What is the meaning of the “sea” in the book of Revelation?

If you don't read it how can you have faith.


Written by Lee Stevenson. Sorry I am a lousy editor.

Revelations is a book of signs. So we know much of Revelations is symbolism. So what does the symbol for the Sea that the beast rises from mentioned in Revelations represent?

One thing to take note of is that the beast represents many human governments who help give the beast it’s authority. If you remember in Revelations 17 the harlot would ride on the beast back. I have posted on who the harlot is and clarified who the beast is in another post. Revelations 17 clarifies that the waters mean peoples.

(Revelation 13:1, 2) 13 And it stood still upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a wild beast ascending out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, and upon its horns ten diadems, but upon its heads blasphemous names. 2 Now the wild beast that I saw was like a leopard, but its feet were as those of a bear, and its mouth was as a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave to [the beast] its power and its throne and great authority.

(Revelation 17:15) And he says to me: “The waters that you saw, where the harlot is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues.

Why does the bible refer to people as the sea. Well just as the sea will go which ever way the wind blows it people react the same way when they hear rumors and gossip. They are indecisive and easy to sway, the least bit of gossip or the slightest rumor and they can be manipulated.

(Isaiah 57:20) “But the wicked are like the sea that is being tossed, when it is unable to calm down, the waters of which keep tossing up seaweed and mire.

(Psalm 18:4) The ropes of death encircled me; Flash floods of good-for-nothing [men] also kept terrifying me.

(Isaiah 17:12) Ha for the commotion of many peoples, who are boisterous as with the boisterousness of the seas! And for the noise of national groups, who make a din just like the noise of mighty waters!

So the sea that will be no more in Revelations is referring to the people who were part of the see mentioned in the previous verses of Revelations.

(Revelation 21:1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more.

Notice the things in the sea will die. It is why we are warned to be not part of the world because of their lack of faith they will not survive. We cannot completely cut ourselves off from the world but we must be cautious about who we associate with and continue to grow spiritually. We know that those who are part of the world will go from bad to worse. So much so that they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. It is why they are easily swayed by opinions and gossip. Writing God’s laws in our hearts protects us from getting caught up in those thing.

(Revelation 16:3) 3 And the second one poured out his bowl into the sea. And it became blood as of a dead man, and every living soul died, [yes,] the things in the sea. . .

(John 17:14-18) 14 I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world. 15 “I request you, not to take them out of the world, but to watch over them because of the wicked one. 16 They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world. 17 Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me forth into the world, I also sent them forth into the world.

We will enjoy inner peace even when under severe attack. We also we not be afraid and will not be indecisive. We will listen to God’s word when this system ends they will not be able to find their way out of the world that is being destroyed because they have not take then selves out of it but continue to cling to false teaching and even ignore our heavenly father.

(John 20:21) 21 Jesus, therefore, said to them again: “May YOU have peace. Just as the Father has sent me forth, I also am sending YOU.

(1 John 4:4-6) 4 YOU originate with God, little children, and YOU have conquered those [persons], because he that is in union with YOU is greater than he that is in union with the world. 5 They originate with the world; that is why they speak [what proceeds] from the world and the world listens to them. 6 We originate with God. He that gains the knowledge of God listens to us; he that does not originate with God does not listen to us. This is how we take note of the inspired expression of truth and the inspired expression of error.

As we can see we cannot be friends with the world and friends with Jehovah.

(James 4:4) Adulteresses, do YOU not know that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is constituting himself an enemy of God

(1 John 2:15) Do not be loving either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him;

Because we are no part of the world the world will hate us and we will be treated likewise. But we have the hope of the future promises. Jesus himself said the student is no better then the teacher. If we follow his lead and do our best to imitate him we also will be hated as he was.

(John 15:17-20) 17 “These things I command YOU, that YOU love one another. 18 If the world hates YOU, YOU know that it has hated me before it hated YOU. 19 If YOU were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because YOU are no part of the world, but I have chosen YOU out of the world, on this account the world hates YOU. 20 Bear in mind the word I said to YOU, A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute YOU also; if they have observed my word, they will observe YOURS also.

(Matthew 16:24-27) 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and continually follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his soul will lose it; but whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it. 26 For what benefit will it be to a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul? or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man is destined to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will recompense each one according to his behavior. . .

We know to be a part of the world when judgement starts which is very very soon will mean we will forteit our life there will be no resurrection for us so there will be no second death meaning we will not have a chance to make things right because we will have already been given that chance and forfeited it. We know the dead are aware of nothing their thoughts perish so they will not live again but all their thoughts will be gone forever.

(Psalm 115:17) The dead themselves do not praise Jah, Nor do any going down into silence

(Psalm 146:3, 4)  3 Do not put YOUR trust in nobles, Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs.  4 His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish.

(Ezekiel 18:20) 20 The soul that is sinning—it itself will die. A son himself will bear nothing because of the error of the father, and a father himself will bear nothing because of the error of the son. Upon his own self the very righteousness of the righteous one will come to be, and upon his own self the very wickedness of a wicked one will come to be. . .

(Revelation 20:13-15) 13 And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Ha′des gave up those dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. 14 And death and Ha′des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire. . .

Those who remain steadfast in their faith and loyalty will remain. And there reward will be greater then anything man has to offer.

(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. . .

(Psalm 37:29) 29 The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it. . .

So we need to strive to do our best in not imitating the world with their lack of concern for the down trodden and their out right gossiping and resentment towards the down trodden. When they judge us for our actions the weakness is their own not ours so do not take it personal. If we are putting God’s will first then that is what matters because the world and the things in it will be gone soon.

(Matthew 25:34-40) 34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, YOU who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for YOU from the founding of the world. 35 For I became hungry and YOU gave me something to eat; I got thirsty and YOU gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and YOU received me hospitably; 36 naked, and YOU clothed me. I fell sick and YOU looked after me. I was in prison and YOU came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous ones will answer him with the words, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty, and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and receive you hospitably, or naked, and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to you?’ 40 And in reply the king will say to them, ‘Truly I say to YOU, To the extent that YOU did it to one of the least of these my brothers, YOU did it to m. . .

(Matthew 25:41-46) 41 “Then he will say, in turn, to those on his left, ‘Be on YOUR way from me, YOU who have been cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. 42 For I became hungry, but YOU gave me nothing to eat, and I got thirsty, but YOU gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger, but YOU did not receive me hospitably; naked, but YOU did not clothe me; sick and in prison, but YOU did not look after me.’ 44 Then they also will answer with the words, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them with the words, ‘Truly I say to YOU, To the extent that YOU did not do it to one of these least ones, YOU did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life.. . .