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One Third of the Sea Became Blood. (Revelation 8: 8-9)

Updated on January 3, 2013
a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea
a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea

“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

Now, to be honest, I don't believe we can logically conclude that the Book of Revelations predicted the gulf oil spill, yet... Regardless, the similarities are astounding.

We don't need to examine an ancient text to decipher the situation. Although we don't know exactly how much oil is leaking into the ocean, estimates place it anywhere between 50,000 and 100,00 barrels/day. The Gulf of Mexico's diverse marine life is dying off. Still, The United States government and BP are doing very little to address the issue.

Currently, BP is attempting to rectify the situation by collecting some of the oil as it spews out of the well. They're also conducting controlled burns. A controlled burn is basically a method of wrangling up surface oil and igniting it. But, what good is any of this if the oil is being released at a higher rate than it is being destroyed or contained?

If BP or the United States wanted to fix this situation immediately they could! Yes, the well is located nearly a mile below water level, but these depths are nothing compared to human ingenuity. On January 23, 1960, the United States Navy submerged to a depth of 35,814 ft (approximately 6.78 miles below water level). This was accomplished 50 years ago.

In 2009, the United States spent nearly $700,000,000,000 in military expenses - I'm assuming this was to ensure our safety? Why haven't we taken some of these funds and directed them towards the Gulf Oil Spill? Why are we hesitating? We could fix the well (there is a solution, it just hasn't been sought after enough) and then send BP the bill. Instead, we're waiting while millions of gallons of oil spew into the gulf killing animals and our economy.

We are dependent on oil.

BP has oil.

Therefore, we aren't taking hasty action.

Even if this isn't a sign from Revelations, we shouldn't think of it any differently. Look at what the world has become. Global corporations are dominating every aspect of our lives and making a profit while doing so. The rest of us are literally left helpless. Individuals can't solve a problem of this magnitude. The solution must come from either the United States, which collected $1.5 trillion from its citizens in 2007, or BP, the ones who caused the problem in the first place.

Unfortunately, I don't believe this crisis will be over anytime soon. There is too much greed, corruption, dishonesty and too little action. We're edging closer and closer to filling a third of the ocean with oil everyday. What are we going to do about it? Only time will tell.



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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      The oil spill is nowhere near 1/3 of the earth or the oceans and seas. There is also something else that makes the water turn red and it natural. It's called The Red Tide and is an algea that is all natural.

      Those who think that Revelations is a precition of what's to come is doing just that--looking for signs of these occurances and THAT is what the people of the Bible spoke against.

      As far as corporations taking ove the world--they most certainly are and a revolt is forthcoming. Those of us who really care about the planet and all the species that live upon it including us are going to revolt and it will be the end of the old ways and a new beginning. To those who feed and live solely for the benefit of money and financial success and knocking down the very ones who got themn there and steamrolling them will feel like it is the end of the world---for them it will be.

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      Jerad Maplethorpe 7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      I agree with you. The point of this article was not to assume that this was predicted by Revelations, but it offers a rather intriguing introduction to the topic. As far as the algae, you've got me there?

      There is a new sense of urgency growing in the masses... It's leading somewhere, but no one can really predict what that outcome will be. I hope that the cycle of greed and corruption will end soon. Thanks for the comment!

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

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      twogroce 7 years ago

      The Hub makes sense to me, I see what you are saying. Thanks for putting it out there Maplthorpej.

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      Captain Jimmy 7 years ago from WV

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      Linda 7 years ago

      Couldn't agree with you more, and thought that I was the only one who thought that this was prophecy. Too many things are in alignment, and as soon as I saw pictures of the red oil of human greed being carried through the sea, it immediately brought me to this chapter in Revelations. We cannot deny the Word when it is put before us. Those that do not see it now, never will anyway. I pray for them.

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      Martha 7 years ago

      Who has been given the wisdom to understand and decifer the word of God? They see and hear, but do they understand?

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      Levi Joshua Kell 7 years ago from Arizona

      This spill could cause Red Tide blooms to explode. 'Dead zones' in the Gulf of Mexico, were already growing. Red Tide grows in the ocean when the oxygen levels become so low, that a lot of other life cannot live in these areas. I have been wondering, if the oil spill couldn't cause the oxygen levels to drop even lower, which would in turn cause Red Tide to bloom, and eventually take over. Who knows how this will all turn out??? I have seen a Red Tide bloom though, and it does indeed look like 'a dead man's blood'. Great hub, thanks.

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      Jerad Maplethorpe 7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      The frightening thing is that we haven't even begun to see the damage that this oil spill has caused. We've finally capped it off (hopefully), but the lingering effects are still in the form of oil immersed in the Gulf.

      The media offers us snapshots of the damage, but just like any major disaster, there will be lingering consequences. If these global corporations cared a bit more about helping the world rather than just making profits, things would be a lot different. But they don't, and if you're ever trying to define evil to someone, think of them.

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      Debra Allen 6 years ago from West By God

      Mother Nature is going to heal herself. We need to get out of her way and stop thinking about us humans. Has anyone thought about the winds and rains that the weather is doing down there? Someone mentiond to pray for the people there, but I insisted that we shall move out of Mother Natures way for her to put that oil on the ground so that it could be re-absorbed into the soil and down to where it needs to be and where it came from in the first place.

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      Thomas Jay 3 years ago

      I know this is an old article and no one has commented in awhile but I thought I'd mention something relevant to the discussion. You may or may not realize this but oil and oil fields are rich in sulfur-(brimstone as it was called in the Bible). Now elemental sulfur is yellowish in color but when sulfur melts it melts in to a blood red liquid. I'm not sure though if when mixed with sea water this would have the "the third part of the sea became blood" effect. But it's something to think about and look in to.

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