Rev 8:7-13, Part 1
"The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled
with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was
burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 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; 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. 10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell
a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third
part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 And the name of
the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood;
and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. 12 And
the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the
third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of
them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night
likewise. 13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of
heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth
by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet
The above passage of
scripture has numerous signs which we will look at individually in this essay
and then attempt to bring together in the next essay to get the main theme. The
first sign is the "hail and fire mingled with blood." There are seven verses of
scripture in which hail and fire are mentioned and the context of these passages
suggests they are associated with the judgment of God:
1. Ex. 9:23
"And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and
hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the
land of Egypt."
2. Ex. 9:24
"So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there
was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation."
3. Ps. 18:12 "At
the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones
and coals of fire."
4. Ps. 18:13
"The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail
stones and coals of fire."
5. Ps. 105:32
"He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land."
6. Ps. 148:8 "Fire,
and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:"
7. Rev. 8:7
"The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood,
and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and
all green grass was burnt up."
Blood of course is a symbol
of war and of death.
Trees are used in the
scripture as a sign of life:
Deu. 20:19 "When thou
shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou
shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an ax against them: for thou
mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field
is man's life) to employ them in the siege:"
Green grass also has
association with life. Green as we have previously shown is the color
associated with life. Man is also compared to the grass of the field:
1. 2 Kings 19:26
"Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and
confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the
grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up."
2. Job 5:25 "Thou
shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass
of the earth."
3. Ps. 92:7
"When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do
flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:"
4. Ps. 103:15
"As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth."
5. Is. 37:27 "Therefore
their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they
were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the
housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up."
6. Is. 40:6
"The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all
the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 7 The grass
withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it:
surely the people is grass. 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
7. 1 Pet. 1:24
"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The
grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:"
The mountain burning with
fire has reference to Mount Sinai where God established the covenant of the law
with the children of Israel:
Deu. 4:11 "And ye came
near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the
midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. 12 And the
LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of
the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. 13 And he
declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten
commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone."
The word, "wormwood," is
used in seven verses of scripture other than our text, often with gall, and
means a poisonous curse:
1. Deu. 29:18
"Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart
turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these
nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he
bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the
imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 20 The LORD will
not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke
against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie
upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven."
2. Pro. 5:4
"But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword."
3. Jer. 9:15
"Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this
people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink."
4. Jer. 23:15
"Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will
feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the
prophets of Jerusalem is
profaneness gone forth into all the land."
5. Lam. 3:15
"He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood."
6. Lam. 3:19 "Remembering
mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall."
7. Amos 5:7
"Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth."
While the word, wormwood,
was not used in Ex. 15:23 yet that is what is
implied: "And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of
Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah."
The geological features are
used from creation and throughout the scriptures. When God had finished
creating the natural universe the scriptures refer to this creation as "heaven
and earth:" Gen 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Similarly, the scriptures
use the phrase "heaven and earth" to refer to the covenant kingdoms God has
established. There are three such kingdoms:
1. 2 Cor. 12:2
"I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot
tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one
caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the
body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was
caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for
a man to utter."
2. Rev. 21:1
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first
earth were passed away; and there was no more sea."
We can conclude from the
above that the first heaven is the law kingdom God established with Israel. The
second heaven is the Kingdom of God that we now worship and
serve God under here in this gospel day. The third heaven is Paradise or the glory world.
In the old law heaven the
Sun was used to represent the law:
1. Ps. 136:8 "The
sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:"
2. Eccl. 3:16 "And
moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there;
and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there."
3. Song 1:6
"Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my
mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards;
but mine own vineyard have I not kept."
4. Jer. 31:35
"Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the
ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the
sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:"
As can be seen also in Ref.
4 above the moon represented the ordinances that God gave to Israel.
The stars represented the
children of Israel:
1. Gen. 37:9
"And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I
have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven
stars made obeisance to me."
2. Deu. 1:10 "The
LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of
heaven for multitude."
3. Deu. 10:22
"Thy fathers went down into Egypt
with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the
stars of heaven for multitude."
4. Deu. 28:62
"And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for
multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God."
5. 1 Chr. 27:23
"But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under:
because the LORD had said he would increase
Israel like to the stars of the heavens."
6. Neh. 9:23
"Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest
them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that
they should go in to possess it."
The sea was a sign of the
sea of humanity outside of the nation of Israel:
1. Is. 60:5
"Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee."
2. Matt. 4:15 "The
land of Zabulon, and the land of
Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;"
3. Rev. 20:8
"And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the
earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is
as the sand of the sea."
4. Rev. 13:1
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his
heads the name of blasphemy."
5. Rev. 17:15
"And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth,
are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
The use of the words, day
and night, is defined for us in the first chapter of Genesis: Gen. 1:3 "And
God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the
light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening
and the morning were the first day." Thus the word, day, is used to
represent that which is good and by comparison the word, night, represents that
which is evil.
Rivers are flowing bodies of
water and are used to represent such things as love, and the gospel, and the
spirit, and the word:
1. Ps. 46:4
"There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of
God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the
2. John 7:38 "He
that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they
that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;
because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"
3. Rev. 22:1
"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding
out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."
4. Eze. 47:5
"Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass
over: for the waters were risen."
Fountains of waters are
standing bodies of water that are used for drinking:
1. Gen. 16:7
"And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness,
by the fountain in the way to Shur."
2. Num. 33:9
"And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim were twelve
fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm trees; and they pitched there."
3. Ps. 36:9 "For
with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light."
4. Pro. 5:16
"Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets."
5. Pro. 13:14
"The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death."
6. Pro. 14:27
"The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of
7. Jer. 2:13 "For
my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living
waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
The earth is spoken of
sometimes in the scriptures as the place of possession of the children of
1. Deu. 4:26
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon
utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye
shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed."
2. Deu. 12:1
"These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land,
which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that
ye live upon the earth."
3. Is. 49:8 "Thus
saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of
salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a
covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate
Ships are used in the
scriptures in association with trade or commerce, transportation, and warfare:
1. Num. 24:24 "And
ships shall come from the coast of
Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall
perish for ever."
2. 1 Kings 9:26 "And
king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the
shore of the Red sea, in the land
3. 2 Chr. 9:21
"For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three
years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and
apes, and peacocks."
4. Ps. 107:23
"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters."
5. Pro. 31:14
"She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar."
6. Is. 60:9
"Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring
thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the
LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of
Israel, because he hath glorified thee."
7. Jon. 1:3
"But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went
down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare
thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence
of the LORD."
The creature is used in the
scriptures in association with God's born again children:
1. Mk. 16:15
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
2. 2 Cor. 5:17
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new."
3. Gal. 6:15
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision,
but a new creature."
4. Col. 1:15
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:"
5. Col. 1:"23
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the
hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every
creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;"
6. James 1:18
"Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of
firstfruits of his creatures."
7. Eph. 2:10
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
hath before ordained that we should walk in them."