The Lamb Breaks the Seventh Seal
8 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll,[a] there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. 2 I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.
3 Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out. 5 Then the angel filled the incense burner with fire from the altar and threw it down upon the earth; and thunder crashed, lightning flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake.
The First Four Trumpets
6 Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to blow their mighty blasts.
7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down on the earth. One-third of the earth was set on fire, one-third of the trees were burned, and all the green grass was burned.
8 Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and a great mountain of fire was thrown into the sea. One-third of the water in the sea became blood, 9 one-third of all things living in the sea died, and one-third of all the ships on the sea were destroyed.
10 Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch. It fell on one-third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star was Bitterness.[b] It made one-third of the water bitter, and many people died from drinking the bitter water.
12 Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one-third of the sun was struck, and one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars, and they became dark. And one-third of the day was dark, and also one-third of the night.
13 Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly as it flew through the air, “Terror, terror, terror to all who belong to this world because of what will happen when the last three angels blow their trumpets.”
An interesting scene unfolds here, and definitely takes a more chaotic turn. As the last seal is broken, there is silence. Can you imagine this after all that has been happening? Everything just stops and is quiet. I believe everything was silent because they were in awe, knowing what was about to come.
Then the next interesting thing happens, an angel brings a bowl of incense mixed with our prayers! What?! Then the silence is broken as the angel hurls the fire from the incense bowl down upon the earth with tremendous noise and destruction. and this sets up some real bad stuff that is going to happen next.
I’ve watched many hollywood movies about the end of the world, and they had to have based many of them on the bible account that we read here. The earth is literally being pummeled with fire and hail, lava and what sounds like a huge asteroid. Billions of people will die during these events, and this is only the beginning, it gets worse. Look at the last verse of this chapter. the angel warns anyone of the world will be in sheer terror with what happens next. Can you imagine that? Would you not be in terror already with whats happening? It must be beyond the imagination what is about to unfold with the last 3 trumpets.
I want to insert my opinion here. I believe that the Christians will be taken to heaven before this tribulation takes place. I think (and hope I’m right) that we will be spared all this terror. The last verse says “all who belong to this world”, which i believe indicates the unsaved. This will be an unprecedented time of fear and hopelessness and will be an incredibly difficult time for anyone who repents, as we will see in later chapters. The persecution of God’s people will be ruthless.
Whatever the case, I’m glad to know I don’t have to live in fear about what is to come. I am one of God’s chosen, and if you have Christ in your heart, so are you. God will give us strength to walk us through not just this, but any situation we are faced with.
Thank you God for your might and strength. Thank you that we do not need to fear, we place our trust in You!