Well, didn’t I tell you that our last lesson was a bit like a Hollywood horror movie? It gets worse, friends. The judgments on creation continue as the second angel sounds his trumpet.
Before we move on, may I remind you that there is a free download for chapters 4 through our current chapter of Revelation? Each download is a drawing of the events of the chapter that was done by my friend, Lisa. I think they will be helpful to you in organizing each chapter in your mind. Here are the links to the posts where the downloads are offered.
Now, let’s move on to the Angel and Trumpet #2.
8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
9 A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
We do not know the length of time that lapses between each of the trumpet judgments, but I am assuming it is not long….days, not more than weeks. The cumulative effect of these judgments devastates the earth. Consider what we know that has happened as a result of two trumpets being sounded.
The grass and 1/3 of the trees are gone…burned up.
A great burning mountain is thrown into the sea and 1/3 of the salt water on earth turns to blood, causing massive death of sea creatures. John describes this as ‘something like a great mountain’. It is conceivable that what he describes could be a giant meteor that hits the oceans. Regardless of what it is, this is highly significant. Earth’s oceans contain about 96.5% of all the water on earth, and 1/3 of this turns to blood. The sheer number of dead sea animals will be a public health disaster for the world.
One third of ships are destroyed impacting not only commerce, but also national and international security. We are not told of the magnitude of human casualties that result from this trumpet judgment, but at the very least many of those who are on ships that are destroyed would likely die.
Let’s put some numbers to this. There were over 50,000 merchant ships that traded internationally in 2015. This does not take into account military ships and pleasure boats. A destruction of 1/3 of all ships would mean that almost 17,000 ships would be destroyed.
Do you see how the effects of the second trumpet judgment will bring devastating effects to world health, economy, and security?
Next time we will learn about the events of the third trumpet judgment. See ya!