Posted by: cindybythesea | December 26, 2012

And, There Was No More Sea

   And, I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and, there was no more sea.”  Revelation 21:1

No more sea! Can you imagine that! For those of us who live on or near the ocean, it’s a hard concept to imagine. No more sea. But, that’s what the Bible says.

With three-quarters of the earth made up of water, it’s hard to imagine life without these beautiful and petulant bodies of water; a particularly disappointing thought to those of us who enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing on or just sitting beach side along one of their beautiful shores.

So, why, no more sea?

I was talking to my daughter Seven Stars the other day, when she brought the subject to my attention. For some reason, she had been giving it some serious thought and had a number of insights with which to share with me.  After our discussion, I suddenly understood, why, there will be no more sea. Something I had never really understood or thought much about before.

The Bible has a lot to say about water – both rivers and seas. And, there seems to be a clearly defined differentiation between the two.  For you will notice, while there is no more sea in the new heaven and earth, there is a river. A crystal clear river that flows from the throne of God.

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb.” Revelation 22:1

Now, why might this be, rivers, but, no seas?

Let’s look at a few examples.

Moses was drawn out of the water in a basket which was floated on top of the waters of the Red Sea.

Jesus walked on the water at the sea of Galilee.

Noah’s ark was lifted up and floated on the waters, which covered the earth.

Where does Leviathan reside?  In the sea.

Where does the beast of Revelation rise up from?  The sea.

Do you see a pattern developing? There appears to be a clearly defined difference in the Bible between that which is in the sea  from that which is on the sea?  A difference, which, I believe is key to understanding, why, in heaven, there will be no sea.

The Abyss

There was a movie by this name a few years ago, The Abyss.  The abyss referring to the deepest, darkest part of the sea. But, in the Bible it is a word which refers to the bottomless pit, the underworld, the deepest part of the ocean or hell. This is the place where in Jude 1:6,7 the angels who left their first estate are held in chains. And, it is the sea that is the burial place of the wicked, who died in Noah’s flood, as well as the Egyptians who pursued Moses and the Israelites as they fled Egypt.

It is against this backdrop that we see and understand the importance of Jesus walking on the water in Matthew 14:22-33. For in walking on the water, Jesus demonstrated his power not only over nature but, more importantly over the sea itself.  For to place feet on is to claim dominion. And, in this instance, Jesus clearly demonstrates his power over the sea and over everything in and under it, including the abyss.

But, rivers are something else. Rivers begin high in the mountains (mountain heights are always synonymous with the dwelling place of God).  And, streams like God’s grace flow downward until they reach the hills and valleys below providing life to all living things as they rush along their course.  Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river and it was this same river that Joshua and the Israelites passed over in order to come into the promised land.

Yes, the sea teems with life and, we glorify God for his stunning creation. But, for all their beauty, they will not be found in heaven – for nothing sin stained will  – and while, the sea in and of itself is not evil, from what we are told in scripture, those found within the confines of her deepest regions are …..

“In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword — his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.”   Isaiah 27:1

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy

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Responses

  1. Shalom Cindy,
    The book of Revelation explains WHAT the sea, flood, or ocean is referred to. It is an interesting find. It has to do with the many people and all their thoughts and beliefs. The few examples you brought out about Gods people being ON but not IN the waters was really neat, and really paints a clearer picture. Only in Jesus, we may have a place above the world’s beliefs, above the power of the great serpent, and be right with God.

    The scripture that really comes to mind is Jesus gives a parable of two carpenters, and how they build their house. One man builds his house upon the sand, great was the fall. Interesting, in the book of Genesis Abraham is promised that his seed will be of TWO things: earthly and heavenly. Can sand resemble people? Can we build our lives on people, genealogy, pleasing others, etc.? Both houses are slammed by rains, winds, and the floods (Heres another freebie: the wind has to do with false doctrine. I will let you discover what God says rain is). So we are ALL going to have to face some things coming at us. How do we stand?

    The ONLY house that stands after being attacked by these things is the house that is firmly founded on the rock. The only “house” that will stand in eternity is the “house” that is firmly founded in Christ.

    Oh! Also, the rock and the foundation is made of the same material. The foundation is Repentance, Faith, Baptism, Laying on of Hands, Resurrection of the Dead, Eternal Judgement. This is the image(logos) of Christ.

