Revelation 8:8 Index
"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;"
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" . . . cast into the sea . . . "

  • For three hundred years, pagan Rome had been foremost in persecuting the people of God. Therefore, the second trumpet fell upon the Roman Empire. The Goths, under Alaric, marched from the northern extremity of Germany to the gates of Rome and left a trail as if "hail and fire mingled with blood" (Revelation 8:7) had destroyed everything before them. (KC 119)
  • The next wave of judgment against Rome came from the Vandals. The havoc and pillaging under their leader, Genseric, was appalling. In fact, we use the word vandalism to describe modern day events of this type. In 455 A.D., Genseric sailed his fleet into the mouth of the Tiber River, attacked the city, and took thousands of citizens as prisoners. (KC 119)
  • The Roman armada contained 1,300 ships, far outnumbering Genseric's navy. The Roman fleet felt sure of victory, but that night the winds turned favorable for the Vandals. Covered by the darkness, they took several ships loaded with combustible material and placed them in close quarters with the Roman fleet. Then they set the vessels on fire, destroying 1,100 Roman ships! " . . . as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea" (Revelation 8:8) . . . "and the third part of the ships were destroyed" (Revelation 8:9). (KC 119)
  • Then came Attila the Hun, calling himself "the Scourge of God." He boasted that the grass would never grow where his horses' feet had trod. ". . . and all grass was burnt up" (Revelation 8:7). (KC 119)
  • The Huns were a barbaric people who swept down on Europe from the Volga to the Danube Rivers, invading and desolating one village and city after another. The great Roman Empire was gone - "was cast into the sea" (Revelation 8:8). Justice had been served. (KC 119)
  • In prophecy, a mountain is used to represent a kingdom or empire. "And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 51:24). "Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain" (Jeremiah 51:25).  "And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 51:26). (KC 119)
  • The symbolism used in Revelation concerning the destruction of figurative Babylon in the closing moments of earth's history is strong with references to the sea and the destruction of ships. "Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate" (Revelation 18:19). (KC 119-120)
  • "And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all" (Revelation 18:21). When the next third of figurative Babylon falls in the last days she will feel the judgments of God, just as Rome did when her ships were destroyed. (KC 120)