July 5, 2015. Updated 7/5/2017 Steve Sabz
Dark-red surface, 3D illustration (Photo by ArtyFree)

Dark-red surface, 3D illustration (Photo by ArtyFree)

Sea turns to blood, 6,500 Jewish rebels killed

July 5, 67 A.D.  Jerusalem

Fighting moves to the sea of Joppa on July 5th in 67 AD (6th day of Tamuz), where Roman and Jewish ships engage in battle. Jewish ships are dashed against the rocks due to the violence of the "black north wind", easily securing another victory for the Romans. Josephus reports that "the sea was bloody a long way, and the maritime parts were full of dead bodies" . Another sea-fight in Galilee also caused the "lake [to appear] all bloody, and full of dead bodies" . The combined blood-bath resulted in the death of 6,500 Jewish fighters (Revelation 16:3-4).


The seas of Israel being filled with blood fulfills the second and third bowls of God's wrath (Revelation 16:3-4). We know that these judgments had to be fulfilled in the first-century AD, as documented by Josephus, because of the reason that the angel gives to justify such a violent and bloody sentence upon the rebel Jews:

For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve! The angel of the waters in Revelation 16:6 (circa 65 AD)

The keyword in the passage above that reveals the timeframe context of the prophecy is the angel's reference to the prophets, whose blood was spilled. Jesus declared that the blood of the prophets "will be required of this generation" (Luke 11:50-51) of Jews alive during his earthly ministry. In addition, the prophecy cannot concern a future event as Premillennialists assert because God discontinued the ordination of prophets in the first-century AD (Ephesians 2:20).


  This article is an excerpt from the author's book  END TIME REWIND  

Steve Sabz

Steve Sabz

Born again (John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23) on August 8th 1988, Steve Sabz is a professional educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University,  where he also completed Graduate level courses in Human Physiology and Endocrinology. Currently, Steve is pursuing a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.  Steve founded Science and Bible Research in March 2014 with the goal of edifying the Christian through Science and Bible research in the areas of culture, faith, and reason. In the past, he faithfully served in church outreach ministries such as teaching English as a second language, playing guitar in worship bands, Scripture assembly projects, and inviting people within the local community to hear the good news of the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In an effort to grow in the knowledge and grace of the Messiah, Steve successfully completed over 100 hours of Association of Christian Schools International-approved lecture courses in Principles of Biblical Interpretation, Doctrine of the End Times, Bible Survey (I - IV), Systematic Theology (I - IV), Apologetics (I & II), Church History (I - VI), Biblical Theology of Covenants, Doctrine of Election, Doctrine of Assurance, Doctrine of the Trinity, and Logic of Creation from Ligonier Ministries.  Steve is also the author of Evolution's Complexity Problem: See How Evolution Falls Apart At Its Beginning and End Time Rewind: An Exploration In Bible Prophecy And The Fate Of The World.