    May God lead you into all truth.

  2. I hope God makes dolphins fresh water animals for the River of Life:)

    [I hope so too Shelby and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if that were so! I have a feeling the river of life will be more than a trickle ….. miles and miles wide ….. it may be home to all the sea life, we’ve come to love ….. don’t know for sure …. but, after living here in Hawaii for so many years, I sure hope so! C]

    • Actually, there are already fresh water dolphins in the rivers of the world. 🙂 Check out this link to find out more about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_dolphin

      Also, let’s be careful to define the sea in biblical terms. In ancient times, “the sea” referred to the “Great Sea” or one-world ocean surrounding Earth’s continents, which the Mediterranean Sea was considered a part of. I believe that this is what is being referred to in the Book of Revelation, when it says that there will be no more sea.

      Remember that this Great Sea or one-world ocean is what resulted from the waters of the Great Flood. So all deep and large bodies of water are a sign of the judgment of mankind, and the demise of the wicked! So the reason that there will no longer be any “Great Sea” on the New Earth is because out planet will be restored to Edenic perfection. Remember that, before the Flood, there were no oceans on the Earth – only rivers, shallow lakes, and ponds.

      I believe that this was so because God did not originally create any bodies of water that could have posed a threat to human or animal life. According to the Bible, there also was no rain before the Flood (Gen. 2:5). So the rains that caused the Flood are also a sign of Judgment. As a result, there will be no rain on the New Earth. It will be replaced by the dew that watered the Earth prior to the Flood (Gen. 2:6).

  3. Hi Cindy,

    It seems that this G2281 thalassa is specific to the Mediterranean Sea or Red Sea. To lump all the oceans into this word I feel is erroneous.

    qalassa
    thalassa
    G2281
    n_ Nom Sg f
    SEA
    Result of search for “2281”:

    Lexicon Results
    Strong’s G2281 – thalassa
    θάλασσα
    Transliteration
    thalassa Pronunciation
    thä’-läs-sä (Key)

    Part of Speech
    feminine noun Root Word (Etymology)
    Probably prolonged from ἅλς (G251)

    TDNT Reference
    n/a
    Vines
    View Entry

    Outline of Biblical Usage
    1) the sea
    a) used of the sea in general
    b) used specifically of the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea

    The global oceans contain entirely beautiful and amazing living creatures and plants. There is so much expression and humor teaming in those vast waters. To do away with these creatures and plants would be tragic. Even making them to live in fresh water would completely change how many of them function and operate as living organisms. Yes. All things are possible with God. I just can’t imagine him changing that much of his original creation so drastically. I believe there will still be salt water oceans in heaven. They will be glorified and beautified even more. Our world would not be the same without the oceans. God made them. He is going to renew and refresh them, just like everything else. We can still go sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, boogie boarding, and surfing in a safe and beautiful new creation. Wow!

    I’ve also been in a study that referred to this “sea” as the ritual Mikvah cleansing that was required in order to enter the Holy grounds of the Temple Mount. Supposedly the Mikvah were referred to as the “sea”. We are already cleansed by the blood of Christ. Hence, no sea needed.

    Blessings, Spreading Salt

    [Hi Spreading Salt, Thank you for writing and thank you for your insight. You may well be right. And, I appreciate very much your adding to the discussion. It makes for interesting thought and one thing is certain, however, the Father has it planned out, it will not be a disappointment. Grace and blessings! C]

    • One more quick note Cindy,

      This same word is used in Revelation 15:

      15 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. 2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name.

      Perhaps this particular “sea” will no longer be needed in the New Heaven.

      Just another thought.

      Blessings, Spreading Salt

  4. The next place created by the lord for us to be with him in his kingdom will be perfect..we can only think what it will be like

  5. Cindy, this brought some interesting thoughts to me. The sea being the burial place of all the wicked in the flood! Wow, how many millions were there? And also thought of the OT restrictions on eating shellfish (bottom dwellers and feeders. Ew!.) Also as God distributed the people around the earth, were the seas there to KEEP them separated?

    • good points..I also thought of that.

  6. […] Appropriately enough, today’s study is from the blog Cindy By The Sea. That sounds so relaxing right now, doesn’t it?  This is her third selection at C201 — see below for other links — and appeared recently at her blog under the title And There Was No More Sea. […]

  7. Thanks Cindy! This was good.


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