat through drilling. Of course, some critics suggested the plan might inadvertently trigger the very thing the process was designed to avoid – a catastrophic eruption.

Such an eruption, if and when it comes, could have apocalyptic consequences.

Scientist Michio Kaku said such an eruption would “rip the guts out of the USA.”

Researchers at the University of Utah say the disaster would be so massive, it would actually transform the world climate and would devastate the American West.

Carl Gallups, a pastor, former law enforcement officer and the author of the books “Be Thou Prepared” and the last days examination “When the Lion Roars,” believes the news about Yellowstone is a warning to Christians.

“I am not certain that there is any direct Scripture reference to Yellowstone specifically, but I do know that the Scripture is plain about how the whole creation ‘groans’ in anticipation of the coming of the Lord, as it states in Romans 8:22,” he said. “We live in a fallen creation. The evidence is all around us.”

Gallups argues Christians need to lead the way in preparing for natural disasters, not just to ensure the survival of their families, but because those who are equipped with adequate food and water in the wake of a disaster will also be in the best position to minister to others.

“Times like these are a call to God’s people to ‘be prepared!'” he exclaimed. “Not in a panicked or over-reactive way, but in a biblical, commonsense and ministry-oriented way.”

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Gallups says there are certain basic preparations every Christian household should make before there is a disaster.

“The seven basics that every family, especially among God’s people, should make certain they are equipped with are: clean water, food, adequate emergency shelter plans, proper tools, medications, proper clothing fitted to extreme environs, and equipment used to protect you and your family,” he said. “Always being prepared, especially in precarious times, is a commandment of God’s Word – and one which even the early New Testament church practiced. The Scriptures are full of these commands and examples – from the days of Noah to the biblical warnings of end-times fulfillment.”

But while the pastor urges believers to take care of their temporal needs, he also suggests recent natural disasters and the near-certainty of future cataclysms should make believers look to their faith.

“The most important preparation is to make certain you are born again through a biblical relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said. “Even the creation itself is trying to warn us!

“It appears to many people that America itself is being sent warning after warning of God’s soon coming judgment upon our abject disobedience to His Word. How could we not escape His judgment, other than by a true national repentance? We slaughter the innocent, we teach our children there is no God, we legalized homosexual marriage through the highest court in the land – and all this (and more) from the largest and most blessed ‘Christian’ nation the planet has ever known.

“We have spit in God’s face – and most of the nation appears to not even care, including a lot of pulpits.”

Regardless of what happens at Yellowstone or anywhere else, Gallups says Christians have a responsibility both to strengthen themselves in faith and safeguard their families. The latter, he believes, will allow them to spread their faith to others during even the worst times.

“The creation is fallen – and sometimes we are its victims,” Gallups said. “In the midst of it, however, we must always look for ways to bring relief and comfort to those around us and to take advantage of every opportunity to share the only Good News offered to humanity that has real teeth in it – an old rugged cross and the empty tomb of Jesus Christ.”

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