“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.
4-21-21, We must obey God. Psalm 119:1-8 Jesus' sacrifice doesn't give us permission to commit sin. Romans 6:2 His sacrifice gives us the path to forgiveness; but THEN we cannot deliberately, repeatedly & without regret go back to our sinful ways. If we do that, we were never born again in the first place. Repent, turn to the Lord for salvation. John 3:3, 7; Hebrews 6:4-6
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2-12-21, When we look at the truth of God and His requirement for salvation we realize there's only two 'religions.' WORKS or FAITH': Whether it be Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism that all preach doing certain 'works' to achieve forgiveness and eternal life with God; OR FAITH: repentance and trust in the finish work of Jesus living for Him. Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:36.
✝️ 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
✝️ 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
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