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Century End Time
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Vesuvius and the End Time
in A.D. 79
The eruption of Vesuvius
in A.D. 79 was the End Time of Bible prophecy.
The source of biblical
signs in the sun, moon and stars was the ash plume from Vesuvius. These
are the signs of the end time directly associated with the eruption of
2. Roaring of Sea and Waves
3. Signs in the Sun, Moon
#1. Earthquakes: (Mt.24:7,
The Sun will be darkened
The Moon will not give its
The Stars will fall from
From Caesars Nero to Vespasian
earthquakes increased in magnitude from mild tremors to jolts which destroyed
whole cities. This increased activity from A.D. 63 to A.D. 79 was the "birth
pangs" preceding the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on August 24, A.D. 79.
#2. Roaring of Sea and Waves:
(Mt.24:29, Mk.13:24-25, Lk.21:25-26)
Roaring of the sea and waves occurs at
the same time the signs are seen in the sun, moon and stars. What happened
when Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79? Upon Tacitus' request for a detailed
account of his uncle's death, Pliny the Younger wrote a detailed account
of the eruption. His uncle, Pliny the Elder commanded a fleet at Misenum
and died during the eruption. Both Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger
#3. The sun will be darkened,
the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the
heaven. (Mt.24:29, Mk.13:24-25, Lk.21:25-26)
Pliny said his uncle's vessel was in danger
of being run a-ground from the sudden retreat of the sea. The waves were
running extremely high and boisterous. He also wrote about the eruption
as experienced by himself and his mother at Misenum on the Bay of Naples
nearly twenty miles from Vesuvius:
The sea seemed to roll back upon
itself and to be driven from its banks by the convulsive motion of the
earth; it is certain at least the shore was considerably enlarged and several
sea animals were left upon it.
Generally, when the sea recedes like this,
it indicates a tsunami. The motion of the earth was violent and convulsive
and the waves in the Bay of Naples were high and boisterous. The people
in the east (Asia and Judea) had no idea a volcano had erupted, but certainly
they were perplexed at the mysterious roaring of the sea and waves.
Dio Cassius said "an inconceivable
amount of ash was blown out and covered the land and the sea everywhere
and filled all the air" It was so much it buried two whole cities, Herculaneum
and Pompeii. The ash plume from Vesuvius traveled slowly east and south
reaching as far as Africa, Syria and Egypt, according to Dio Cassius, and
blotted out the sun for at least for some 1200 miles. Judea is around 1200
miles south-east of Vesuvius on the eastern end of the Mediterranean.
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When the sun is obscured by clouds or ash,
it is "darkened" by the cover of clouds or ash.
When the moon is obscured by clouds or
ash, it cannot be seen. The moon "will not give its light".
On a clear starry night, a bank of ash
plume sweeping across the sky (like a like a large carpet pulled across
the sky) will cause the illusion of the sky filled with "falling stars".
The slowly moving ash plume appears stationary while all the stars appear
as shooting stars, falling towards the leading edge of the ash plume. Since
the ash plume sweeps from the west to the east of the Roman Empire, the
stars throughout the Empire that night would all have been seen "falling
from the heaven".
Things to Consider:
1. The fundamental origin of End Time
prophecy is Matthew 24, Mark.13 and Luke 21.
2. The world of the disciples was referred
to as the "habitable earth" or the "inhabited earth" which was the Roman
Empire and the rest of the "known" world. This is why the signs seen by
the populace was meant to be local to the Roman Empire.