"Malaika wa pili akapiga, kama vile mlima mkubwa ukiwaka moto ukatupwa ndani ya bahari: na sehemu ya tatu ya bahari ikawa damu; Theluthi ya wanyama wa baharini na wenye uhai wakafa. na sehemu ya tatu ya meli ziliharibiwa. " Ufunuo 8: 8-9
It is interesting how many times the scriptures refer to a type of judgement from God, that causes a seemingly immovable thing like a mountain to be moved and destroyed.
Mlima Sayuni umeelezewa kiroho kama kilima ambacho hakiwezi kuondolewa.
"Wale wanaomtegemea Bwana watakuwa kama mlima Sayuni, ambao hauwezi kuondolewa, lakini hudumu milele. Kama vile vilima vinavyozunguka Yerusalemu, ndivyo Bwana anawazunguka watu wake tangu sasa hata milele. ~ Zaburi 125: 1-2
To the contrary, Babylon is described as a mountain that is judged, and removed.
But what happens when the spirit of Babylon moves in among those claiming spiritually to be Mount Zion? When a church-mountain that used to be a true people of God becomes corrupt, then they are no longer Mount Zion. Consequently they must be exposed and judged by the Word of God!
Katika muktadha wa kushughulika na mti ambao haukuzaa matunda tena, Yesu alifundisha kwamba ikiwa mtu alikuwa na imani, kwa Neno la Mungu mlima mzima wa kiroho unaweza kutekelezwa!
"Kwa kweli amin, nakuambia, Mtu ye yote atakaye sema mlima huu, Ondoka, utupwe baharini; hatatilia shaka moyoni mwake, lakini ataamini ya kuwa hayo ayasemayo yatatukia; atapata chochote atakachosema. ~ Marko 11:23
Certainly in Jesus’ time on earth, the Jewish spiritual leaders had become this fallen spiritual mountain that also would be removed.
But also as time rolled into the 3rd and 4th century, there began to be a let down in the pureness of the gospel that church leaders preached. Many church leaders started to become more concerned about influence and control, rather than continuing as a humble servant.
Ufunuo unatambulisha wakati wa kanisa la pili unaitwa "Smirna" as a time when corruption began to find its way into the place of worship. This same type of spiritual falling away also happened in the Old Testament, and so the prophet Isaiah also described the need for judgement against spiritual mountains!
“The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary. We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name. Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, ili milima itiririke mbele yako, Kama vile moto unayeyuka, moto unanyunyiza maji, ili kulijulisha watesi wako jina lako, Ili mataifa yatetemeke mbele yako! Wakati ulifanya mambo ya kutisha ambayo hatukuyatafuta, ulishuka, vilima vilitiririka mbele yako. ~ Isaya 63:18 - 64: 3
Now in Revelation it speaks of this seemingly spiritual mountain (that seemed to be so on fire for God) being judged by the second gospel trumpet angel. And so this spiritual mountain was cast into the sea to show that its spiritual fire had gone out.
"Malaika wa pili akapiga, kama vile mlima mkubwa ukiwaka moto ukatupwa baharini: na sehemu ya tatu ya bahari ikawa damu; Theluthi ya wanyama wa baharini na wenye uhai wakafa. na sehemu ya tatu ya meli ziliharibiwa. " Ufunuo 8: 8-9
The judgement preached by this gospel ministry (described as a trumpet angel) showed that this seemingly on fire church leadership, was actually now guilty of the blood of many souls. Why? Because they had allowed political agendas and the compromise of the pure gospel to move in. They no longer would preach the fullness of the gospel led by the Holy Spirit. In their desire to fulfill personal and political agendas, they would take the sword of the Spirit (the word of God) away from the Spirit’s control. And then they would use it under their own control, and for their own purpose (which is also described in Revelation in the opening of the second seal).
Taking the Word of God under a person’s own control always leads to a fallen ministry that becomes blood guilty. They become blood guilty because people spiritually die under a man-rule based gospel. And it also leads to others being persecuted for not following the man approved agenda.
Consequently, in the final judgments of Revelation on hypocrisy, the vials of God’s great wrath are poured out (meaning they are preached). And so when the second and third vials are poured out upon the waters, they are also turned to blood. This symbolically is showing that the fallen ministry, and those who follow them, are being exposed as being blood guilty for their persecution of the true faithful people of God.
The apostle Paul was very careful to keep the gospel under the control of the Holy Spirit, so that he would never become guilty of anyone’s blood.
