Chapter 8

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1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

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.

4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

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!

Commentary for Revelation 8

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.

Discussion for Revelation 8

  • Michael C.
    Two things in the beginning of this chapter stand out. First, the seventh seal's half hour of silence; makes me think of the dividing of time, which Christ's coming marks. And second, how the burning coals from the golden altar of incense, under which the Martyrs await God's vengeance, and the prayers of the Saints, being cast into the earth, is the harbinger of the seven trumpets of the angels.
  • David
    Understanding how prophesy tend to be delivered to men throughout the Bible helps you to see the bigger picture about the Book of Revelation. The prophecy tends to be delivered several times using different imagery. The Book of Revelation has several groups of Seven. The first set of Seven seems to be for the churches around at the time of the author, but the 7 Seals, the 7 Trumpets and the 7 Bowls or vials are repeating the same series of events seen using different methods of focus. The 7 seals are 7 releases, the 7 Trumpets are 7 warnings and the 7 Bowls are 7 reaping's. So an angel breaks a seal, next an angel blows a trumpet which warns by way of a sign in the heavens and for those who do not head the warning, an angel administers a disaster. All of which is going to be aimed at getting the world and more specifically the Hebrew remnant to repent.
  • Kimberly for verse 3
    My thought it that the Angel stood before the alter with a sensor that was full of praise and prayers from the saints in the earth that at are believing for miracles. The incense represented the prayers from the saints that were then poured out before the throne of God.
  • Jesse Ochoa
    Revelation 8 speaks of literal destruction!! This sept 2015 or so, an asteroid is going to hit in the ocean just off of Venezuela, Puerto Rico area, as a result, devastating worldwide events will take place. Prepare, and repent!! Jesus is THE ONLY WAY!!!
  • Ako nga
    Trumphets is already heared starts last 2009. Rev 8 to 10 is coming as per massage of sept 2015. Because of the weakness and sin of all people , and unbilieving to God, punishment will come.. All this written will come true as the scripture of John say in advance massage by the Lord.
  • Christine
    I think it 's Great!!Study Made Easy.

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Bible Trivia

What happened when the seventh seal was opened in heaven?
  • It was silent in Heaven for about a half an hour
  • There were thunderings, lightnings and a great earthquake
  • Hail and fire, mingled with blood was cast on the earth
  • A great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea
  • The sun was darkened