Following on from Daisy’s comment on the last post, I thought I should explain a little bit about where these ideas about enormous earth changes, particularly but not exclusively in Israel, are mentioned in the Tanach.
Because as we all know from experience, if ‘prophecies’ and theories and ideas aren’t found in the Torah somewhere, that means they are false.
Midrash Dvorim Rabba 4:11:
“How will God enlarge Eretz Yisroel? When a scroll is rolled up one cannot tell its length. When it is unrolled, its size becomes evident. Just so, Eretz Yisreol is mostly mountains and hills. God will flatten it as the navi (Isaiah 40:4) prophesies:
“Every ravine will be raised and every mountain and hill lowered, gullied lands will become level and rocky places, meadows.” Then the true size of Eretz Yisrael will become evident.
Zecharia 14:10 tells us:
“The whole land will become a plain, from Geva to Rimon south of Jerusalem, and it will rise and settle in its place.”
THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF HOW THIS CAN HAPPEN
I’ve been researching real geological processes, (as opposed to fake, atheist-assumption-laden geological processes about the world being billions of years old, blah blah blah), for a while now, and that’s why Hawaii has been so captivating.
It’s mamash showing the natural mechanism God will use to accomplish what’s described by the prophets.
Liquid magma is flowing under the whole of the earth’s crust. Where there are weaknesses, cracks or vents in the earth’s crust, pressure within the earth pushes the molten magma up to the surface at those spots, and then you’ll have a volcanic eruption, a Steamboat geyser, a mud volcano, something.
Changes in the earth’s pressure are registered as earth quakes. When magma is on the move under the crust, you get earthquakes. The more it’s moving, the more earthquakes and the bigger they are.
When the magma moves out from one place, especially a ‘weak spot’ like the caldera of a volcano, for example, that causes a vacuum under the earth’s crust, and unless the magma quickly flows back in, that causes the earth above that vacuum to destablise and collapse in on the unsupported space left by the magma moving somewhere else.
This has happened twice in the last few weeks in Hawaii, when first the caldera of the ‘mini volcano’ Pu’u O’o collapsed, and then beginning last week, the caldera of Kilauea itself has also collapsed.
In the meantime, the magma under the surface has flowed elsewhere – it’s filled in a bay, dried up a lake, and is now building a new promontory of brand new earth on the coast that’s currently a mile wide, and still growing.
We are seeing all this with our own two eyes, and it played out in under two weeks, in circumstances that are definitely ‘unusual’ but which no-one considers to be miraculous (yet….)
Now, how does this ‘fit’ with what the prophets have told us will happen in Israel? We know Israel is on the African / Asian rift, we know there are still volcanoes up in the Golan, we know the country has been hit with a number of big earthquakes, including the one that destroyed Tzfat a couple of hundred years’ ago.
The timings are not easy to pin-down 100%, we don’t know if what I’m about to describe will happen sooner or later as part of the era of Moshiach, but at some point in that process, some huge geological changes will happen that will ‘flatten’ the mountains in Israel, fill in the depressions in the land, and extend the land out much wider.
Very similar to what we’re seeing happening in Hawaii, just on a much grander scale.
The magma will start to move, there will be huge earthquakes, old volcanoes will roar into life, new volcanic ‘vents’ will start to spring up all over the place and as that stuff starts to flow, the earth’s crust will start to collapse in on any areas where there is too much weight ‘above’, and not enough magma ‘below’ to support it.
Mountains are a good candidate for this type of thing.
And this is all according to the laws of nature that are operating right now in Hawaii.
The only question is what could cause the earth’s core to heat up enough to send that boiling magma rising to the surface the way that it’s doing?
Spiritually, it’s toeva parades, immorality and all that other stuff Hashem hates, which is filling gehinnom to the brim – and our sources teach us that gehinnom is located within the earth, at its core. The more evil people there are in gehinnom, the hotter earth’s core becomes, the more that magma starts to rise up to the surface.
Physically, there is a probably a ‘Planet X’, or some other alignment of comets, planets and other celestial objects that is exerting a huge effect on the earth, and causing a lot of friction between the earth’s mantle and its core. That friction leads to heat, heat leads to pressure, pressure leads to earthquakes, volcanoes exploding and magma moving around all over the place.
The prophets have been telling us this is what’s going to happen when Moshiach finally comes for millennia, none of this is my idea.
Zecharia 14: 1-5 says very clearly:
“A day for God is coming… I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for war… And God will go out and fight with those nations like the day He fought the Egyptians at the Yam Suf. His feet will stand on that day on the Mount of Olives which is just east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will split in half forming a very big rift. And half the mountain will move north and half south.
“You will fell from the ruptures in the mountains, as the rift in the mountains will reach Otzal; you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the time of Uzziah, king of Yehuda…”
What happened in the days of Uzziah? This comes from Velikovsky:
“In the 8th century BCE, in the days of Uzziah king of Jerusalem, there occurred a devastating catastrophe called ‘ra-ash’ [this is the Hebrew word for noise]. Amos, who lived at the time of Uzziah, began to predict a cosmic upheaval two years’ before the ra-ash took place.”
Amos is arguably the darkest of all the prophecies in Tanach. Here’s a little of what Amos says:
“The words of Amos…in the days of Uzziah…two years before the earthquake:
“Hashem will roar from Zion…thus said Hashem for three transgressions of Damascus [i.e. Syria] (I have looked away), but for four I will not pardon them….
“For three transgressions of Gaza [i.e. the Palestinians] (I have looked away), but for four I will not pardon them…
“For three transgressions of Tyre [i.e. Lebanon]….but for four I will not pardon them…
“For three transgressions of Edom [i.e. xtianity, the west, Europe, Russia, America]…. But for four I will not pardon them…”
And then for Ammon – currently the kingdom of Jordan, and then for Moav, also currently the kingdom of Jordan, and then lastly:
“Thus said Hashem: For three transgressions of Judah [I have looked away], but for four I will not pardon them – for their despising the Torah of Hashem and not observing His statutes; their falsehoods that their fathers followed have corrupted them. I will send fire into Judah and it will consume the palaces of Jerusalem.”
Later on, Amos says (8:8-9):
[The land] “shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. And it shall come to pass in that day, says the Lord, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.”
We’re so used to thinking that ‘floods’ must be referring to water, but molten magma is also liquid, and in listening to the descriptions of Hawaii I’ve been struck at how often the same words usually associated with water are being used in connection with magma: magma lakes, magma rivers, places being ‘inundated’ with magma, magma fountains, magma reservoirs, magma flows.
Could it be the prophet Amos is talking about a flood of magma that will completely re-shape the contours of Israel, and not just a more standard tsunami / deluge type thing?
But the more I look into Tanach, the more I see mountains moving around and being destroyed, floods, earthquakes and people being passed through fire – and that happens even to the third that survives all the stuff that’s being prophesized to occur when Moshiach shows up.
And the more I look around, the more I see the contours of that scenario starting to take shape in the world.
Moshiach’s coming is not a simple matter, not a simple matter at all. That’s why Amos warned us (5: 18-20):
“Woe to you, who desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness and not light…even very dark, and no brightness in it.”
I know so many of us are going through the wringer at the moment, and that it seems so hard to keep hanging on and waiting for Moshiach to show up. But just take a look at the rivers of molten lava blackening the earth, destroying hundreds of homes, and turning ‘paradise’ into ‘hell’ in Hawaii, and ask yourself if you’re really ready for Moshiach to show up now, if that’s what it takes.
And if not, then maybe that’s why Rav Berland and others are trying to hold Moshiach back a little, so it can come a different, and hopefully sweeter way.