The third part of the creatures (Revelation 8:9)
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 8:9 - King James
⚪ The English ecclesiastics who were excommunicated by the Pope
Rev.8:9. And the third part — The English part. Of the creatures. — The clergy "apostolically" of the Church of Rome, but actually doing business under Henry VIII. Be it noted that they were not counted worthy of being called "men."
Which were In the sea. — No longer under religious restraint to the papacy. And had life. — The apostolic succession, from the line of popes, etc., described in Rev. 2:13 comments.
Died. — Were excommunicated by the pope, lost their "apostolic (?) succession."
Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 150 + Cover
⚫ The modernists who repudiated the blood of Christ
"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." Symbolically "the sea" represents the peoples of Christendom, so called, as a whole, which nourish, bear up and support the commercial and governing factors. (Ps. 65: 7) The peoples of Christendom claim to represent God and Christ on earth, and taken as a whole they may be put in three separate divisions, to wit: (1) The agnostic and unbeliever; (2) fundamentalists; and (3) modernists. Of the third division are those who repudiate the blood of Christ; and to them his blood has become lifeless or dead.
Source : 🇺🇸 1930 - Light, vol 1, page 114 + Cover