I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire, and columns of smoke. (Joel 2:30-31 NASV)
In his prophecy about the coming of the Day of the Lord, the prophet Joel saw columns of smoke pouring into the sky. This is the trademark sign of volcanic activity. And attached to these columns of ash would be blood (people dying) and fire (molten lava).
And Indonesians were caught off guard, when Mt Semeru, located on the island of Java, erupted on Saturday, Dec 4, 2021, forcing thousands to flee their homes. The eruption resulted in a massive column of smoke extending 40,000 feet high into the sky.
The Daily Mail reports that there has been 14 deaths, and more are expected, as ash covered villages and cars and smothered animals. Images have emerged of vehicles covered in ash up to their roofs.
There have also been 56 injuries, mostly burns, and several people are still reported missing.
At times, rivers of lava stretched nearly seven miles.
Mt Semeru had previously erupted in January this year and as well in December 2020.
In his vision of the end-times, Joel saw that in the lead up to the Day of the Lord (Christ’s second coming), there would be an increase in volcanic activity as he saw several columns (plural) of smoke.
It would become so intense, that the ash pouring from these eruptions would darken the sun and turn the moon blood-red.
31The sun will be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. (Joel 2:31 NASV)