Revelation 8 The Message Bible

The Seventh Seal

8 1  When the Lamb ripped off the seventh seal, Heaven fell quiet - complete silence for about half an hour. 2  I saw the Seven Angels who are always in readiness before God handed seven trumpets. 3  Then another Angel, carrying a gold censer, came and stood at the Altar. He was given a great quantity of incense so that he could offer up the prayers of all the holy people of God on the Golden Altar before the Throne. 4  Smoke billowed up from the incense-laced prayers of the holy ones, rose before God from the hand of the Angel. 5  Then the Angel filled the censer with fire from the Altar and heaved it to earth. It set off thunders, voices, lightnings, and an earthquake.

The Trumpets

6  The Seven Angels with the trumpets got ready to blow them.

7  At the first trumpet blast, hail and fire mixed with blood were dumped on earth. A third of the earth was scorched, a third of the trees, and every blade of green grass - burned to a crisp. 8  The second Angel trumpeted. Something like a huge mountain blazing with fire was flung into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, 9  a third of the living sea creatures died, and a third of the ships sank. 10  The third Angel trumpeted. A huge Star, blazing like a torch, fell from Heaven, wiping out a third of the rivers and a third of the springs. 11  The Star's name was Wormwood. A third of the water turned bitter, and many people died from the poisoned water. 12  The fourth Angel trumpeted. A third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were hit, blacked out by a third, both day and night in one-third blackout. 13  I looked hard; I heard a lone eagle, flying through Middle-Heaven, crying out ominously, "Doom! Doom! Doom to everyone left on earth! There are three more Angels about to blow their trumpets. Doom is on its way!"


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