In scripture the 'sea' refers to the lower waters which God formed in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis and out of which He formed the earth and the heavens which stand above it, the stars and galaxies of our universe (Gen.1:1-10).
The Dragon of the Sea
This 'sea' is shown in prophecy to be ruled by a sea monster of primeval chaos, the great red dragon which God subdued and which the ancients believed still to be living in the ocean. In the Book of Job (40:25) this monster is equated with Leviathan and in Ezekiel with the crocodile, symbol of Egypt (Ez. 29:3; 32:2).
"Am I the Sea, or the Wild Sea Beast, that you should keep me under watch and guard?" (Job 7:12).
Rahab, another symbol of Egypt is often seen in conjunction with the water prophecies of the Bible:
"Awake, awake! Clothe yourself in strength, arm of God. Awake, as in the past, in times of generations long ago. Did you not split Rahab in two, and pierce the Dragon through? did you not dry up the sea, the waters of the great Abyss, to make the seabed a road for the redeemed to cross?" (Is.51:9-10).
Rahab (Egypt) is also used to symbolize the primordial chaos vanquished by the creator. The 'Abyss' designates the Red Sea crossed in the course of the Exodus but is also the cosmic ocean encircling the earth.
Rahab, symbolic of the ocean, was 'split in two' by God at the Exodus when Moses brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. But a greater split of Rahab occurred when God divided the cosmic waters making a dry land appear in those waters so that the people could come to life on the earth and follow Jesus to the safety God had prepared for those of faith.
A spiritual symbol of Rahab is the division God has made in ourselves, dividing body and soul. God is spirit, and made in His image we are spirit as well. But here, our spirit wears a cloak of flesh. Flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God, so a change of clothes is essential. God empowered us to make this change by allowing us to receive the Holy Spirit who has brought to us the 'wedding garment' of the new kingdom.
"With his power he calmed the Sea, with his wisdom struck Rahab down. His breath made the heavens luminous, his hand transfixed the Fleeing Serpent." (Job. 26:12-13).
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundations? Who pent up the sea behind closed doors when it leapt tumultuous out of the womb, when I wrapped it in a robe of mist and made black clouds its swaddling bands; when I marked out the bounds it was not to cross and made it fast with a bolted gate? Come thus far, I said, and no farther: here your proud waves shall break...Can you fasten the harness of the Pleiades, or untie Orion's bands?" (Job.38:4-31).
In the cosmogonies of Babylon the Sea (called Tiamat) co-operated in the birth of the gods and was then conquered and subdued by one of their own. These poems presaged the coming of Christ. The 'God' they envisioned that would bring the Sea and its monsters under His control was the 'Son' who was sent by the Father to conquer Chaos and mold it into order.
"By your power, God, you split the sea in two and smashed the heads of the monster in the waters." (Ps.74:13).
Jesus said that the prince of this world was not Himself, but Satan. There would be no death if God were the master of those who live here. But death there is, and it extends to the farthest boundaries of the universe, the Great Abyss, the ocean that encircles the earth. This is the nether (lower) Sea in which the earth resides, and into which Jesus appeared to lead us out.
"To God belong the earth and all it holds, the world and all who live in it; he himself founded it on the ocean, based it firmly on the nether sea." (Ps.24:1-2).
"The Lord has promised. I will bring them back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the bottom of the sea..." (Ps.68:22).
God made dry land appear in the cosmic ocean and held back its waters so that we could follow Him on a spiritual journey that would take us out of Satan's doomed kingdom while there is still time to leave.
"God drove back the sea...and he made dry land of the sea. The waters parted and the sons of Israel went on dry ground right into the sea, walls of water to the right and to the left of them." (Ex.14:21-22).
"Reach down your hand from above, save me, rescue me from deep waters, from the power of foreigners..." (Ps.144:7).
The flood which destroyed all the humanity of Eden except for one family which God saved from the waves on an ark of faith, points to a succession of earth's and skies and shows just how little we comprehend of the power and purpose of God:
"They are choosing to forget that there were heavens at the beginning, and that the earth was formed by the word of God out of water and between the waters, so that the world of that time was destroyed by being flooded by water. But by the same word, the present sky and earth are destined for fire, and are only being reserved until Judgement day so that all sinners may be destroyed." (2 Peter 3:5-7).
The sea monster is the Great red dragon called Satan, the dragon worshipped as a god by the people of Babylon at the time of Nebuchaddnezzar and which is still deified by many of the people of the East, especially in China and Japan.
"A huge red dragon which had seven heads and ten horns appeared. Its tail dragged a third of the stars from the sky and dropped them on the earth." (Rv.12:4).
"I will punish Bel in Babylon and take from his mouth what he has swallowed." (Jer.51:44).
When the new heavens and earth appear, the Sea will be no more. It will pass away, plunged by God into the eternal lake of fire reserved for Satan and all who followed him in Revolt against God.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea." (Rv.21:1).
1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 2, 'Eden'
2. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 3, 'The Return of God'
Sea (God Parts the Sea)
Sea, (the Lower Sea)
Sea (monster of the Sea)
Sea (will vanish)
Sea (will roar)
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