A vision: the seventh seal

After the Lamb opened the seventh seal of the scroll, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were each given a trumpet.

Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar. A great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, mingled with the prayers of all God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel filled the censer with fire from the altar and threw it down on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, flashes of lightning anda great earthquake.

Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and hail and fire mixed with blood fell upon the earth. One-third of the earth was set alight, one-third of the trees were destroyed, and all the green grass was burned up.

Then the second angel sounded his trumpet, and a great mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. One-third of the water in the sea became blood, one-third of all the creatures in the sea died, and one-third of all the ships that sailed the sea were destroyed.

Then the third angel sounded 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. The name of the star was Wormwood. It made one-third of the water bitter, and many people died from drinking the bitter water.

Then the fourth angel sounded 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 one-third of the night was starless.

As I watched, an eagle flying across the sky cried out, “Danger! Danger! Danger to all the inhabitants of the earth because of will happen when the last three angels sound their trumpets.”


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