“And the second angel sounded the trumpet: 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 those creatures died which had life in the sea: and the third part of the ships was destroyed.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Re 8:8–9). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
First, read the Second Trumpet judgment regarding Francis which explains the symbolism of trumpets and the ‘third part.’ Recall also that these trumpet judgments are not in temporal order since the fulfillment of this prophecy occurs after the third trumpet. However, a prelude of this judgment began after Vatican II and its effects, as will be explained shortly.
What is the ‘great mountain?’ This is the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. The “reverse” (good) meaning of this symbolism is in the Book of Daniel where the Church is shown as a ‘great mountain’ which conquers paganism and grows throughout the whole world.
“Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of a summer’s threshing floor, and they were carried away by the wind: and there was no place found for them: but the stone that struck the statue [paganism] became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.”
“But in the days of those kingdoms, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom [the Church] that shall never by destroyed, and his kingdom shall not be delivered up to another people: and it shall break in pieces, and shall consume all these kingdoms: and itself shall stand for ever. According as thou sawest, that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and broke in pieces the clay and the iron, and the brass, and the silver, and the gold, the great God hath shewn the king what shall come to pass hereafter, and the dream is true, and the interpretation thereof is faithful.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Da 2:35, 44-45). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
What is the ‘sea?’ The sea represents paganism, therefore the Church will be thrown into paganism, that is adopt the lies of the devil towards idolatry. Consider how the Church of Jesus Christ conquered pagan Rome, Greece and the Middle East after some time, so therefore the church of Antichrist will return to paganism, thus reversing the process. At this time the neo-paganism is worse than the original paganism. Originally, pagans worshiped false gods, but these gods were outside of themselves and considered superior to themselves, in contrast to today’s neo-pagans which simply worship themselves, in the forms of hedonism, atheism, scientism and relativism (including political correctness), where humankind’s opinion (intellect) and pleasure (passions) are the guiding ‘light.’ In summary, modern humankind worships himself and herself and calls that ‘enlightened.’ Here are two other Bible verses explaining the sea symbolism.
“But the wicked are like the raging sea, which cannot rest, and the waves thereof cast up dirt and mire.”
“Then shalt thou see, and abound, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged, when the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the strength of the Gentiles shall come to thee.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Is 57:20, Is 60:5). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
To further understand the land and the sea analogy, it is helpful to recall the two beasts described in Revelation chapter 13:
“AND I saw a beast coming up out the sea, having seven heads and ten horns: and upon his horns, ten diadems: and upon his heads, names of blasphemy”
“And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth: and he had two horns, like a lamb: and he spoke as a dragon.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Re 13:1, 11). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
The earth, or land, is the complement of the sea, which represents the Church, that is solid ground as compared to the constantly shifting sea; think God’s Truth versus relativism and constantly shifting mere human opinion. The first beast – Antichrist (Maitreya) – arises out of paganism, while the second beast – False Prophet (Francis) – arises out of the Church.
That the Church is cast into the sea is the opposite of what should happen, obviously, with the burning being the fires of Hell. That symbolizes the Church becoming one with the world, rather than being salt or leaven to it, preserving it and raising it up to God. Recall Jesus’ Words to the Apostles whereby the fishes – pagans – in the sea should be caught and brought to the land, and put on the fire, meaning the Fire of God’s Love.
“And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Mt 4:19). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
“Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kinds of fishes.
Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels [those saved], but the bad they cast forth [those damned].” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Mt 13:47–48). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
“He saith to them: Cast the net on the right side of the ship; and you shall find. They cast therefore: and now they were not able to draw it, for the multitude of fishes. … As soon then as they came to land they saw hot coals lying, and a fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith to them: Bring hither of the fishes which you have now caught.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Jn 21:6, 9-10). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
The Church will shortly experience the great schism in which the remnant, the Remnant Church, who remain faithful to God’s Truth, reject the lies spouted by Francis and his cronies, who go on to establish the one-world pagan religion which will lead souls to hell, as they will literally worship the Antichrist (Revelation 13:14-15).
