“And the second angel sounded the trumpet, and, as it were, a great mountain burning with fire, was cast into the sea; and the third part of the sea became blood, and the third part of the creatures in the sea, which have life, died, and the third part of the ships was destroyed.”
8-3-18, As we study God’s Word we see some cannot be literal; many are figurative or ‘similes.’ They are easily identified as anything is likened to another and the comparison is stated by the words "as" or "like."  An example is 1Peter 1:24, "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass." Jesus used a striking simile in describing hypocrites in Matthew 23:27, "Ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." In Revelation 16:3 it says the water turned as blood.
1953, * -- In Revelation 8:8 the Apostle John, in the spirit (of prophecy), continues recording what he is seeing in heavenly visions. The great prophets of the Old Testament had received only glimpses of these and similar visions; however since St. John was spiritually and morally far superior to the ancient prophets, his qualifications made him worthy of receiving the complete revelations which the prophets received only in fragments.
At the sound of the second trumpet (Revelation 8:8) a mountain is hurled into the sea and turns the water turns to blood. So much “blood” one third of the creatures who have life (souls) in the sea die [In Revelation 17:15 we see 'waters' are people].
If the sea were actually changed into blood, all living creatures in the sea would die, this is an allusion as in the first plague of Egypt. However, the figurative concept of the whole chapter makes us seek an allegorical interpretation. In prophetical imagery it is nothing new to predict a menacing and plundering world power as a burning mountain. In the Old Testament the Prophet Jeremiah used the same figure to denominate Babylon at the time of the captivity. After its’ destruction Babylon was called a “burnt mountain”. God said: “Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.” Jeremiah 51:25
In Revelation 8:8 the huge mass of the burning mountain tumbled into the sea throws it into such convulsions as to sink a third of the ships. Two thirds of the ships and two thirds of the living creature escape. This peculiar grammatical construction gives a quasi personal character to the ships that are “destroyed” as if they had life and to the creatures “that have souls.”
In the history of Christianity, these allegorical figures describe nothing with truer precision than Mohammedanism [aka Islam and its Prophet Mohammed]. He preached an unceasing and holy war against all non Muslims who would not believe his religion of crude materialism reducing the moral standards of its adherents to animalism. Its’ oriental fanaticism upholds thievery, slavery, rape, beheadings and murder against all unbelievers, and, it promises a heavenly reward of sensual delights .
Mohammed inaugurated a world movement and established a world power by the edge of the sword, which turned a part of the world into blood. The motive for that bloodshed was a false religion of hatred for all who do not accept it. With fire and sword he devastated the earth.
As his followers are attempting to do today.
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✝️ 7-11-20, The weight of the 'world's sin' ... the infinite blessings and resources of our salvation in Christ are described as providing the power of surpassing greatness, the grace of surpassing richness, the peace which surpasses all understanding. Thank YOU, Lord. John 1:29; Revelation 5:12; Philippians 4:7
✝️ 7-9-20, When the Lord Jesus was on the cross and the people scorned and scoffed; His great love for all ignorant uninformed sinners showed forth. He died for all sinners. Romans 5:8; Luke 23:34 However, after we are aware we're no longer ignorant of Who He was and 'what we do;' THEN we are all responsible if we reject Christ. John 3:17-18
6-29-20, Jesus said, 'Obey Me!' John 14:15; 1 John 2:3, 3:22 Of course we are forgiven when we sincerely pray for forgiveness turning our lives to the Lord Jesus. We must intend to sin no more ... if we do ... quickly repent as we didn't INTEND to. John 8:11 More here: https://www.gotquestions.org/go-and-sin-no-more.html
✝️ 6-12-20, The Lord □Jesus' mom, Mary's cousin Elizabeth's son John the Baptist was brutally killed because of a wicked hateful woman. Her foolish husband, King Herod - although he liked John; had him executed because of a promise - he musta been drunk - to make such a promise to his wife's daughter, Salome who's mom, Herodias wanted John dead. Matthew 14:3-11; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9
✝️ 6-11-20, Regarding forgiveness: the Lord □ Jesus clearly taught that marriage was between a husband & wife. [Matthew 19:5; Mark 7:21] He loves all sinners both the heterosexual & homosexual. He promises forgiveness to everyone who repents coming to Him for salvation. He told the woman caught in adultery: "Go and sin no more.” Matthew 11:28
✝️ 6-9-20, The Lord □ Jesus explained to Nicodemus that he must be 'born again' [John 3.3, 7]. In Utah I've heard some LDS people scoff and ridicule believers in Christ who are 'born again.' Those who scorn are lost; Jesus clearly said to 'marvel not that you must be born again'; without Christ we are lost. John 3:17-18
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 6-3-20, Interesting the different duties of God's arch angels. Michael is a warrior who will defeat Satan and Gabriel was/is God's messenger appearing to: Prophet Daniel 8:15-17, 9:21-24 ... Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, Luke 1:11-18... Mary, Mother of Jesus, Luke 1:26-31... Joseph, Husband of Mary, Matthew 1:20-24, 2-13
✝️ 6-2-20, In appx 530 BC the Lord God of Israel chose the Persian [aka Iran] King Cyrus to protect and help the Jewish exiles in Babylon. Who would come back and rebuild Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem where now - since 688 AD - a Muslim mosque sits. Mark 13:14; Isaiah 45:4-6, 9, 12-13. World Without End. Ephesians 3:20-21
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 6:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:4
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
✝️ 4-30-20, When the Lord □ Jesus Mother told her son that at the Cana wedding celebration there was no wine - I wonder if the Lord did little miracles around the house so Mary knew of His abilities expecting Him to quickly whip up some good wine. And He did! The Lord's first miracle on earth water into wine. John 2:1-11
✝️ 4-28-20, The Lord □ Jesus, in the book of Matthew, lists what’s called the “Beatitudes.” He lists the items in our lives in His 'Sermon on the Mount' that examine our values, vision & habits to wholehearted obedience to God. We seek His forgiveness & acceptance for eternal life with Him; this is the good news 'Gospel.' John 14:6; Matthew 5:1-48, 6:1-34, 7:1-28.
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