blood of a dead man

According to NASA, dead zones in the ocean have “grown explosively in the past half-century.”  A marine dead zone results when an area of the ocean is so low in dissolved oxygen that life cannot survive.  The map embedded in this post shows the number and size of current aquatic dead zones.

You’ll notice that most of the affected ocean is along the most populated coastlines. Man-made chemicals like fertilizer run off into the oceans and upset the microbial balance of the water, which in turn affects oxygen levels. NASA concludes that “mass killing of fish and other sea life often results.”

This development reminds me of Revelation 16:3, which says that when the second bowl of God’s wrath is poured out, the sea will be “turned into blood like that of a dead man” and every living thing in the sea will die.

I have often interpreted this verse to mean that the water will literally turn into blood, much as it did in Pharaoh’s day. But the verse actually says that it turns into blood LIKE that of a dead man.

One of the main characteristics of the death process is that the heart stops pumping blood around the body. As this happens, the tissues and cells lack oxygen and quickly begin to die. So the blood of a dead man is low in oxygen, resulting in the death of cells and organs.

Therefore a sea that is like dead man’s blood would be low in oxygen, resulting in the death of fish and sea life.

Could it be that we are seeing this prophecy from Revelation fulfilled, right before our eyes? How interesting that science might eventually confirm what John foresaw thousands of years ago, that the seas would become like the blood of a dead man.

To track the growing aquatic dead zones, click here.

11 thoughts on “blood of a dead man

  1. This is certainly disturbing news. I guess on the other hand it may be exciting to realize that if this is as you say, possibly linked to Revelations 16.3, it is an important time to be alive. I always misread the blood reference also. Seems to me these things being “poured out” on us gradually, can catch us unawares of what they may represent.

    From Legos to the End Times, I was blown away! Good one Anna!


    1. Thanks, Pops. Who knows what will actually happen, right? There is so much danger in false interpretation of Scripture. But apathy and ignorance also have dangers…
      I like to think about the “what-if’s” especially when science and prophecy might intertwine.


    2. I have been studying the book of Revelation an read that very scripture. I had no idea the difference between living and dead blood. Thank you so much for posting this I had the same interpretation as you. This could be a possibility we are destroying ourselves. Thanks again!!! Jenny


  2. The only problem with that mindset is that you’re viewing a totally fixable problem as a biblical prophecy. That sort of rules out a solution, since fixing it would be raising your arm against god. Runoff water quality is actually one of the easier environmental disasters to monitor, and thus fix.


    1. “Totally fixable” may not apply to low oxygen in our oceans, according to some scientists who believe “the trend is here to stay.”
      But even so, I don’t see how a fixable problem would be “raising your arm against god.” Many times in Scripture God uses human actions (and their natural consequences) as His judgments against us. Obadiah 1:15 says “The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”

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  3. I am glad to see discussions of the possibilities. If we become fixated on the actual wording of someone who didn’t have the language or words to describe what he saw, we could completely miss the sign all together. Pioneer, I would like to think we could work towards fixing it, but to let God have his way. Does it preclude us caring of our environment? I think not, but not to become weary in doing good. 🙂 Thank you all.


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