When God created the world, the Bible refers to him as “Elohim”, the name that Torah scholars associate with judgment and nature. The prophets frequently described the end-of-days as being highlighted by unusual natural phenomena such as stars and earthquakes. This year, Breaking Israel News reported on many of these signs appearing, perhaps acting as heralds of wondrous things to come.

A group of researchers has discovered that the Yellowstone caldera, one of the most worrisome seismic hotspots in the world, has been unusually active in recent months as a result of magma filling up in the underneath chamber of the supervolcano. One rabbi thinks he knows the end-of-days context for this and though it may seem incongruous, he believes it is connected to the conflict in Syria.