“For we must all appear before the Judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
2 Corinthians 5:10
Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
When the Apostle Paul was being transported as a prisoner to Rome, his ship docked to the south of Rome in the port city of Puteoli. Puteoli was a fashionable holiday resort with hot sulphur springs and many villas. Puteoli lay in the shadow of the great Vesuvius Mountain. This rugged mountain was actually a volcano, but as it hadn’t erupted in a thousand years, it was considered dormant.
Shortly after the Apostle Paul passed by, Mount Vesuvius exploded. For forty hours Vesuvius erupted and, while Puteoli was spared, nearby Pompeii was destroyed. The 20,000 people of Pompeii were killed by the gasses and ash, then preserved by the molten lava volcanic destruction which rolled over them and hermetically sealed them in their gigantic tomb.
Pompeii remained buried under 20 feet of hardened lava and when archaeologists finally excavated it, they found the best example of a perfectly preserved first century Roman city, frozen in time