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Summary: When the second trumpet sounded, what appeared to be a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea so that a third of it became blood, and a third of the creatures in the sea were killed, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

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By: Tom Lowe Date: 3-9-2016

Title: Second Trumpet: Third of Sea Creatures and Ships Destroyed

Revelation 8:8-9 (KJV)

8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Introduction

When the second trumpet sounded, what appeared to be a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea so that a third of it became blood, and a third of the creatures in the sea were killed, and a third of the ships were destroyed. This is a combination of the first Egyptian plague in which the water in the river, streams, and wells was turned to blood, so that all the fish died and no one could drink the water (Exodus 7:14-25), with an astronomical phenomenon in which a huge star that looked like a burning mountain fell into the sea

This judgment in particular, reminds us that the sin of man can and does adversely affect the rest of creation in a way that reacts disastrously upon his own life. John would have agreed with all that Paul says about the creations bondage to frustrations and decay: “ For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:20-22).

Commentary

8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea.” The Bible is true in every minute detail. We say it is verbally inspired. When “the second angel” blew his trumpet (“sounded”), one-third of the “sea” was “destroyed.” The great mountain of fire “was thrown into the sea,” causing the disruption. (We are not told exactly who did the throwing.) Some say the Holy Spirit is careful to point out here that this is not a literal mountain—but “as it were” a great mountain (meaning, a fiery object that was like a great mountain). The vision looks like the picture of an incredibly powerful volcanic eruption. Destruction comes upon one-third only of the sea, one-third of “the creatures which were in the sea,” and one-third of the “ships” on the sea. Hence, at this time, the mercy of God is greater than His judgment. The general idea is that the convulsions of nature are the shadow cast by the approach of the terrible day of Christ (8:6-12). This day is a time of terror, darkness, and wrath. It is a “day of visitation” (Isaiah 10.3), a “day of the wrath of the Lord” (Ezekiel 7.19), the “great day of the Lord” (Zephaniah 1.14).


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