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Book of Revelation

Chapter 8


1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in
heaven for about half an hour.
silence in heaven for about half an hour.
The roman hour was divided into twelve segments, so he is speaking of
six.




2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given
seven trumpets.



seven trumpets.
A reference to Joshua taking the city of Jericho by blowing seven
trumpets (Jos 6:8). They had to be silent for six days (see v 1). John
uses the account of Joshua taking the city and shows how the Church can
take the world.



3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was
given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the
golden altar before the throne.



prayers of all the saints.
Prayer is the key to winning the world.



4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up
before God from the angel's hand.

        
        




5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and
hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings,
flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

        
        




6 Then
the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.


The following plagues are like the plagues of Egypt.


prepared to sound them.
The trumpets, like the voice of Moses, is the gospel being proclaimed.




7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with
blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was
burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass
was burned up.

        
        
        Man’s economic support is burned up.



8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain,
all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into
blood,

        
        
        Political systems are thrown out.




9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships
were destroyed.

        
        



10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch,
fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—

        
        




11 the name of the star is Wormwood.
(a) A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters
that had become bitter.



waters turned bitter.
Only the tree of Calvary (the cross) can turn the poisonous philosophies
of the world into something sweet. (Ex 15:25)




12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a
third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them
turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of
the night.



without light.
Rejecting the gospel will keep men in darkness.




13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud
voice: "Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the
trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!"



other three angels.
The next three trumpet blasts are actually the most important and the
book deals more at length with these.

Chapter 9

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