Summary: On August 24, 79 AD, Italy’s Mount Vesuvius, erupted in what is perhaps one of histories most horrific natural disasters. Was it judgement?
Did God Judge Pompeii?
(Inspired from J.R. Church’s article of the same title in Prophesy in the News, August 2010)
FBC Chester, IL 1/19/14 Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A On August 24, 79 AD, Italy’s Mount Vesuvius, erupted in what is perhaps one of histories most horrific natural disasters.
1 The volcano destroyed the Italian cities of Herculaneum & Stabia.
a However, the most famous city that was destroyed was the seaside city that many in the Roman aristocracy called home.
aa A city of nearly 20,000 souls.
bb Elegant villas set in a resort community.
b On 2/21/14, a major motion picture featuring historical fiction (In the spirit of James Camereon’s Titanic) will be released nationwide: the film is named after the city that Vesuvius buried for 1,500 years, Pompeii.
2 Volcanological & bio-anthropological studies have shown that the residents of Pompeii were buried under 25 meters (82 feet) of ash over a six-hour period of time.
a For many years, it was thought that the people died of suffocation due to the volcanic ash.
b More recent findings have discovered that the most likely cause of death was to exposure to heat.
aa In 2010, a study was published that showed heat was the main factor of death for the people of Pompeii.
bb A temperature of 482 degrees was sustained for hours in a six hour radius around Vesuvius when it erupted.
B Our greatest sources of the Vesuvius explosion come from two eye-witnesses: Dio Cassius (a Roman historian) and Pliny the younger (Whose uncle, Pliny the Elder, was an admiral in the Roman navy who ordered the ships in his fleet into the harbor of Pompeii to rescue people from the rain of fire.)
1 Dio Cassius, author of Roman History, described the fire & smoke from Vesuvius when it exploded.
a “After the destruction, the site was subject to looting. And people who had managed to flee came back to see whether they could retrieve some their possessions. One such person came back to a house in the area of Pompeii. After having walked through the desolationof the city, he looked about and saw nothing but destruction, where once there had been buildings and beautifully frescoed walls. Disconsolate and aghast, he picked up a piece of charcoal and scratched on the wall in large black Latin letters: “SODOM GOMOR.”
b “As he saw it, the divine punishment of these two cursed Biblical cities was echoed in the rain of fire on Pompeii.”
2 The amazing fact about the destruction of this plush Roman resort town that very few know is that destruction of Pompeii is that occurred nearly 9 years to the day that the Roman Legionaries had razed the Temple in Jerusalem. Great Pictures available at . . .
a In Scripture, “9" is number for Divine judgement, finality, the summation of all man’s works.
aa “9" is the last digit that marks the end, concludes the matter.
bb It is similar to “6" (the number of man) in that is the sum of its factors. (3+3=6, and 3x3=9.)