Let’s return to the Church after Vatican II, and the many grave problems caused in the wake of that Council, which were simple a prelude, a warm-up session, to this final battle. Vatican II became the enabler through ambiguous statements, just like recent Synod documents which repeat the successful strategy, and as evidenced by the measurable loss of Catholic faith since Vatican II, that is in the past 50 years. Using only one measured statistic, Sunday Mass attendance has dwindled to a high of 20% of Catholics in the USA to a low of 2-5% in Europe. What a disaster indeed, even before considering the effect of Francis the False Prophet. In fact, without the steep descent into mass apostasy, Francis would not have the success that he is currently having. As Divine Providence would have it, Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida has been speaking on this very topic here. To sum up his comments, a virus invaded the Catholic Church in the wake of Vatican II and it has laid waste the Faith in its wake.
“It was the virus of the false spirit of Vatican II. That virus of the false spirit of Vatican II simply corrupted the Church and individuals. I was one of them … I had been hood-winked, and how I had been mislead by the progressives… the Church and the world would be more effective if it were liberalized. … It was a disaster.“
Fortunately Bishop Gracida has recognized the problems and was one of the few prelates who tried to maintain more of the Catholic faith from the late 1960’s onward. In fact, many things which are typical in the Church today were not even in Vatican II itself, such as the priest facing the people at Mass, altar girls, eliminating Latin, Communion in the hand, and so on. Therefore we can conclude that the Church in practice after Vatican II was a prelude to the full apostasy in which Francis will ultimately plunge the Church. This will result in the great schism since not all will accept the modernist heresies promoted by Francis, and thus the Church, although heavily damaged, will not totally sink under the sea, thus fulfilling Jesus’ Words that the gates of Hell will not prevail. In fact St. John Bosco saw a vision of said preservation, portions of which will be shown below.
The sea becoming blood is a reference to a plague of Egypt which indicates the the waters of grace normally provided by the Church will become undrinkable and lead to spiritual death. That is what heresy does because it corrupts Truth, and the sacraments will also be invalidated by their new implementations such that grace will not be provided via those rituals.
“Thus therefore saith the Lord: In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold I will strike with the rod, that is in my hand, the water of the river, and it shall be turned into blood. And the fishes that are in the river, shall die, and the waters shall be corrupted, and the Egyptians shall be afflicted when they drink the water of the river.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Ex 7:17-18). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
The ‘third part of those creatures died which had life in the sea‘ refers to those pagans and those following false man-made religions who do not convert to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and therefore lose their souls for living an evil life. Evil can be defined by mortal sin since a soul can lost his salvation with merely one unrepented mortal sin, something not really promoted today given that teachings on Hell are typically suppressed. Even today we see how Francis does not promote conversion, and even attacks it by promoting the idea that “proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense.” Francis simply promotes perpetual dialogue, with some examples here and here.
The ‘third part of the ships was destroyed‘ generally refer to Christians who lose their salvation given that ships ride on the sea in order to get to their home port, Heaven. Of course St. Peter went fishing in his ship, as described above.
“But that the works of thy wisdom might not be idle: therefore men also trust their lives even to a little wood, and passing over the sea by ship, are saved.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Wis 14:5). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
However, ships can also represent false man-made religions which try to destroy the Catholic Church, in the past mainly Protestantism but today more so Islam. This is best be understood by a vision given to St. John Bosco (small excerpt):
“The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship [Catholic Church] at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons. The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. At times a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash. Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up, firearms and beaks fall to pieces, ships crack up and sink to the bottom. … The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other. Some auxiliary ships which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship are the first to tie up at the two columns. Many others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish under the waves. Then, they too head for the two columns, tie up at the swinging hooks, and ride safe and tranquil beside their flagship. A great calm now covers the sea.” (full vision)
On the positive side, we also see in St. John Bosco’s vision how some of the man-made religions will join the Catholic Church, that is convert. The most obvious examples of that, especially as some of this reuniting has already occurred over history, are various Eastern Orthodox and more recently some Anglican groups.
Our Lady, Destroyer of heresies, pray for us.
Our Lady, Protectress of the Faith, pray for us.