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CHILEAN MINERS - Part II - October 12, 2010
The Science of Technology, Drilling & Rescue
(posted: December 2010)
* All scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
Part II of the article references the day the first miner began ascending to the surface at four minutes before midnight on October 12, 2010, taking fifteen minutes to reach the surface. Why October 12 instead of October 13, 2010, when all of the miners, including the rescuers, actually reached the surface? The short answer is that the scripture patterns give significantly more importance to day 12 than day 13 relative to the San Jose mine rescue.
The answer behind the answer is that the path to the surface was far more important to the miners than the surface itself. The surface was the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, with blistering days, frigid nights, and scarcely a drop of water. The path to the surface was everything.
Our spiritual hope is much like the hope of the miners. Most of us, regardless of our faith, anticipate some sort of heaven or paradise awaiting us when we die. We don’t really know what to expect, but chances are it will be much better than the Atacama Desert. The sticking point comes in how we get there.
The broad tunnels “big enough to drive through”, leading to the deepest part of the mine, were collapsed under a million tons of rock. The miners' only path to the surface was a very narrow twisting shaft cut through some of the hardest rock on earth. They began their ascent, lifted by a 2,300 foot cable, through the narrow twisting path on October 12, 2010.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and few there are who find it.
Matthew 7:13, 14
Biblical Year Pattern for October 12, 2010 (Psalms 10, 110, 71).
Note: October 12, 2010 is in the Hebrew Year 5771; hence chapter 71 is used in place of chapter 70 (Part I)
- Psalm 10 (see Part I)
- Psalm 110 (see Part I)
- Psalm 71:1-3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 20 - Save us; our refuge; womb of the earth; our refuge; credit to God; please hurry God; from the depths of the earth.
3a. Be my strong refuge ...
“We’re all in a refuge, the 33 of us; we are well.” 3 (first note attached
b. ... You have given the commandment to save me ...
“You will give us our loved ones - dead or alive ... If they are alive,
you will find them ...” 3
(families demanding action from government)
6. You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb ...
“ This is the day of rebirth for so many people.” 1 (President Pinera)
“It’s a sort of rebirth to a new life.” 3 (superintendent of mines)
7. ... You are my strong refuge
“... rescuers turn attention to one last place, the refuge ...” 4
8. [Miners, officials and citizens of Chile credit God for the rescue.]
12. O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!
20a. You, who have shown me great and severe troubles ...
“horrendous conditions ... 95º F temperature ... humidity a
suffocating 95% ... black walls drip moisture ... fungal and
bacterial infections ..." 4
b. ... You shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the
depths of the earth. [Wow]
“There was never so many trapped so long, so deeply.” 3
“... turn their attention to one last place, the refuge located in
the deepest part of the mine.” 4
Biblical Day Pattern for October 12, 2010 (chapters representing day 12 of appropriate books)
- Job 12:22, 25 - Deep things our of darkness; staggering and groping in the dark
- He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light.
“A rescue at these depths has never been attempted before.” 4
“We may make it, but more than likely, we’re going to die.” 3
- They grope in the dark without light, and He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
“... Choking on dust, gasping for air, and scrambling for their lives. They couldn’t see their hand in front of their faces.” 1
- Job 42: 5, 10, 12 - Miners repent, offers of fame and fortune 1
- Isaiah 12:4, 5 - Miners, officials, and the citizens of Chile give God credit for the rescue.
- Isaiah 42:6b, 7, 21b - Finding Christ in the darkness; God’s word made honorable
6b. “... I will keep You (The Messiah) and give You as a covenant to
the people, as a light to the Gentiles,
7. To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners ... who sit in darkness
from the prison house.”
“... to rescue 33 ... miners, reaching the caverns where they are
imprisoned ...” 5
“This hell is killing me. ... I woke-up; I found myself a prisoner in
this darkness” 4
- Ezekiel 12:12, 18 - Dig through walls, carry out belongings, cover your eyes, eat your bread with trembling
- ... They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it.
He shall cover his face so he cannot see the ground with his eyes.
“... Brandon Fisher’s specially - designed drill (Plan B) smashes
through to the miners ... (and) gives the miners their escape
“each man wearing $450 Oakley sunglasses to protect their eyes
that had grown completely unaccustomed to natural light.” 1
- “... eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with
trembling and anxiety.”
“How haunting it was that just before the rescue, they heard the
mountain start to creak and groan again.” 1 (Diane Sawyer)
- Matthew 12:11, 12, 38-40 - Pulling men from pit is expensive; Jesus, Jonah, and miners all trapped deep inside.
11, 12 ... “What man ... who has one sheep, and if it falls in a pit ...
will not ... lift it out? Of how much more value is a man
than a sheep?”
“mining experts ... to figure out ... how to pull them out of
their dark world.” 1
“Chilean government ... spent upwards of 30 million dollars,
about a million dollars a man, but not a citizen in this country
thinks that was money unwisely spent.” 1
40. “For as Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the great
fish, so the Son of Man will
be three days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth.”
