Scientists have sounded the alarm bells for Nyiragongo, a volcano on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The volcano last erupted in 2002 and a rising 820ft-long lava lake in the volcano’s crater has sparked fears the fiery mountain could pop again. Because of the potential danger, an Italian volcanologist has branded Nyiragongo the most dangerous volcano in the world.
According to Pastor Paul Begley from West Lafayette in Indiana, US, the rise in volcanic activity in Nyiragongo is one of many prophetic signs predicting the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the subsequent end of the world.
The firebrand preacher hosts the weekly TV series The Coming Apocalypse where he draws questionable links between the Bible, current events and conspiracy theories.
During a recent broadcast on his YouTube channel, he said: “Are you serious? A lava lake is rising!
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“It’s very, very, very, very dangerous, okay? And it’s apocalyptic and dangerous in nature.”
When Nyiragongo erupted in 2002, nearly 250 people were killed and about 20 percent of the nearby city of Goma was destroyed.
Molten rock streaming from the volcano piled up to heights of about 6.5ft (2m) and forced some 400,000 people to flee.
Scientists have now said there is a chance the volcano will erupt again within the next four years.
In Pastor Begley’s opinion, all of this and more has been predicted in the Old Testament’s Book of Joel.
He said: “It’s the most dangerous volcano in the world and there’s a ticking time bomb in these last days.
“And the Bible says in the Book of Joel, it says there will be blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke, and the Sun will be darkened, and the Moon will turn to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord will come.”
The Book of Joel is one of 12 prophetic books attributed to the 12 Minor Prophets.
In it, the eponymous prophet describes the destruction of the planet in the face of God’s judgment.
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The scripture reads: “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”
However, there is no real evidence to back Pastor Begley’s claims, as volcanic eruptions always have and always will happen, regardless of what scripture says.
Many theologians also reject attempts to date the return of Jesus Christ as it goes against the spirit of the Bible’s teachings.
Stephen Witmer of the Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, said: “Waiting based on explicit or implicit date-setting is our human attempt to seize control of the time of Jesus’s coming.
“It removes the uncomfortable, awkward uncertainty of not knowing when Jesus will return by establishing a date, whether exact or approximate.
“But God wants us to wait for Jesus not because we’re confident of a date, but because we trust God’s promise.”