Revelation Chapter 16, “The Seven Last Plagues”, Part 3
VERSE 3 “And the second (angel) poured out his bowl into the sea; and it became blood as of a
dead man; and every living soul died, [even] the things that were in the sea.”
We believe the second angel to have been the Apostle John now in his glorified condition, as he
was the honored servant to sound the second trumpet so like wise he is chosen to pour out the second
bowl of wrath.
Remember to note that these plagues have their effects BOTH on the false church as well as the
“This angel POURED OUT HIS BOWL INTO THE SEA: (Sinaitic = upon the sea) this second bowl
seems to have been related to the events begun in the Bolshevik Revolution. (1918) Note again
the similarities to second trumpet events. There too, a great mountain falls due to a struggle between
religious and non-religious elements. In Russia, however, it is in reverse; the non-religious forces
triumph. Other plagues will more directly affect the Roman Catholic Church. The Russian Revolution began
its effect on the Russian Orthodox Church; but as Communism spread in Eastern Europe, the Roman
Catholic Church was greatly affected.
The bowl was poured into (or upon) the sea. This is important. The Bolshevik Revolution was a sea-class
revolution. But most revolutions are! The point is that once the revolution began, there happens to the
sea something unique -- something unprecedented in history:
AND IT BECAME BLOOD LIKE THAT OF A DEAD MAN: A dead man’s blood divides into serum (liquid)
and clots (solid accumulations); this is the plague on the sea: it now contains two basic elements. It is
not without direction as it used to be. In prior times, the only thing the sea had in the sense of unity was
that it was not unified -- it was an unplanned fluctuation. Now, one part of humanity remains, as it always
was -- fluid and unconnected, afraid that cooperative actions will only hurt them. But for the first time in
history, the other part of restless humanity starts to organize -- to form little associations (clots)
for the accomplishment of their ends -- their agendas -- the securing of their “rights.” The first plague
proved that the church-state monolith could be broken. The second plague proved that the church
could be ignored, and people could organize for their own desires.
AND EVERY LIVING SOUL IN THE SEA DIED: It was one of the points of this revolution to kill religion,
“the opiate of the people.” It was (at least in the Soviet Union) remarkably successful. The Bolsheviks
were a- religious; all followers were expected to be the same. Non-followers were frightened out of their
religious affiliations.” (N.A.N.O.R. Page 123)
Now for another view of this plague which appears somewhat similar and equally true,
“Bear in mind (as we have said) that the sea symbolizes the irreligious masses of mankind-- those
not under religious restraint.
To appreciate the trouble upon this class we must study the symbol. Blood in a living creature is full of
vitality, but the blood of a dead person is the very reverse. After death, the blood rapidly begins to
separate into two parts--a watery liquid called serum and a more solid substance termed clot. As soon as
this separation has been accomplished the CLOT begins to PUTREFY or corrupt.
Applying this, we understand it to teach that a great and thorough disintegration will occur in this large
class of humanity (the sea class), after which, one element will rapidly corrupt and putrefy. Among the
irreligious masses there have been many well known noble specimens of humanity as well as many less
notable, honestly skeptical souls. The result of the commingling of such with the masses imparted a
life principle and vitality. But reading this plague, we realize that a separation of these two
elements is due, the result of which will be decay and death to every principle of morality and
virtue in this class--when every living thing, or soul (active element of virtue and benevolence) in
this sea class will perish.
In other words, remove the element, which advises prudence, morality, and right-doing, from the counsels
of the restless masses, and let the lower element control itself, and the result would quickly be the
destruction of life, property, laws, and peace--a grand reign of anarchy.
From other Scriptures we are taught to expect that just such an uprising shall take place (however on a
much larger scale, larger than that which took place during the French Revolution), which shall eventually
overthrow all the kingdoms of earth. But the beginning of this is all we must look for now, the
separation of the serum from the clot--of the vital from the corrupting element.
This seems to be now in progress. Men of noble minds, who realized the oppression of the
masses by money (religion) and governments and desired to assist in their amelioration, are
forced to withdraw because of the spirit of recklessness, which pervades the masses (A prime
example of this particular plague having its effects upon the sea class should be self evident to everyone
as exemplified in the affairs of Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya and several other nations as well as here in
these United States as noted in some of the more pervasive elements in the recent Union
demonstrations taking place around the country, some elements instigating violence, even death threats
in order to secure their demands).
It is important to remember that the full results of this evil or plague will not be felt for many
years; it only has its beginning's now (that is as the Pastor expressed it in the year 1883, however we
living over 128 years in the future are now living in the “due time” for the full results of this plague, very
soon now the “four winds” will be released and then shall mankind reap the full results of this particular
plague.) It is likewise important to remember that one plague or evil goes on ever increasingly,
one after another, each added to the previous one, until in the end the entire seven plagues or
forms of evil will be operating simultaneously, resulting in the greatest time of trouble ever
known upon the face of the world, Matt 24:21.” (R498, 499)
The Pastor brings out an important fact here which some generally overlook; some imagine erroneously
that the first five plagues are past and that presently we are merely reaping the benefits of the Sixth
Plague alone, not so! we are still suffering the wrath of the first five plagues, plagues which are ever
increasing in intensity with the full results of each about to boil over having reached its full measure at
the pouring out of the Seventh Plague, thus it can be seen why it is important for us to investigate
ALL the plagues so that we better understand just what is taking place all about us.
We shall examine the Third Plague next time.
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