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 alter, having a golden censor; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of the saints upon the golden alter that 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 censor, and filled it with fire from the alter, 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, an angel flying in 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!
8:1 This is the awe of the judgments about to be unleashed.
8:2 The trumpets represent harsher judgments than the seals.
8:3, 5 God's wrath is further kindled by all the prayers of his people.
8:7, 2 theories, 1) Actual Hail, fire and blood. reason for this belief is that the phrase "like unto" or "something like" is not used here signifying that John is witnessing what he is actually describing. 2) A natural event such as a Volcanic eruption so intense that the entire earth is affected.
8:8-9, The phrase "something like" indicates that John is unsure what he is witnessing.This probably refers to a meteor or asteroid so intense that it's impact will result in either red tides, caused by dead sea life, or oil deposits, that will overcome the seas with blood and destroyed ships.
8:10-11, obviously a comet, due to the phrases "star" and "burning like a torch" this comet will disintegrate as it enters our atmosphere falling on enough of our water supply to kill many people. Wormwood: a poisonous, bitter, substance.
8:12 weather these celestial bodies are reduced in brightness 33.3% or the day is 33.3% shorter is uncertain. However, the results will be unmistakable, severe changes in the temperature will result in life on earth altered dramatically, albeit temporary.
1) And the fifth angel sounds, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2) And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3) And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4) And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither and tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5) And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6) And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7) And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8) And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9) And they had breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10) And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11) And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
12) One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13) And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14) Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15) And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16) And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17) And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18) By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19) For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20) And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21) Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
9:1 Unlike other stars, this one is an angelic being, a "fallen star" demonic in nature.
9:2 Bottomless pit- Home of incarcerated demons.
9:4 These hordes, although evil, are being used by God to punish those who reject him.
9:5 The earthly lifespan of a normal locust swarm.
9:6 Even suicide will be unsuccessful , as God wants all to repent of their sins and does not wish any would perish before coming to him.
9: 5-10 John uses the term "like" 9 times in his description of the locusts, obviously he has trouble describing what he is seeing, which is like nothing he has ever seen before, hinting toward the spiritual/demonic make up of these beings.
9:11 Abaddon/Apollion-Meaning "desroyer", the angel of the pit.
9:14-15 Never are angels restrained or bound. These are obviously fallen angels released at this pre-determined time in our history to do God's will and further root out evil.
9:16-19 Although John says that he saw a "vision", indicating a figurative and not literal army, he none the less says he saw them. Unlike the locusts, he only uses the term "like" 2 times further lending to the speculation that this army is not figurative and they are literal beings, although spiritual and demonic in nature.The fact that 1/3 of mankind is killed reveals the fierceness of this judgment.
9:20-21 Although the judgments are becoming more fierce, hearts are being hardened to the point that even if some wanted to repent, they might not be able to because they have reached the point of no return. They will continue to pray to their false gods and idols (God made to fit their own image rather than the one true God)
1)And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2)And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
3)And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4)And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
5)And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6)and swear by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.
7) But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
8)and the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9)And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, give me the little book. and he said unto me, take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10)and I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11)And he said unto me, thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
10:1-11:14 An interlude between the 6th and 7th trumpets.
10:1 Some theologins understand this to be Christ. However, the use of the word "another" clearly demonstrates that this is a member of the angelic host, but not one of the trumpet angels, but a high ranking angel none the less. Rainbow- to remind John of God's Noahic covenant to never destroy all of mankind ever again no atter what jugments befall them.
10:2 To symbolize that although Satan is the current god of the earth, God ultimately owns the universe and will accomplish his will.
10:3 The fullness of the Holy Spirit and the completeness of God's plan.
10:4 Meant for John's ears only, until, in real time, God reveals to all.
10:6 The prayers of the saints will finally be answered.
10:7 When the 7th trumpet actually sounds, in real time, it will be revealed what God's plan was, is, and will be.
10:9 John is to "digest" God's word. John's reactions should and will be the reactions of all believers, to be "sweet" anticipation of God's ultimate victory over evil, and the "bitterness " of seeing God's wrath poured out on those who reject his son.
10:11 A call to warn all believers to prophesy and evangelize down through the ages of God's ultimate plan and glory.