Revelation Chapter 8
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
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Revelation Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
The seventh seal is opened and seven angels appear with seven trumpets, ready to proclaim the purposes of God. (1,2) Another angel casts fire on the earth, which produces terrible storms of vengeance. (3-5) The seven angels prepare to sound their trumpets. (6) Four sound them. (7-12) Another angel denounces greater woes to come. (13)1-6 The seventh seal is opened. There was profound silence in heaven for a space; all was quiet in the church, for whenever the church on earth cries through oppression, that cry reaches up to heaven; or it is a silence of expectation. Trumpets were given to the angels, who were to sound them. The Lord Jesus is the High Priest of the church, having a golden censer, and much incense, fulness of merit in his own glorious person. Would that men studied to know the fulness that is in Christ, and endeavoured to be acquainted with his excellency. Would that they were truly persuaded that Christ has such an office as that of Intercessor, which he now performs with deep sympathy. No prayers, thus recommended, was ever denied hearing and acceptance. These prayers, thus accepted in heaven, produced great changes upon earth. The Christian worship and religion, pure and heavenly in its origin and nature, when sent down to earth and conflicting with the passions and worldly projects of sinful men, produced remarkable tumults, here set forth in prophetical language, as our Lord himself declared, #Lu 12:49|.
7-13 The first angel sounded the first trumpet, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood. A storm of heresies, a mixture of dreadful errors falling on the church, or a tempest of destruction. The second angel sounded, and a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea; and the third part of the sea became blood. By this mountain some understand leaders of the persecutions; others, Rome sacked by the Goths and Vandals, with great slaughter and cruelty. The third angel sounded, and there fell a star from heaven. Some take this to be an eminent governor; others take it to be some person in power who corrupted the churches of Christ. The doctrines of the gospel, the springs of spiritual life, comfort, and vigour, to the souls of men, are corrupted and made bitter by the mixture of dangerous errors, so that the souls of men find ruin where they sought refreshment. The fourth angel sounded, and darkness fell upon the great lights of heaven, that give light to the world, the sun, and the moon, and the stars. The guides and governors are placed higher than the people, and are to dispense light, and kind influences to them. Where the gospel comes to a people, and has not proper effects on their hearts and lives, it is followed with dreadful judgments. God gives alarm by the written word, by ministers, by men's own consciences, and by the signs of the times; so that if people are surprised, it is their own fault. The anger of God makes all comforts bitter, and even life itself burdensome. But God, in this world, sets bounds to the most terrible judgments. Corruption of doctrine and worship in the church are great judgments, and also are the usual causes and tokens of other judgments coming on a people. Before the other three trumpets were sounded, there was solemn warning how terrible the calamities would be that should follow. If lesser judgments do not take effect the church and the world must expect greater; and when God comes to punish the world, the inhabitants shall tremble before him. Let sinners take warning to flee from the wrath to come; let believers learn to value and to be thankful for their privileges; and let them patiently continue in well doing.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Christine's Revelation Chapter 8 comment on 6/20/2015, 2:29pm...
I think it 's Great!!Study Made Easy.
Victoria's Revelation Chapter 8 comment on 5/09/2015, 3:00am...
Your eyes have been trained dark. Remember it 's symbolically written. These versus have nothing to do with our destruction or the earths but yet is a battle cry to conquer for the kindom! It 's the SAINTS who are now no longer under the Devils bondage and begin to destroy the dragons Babylon kingdom. First the religious Baybylon mother Harlot Vatican church and her daughters then it 's the fall of the political Babylon. The end is Jubilee.
Fay Wisner's Revelation Chapter 8 comment on 4/29/2015, 4:11pm...
The three ways in which man will be aware of the time are first symbolic, second, the double edged sword, which divides the physical world from the spiritual world, and the final when that which has been given symbolically comes into fruition of man judging man. Those who judge and seek self-serving vengeance and wanton of pain have been judged, and the judgment they seek upon others becomes their judgment. They who repent and see the err of their own way and seek to punish themselves because of the same and they who leave judgment to G d seeing retribution of others as symbolic and also assist and provide grace and understanding in tribulations and work to bring them who overcome the same to G d will realize salvation, as G d has made the children during apocalypse and Revelations, judgment and vengeance to "walk backward " undoing what has been done, so all the works and glory be to He who delivered and created us, that we do not filth our path on the way to Him. Blessings, all praise and thanks be to G d.
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