Revelation 8:8-9: The Second Trumpet’s Burning Mountain

There’s been a lot of speculation about the second trumpet discussed in Revelation 8:8-9 in recent years. For instance, I listened to a “prophecy expert” on the radio discuss the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill shortly after it transpired. The “expert” proclaimed his belief that prophecies inside and outside the Bible accounted for the Deepwater Water Horizon Oil Spill. The “expert” suggested that the prophecies concerning the second trumpet of the Book of Revelation may be linked to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

I disagreed with this “expert” at the time because I believe there’s a much greater disaster that will fulfill the second trumpet. In this article, I will discuss this upcoming disaster.

Revelation 8:8-9 describe a burning mountain falling into the sea. The result is massive destruction and massive loss of life.

The Second Trumpet

(8) And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; (9) And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.” (Revelation 8:8-9)

The description of a burning mountain collapsing into the sea sounds like a description of a volcano collapsing into the sea as volcanoes can easily be described as “burning mountains”. The impact of the burning mountain’s collapse has wide-scale impact; likely over a large geographic area since 1/3 of the world’s ships are destroyed from its collapse.

No mountain is large enough to destroy 1/3 of the world’s ships by just crashing into them. However, the resulting tsunami from a collapsing mountain would have the potential to create massive destruction far beyond the area of the collapse.

The Cumbre Vieja

I believe that the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands) is likely going to be the burning mountain that falls into the sea. Geologists found that the western flank of the Cumbre Vieja is ready to collapse into the Atlantic Ocean during its next big eruption. Geologists’ computer models and experiments estimate that the collapse of the Cumbre Vieja’s western flank into the Atlantic Ocean would unleash a monster mega-tsunami that would devastate a huge swath of the Atlantic coastline, including the entire U.S. eastern seaboard.[1] There would be catastrophic destruction to shipping and coastlines in wake of the tsunami and a tremendous loss of life.

Video: The Collapse

The following video discusses how a volcanic eruption is crucial to causing the Cumbre Vieja to collapse into the Atlantic Ocean.

Video: The Mega-Tsunami

The following video shows how a large landslide (like a collapsing Cumbre Vieja) can generate a massive mega-tsunami that can travel large distances.

Video: East Coast U.S. Impacts

The following video discusses the potential impact that the collapsing Cumbre Vieja could have on the East Coast of the U.S.

I hope you found this article interesting. If you would like to read about other end time disasters like a plague of 100 lbs. hailstones hitting the earth, click this link for my article on the seventh vial judgment hailstones: Revelation 16:21: The Largest Hailstones Ever

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  1. Ward, Steve. N. and Simon Day. “Cumbre Vieja Volcano — Potential Collapse and Tsunami at La Palma, Canary Islands”. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 28, Issue 17, p. 3397-3400.
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Wayne Croley
Wayne Croley

Hi! I’ve studied and written about Bible prophecy since I was a teenager. My goal is to make Bible prophecy easy for you to understand while avoiding the sensationalism seen elsewhere. I am the author of several end time books, including Prophecy Proof Insights on the End Times, a comprehensive book about the end times. I hold an M.B.A. and degrees in Managerial Economics and Political Science.