This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the second Trumpet of Revelation 8.
Many Pastors teach that when the end times 2nd trumpet of Revelation 8 sounds, a literal mountain will be thrown in the sea, turning it to blood, killing the creatures and destroying the ships.
In this Bible study you will learn that the true historical fulfillment of the second trumpet represents our Lord sending the Vandals, led by Genseric, to attack the Roman Empire.
Our Lord is exacting vengeance against the Roman Empire because Satan had empowered them to kill millions of Christians, in his attempt to wipe out Christianity.
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.”
A mountain in Biblical symbolism represents a great nation, an empire or a kingdom.
In speaking of Babylon, God declared, “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, Who destroys all the earth,” says the Lord. “And I will stretch out My hand against you, Roll you down from the rocks, And make you a burnt mountain.” Jeremiah 51:24-25
The sea in Biblical symbolism represents large centers of people — nations.
When the great army of Medo-Persia came against Babylon, God declared in Jeremiah 51:42-43, “The sea is come up upon Babylon; she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof, her cities are desolation.”
Our Lord’s wrath is against Pagan Rome, as they persecuted Christ’s Church and helped combine paganism with Christianity.
The Lord had sent Alaric and his army who destroyed the lands and cohesion of the Roman armies, but they left a considerable power of the Roman navy intact.
The second trumpet represents the Vandals (a branch of the Goths) under the leadership of Genseric, who was known as the “tyrant of the seas” attacking Rome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandals
They fought naval battles against Rome in the Mediterranean Sea between 425 – 470 A.D., and they destroyed Roman ships by pirating the seas. (1/3rd the seas)
The Vandals were like a great burning mountain that attacked the coast-lands on the Mediterranean and all the islands, leaving bloodshed and confusion in their wake.
Many portions of the sea were turned to blood, as ships were captured and many sailors were killed.
The word vandalism comes from this time, as they plundered the empire and stripped it of gold and silver, and ornaments and trophies.
By former ravages, the power of Rome had been greatly weakened, but by Genseric it was utterly broken.
Genseric, like Alaric the Visigoth, believed himself to be an agent of divine wrath.
“At length the work (of ravaging the coast) became almost monotonous and the choice of a victim hard. Once, when the fleet had weighed anchor and was sailing forth from the broad harbor of Carthage the helmsman turned to the king and asked for what part he should steer.
“For the men with whom God is angry“, answered the Vandal king and left the winds and the waters to settle the question who were the proper objects of the wrath of heaven.” (Thomas Hodgkin. “Dynasty of Theodosius” pp 219-220).
Can you now see the Biblical, historical fulfillment of the second trumpet of Revelation 8?
Now you know that any person who teaches that it is fulfilled in the future, is teaching you false prophecy.
David Nikao Wilcoxson
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