Significance of the Third Part
Today, I seek answers for two questions: what does the “sea” represent? In addition, what is the meaning of the third part? I shall of course, use the same Scriptures, Revelation 8:8-9.
“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.
One might think, why do I need to explain “sea”? Truth is, there are many Christians and most of them are preachers and teachers in their respective assembly. However, many of them use “sea” generally, at all times. For example, the Bible may utilize sea to symbolize people in one instance. These teachers and preachers, think nothing of it for they employ “sea” to represent people, in their teachings and preaching, at all times. I’m sick of it! You wouldn’t want someone representing you as sea when you are not, would you. What do you think? Share with us in your comments.
I think the “sea” as used in the Scriptures above is a literal sea, it could be symbolic but I can’t find Scriptures to support that. The Lamb commissioned four angels to “hurt” the earth, sea and the trees. I think the earth and sea are literal. I shall look at the trees another time.
Nevertheless, between Revelation chapter eight verses seven to thirteen ”the third part” occurred eleven times. In verse twelve alone, the third part appeared five times. To my mind, there is something significant about this and today I shall discover its importance to the sounding of the second angel.
While he was departing he took the third part
The third part first became significant when Lucifer rebelled and fought in heaven and was kicked out, Revelation 12:7. While he was departing, he took “the third part” of what belonged to the Lord God, a third part of the angels, with him, Revelation 12:4. He and all the angels that accompanied him were condemned to eternity in the lake of fire (not hell).
After Lucifer was banished permanently from heaven, God came to earth and created man in the Garden of Eden. God gave man His image making him like God, this angered Lucifer, Revelation 12:12. He knows his time is limited and we will replace him.
The first-fruit is the Lord’s but by using the third part, the Lord reminds Satan of his actions and its consequence. Therefore, the first mention of the third part in Scriptures deals with the daily sacrifice of Israel. Israel utilizes the third part of an “hin of oil” and the third part of an”hin of wine” in their daily sacrifices, Numbers 15:5-7 and Exodus 29:38-42.
All Israel belong to the Lord however, He claims the third part of them calling them “my people” because they obey and acknowledged Him as their LORD, Zechariah 13:9.
However, the third part means something different in the Book of Revelation. The third part of earth will experience the wrath of the Lamb because they rejected Jesus Christ, accepted Satan and they murdered His prophets. Therefore, the Lamb will kill the third part of men, Revelation 9:15, 18. I want to know your thoughts on this, please share your thoughts by commenting.
The third part of the contents of rivers
The third part of the contents of rivers and seas will experience death because Satan came down to the earth and to the seas, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea” because of Satan, Revelation 12:12.
Observe, how the Scriptures mentioned heavenly bodies, “sun”, “moon” and “stars” reminding Satan of his actions. Stars often mean angels in the Book of Revelation, Revelation1:20;6:13 and 12:4. The sun is at the top of the hierarchy, it controls the light of the moon and stars.
Finally, this demonstration of power by Christ Jesus will recompense Satan and his angels for their evil and show that Christ is God and Him alone. The darkening of the sun and moon, and the falling of the stars (angels) to earth reminding Satan of his iniquity, he cannot be God for there is one God, the Lord Christ Jesus, shook “the powers of the heavens”. Christ Jesus has the ultimate power over the universe not just over the third part but over all.
In closing, God created man not only to live on earth but to replenish heaven with “the third part” of humanity. Know therefore, that Satan has vengeance against all humanity because God rejected him because of his iniquity. The Lord chose Believers to replace Satan and condemned him and the third part of the fallen stars to eternal flames.
Satan took the third part of the angels in heaven with him to earth but he wants to take all of humanity to hell with him. He will do everything to prevent you from reaching heaven because he cannot enter there anymore. Accept Jesus Christ, believe on him and deliver the third part blow to Satan and his kingdom.
Over to you, what do you think?
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