Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at the summit of Kilauea volcano is erupting, producing a burst of volcanic emissions starting at 4:44 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
This eruption was observed on infra-red satellite imagery. Radar indicates winds will cause any ash emissions to drift towards the west-southwest direction this morning.
Kīlauea’s alert level was raised from watch to warning and its aviation color code from organge to red as this eruption and associated hazards are evaluated.
The opening phases of eruptions are dynamic. Webcam imagery shows fissures at the base of Halemaʻumaʻu crater generating lava flows on the surface of the crater floor.
The activity is confined to Halemaʻumaʻu, entirely within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
The hazards will be reassessed as the eruption progresses. Communities in the Puna, Kaʻū and South Kona Districts may be affected.
High levels of volcanic gas are the primary hazard of concern, as this hazard can have far-reaching effects down-wind. Large amounts of volcanic gas — primarily water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) — are continuously released during eruptions of Kīlauea volcano.
As sulfur dioxide is released from the summit, it will react in the atmosphere to create the visible haze known as vog (volcanic smog) that has been observed downwind of Kīlauea. Vog creates the potential for airborne health hazards to residents and visitors, damages agricultural crops and other plants, and affects livestock
Additional hazards include Pele’s hair and other lightweight volcanic glass fragments from the lava fountains that will fall downwind of the fissure vents and dust the ground within a few hundred meters (yards) of the vent (s). Strong winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents should minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation.
Other significant hazards also remain around Kīlauea caldera from Halemaʻumaʻu crater wall instability, ground cracking, and rockfalls that can be enhanced by earthquakes within the area closed to the public. This underscores the extremely hazardous nature of Kīlauea caldera rim surrounding Halemaʻumaʻu crater, an area that has been closed to the public since late 2007.
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 444
According to the book “The Appointed Times of Jesus the Messiah,” there exist an interesting relationship between the Scriptural meaning of the number 444 and Christ’s earthly ministry.
As our Biblical timeline of Jesus’ life shows, His ministry began on September 11 in 26 A.D. the same day the devil began his forty days of temptation. This day fell on a Wednesday, the 4th day of the week.
September 11 was not only the Day of Atonement in 26, it was the start of the Jubilee year (Luke 4:16 – 21, see also Isaiah 61:1 – 2). In Jesus’ first recorded public address in Nazareth, He links His Ministry and Message to this special period of liberty and freedom which occurred every 50th year and was announced on Atonement (Leviticus 25).
September 11 in 26 A.D. is thus an incredibly rare and momentous day in human history! The four-fold major events that took place, or began, on this day are the Day of Atonement, the start of the Jubilee Year, the start of Jesus’ Ministry, and the beginning of the devil’s efforts to derail God’s plan to save humans.
Jesus’ Public Ministry ended on a Wednesday, on the same 4th day of the week it started. It ceased in 30 A.D. when he was crucified and died on April 5 (the day portion of Passover) as our perfect sacrifice for sin.
The Day of Atonement in 26 A.D. corresponds on the Hebrew calculated calendar (used to determine God’s annual Feast Days) to Tishri 10 in the Hebrew year 3787. Jesus’ death in 30 A.D. corresponds to Nisan 14 in Hebrew year 3790. This means his entire ministry lasted 44 months (Hebrew years 3787 and 3789 had 13 months in them) and 4 days for 444!
Appearances of number four hundred forty-four
Strong’s Concordance is a classic tool that has aided Bible study for many years. Hebrew listing number 444 (#H444) is the word alach. It is found in only three Scriptural places. Its Psalm 53 reference is part of a well-known rebuke against atheists and all those who refuse to acknowledge God exists.
The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy (#444); there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Psalm 53:1 – 3, KJV).
Number 444 and man
Listing 444 in Strong’s Greek listing (#G444) is the word anthropos. It is found 560 times in the King James and is the generic word the New Testament writers used to reference humans (Matthew 4:4, 19, 5:13, etc.). It is sometimes found at the beginning of modern words like anthropology, which is the study of humans, or anthropomorphic, attributing human attributes to non-humans things or entities.
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 444
We also see the pattern of 444 in one other set of dates related to Jesus’ ministry. It is possible that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13 – 16, Mark 1:9) only four days before Atonement in 26 A.D. and the start of His Ministry.
On Saturday, April 1 in 30 A.D., four days before the Lord’s Death, God the Father audibly confirms that Christ has been selected to glorify His Name and be the Perfect Lamb to be sacrificed for all sin (see John 12:28 – 32). This is in harmony with the Old Testament, as Israel was commanded to select a lamb “without blemish” four days before it would be sacrificed on Passover (Exodus 12:1 – 3).
The pattern of the number 444 is manifested as there are 44 months and 4 days between Jesus’ baptism and the day God the Father gave his final confirmation that Christ was the One chosen to die on Passover to make our salvation possible!
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