REVELATIONS IN THOUGHT FROM REVELATION

 

PART 4: WILL THE PEOPLE FEEL THE AFFECTS OF LOOSE OIL? (REVELATION 8: 8-9)

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In the name of God, Master of the Universe, Ruler of the earth

 

Editors Note: Will anyone listen as the birds sing and the fish no longer reach out from the sea? There will be many days hence and this time that the messengers will sing sad songs. These funereal lyrics will eventually be glad poems of joy that make the transition to Peace and Paradise.

 

But despondent are the people that will not listen. Who will come as the Preacher of Ecclesiastes? Will the world see the Truth through Josephus, Gibbon and the Bible? Physics will never tell us the whole story. However in Genesis is where the Spiritual Scientist will begin.

 

The Native American land has fallen to waste. Is this God’s land?  Meanwhile the coffins of the extractors of coal, uranium, oil and gas crowd the ground. The peace pipe among the Hopi and Navajo are exclusive to the adobe of Running Bear and Clear Sky. Meanwhile mercury, lead and sulfuric acid poison the land and the people.

 

The water supply goes to waste. The environment is not protected by man although he is responsible. However, God watches all the loose Oil. Exposure to radiation takes many lives; some starve for lack of water as the poorest minority should be the richest.

 

Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. My beloved brethren follow us closely as we look to God and Christ as we obey the Spirit in our quest to see what John says about our concerns about the earth and our environment. As we approach the 8th Division of Revelation we see that the seventh and last seal was opened. There was a lull or pause for at least a half hour before anything happened.

 

At our previous discussion of Revelation 7: 1-3 we noted that the four angels were prepared to continue the judgment against the persecutors of God’s people. But they were told to hold the winds back until the sealing of the faithful had been completed.

 

It is also clear that the four angels at our present discussion of Revelation 8 especially verses 8-9  are the first four angels that were holding the four winds that were to bring consternation upon the persecutors of  God’s people.  This is why the angels are divided into separate groups, four and three. As we move toward a more detailed discussion of our primary verses (8-9) we see that the plagues that are noted in verse 7 in a figurative fashion noted that there would be reverses in the power of the ruling regime or the Empire that controlled the land and its people. Thus we have various symbolic predictions.

 

But what does the prediction of the fall of a ruling Empire (Roman Empire) have to do with our present discussion? As the world turns does the messages from John become more a present reality as we look back to understand and see where we have been and where we are going?

 

Revelation 8: 8 “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;”

The second angel sounds his trumpet and the judgments against the Empire continue. Mountain (s) often has a specific meaning in scripture. “Great Mountain burning,” notes that the downfall of some unit of the government is evident. Remember that the time in which John writes there was a coming together of Church and State.

 

Meanwhile the reference to sea has to do with the people. There are many people just as there is an abundance of water in the great sea. “Cast into the sea” symbolized the people who felt the effects of this political down fall. Now for the final phrase: “Sea became blood.” This phrase reveals that much bloodshed was suffered among the people caused by the internal disturbances.

 

As the telescope is extended to 2010 will the troubles in the sea also afflict the people? Who is the Empire or what today troubles the people of God?

 

Follow us now as we bring up for review several additional references for your thought and mediation. We will first turn to the Prophet Jeremiah. At Jeremiah 51 the Prophet continues his predictions about Babylon. Look now with us to verse 25 for the A part of our primary verse (Revelation 8:8): “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:”

 

Jeremiah 51: 25 “Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, 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.”

Does Babylon still exist today as we continue looking through the telescope of this Prophet? Again we see the symbolic use of the word Mountain in reference to government.  Here it has reference to the government of Babylon.  God was in disfavor of this system as it had brought much destruction upon the earth.

 

A mountain if flattened by burnt lava would cease to exist as a mountain. Therefore, we see the mountain of Babylon threatened with being dissolved by the fire of Gods anger and cease to be a kingdom. Again the Prophets speak of things of the time in which they wrote and also later times. What is a prediction if not an occurrence of a later time?

 

For a reference to the B part of Revelation 8: 8 see Exodus 7: 17 as God turns the water into blood as He saves the children of Israel. This was the first plague against the Egyptians.

 

For the last part of our primary scripture and the C part:  Became blood,” go with us to Ezekiel 14: 19 “Of if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cutoff from it man and beast:”

In verses 12-23 the Prophet Ezekiel writes about the destruction of Jerusalem.  This is yet another instance where we find the use of a pestilence as a punishment for the people. (Also see II Samuel 24: 15).

 

Now follow us back to our second and final primary reference in scripture:

Revelation 8: 9 “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.”

Here we see the figurative reference to sea once more. However, the literal sea was unharmed and so were the vessels of traffic by the political confusion regarding the ruling regime or Empire as John writes. But John offers us a percentage of those that did die and a great number suffered but the Empire still stood.

 

For an additional reference on this verse and for the hope of extended clarity turn over to Revelation 16 and the third verse.

 

Revelation 16: 3 “And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man and every living soul died in the sea.”

The Reformation although it failed in a larger sense it did bring about significant changes in the world of religion and God.  But the final judgment for the time of the “Dark Ages,” would be seen at the “Last and Final Day.”

 

What is the “blood of a dead man?” When man or woman die the blood becomes poisonous. Having contact with this blood can cause your death.  For example the blood of Christ was dead when it was   poured out. Therefore His blood will kill the sins of the world if brought into contact with them. (See I John 1: 7).

 

Cont. Part 5: In The Lord There Is No End of Time (Revelation 10: 2, 5, 6 & 8)

 

Peace and Paradise,

Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 14 July 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

 

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