New Testament In a Year: December 16 – Revelation 8

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Revelation 8
(1-5) The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer
The opening of the seventh seal causes a silence in heaven for about half an hour. It is the calm before the storm. Or as Gandalf would say, “The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last…”

Seven angels are given seven trumpets that they are to blow. Another angel has a golden censer which he uses to offer incense and the prayers of all the saints before God. He then throws the censer, filled with fire, on the earth as a sign that even more judgment is about to begin.

(6-13) The Seven Trumpets
Four of the seven angels blow their trumpets and great woe comes upon the earth. The blowing of the first trumpet causes hail and fire, mixed with blood, to be thrown upon the earth. A third of the earth, trees and green grass is burned up.

The blowing of the second trumpet causes something like a great mountain, burning with fire, to be thrown into the sea. A third of the sea becomes blood and because of this, a third of the sea animals die and a third of the ships are destroyed.

The blowing of the third trumpet causes a great star named Wormwood to fall from heaven. It falls on a third of the rivers and springs of water. which results in these rivers and springs becoming bitter and many people dying from drinking the water.

The blowing of the fourth trumpet causes the light of a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars to be darkened. Because of this, a third of the day and a third of the night is dark; there is no natural light.

An eagle cries that the blowing of the next three trumpets will be even worse than these four.

Favorite verse: (1) When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

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