“In the bowels of this mine, 33 men are starting to panic.” 1
“... that first unknown journey deep into the earth” 3
- Mark 12:10 - Rejected stone falls on miners.
- ... “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”
“The mine had a sloppy safety record. Daniel Sanderson (mine
inspector) found huge cracks in it’s walls. “You reported it to
your bosses; what did they do?’ Nothing!” 1
“The result is clear, a 700 thousand ton block of rock crashes
down, crushing the access tunnels and ventilation shafts.” 4
- Luke 12:2, 3, 5, 35, 47 ... Secrets in dark revealed in the light; fear Him; compression suits, heed the warning.
- “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed nor hidden
that will not be known.”
- “Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard
in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms
will be proclaimed on the housetops.”
“these first 17 days ... the miners have some sort of pact of silence.” 3
“... 17 days in the blackness.” 4
“... misery of 17 days of dark isolation” 1
“Miners have taken a vow of silence about what went on those
first 17 days.” 1
- “... Fear Him, who after He has killed, has the power to cast into hell; ...”
“Here it is really bad. This hell is killing me.” 4
- “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning.”
“They put them in compression clothing, that pushed blood
into their chests, up toward their brain.” 1
“... and tiny lights in the distance ... .” 1 (First visual contact with owners)
- [A warning to all of us.]
- John 12:1, 11, 19b, 24, 32, 35, 36, 46 - Miners believed dead, rise again; wheat must die to produce fruit; lifted up from earth, witnessed by world; avoid darkness, walk in light; Jesus, light of the world.
1, 4, 19b. [When the dead are raised, or those believed dead are raised,
the world takes notice]
24. [Miners were unknown prior to their apparent death and
burial so deep underground.
Now reborn, their testimonies can bear much fruit.]
“You have been an inspiration; the country is not the same
after this” (President Pinera to last miner rescued)
32. “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples
to myself.” [Remarkable]
“After 15 agonizing minutes, the Phoenix rescue capsule
rises out of the earth ...” 1
“Mario Sepulveda (2nd miner rescued) rose out of the
earth ...” 3
“Manuel Gonzales (1st rescuer down, last up) ... then rode
up to a tumultuous celebration.” 3
“Seventy days ago, what looked like a horrifying catastrophe
has become a miraculous story ... witnessed by the
entire world” 4
35, 36. “... Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake
you ... While you have the light, believe in the light,
that you may become sons of light.”
“They were in pitch black conditions ... there’s 33 of
them.” 3 (Anderson Cooper)
“... these men may never see the light of day again.” 4
“All he wants to do is enjoy the daylight, the sunlight ...” 6
(wife of rescued miner)
46. “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes
in Me shall not abide in darkness.”
“I find myself a prisoner in this darkness” 4
“... don’t know how much longer they can survive, or if
they’ll ever see sunlight again.” 4
“Now, one by one, the men are wenched back to life.” 4
The miners were imprisoned in darkness for 70 days, the first 17 of which were spent in pitch blackness. They were buried alive and pronounced dead by most of the experts. The rest of the miners’ 70 day ordeal is one of survival and resurrection. Repeatedly, the news media described the plight of the miners with biblical imagery such as “born again”, “resurrected”, “begin life anew”, “miracle”, “miraculous”, etc.
God uses the miraculous story of the miners, to illustrate two major biblical themes, the first being the reality of hell. The horrendous conditions the miners endured in their days of darkness paint a grim picture of what the future may look like for many in the afterlife. Like the spreading labyrinth of the San Jose mine, hell has opened it’s mouth wide to accommodate the multitudes descending into it. From this hell, there is no escape.
The Chilean miners found a path to freedom, though not of their own design. The narrow way from darkness to light was provided for them by their rescuer. It was more than just a way to the light; it was the only way. God uses the miracle at the San Jose mine, and the biblical patterns pertaining to it, to perfectly illustrate the second biblical theme, the redemption story for mankind. Jesus, the Son of God, provided that narrow and difficult path to freedom by His death, burial and resurrection. He did for us, through the shedding of His blood, what we could not do for ourselves.
Though our body may die, our spirit does not. We will spend eternity somewhere. If we do not squeeze through on that narrow path while alive, it will be impossible to do so once we’re dead. Jesus Christ, our rescuer, saves us out of spiritual darkness, so that even upon death we may live in the light.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
“People coming out of the earth alive. It’s like the resurrection!” 1
Belinda Luscombe - Time Magazine
- ABC 20/20; Miracle at the Mine; October 13, 2010
- www.livescience.com; To Hell and Back: How 69 Days Underground Affects Spirituality; October 13, 2010
- AC 360; Anderson Cooper reporting; October 13, 2010
- PBS Nova; Emergency Mine Rescue; October 29, 2010
- Los Angeles, Times; October 14, 2010
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