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

  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    O evil man, you speak of those who believe you, not GOD. As it is written, Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen
  • Bruce
    Believers are in Heavy Tribulation,Taking From Their Homes, Forcing Them to Watch Their Children,Wife or Husband Being Tortured, Thrown into Prison or Killed. Some Taking From Their Home and Just Left in The Street No Food, Money, ID, No Shoes. 50 Countries are Persecuting Believers by The Hundreds Daily: With All Kinds of Torture, Prison and Beheading. Tribulation Started About 2000 Years Ago
  • Vicki
    Contrary to the belief of some, these judgments have NOT happened yet but will occur during the future Great tribulation, the time of Jacob or Israel’s trouble after the Rapture ofmthe cnurch. The great tribulation is Daniel’s 70th week and is for God’s returning to deal with Israel and the unbelieving world. Those who think these things are already occurring are confused.
  • Vicki
    I think it means just what it says. Something will fall into the sea and rivers. The first interpretation to look for is literal and there s no reason not to take this literally. I suggest you go to got questions dot org and look up biblical hermeneutics since I can t post a link here.
  • BSP
    Verse 8~Mountains can be used in the Bible to represent political powers and the issue of government has been a hot issue that has caused the "sea" of mankind to be stirred up.
  • Shola Agboola
    The journey of life to eternity is beyond human comprehension the mystery is wrapped up in that Seal
  • Obbie Beal
    SEAL # 7 wow, wow, wow, ... mankind will not like the results of seal # 7... Seal #1,2,3,4, is before my eyes everyday, and somewhere on earth seal #5 is winding-down daily... NOW let us watch as seal #6 get the attention of every man.women, and child. SEAL # 7 wow, wow, wow!
  • A disciple
    "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." The commencement of the "Alarm of War" in heaven, about to sound in its perfection, is on account of all the innocent blood of the righteous witnesses of Jesus shed upon the earth. When that number is full, then the end!
  • Ann
    I am so glad that Disciple has spoke out, to warn people to stay away from the Jehovah's Witnesses. Amen! and Amen!
  • A disciple
    Val Hawn; If I were you I'd get away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as fast as you can. They deny the Eternal Divinity of Christ, and follow the teachings of a man (Russel) who rewrote the Scriptures after his own ideas; very bad! Jesus said that He saw Satan as lightning fall from heaven, (Luke 10:18); and that we should not go after those who say Christ has already come, (Matthew 24:21-31).

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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