Revelation Chapter 8:8
Revelation 8:8 – Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
On the heels of the first Trumpet judgment, the second angel sounds his trumpet. God throws something that looks like a mountain burning into the sea, turning a third of it to blood. A mountain in Scripture may symbolize governments or nations. Jesus used the impending destruction of Israel as an object lesson of faith by comparing the nation to a fig tree and a mountain that could be thrown in to the sea:
Matthew 21:21 – So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”
Mark 11:20-24 – Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
God’s Kingdom is also compared to a mountain that will destroy all other kingdoms on Earth:
Daniel 2:44-45 – And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold – the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.
God compares Babylon to a destroying mountain that He will destroy and make desolate forever:
Jeremiah 51:24-26 – “And I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all the evil they have done in Zion in your sight,” says the LORD. “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, who destroys all the earth,” says the LORD. “And I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you a burnt mountain. They shall not take from you a stone for a corner nor a stone for a foundation, but you shall be desolate forever,” says the LORD.
Indeed, Babylon will be permanently destroyed at the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 18) and covered by the sea:
Jeremiah 51:42-43 – The sea has come up over Babylon; she is covered with the multitude of its waves. Her cities are a desolation, a dry land and a wilderness, a land where no one dwells, through which no son of man passes.
However, there is nothing in Scripture that suggests a nation thrown into the sea will figuratively turn it to blood, especially when the next verse speaks of physical death to sea creatures and destruction to ships (Revelation 8:9). Besides, Moses physically turned the water to blood in one of the plagues against Egypt:
Exodus 7:19-21 – Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, over their rivers, over their ponds, and over all their pools of water, that they may become blood. And there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in buckets of wood and pitchers of stone.'” And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the LORD commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. The fish that were in the river died, the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river. So there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
Recall from the last section and Revelation 6:13, that debris from a heavenly body such as a comet can contain iron oxide. Iron is what gives blood its red color. Iron oxide mixed with water is chemically similar to human blood. A sizable piece of debris from a heavenly body that consists of iron oxide could make a large body of water become as blood.
There is debate on whether the “sea” is speaking of the oceans collectively, or just the Mediterranean Sea. While it is true that the Mediterranean is in view in most reference to “the sea” in Scripture, other bodies of water, like the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea are also referenced as such. The global view of the rest of the Trumpet judgments suggest that the oceans are in view, and not just the Mediterranean Sea.
“As it were a great mountain”: Probably a huge meteor or asteroid surrounded by gases that will ignite as it enters earth’s atmosphere. Its impact will create a tidal wave, destroying one-third of the world’s ships.
“Sea became blood”: This may refer to an event known as red tides, caused by billions of dead micro-organisms poisoning the water, in this case the result of the meteor’s collision. Or it may be actual blood, a clear act of eschatological judgment.
Two Author’s views will be given for explanations as to the Trumpet Judgments. Read both then you decide which you believe.
The Second Trumpet: A Mountain of Fire. As in Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. chapter 19). Tim LaHaye sees this as literally happening.
When the Second trumpet is blown, John sees something like “a great mountain burning with fire”. Tim LaHaye thinks it is likely an enormous meteorite crashing through the atmosphere, “thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.” As a result, a third of everything living in the sea dies, and a third of the ships on the sea are destroyed.
Already the WHO (World Health Organization), states “nearly half of the world’s people are affected by diseases related to insufficient and contaminated water,” which is why they are trying to improve the water supplies of the world. Think of the plagues that will be spread when the water supply turns bitter, then to blood in the “great and terrible Day of the Lord.”
According to Hal Lindsey (The author of the book “The Late Great Planet Earth”), he thinks this will be a nuclear holocaust. He states that in a nuclear detonation, humidity in the air is instantly compressed into water and driven straight up into the freezing temperatures of the upper stratosphere. It then is instantly frozen and falls back to earth as giant chunks of ice. This he states would account for the fire, blood and ice, and that with enough of the various third world countries who now have nuclear capabilities makes this certainly a possibility.
Consider the super polluted air with radiation and now with a third of all vegetation gone, the lack of oxygen they provide will be gone. An even greater tragedy is all the green grains are burned up. With famine already raging in many parts of the world and scarcity of food everywhere else, this will seal the doom of millions. Perhaps the lucky ones will be those who die in the explosions.
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