Revelation Explained

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Friday, February 03, 2006

The Second Trumpet

"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; 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." (Revelation 8:8,9 - King James Version)

The second trumpet announces further natural disasters which are related to the movement of the tectonic plates. Notice carefully what John wrote. He does not say that a mountain was cast into the sea. He says, AS IT WERE a mountain was cast into the sea. The point is that all of a sudden a mountain appeared in the sea where none had been before.

Many of the fault lines along which earthquakes and volcanic activity occur are under water. What John saw was a new island created by a volcanic eruption on the sea floor.

John also states that a third of all the oceans turn a blood red color. In salt water, there are little microscopic creatures called dinoflagellate. Normally they are harmless. However, when they multiply at a great rate, this creates what is called a Red Tide. The Red Tide is deadly to fish and other sea creatures. John tells us that a third of all life in the sea will be destroyed. Although scientists are not sure what causes a Red Tide to occur, an increase in water temperature is one factor that is mentioned. Lava heating large areas of the ocean, along with other factors, could cause Red Tides on the scale that John describes.

We are also told that one third of the world's ships are destroyed. This is caused by another natural event which is caused by the movement of tectonic plates. Because of the awful events of December 2004, the world is now familiar with the power of tsunami waves. Out in the ocean these waves are harmless because the pressure is spread over a a large water column. But as they approach land, the water depth decreases and the wave rises from the sea to a height of several stories. They are very destructive.

It is estimated that about one third of all ships are in port or coastal waters at any given time. These ships will be smashed to pieces when the tsunami waves caused by the world-wide earthquakes hit the world's coast lines.


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