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

  • Robert Hargrove on Revelation 8
    what does the last trump means in revelation 8
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 8
    Note: when seal 6 & 7 start, these 2-combined /occurring together, shall cause the earth to be a VERY undesirable place to be for all alive, even with 401K's, SSI, rent paid, good jobs or no job, ..., never-the-less those AWFUL days could start any minute of any hour, especially after /when we considered all events of seal 1,2,3,4,5, are more then likely fulfilled or being fulfilled globally in 2020. So if we are confused,and most are confused about SALVATION through JESUS, it is still better to be SAVED /secured in JESUS (see John 3:16-21 and similar verses) thereby avoid the 'Lake of Fire'.
  • RC Lewis on Revelation 8:1
    The silence comes before a great storm the power of silence is everywhere and most of all the power of GOD is everywhere so the half hour is not much time to God as we know a thousand years are as one day. I believe a half hour of silence is the minimum needed to get people to slow down focus and listen prepare for what is about to happen. God does not order or command he lets us use our free will to stop listen and respond with respect.
  • Chris on Revelation 8:12
    A third of the sun's path is darkened- the sun is moving, we are still!!- a third of its path is a third of a day- otherwise we are looking at 4 months of darkness

    Just like Joshua commanded the sun to stand still.

    We live on a flat earth-we are God's foot stool ; up means up and down means down-

    Like clay under the signet ring

    The line accross- the breadth of the earth; the face of the earth

    Pillars, foundations, the sea being locked up,antartica all around us

    The firmament over us ,with waters above us, the firmament strong as molten looking glass

    Gods throne over above us in the north- over north pole mount zion

    The world has created a system that is trying to exclude God. False science(opposition of science)

    The ball earth with the sun in the center (idolatry), evolution, God removed from schools, prayer removed-Is it any wonder children are not taking the bible seriously?

    We try to conform the Word of God

    To the false science our kids are taught in school-WAKE UP!
  • Gerard - in Reply on Revelation 8:12
    I fully agree with you Chris
  • I am on Revelation 8
    The anointing of God, my Holy Father, teaches me all things, even thine own wicked thoughts against me and intents to prolong thy deceit against my chosen. It is God that justifies me and my judgment is just. Therefore, thine accusations against me are vain opinions of no truth. For ye are Satan's angels, witnessing falsely for filthy lucre's sake, saying thou art Christ by thine own speaking, when Christ alone preaches truth according to those things given by my Holy Father. And ye prophesy falsely, saying, When Jesus comes! When Christ returns! Yet ye secretly say Christ is come, even raised again. Ye are the WHORE sitting upon the beast that is mankind: ye are wolves in sheep's clothing.
  • Loretta Hughes on Revelation 8
    A Disciple is the statue of liberty considered the whore of Babylon??
  • Stan - in Reply on Revelation 8
    No. the statue of liberty is a bunch of bricks, mortar, wood, cables, etc. The whore of Babylon is the spiritual representation of the dog eat dog society where everybody tries to gain more and more physical luxuries of life even if they have to run roughshod over others to get it. The more a person lusts after material wealth the more they are committing spiritual fornication with the whore of B.
  • Am - in Reply on Revelation 8
    The church of Rome is the Whore of Babaylon and the daughters are the apostate churches, they fo not keep Hods commandments.
  • Loretta Hughes on Revelation 8
    Just my thoughts, We are living in perilous time I have never seen before, What part does President Trump play in the tribulation? It's seems like he has to have a strength, wisdom, and courage that could only come from God to endure all the people who hate him and ridicule him and his family. Why is the house of representative so evil and against him when he is a man of God?


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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