THE OIL SPILL, SIGN OF THE SECOND PLAGUE
As discussed on this website in article No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues," the last plagues show
themselves as signs before they are poured out with the full force of God's wrath.

"And I saw another
sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues;
for in them is filled up the wrath of God." (Rev. 15:1).

At this point in time, we have seen the signs of the first two plagues. Here is the scripture of the
pouring out of the first two plagues.

"And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the
vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and
there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them
which worshipped his image. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as
the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea." (Rev. 16:1-3).

I'm going to quote from the plagues article, rather than rewrite myself.

""The first plague is visible now, although it does not yet have the full wrath of God behind it. As you will
recall, the first plague was "a noisome (loudly discussed) and grievous sore upon the men which had
the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." (Rev. 16:1,2). The first plague is
AIDS and other U. S. Laboratory devised scourges. As of now, these horrors fall primarily on Africa,
where malnutrition and lack of hygiene magnify their effects."

""When this plague is poured out, mixed with God's wrath, all of the earth, outside of God's kingdom,
will suffer malnutrition and poor hygiene. That the plague is world wide is proven by its falling on those
"men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." Men with the mark
of the beast came under condemnation during the third angel's message (from Houteff) and were
tormented with fire and brimstone in a world wide judgment, the Holocaust and WWII."

""The first plague, AIDS/HIV, etc., left no footprint upon the earth until after Houteff's death in 1955.
(Scientists say stored blood samples from an American malaria research project carried out in the
Congo in 1959 show one early AIDS/HIV infection.) Although the scourge is dire in Africa, it is not yet
close to being a world wide plague."" (No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues").

As a sign, the first plague was a warning message to fornicators.

""What do the signs mean?
The sign of the first plague AIDS/HIV is a warning to the sodomites and
fornicators that their behavior can kill them
. Note that this plague falls only on "the men which had the
mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." (Rev. 16:2). This plague is not
supposed to affect God's people, He expects us to be upright and honorable in our dealings with one
another. Lying, cheating, and catting around are not acceptable, "if they cannot contain, let them marry:
for it is better to marry than to burn." (1 Corr. 7:9)."" (No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues").

(I must add that God foresaw a polygamous world, so this upstanding behavior is not as difficult as
people imagine. "If he take him
another wife; her (his first wife's) food, her raiment, and her duty of
marriage, shall he not diminish." (Ex. 21:10, see also, No. 29, "In Defense Of Polygamy.")

The sign of the second plague is water turning to blood. "And the second angel poured out his vial
upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea." (Rev.
16:3).

This plague has now appeared as a sign. It is that horrible mess in the Gulf of Mexico. When the second
angel pours our his vial as a plague, the horrible mess won't be just local, it will be world wide. How is
that possible? It is one of the earliest expected results of WWIII. There will be ruptured oil rigs left
derelict and tankers with dead crews run aground. There will be oil looking like coagulated blood ("as
the blood of a dead man") in every ocean.

As a sign, the first plague had a message. So does the second. To understand the message, one must
understand the symbol of the sea. In Isaiah 27, God promises to punish or destroy three manifestations
of Satan found "in the sea." I'll quote from a discussion of that chapter found on this website.

""In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing
serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." (Is. 27:1)."

""The serpent and the dragon are identified as Satan by John the Revelator. "And the great dragon was
cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out
into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Rev. 12:9)."  

""So we have "leviathan the piercing serpent." This is Satan who pierced Christ during His crucifixion.
And we have "leviathan that crooked serpent." And this is Satan who has deceived the Christian
church."

""The leviathan is a sea creature. "So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping
innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that
leviathan, whom thou hast
made to play therein." (Psalms 104:25,26). In fact, all of the three manifestations of Satan in the verse
above (leviathan the piercing serpent, leviathan the crooked  serpent and the dragon) are sea
creatures. Two are called Leviathan and God says He will "slay the dragon that is in the sea..."

""God has promised to "slay the dragon that is in the sea." This is not a world wide slaughter of Satan's
minions, the sea covers only part of the earth.
The sea, as used in Isaiah 27, represents a part of our
world that will be freed from Satan's dominion. This part is the Christian church.
"They shall lift up their
voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea." (Is. 24:14)."" (No. 37,
"The Great Trumpet Of Isaiah 27.")

Just as the physical sea is the great storehouse of the waters of the earth, the spiritual sea, the
Christian church, is the great storehouse of living water, biblical truth. So the sign of the second plague
is both a prophecy of the coming world wide pollution of the oceans with oil, and it is also a sign to the
Christian church.

""
The sign of the second plague is a warning that just going to church is not a guarantee of salvation. In
the judgment, the sea (the church) "became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in
the sea." (Rev. 16:3). David Koresh's flock
lived in a church. They were nevertheless destroyed as God
began Ezekiel 9, and Ezekiel 9, the judgment that starts at the house of God is continuous and
progressive. It has barely started."" (No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues").

The Christian church has departed from walking with Christ. It has been polluted with false doctrines,
most notable a false Sabbath and false feast days. Doctrines like "success equals sanctity" and "once
saved always saved" abound. Soon, perhaps even very soon, God will tell the angels to pour out the
vials of His wrath upon the earth. That wrath will fall upon both Satan's strongholds and God's apostate
church.

The best advice for the end time (now) is found in Revelation 18. "And I heard another voice from
heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not
of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4). For a plan to get you out of Satan's bastions, the cities, before God's wrath
falls, see No. 56, "The Third Trumpet."

Amo Paul Bishop Roden