Revelation 8 and Jesus Christ is about to break the 7th seal of the scroll. This 7th seal broke, and it unfolded into seven trumpet judgments. The plague’s intensity increased. Thus, these were worse than the seal judgments before. See Revelation 6.
Humans are agents, taking part in the seal judgments, as we saw the Antichrist, war, famine, and deadly plagues. But what follows, the trumpet- and vial judgments are the work of God alone. There are two reasons for this:
It is supernatural; science cannot explain what is happening.
The earth-dwellers knew it was God.
Revelation 16:9-11 “They cursed the name of God… but they refused to repent… And cursed the God of heaven… but they refused to repent.”
Revelation 8:1: “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”
Breathless anticipation in heaven before the 7th seal was broken. God, in His mercy, waiting before judgment, allowing for repentance. But the last seal set in motion seven trumpets, blowing one after another.
Revelation 8:2: “And I saw the seven angels which stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.”
In the Old Testament, a trumpet’s blowing sounded to call an assembly or to announce war. Here, God is declaring war against His enemies.
Revelation 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.
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.”
Incense and prayer are associated in the Bible; prayers drift to heaven like pleasant incense. Remember when David said: “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you.” See Psalm 141:2.
So here, the prayers of God’s people come before the Lord God, setting the consummation of history in motion. See Revelation 6:10.
Revelation 8:5: “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.”
God heard those prayers. The angel filled the censer with fire and cast it on the Earth. God’s judgement has come.
The tossing from the furnace will remind you of when Moses and Aaron stood before Pharaoh. Exodus 9:10: “So they took soot from a furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on people and animals.”
Revelation 8:6: “And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.”
Revelation 8:7: “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.”
Hail and fire mingled with blood was not nature taking its course; it was speaking of an ecological judgment upon all the earth. Blood is likely the result of the disaster.
This hail and fire will remind you of the time when God brought judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah. See Genesis 19:24: “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.”
Revelation 8:8: “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, did; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.”
John was careful to say that this was not an actual mountain but rather the size of a mountain, something like a fireball from heaven. Perhaps a meteor crashed into the sea. It killed a third of the living creatures in the ocean and destroyed a third of the ships on the sea.
Revelation 8:10: “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 thy were made bitter.”
Like a comet or a meteor, a celestial body fell on Earth. Wormwood is proverbial for bitterness, and a third of the drinking water became undrinkable. Those who drank from this water died.
Revelation 8:12: “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.”
The above does not describe a lessening of light, but one-third of the day was plunged into absolute darkness.
Jesus told His disciples, speaking of the end times, “The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light. See Matthew 24:29.
Revelation 8:13: “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!”
The “woe” is speaking of misery, suffering, trouble, and pain for the evil inhabitants of the earth.
The last three trumpets is also known as “the three woes.” See Revelation 9.
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