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.
Nick Mac.'s Revelation Chapter 8 comment about verse 8 on 10/19/2014, 5:25pm...
It says it is hurled at earth, and is like a mountain.. sounds to me like it says an Asteroid, as if on fire ie entering earths atmosphere, and lands in the sea..not Europe or on land.. in the Sea. no doubt the blood will be from the many lost in ensuing tsunami 's.. there IS reason we 're told we will all COWER and hide our faces, climb under rocks..
Sploshwatcher's Revelation Chapter 8 comment about verse 8 on 8/31/2014, 7:16am...
I think it 's a volcano they do that spew fire of lava on things don 't they.
Ar's Revelation Chapter 8 comment on 7/01/2014, 10:47am...
Revelation ch 8 vs 11 the Wormwood in the Greek Bible is called . Pronounced Apsinthos which, I understand in Ukrainian language is Chernobyl . This is a very bitter plant. In 1986, when the Chernobyl NUCLEAR accident happened, it cost many thousands of lives . It rained for three days and the poisoned waters ran like river everywhere thus spreading the danger. They say that more than 1.000.000 people have died because of that nuclear disaster. So this was after the third trumpet ! If we go backward to the second trumpet , and to verse 9, it says that one third of the ship s were destroyed. This refers to the second World War, when from 105.000 ships involved in the war 36.000 thousand ships were destroyed , burnt or sank. That s one third of the ships . So the second trumpet was the Second world War. It s natural to think that the first trumpet refers to the first World War.
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