|The second trumpet
again provides clues for the second bowl.
Both apply to the sea, hence we can conclude a “sameness of
place.” For example, in the
historicist view, this would mean the Mediterranean, where the second trumpet
had the Vandals sweeping over Rome from the sea. But note one thing: the severity of the judgment is increased. Before, we had one third destroyed; now, we have all of it.
disagree on which sea is meant. It’s
either the Mediterranean (Chuck Smith); all the oceans (Lindsey, McGee) or
some spiritual application of same (various, including Talbot).
|One thing is
certain: it is a terrible plague. It brings to mind the stench of the water
turning to blood in Egypt. Futurists
tend to see this as the result of increasing pollution.
|The historicist view
is this: in 1793 the Catholic powers
(i.e., those of Rome, though headed by France under Napoleon) began a long
war against the Protestant and Orthodox powers, headed by England and Russia. When that war began, the fleets were about
equally matched. When it was over,
Catholic sea power had ceased to exist.
The decisive battles began at the Nile -- and ended off the coast of
Spain at Trafalgar. The crucial
theater of operations was the Mediterranean, but combat was done in every sea
of the world.