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Originally posted by Artanis667
Revelation (8:8-11) Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck
8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck
10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
I can see where you're coming from but this can't be referring to the BP disaster. In order for that to be the case, the first trumpet must have already sound.
Revelation 8:7 First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck
7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
And the trumpets follow the opening of the 7 scrolls, which are pretty bad in themselves.
I think equating blood to oil (also being the remains of past vegetation / animal life) makes more sense than vegetation, trees and grass to the monetary system. In that type of analogy, we could be talking about a hacker who eliminates billions if not trillions of the banks money.
Originally posted by captinofcats
It would not make sense if you took the prophecy literally..but think about it this way. We are not taking the second trumpet literally (oil) being the blood in this particular case. So why should we take the others literally? I feel that they can be interpreted symbolically..What if the first angels trumpet refers to our current economic crisis..a third of the worlds's trees and green grass could refer to our governments current form of monetary wealth. (Paper bills)
what do you think about this?
Originally posted by xstealth
The SEA/WATERS is translated to people of the world
It is very much like it, this structure specifically, includes the united kings of the Earth.
Originally posted by ExPostFacto
reply to post by Artanis667
If the people are the waters where the harlot sits, then the harlot must be the system the people follow and the kings and merchants get rich from. They fornicate and cheat to get ahead. It sound a lot like our financial and government structures.
I can see that and thanks, I guess the point i'm getting at is that I think your noting of the oil spill looking like blood is a good one. Very possible that will be the case, but as far as biblical revelations are concerned, its a little too early for this to be part of the judgment of God.
Originally posted by captinofcats
Some great thoughts on this so far! I agree with you Artanis, on this :
"I think equating blood to oil (also being the remains of past vegetation / animal life) makes more sense than vegetation, trees and grass to the monetary system. In that type of analogy, we could be talking about a hacker who eliminates billions if not trillions of the banks money."
I was merely using the trees/green grass - money example to illustrate how I feel we should think about some of these quotes. It seems nearly impossible for people to predict exactly what will occur in relevance to these verses. It is always much easier to fit an event which has already happened into a prophesy, and much more difficult to piece together a pattern (if there is any at all) using current relevant events. This is what I am trying to do and I very much appreciate everyone's input thus far.