Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Second Trumpet and Second Bowl

The Second Trumpet - The Sea becomes blood.

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. 
And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. 8:8-9 

   This sounds much like a volcano whose ash and lava end up in the sea.  First, we need to notice the term, the sea.  This is not any sea, not all seas, but the Mediterranean Sea; often throughout the Bible, the term, the sea, refers to the Mediterranean Sea.   If verse 8 is specifically for that area, so probably also is the devastation of verse 7, for it does not say anything about the whole earth. 

   In this destruction, thirty-three percent of the creatures of the Mediterranean Sea are destroyed, as are also thirty-three percent of its ships.  Here, it might be well to remind ourselves, that to Jewish writers of two thousand years ago, numbers frequently represented unspecified amounts.

  Some teachers suggest that this description refers to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, in AD 79; even though Mt. Vesuvius erupted before John wrote The Revelation.  If Mt. Vesuvius is being referred to here, John was writing history, not prophecy. 

  If one wants to update this prophecy could one see that this refers to modern warfare on the Mediterranean Sea.

The Second Bowl - The Sea becomes blood.

Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.16:3

   The striking similarity between the second trumpet and the second bowl of wrath is that both affected the sea so that the waters of The Mediterranean Sea became blood and caused death in the sea. 

  There is also a notable difference; in 8:9 John says, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, but here in 16:3 the writer says that every living creature in the sea died.

  Even though I like to interpret the Bible literally whenever possible, sometimes it is necessary to insert words such as like or as, in order to have statements make sense.  it became blood; It seems as if that kind of insertion is needed here to make the phrase read, it became like blood.  

   For those who object to this line of reasoning; note that we use that same argument when it relates to the elements of the communion service.  Of course, we do not believe that "the bread" is the actual body of Christ, even though Christ said it was; this is my body which was broken for you.  We take the bread to be a symbol of the body of Christ.

   In 8:8 John wrote that the sea became blood.  Here, in 16:3, another major fact is added; the sea...became (like the) blood as of a dead man.  The blood of a dead person is congealed, it does not move.  The waters of the Mediterranean Sea used to move freely but after the lava has hardened, it does not move.  

   a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea. 8:8 I am simply conjecturing but still, isn't it possible that when, in the video he was watching, John saw the fire in the lava, in The Sea, the water appeared to be red, "like blood"?