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Trumpet 2: A third of the seas dies

Revelation 8:8-9 "The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed."


A great mountain

Israel will crush attacking nations:

Isa 41:14-15 “Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.”

 

All ablaze

Just like God has a spiritual New Jerusalem that docents to earth later in Revelation, satan has his own spiritual mountain Babylon. This mountain was already burning when cast down from heaven. Combine that with the symbolic meaning of fire: judgment/war it seems the satan's kingdom was cast down to earth after satan and his angels lost the war in heaven. So the burning mountain is spiritual Babylon.

 



Thrown Into the Sea

Jeremiah 51:24-25 “Before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylonia for all the wrong they have done in Zion,” declares the LORD. “I am against you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth,” declares the LORD. “I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain."




The mountain Babylon which destroyed nations (with paganism) is rolled of the cliff (thrown into the sea). It then becomes a burned-out mountain which means it was on fire before. This is (part of) God’s vengeance on the kingdom and its inhabitants.


So far we have a burning mountain called Babylon which is extinguished when it’s cast into the sea.


A third of the sea turns into blood

The sea is the nation(s) the mountain fell into. The blood I don’t know. Possibly 1/3 of it’s inhabitants dies during war.

Blood=dahm=red. When blood is spilled by murder the only thing that purifies is spilling the blood of the murderer. So symbolically the blood sea could also mean many human blood will be spilled. But all of that is just speculation because with such flexible meaning of words much can be said but little can be proven...


A third of the living creatures in the sea died

Only living things can die; so why the verse mentions they are living? The answer is that the living are spiritually alive – believers. The dead are those spiritually dead.

Matthew 8:22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Obviously those who did the burying where alive of body – but dead in spirit.

Rev 14:13 “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” ….

Another strange one at first sight; dead people who die. The real meaning is quite simple: The spiritual dead come alive by believing in Christ and then die in Christ as martyrs.


A third of the ships

Those ships sail in the non-literal sea, so it logical the ships aren’t literal either.

Proverbs 31:10-14 “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.”

The wife is of noble character is a ship transporting good stuff to her husband. Because the ship/wife sails a non-literal sea it’s can be safely assumed her good cargo isn’t literal food; but items like ‘the bread of Christ’. The ships carry the Gospel, good news. They are preachers and evangelists of God’s Word. A third of them get martyred.