"Kwa sababu hii nawatolea kumbukumbu ya leo, ya kuwa mimi ni safi kwa damu ya watu wote. Kwa maana sikuacha kukwambia shauri zote za Mungu. Kwa hivyo jihadharini na kundi lote, ambalo Roho Mtakatifu amekufanya kuwa waangalizi, kulilisha kanisa la Mungu, alilonunua kwa damu yake mwenyewe. Kwa maana najua haya, ya kuwa baada ya kutoka kwangu, mbwa mwitu wenye uchungu wataingia kati yenu, wasiwalinde kundi. Na kwako mwenyewe watatokea watu, wakinena vitu vyenye kupotosha, ili kuwavuta wanafunzi kuwafuata. Kwa hivyo angalia, na ukumbuke, kwamba kwa muda wa miaka mitatu sikuacha kuonya kila mtu usiku na mchana na machozi. " (Matendo 20: 26-31)
Note that God has always judged every spiritual mountain that has ever opposed his true people. In Revelation spiritual Babylon is that mountain that is judged, just as she was judged in the Old Testament when Jeremiah the prophet blew the gospel trumpet against her then.
Nami nitawapa Babeli na wote wenyeji wa Kaldayo maovu yao yote waliyoyatenda katika Sayuni machoni pako, asema Bwana. Tazama, mimi ni juu yako, Ee mlima unaoharibuasema Bwana, anayeiangamiza dunia yote; nami nitanyosha mkono wangu juu yako, na kukuangusha chini kutoka kwa miamba, na mapenzi jifanyie mlima wa kuteketezwa. Wala hawatachukua kwako jiwe kwa kona, wala jiwe la msingi; lakini utakuwa ukiwa milele, asema Bwana. Tengenezeni kiwango katika nchi. piga baragumu kati ya mataifa, jitayarisha mataifa dhidi yake, iitane pamoja dhidi yake falme za Ararati, Minni, na Ashchenazi; teua nahodha dhidi yake; Fanya farasi ziwe kama nzige mbaya. " ~ Yeremia 51: 24-27
The same judgments that bring down backslidden spiritual mountains, do not need to scare the true people of God. Because their hope is not in fallen churches, but rather in God!
"Mungu ndiye kimbilio letu na nguvu yetu, msaada wa sasa katika shida. Kwa hivyo hatutaogopa, ingawa dunia itaondolewa. na ingawa milima ichukuliwe katikati ya bahari; Ingawa maji yake yananguruma na kusumbua, ingawa milima hutetemeka na uvimbe wake. Sela. Kuna mto, mito yake itafurahisha mji wa Mungu, mahali patakatifu pa maskani ya Aliye juu. Mungu yuko katikati yake; hatatikiswa: Mungu atamsaidia, na mapema mapema. " ~ Zaburi 46: 1-5
Mwishowe, tunaambiwa pia kwamba "... na sehemu ya tatu ya meli ziliharibiwa." Ufunuo 8: 9
In ancient times, ships were the principal method of traveling to far lands, especially in commerce. Noting that a third of the ships were destroyed in a gospel context, shows that a third of those taking the gospel to foreign lands were shown to be spiritually sunk. The true gospel trumpet judged them to be destroyed, because of the political minded compromise of their form of gospel message.
We also have a literal example of this happening in the Old Testament when King Jehoshaphat made a political allegiance with the wicked King Ahaziah.
"Na baada ya haya Yehoshafati mfalme wa Yuda alijiunga na Ahaziya mfalme wa Israeli, ambaye alifanya vibaya sana; akajiunga naye ili kutengeneza meli za kwenda Tarshishi; na wakafanya meli huko Ezion-geberi. Ndipo Eliezeri, mwana wa Dodava wa Maresha, alitabiri juu ya Yehoshafati, akasema, Kwa sababu umejiunga na Ahaziya, Bwana amevunja kazi zako. Na meli zilivunjwa, kwamba hawakuweza kwenda Tarshishi. " ~ 2 Mambo ya Nyakati 20: 35-37
So today what has the second trumpet angel shown us personally? Have we mixed a political minded message with the gospel message? Are we afraid when the true gospel trumpet shows a familiar spiritual mountain (church) to be fallen?
Do we still find ourselves standing with the true church? The one that Jesus said could never be destroyed or moved. Where is your trust? In a man controlled church, or in God?
"Wale wanaomtegemea Bwana watakuwa kama mlima Sayuni, ambao hauwezi kuondolewa, lakini hudumu milele. " ~ Zaburi 125: 1