Revelation 8

The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer

1 When the Lamb opened u the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 Then I saw the seven angels v who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 And another angel came and stood w at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with x the prayers of all the saints on y the golden altar before the throne, 4 and z the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. 5 Then the angel took the censer and a filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and b there were peals of c thunder, rumblings, 1 flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

The Seven Trumpets

6 Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed d hail and e fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a f third of the earth was burned up, and a third of g the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like h a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea i became blood. 9 A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of j the ships were destroyed.

10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and k a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on l the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. 2 A third of the waters m became wormwood, and many people died from the water, n because it had been made bitter.

12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of o the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.

13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, p "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!"

  1. Cross References
    Revelation 5:1
    Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
    Revelation 6:1
    Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, "Come!
  2. Cross References
    Luke 1:19
    And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
  3. Cross References
    Amos 9:1
    I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: "Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and those who are left of them I will kill with the sword; not one of them shall flee away; not one of them shall escape.
  4. Cross References
    Revelation 5:8
    And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
  5. Cross References
    Revelation 9:13
    Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God.
    Exodus 30:1
    You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.
    Exodus 30:3
    You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And you shall make a molding of gold around it.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 141:2
    Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
  7. Cross References
    Leviticus 16:12
    And he shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small, and he shall bring it inside the veil
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 18:7 - 8
    Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.
  9. Cross References
    Revelation 4:5
    From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God.
  10. Cross References
    Exodus 9:23 - 24
    Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
    Psalms 18:13
    The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.
    Ezekiel 38:22
    With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur.
  11. Cross References
    Joel 2:30
    And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.
  12. Cross References
    Revelation 8:8 - 12
    The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
    Revelation 9:15
    So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
    Revelation 9:18
    By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths.
    Revelation 12:4
    His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.
    Zechariah 13:8 - 9
    In the whole land, declares the Lord, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive.
  13. Cross References
    Revelation 9:4
    They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
    Isaiah 2:13
    Against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan.
  14. Cross References
    Jeremiah 51:25
    Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, declares the Lord, which destroys the whole earth; I will stretch out my hand against you, and roll you down from the crags, and make you a burnt mountain.
    Mark 11:23
    Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
  15. Cross References
    Revelation 11:6
    They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.
    Exodus 7:17
    Thus says the Lord, "By this you shall know that I am the Lord : behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood.
    Exodus 7:19
    And the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 2:16
    Against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft.
  17. Cross References
    Revelation 9:1
    And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit.
    Isaiah 14:12
    How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!
  18. Cross References
    Revelation 14:7
    And he said with a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.
    Revelation 16:4
    The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood.
  19. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:18
    Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit.
    Jeremiah 9:15
    Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will feed this people with bitter food, and give them poisonous water to drink.
    Jeremiah 23:15
    Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets: "Behold, I will feed them with bitter food and give them poisoned water to drink, for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has gone out into all the land.
  20. Cross References
    Exodus 15:23
    When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
  21. Cross References
    Exodus 10:21 - 23
    Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.
    Isaiah 13:10
    For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light.
    Isaiah 30:26
    Moreover, the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord binds up the brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.
  22. Cross References
    Revelation 9:12
    The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.
    Revelation 11:14
    The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.
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