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The Seventh Seal

8 1The Lamb opened the seventh seal. Then there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God. They were given seven trumpets. 3Another angel came and stood at the altar.* This angel had a golden holder for incense.* The angel was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all God's holy people.* The angel put this offering on the golden altar before the throne. 4The smoke from the incense went up from the angel's hand to God. The smoke went up with the prayers of God's people. 5Then the angel filled the incense holder with fire from the altar. The angel threw the incense holder on the earth. Then there were flashes of lightning, thunder and other noises, and an earthquake.

The Seven Angels Blow Their Trumpets

6Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to blow their trumpets. 7The first angel blew his trumpet. Then hail and fire mixed with blood was poured down on the earth. And one third of the earth and all the green grass and one third of the trees were burned up. 8The second angel blew his trumpet. Then something that looked like a big mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea. And one third of the sea became blood. 9And one third of the living things in the sea died, and one third of the ships were destroyed. 10The third angel blew his trumpet. Then a large star, burning like a torch, fell from the sky. The star fell on one third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11The name of the star is Wormwood.* And one third of all the water became bitter. Many people died from drinking the water that was bitter. 12The fourth angel blew his trumpet. Then one third of the sun and one third of the moon and one third of the stars were struck. So one third of them became dark. A third of the day and night was without light. 13While I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying high in the air. The eagle said with a loud voice, "Trouble! Trouble! Trouble for the people that live on the earth! The trouble will begin after the sounds of the trumpets that the other three angels will blow."

altar Place where sacrifices or gifts are offered to God. incense Special dried tree sap used for a sacrifice. It was burned to make a sweet-smelling smoke. holy people God's people are called holy because they are made pure through Christ, and they belong only to God. Wormwood Name of a very bitter plant, used here to give the idea of bitter sorrow. 

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