As it were (w). "As if," not a great mountain, but a blazing mass as large as a mountain. Burning with fire (puri kaiomenon). Present middle participle of kaiw. Somewhat like Enoch 18:13, but perhaps with the picture of a great volcanic eruption like that of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Strabo tells of an eruption B.C. 196 which made a new island (Palaea Kaumene). Became blood (egeneto aima). Like the Nile in the first plague ( Exodus 7:20 ). Cf. also Revelation 16:3 .