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Keys to Revelation - Chapter 8

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                        Keys to Revelation - Chapter 8

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 8:1  When he opened the seventh      [He opened] - It is opened by the seal, there was silence in heaven        only one worthy to open the seals for about half an hour.                  --the Lamb of God (see REV 5:2-9).

                                          [silence] - The silence is a dramatic                                           pause making even more impressive the                                           judgment that is about to fall upon                                           the earth.  While thirty minutes is a                                           relatively short time, it makes for a                                           dramatic break considering the rather                                           quick moving pace of the events of                                           chapters 5-7.

REV 8:2  And I saw the seven angels      [stand before God] - The fact that who stand before God, and to them        these angels stand before God would were given seven trumpets.                indicate a place of prominence such                                           as is given to the angel Gabriel                                           (see LUK 1:19).

                                          [seven trumpets] - These were seven                                           literal trumpets that were to be                                           sounded to herald judgments of God.

REV 8:3  Another angel, who had a        [golden censer] - A gold pan filled golden censer, came and stood at          with fire (like hot charcoal). the altar. He was given much                  incense to offer, with the prayers        [incense] - Aromatic substance that of all the saints, on the golden          gives off smoke and aroma when placed altar before the throne.                  on hot coals.

                                          [with the prayers] - Our prayers to                                           God are mixed with incense and are                                           offered to Him as a sweet fragrance.

                                          [golden altar] - This is the same                                           altar that was mentioned in REV 6:9                                           in reference to the saints under the                                           the altar. 

REV 8:4  The smoke of the incense,        [prayers of the saints] - Could it together with the prayers of the          be that our prayers, even in this age saints, went up before God from the      are so precious to God that they are angel's hand.                            placed in golden censers and carried                                           by angels to be placed on the golden                                           altar before God?

REV 8:5  Then the angel took the          [fire...hurled] - The censers that censer, filled it with fire from          carried the prayers of the saints are the altar, and hurled it on the          now used to carry God's judgments to earth; and there came peals of            the earth.  Many of the prayers of thunder, rumblings, flashes of            Christians has been for God's lightning and an earthquake.              righteous judgment on earth, He now                                           answers these prayers.

                                          [there came...] - The thunder,                                           rumblings, flashes of lightning, and                                           the earthquake are reminiscent of                                           Sinai when God came to earth to visit                                           with Moses, however, this time it is                                           a visit of judgment (EXO 19:16-19).

REV 8:6  Then the seven angels who        [prepared to sound] - Most likely had the seven trumpets prepared to        means that they raised their trumpets sound them.                              in readiness to sound.

REV 8:7  The first angel sounded          [hail...fire...blood] - This could be his trumpet, and there came hail          a supernatural event of many gigantic and fire mixed with blood, and it        thunderstorms, which have a mixture was hurled down upon the earth. A        of hailstones of ice and bolts of third of the earth was burned up, a      fire called lightning.  The blood third of the trees were burned up,        would be like the real blood that God and all the green grass was burned        gave the Egyptians to drink in EXO 7. up.                                                                                The world has shed the blood of men                                           and women since the beginning and now                                           would be getting a judgment of blood,                                           but now mixed with fire!

                                          NOTE:  The hail, fire, and blood may                                           only be symbolic of destruction that                                           is caused by limited nuclear warfare.

                                          [earth, trees, grass...burned] - This                                           first trumpet was an obvious judgment                                           against the vegetation of the earth.                                           Man will suffer greatly due to the                                           greatly reduced food supply, oxygen                                           source, and the obvious psychological                                           effects of such devastation.

REV 8:8  The second angel sounded        [like a huge mountain] - It is not a his trumpet, and something like a        mountain, but like one, which could huge mountain, all ablaze, was            indicate something as devastating as thrown into the sea. A third of the      a meteorite or asteroid from space sea turned into blood,                    impacting into the ocean.

                                          This would kill a tremendous number                                           of fish from the concussion undersea REV 8:9  a third of the living            and of course the waves would disrupt creatures in the sea died, and a          the surface of the seas for thousands third of the ships were destroyed.        of miles causing ships to capsize and                                           sink.  Then along with this God turns                                           one third of the waters into literal                                           blood as a fit judgment for a blood-                                           thirsty world (see EXO 7:20-21).

REV 8:10  The third angel sounded        [great star...Wormwood] - John sees        his trumpet, and a great star,            something ablaze like a "shooting blazing like a torch, fell from the      star" strike the earth at various sky on a third of the rivers and on      places polluting the fresh waters. the springs of water--                    Again, this could be a supernatural                                           act of God using special poisonous REV 8:11  the name of the star is        stars, but it also could be by men Wormwood. A third of the waters          launching a germ warfare attack and turned bitter, and many people died      using ICBMs as the carrier to the from the waters that had become          major water sources. bitter.

REV 8:12  The fourth angel sounded        [a third of the sun] - God simply his trumpet, and a third of the sun      reduced the hours of sunlight by one- was struck, a third of the moon,          third, so instead of sunlight from and a third of the stars, so that a      7am to 7pm it would be reduced to third of them turned dark. A third        something like 9am to 5pm.  He had of the day was without light, and        no problem stopping the sun from also a third of the night.                shining on the entire earth when our                                           Lord died on the Cross (MAT 27:45).

                                          [a third of the moon] - Like the sun,                                           the moon was prevented from shining                                           for one-third of its normal time of                                           illumination.  The night was darker                                           than before due to the reduced number                                           of stars and the lack of the normal                                           moonlight.

                                          [a third of the stars] - God just                                           ordered them to cease from shining                                           and one-third of them went out like a                                           candle snuffed out.

                                          NOTE:  The net result of this fourth                                           judgment is to cause a collapse of                                           the balance of nature.  The seasons                                           are thrown into chaos, many crops die                                           because there is too much night and                                           not enough day.  Man thought he could                                           ignore God and still grow all the                                           food he desired.

REV 8:13  As I watched, I heard an        [eagle] - The same word for eagle can eagle that was flying in midair          be translated "vulture" which in this call out in a loud voice: "Woe!          context would symbolize impending Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the        doom.  It could be a clear warning to earth, because of the trumpet            the inhabitants of the earth or only blasts about to be sounded by the        serve as an announcement in heaven to other three angels!"                      those observing the unfolding of the                                           Judgments of God.

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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