THIRD > One of three parts: one of three equal parts of something
It would help right now to remember that in chapter 1 verse 3 we read ,
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Without this comforting verse it would sometimes be difficult to read on in the coming judgements . Gods promise to us is the same yesterday , today and tomorrow . He loves us and does not want one single one to be lost .
Reading in todays verse we read that the second trumpet is being sounded and the news is not good for those left on earth .
When the second angel sounded the 2nd trumpet , something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea and 1/3 of the sea became blood and a third of the living creatures living in the sea died and a third of the ships were destroyed .
We must remember in Johns ancient times he tried to describe what he was seeing in what he knew to be at that time . Today his description may be alot different , what looked like a burning mountain , could mean alot of different things in our world today . The key idea here is 1/3 of all the worlds seas and creatures of the sea will be lost .