And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and a third part of the sea became blood. (Rev. 8:8)
The symbolism here is “a great mountain” with a gently sounding Louis Armstrong playing in recital. Revelation in apocalyptic times references, as its underlying source, the Jews returning from Babylonian captivity. Consequently, there is a great captivity in the great age of uncovering final deception at the start of the Apocalypse. The “great mountain” referenced is ancient Babylon, a refuse of confusion, error, and simplistic codification of beliefs. Babylon had held captive Israel and Judah. All that took them, “captive held them fast, they refused to let them go” (Jer. 50:33). “And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the Lord … 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. And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, not a stone for foundations; but thou shall be desolate forever, saith the Lord.” This ensample is from Jeremiah 51:24–26. It is really overwhelming to the mind to consider how many references can be drawn upon in archetype – the end of the opaque era. Archetype cannot ever be selectively objectified into one point of time and space. But the archetype is a great culmination, so all is drawn into an earth-moving moment. The type is Babylon from the OT; many apologists claim Babylon must be Rome. They unfortunately have missed the boat.
John of Patmos, writing in the four decades to 70 AD was selecting the samples of the Ancient scribes’ writings to reveal a Jesus Christ, the written “Word”, not a personification, of death, persecution and resurrection, our evolutionary ascent. The “Word” exposed Satan, any force that bonds the consciousness of the individual by false teaching from a young age. And each individual is to be in the likeness of God.
Again, “the third part of the sea became blood.” The sea is a large body of water (from yam); and floods, rivers, and springs are symbols of people (see quotes such as Isa. 8:6–8, Jer. 46:7–8, and Rev. 17:15). “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, the multitudes, and nations and tongues.” So in Revelation, where the red horse stands in the center of the church, we have a great babel of concoctions blighting the greatest gift of life. Cast amongst the inhabitants of spiritual Jerusalem (the third part), they have become blood in this horrific prophetic vision. The word blood is from the Hebrew word dam, meaning “guilty.” Dam was used originally in Exodus 7:17 when Pharaoh refused to allow Israel to go into the wilderness to serve their God. The OT transfers offer great insight into the construction.
And why should such a calamity fall upon “the third part,” the “professing” followers of Christendom? The token answer is, “I set a watchman over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet, But they said, we will not hearken” (Jer. 6:17). Ecclesiasticism has through the centuries been ever so certain that its many and varied interpretations are all holier than thou, untouchable, the only truths.
Continuing from the second trumpet, we learn more. “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” (Rev. 8:9). Died, from apothnēskē, means “departed, or ceased to be.” Ships from ploion meaning foundation, alludes to those who embarked upon an enormous enterprise with misplaced conceptions and wants of waywardness. Hoping to escape coming judgment, they were destroyed, from diaphthĕirō, meaning “perverted, corrupted, perished, left to thoroughly rot.” “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh” (Mark 13:35, Matt. 25:13). This is the second trumpet’s interpretation of the second seal, clearly stating that the book will be opened in an hour least expected.
After the “great mountain,” what will the third trumpet sound?