Bible: Revelation 8-9

The Seventh Seal

8:1 Now 1  when the Lamb 2  opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 3  I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 4  angel holding 5  a golden censer 6  came and was stationed 7  at the altar. A 8  large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne. 8:4 The 9  smoke coming from the incense, 10  along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 11  the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth, and there were crashes of thunder, roaring, 12  flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

8:6 Now 13  the seven angels holding 14  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

8:7 The 15  first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 16  a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

8:8 Then 17  the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 18  third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 19  living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 20 

8:10 Then 21  the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 22  it landed 23  on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 24  the name of the star is 25  Wormwood.) 26  So 27  a third of the waters became wormwood, 28  and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 29 

8:12 Then 30  the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. And there was no light for a third of the day 31  and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 32  I looked, and I heard an 33  eagle 34  flying directly overhead, 35  proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them! 36 

9:1 Then 37  the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 38  to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 39  9:2 He 40  opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 41  like smoke from a giant furnace. The 42  sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 43  out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 44  like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 45  were told 46  not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 47  who did not have the seal of God on their 48  forehead. 9:5 The locusts 49  were not given permission 50  to kill 51  them, but only to torture 52  them 53  for five months, and their torture was like that 54  of a scorpion when it stings a person. 55  9:6 In 56  those days people 57  will seek death, but 58  will not be able to 59  find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

9:7 Now 60  the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 61  their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 62  and their faces looked like men’s 63  faces. 9:8 They 64  had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 65  like iron breastplates, and the sound of their wings was like the noise of many horse-drawn chariots charging into battle. 9:10 They have 66  tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 67  to injure people for five months is in their tails. 9:11 They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. 68 

9:12 The first woe has passed, but 69  two woes are still coming after these things!

9:13 Then 70  the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 71  horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 72  the trumpet, “Set free 73  the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates! 9:15 Then 74  the four angels who had been prepared for this 75  hour, day, 76  month, and year were set free to kill 77  a third of humanity. 9:16 The 78  number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 79  I heard their number. 9:17 Now 80  this is what the horses and their riders 81  looked like in my 82  vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 83  dark blue, 84  and sulfurous 85  yellow in color. 86  The 87  heads of the horses looked like lionsheads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 88  came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 89  by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 90  of the horses resides 91  in their mouths and in their tails, because their tails are like snakes, having heads that inflict injuries. 9:20 The rest of humanity, who had not been killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so that they did not stop worshiping demons and idols made 92  of gold, silver, 93  bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 94  they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 95  of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.

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