And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast [Islam]… ~ Revelation 15:2
The artful and beautiful allegories in the Book of Revelation are best understood in very plain and simple terms. This has been my theme lately, and thus far I have written about three of these allegories: war in heaven, worshiping the beast, and the accuser of our brothers. These are three prophetic terms in the Book of Revelation that seem to have very ethereal and spiritual applications– a war taking place in heaven whereby God’s forces fight Satan’s forces; people bowing in worship to a demonic beast; and a conversation in heaven whereby Satan accuses God’s people of this or that sin. These ethereal and spiritual fulfillments may well be true, but it is the literal real-world fulfillments of these prophecies that God is trying to warn us about. Today I will address another of Revelation’s allegorical terms that will have a very literal real-world fulfillment, the “sea of glass.”
A Primer On Revelation
We tend to over-think the Book of Revelation by reaching for ethereal or spiritual images to put with Revelation’s beautiful literary devices. The artful allegory and grandly elegant descriptions employed by the Apostle John (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) in Revelation do indeed lend themselves to this kind of interpretation. Revelation speaks of angels and war in heaven and a sea of glass and beasts and a red dragon. These words absolutely prompt us to reach for the most dreamy and impractical images, images not readily attached to the material world in which we live.
But God is a literary genius as well as a genius of science and engineering and human behavior and international relations. And just as other literary geniuses (C.S. Lewis for example) often aestheticize certain narratives which, if they were written in baser terms, would be anti-climactic and reveal too much too soon, God the literary genius is no different. An author can tell us what he or she is thinking in the most forthright, practical, literal, and anti-climactic terms possible, but in this there is no art, no beauty, no creativity. God is artist. God is beautician. God is Creator.
Make no mistake, God is also pragmatist, as he more-than-capably demonstrates in Books such as Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Lamentations. But God is artist too, and in the Book of Revelation he gets the eternal Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
The Book of Revelation is a seed planted 2,000 years ago, blossoming right now. The root shot downward into the soil as Christians evangelized Israel and then the world. The stem shot upward as Mohamed unleashed the Satanic madness of Islam on Arabia and then the world. The bud sprouted atop the stalk as the Christian and Muslim empires fought each other through many centuries and to this very day for possession of Jerusalem and for possession of the human soul. The infant petals got their first glimpse of daylight when the nuclear bomb was birthed at Los Alamos, which brings us to the “sea of glass.”
Do you know where glass comes from? It comes from heating up sand. Where is there enough sand to make a “sea of glass”? There is enough sand to make a “sea of glass” in the deserts of the Middle East. How would the deserts of the Middle East get heated sufficiently to turn them into a “sea of glass”?
This is not just a theory. It is an actual phenomenon. By way of nuclear strikes (as well as meteor strikes, and lightning strikes), desert sand is indeed turned into glass. For the purpose of this article, we will, of course, focus on nuclear strikes, but desert glass exists in areas of the world where no known nuclear strikes have occurred, such as in Libya, where there is an abundance of desert glass– so much so that it is sold as jewelry.
And below is Libyan desert glass in its natural setting.
No known nuclear bombs have gone off in the Libyan desert, so in my opinion we need to attribute this glass to the heat generated by meteor strikes, or lightning strikes. However, nuclear bombs have certainly gone off in the New Mexico desert, and the result (just as Revelation foretells) is desert glass.
So let’s look at the “sea of glass” passage of Revelation in its full context.
I saw in heaven [“heaven” is a Book-of-Revelation allegory for Christendom, the Kingdom of God, the Christian nations on earth] another great and marvelous sign: seven angels [“angels” is a Book of Revelation allegory for the seven human leaders prophesied about in Micah 5:5, these are seven human leaders God raises up to fight alongside Christ (the eighth leader) in His Second Coming against the seven leaders aligned with the antichrist (the eighth leader), an 8-on-8 battle, in which good crushes evil] seven last plagues [“plagues” are a Book-of-Revelation allegory for the destruction caused by weaponry unleashed by these seven “angels.”]… And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast [Christianity wins, Islam loses] and his image and over the number of his name. ~ Revelation 15:1-2
This passage of Revelation clearly foretells that the Christian nations will win this epoch (and epic) battle. The victors will stand “beside the sea,” that is, beside the freshly fried desert. How far away from the desert is “beside”? I really don’t know. I do know that after America nuked Japan in 1945, many “experts” said that it would be thousands of years before that area could be inhabited again. Well low and behold, today’s post-nuked Japan is alive and well and very much inhabited. In fact, it looks much better than many areas of the United States that were nuked by Leftist social programs.
Combine the faster-than-first-believed ability for an area to be re-inhabited after being nuked, with modern technology’s ability to decontaminate an area, and I think you have a very good likelihood that these seven victors will be standing close to the sea of glass not very long after it is actually turned to glass. In fact, this guy is standing not beside post-nuked desert glass, but on top of it!
But can we get even more specific about where the “sea of glass” will be located?
Desert By The Sea
The Bible tell us that Iran will attack Saudi Arabia.
An oracle concerning the Desert by the Sea [Saudi Arabia]: Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland, an invader comes from the desert, from a land of terror [Iran is the #1 sponsor of terror in the world] A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam [Iran], attack [attack the Desert by the Sea, Saudi Arabia]! …I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused [Saudi Arabia has caused groaning by aggressively spreading Wahabist Islam all over the world, causing inestimable suffering for Christians and Jews. Yet, despite its aggressive Islamist evangelism, Saudi Arabia is hated and despised by other Islamists. This is because Arabians cooperated with a Christian nation (Great Britain) in WWI to help Christendom defeat the Turkish Caliphate (this cooperation has been immortalized in Western pop culture by the “Lawrence of Arabia” movie, which was based on a true story), and because the Saudi Royal family lives lavishly and conducts oil trade with Christian nations such as the United States. These are death penalty offenses in the eyes of Islamists. As such, Iran will destroy Saudi Arabia.] … ~ Isaiah 21:1-2
Biblical “Elam” is modern-day Iran. And the “Desert by the Sea” is the Arabian Peninsula.
As you can see, the Arabian Peninsula (which includes Saudi Arabia) is a desert surrounded by sea– the Desert by the Sea. As the Revelation Flower continues to blossom every night on the evening news, Iran remarkably is at the doorstep of possessing the nuclear weapons that will likely turn Saudi Arabia into the “sea of glass.”
The Bible is always proven true.