I saw the seven angels who stand before God; and
seven trumpets were given to them. 3And
another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a
golden censer; and much incense was given to him,
that he might add it to the prayers of all the
saints upon the golden altar which was before the
throne. 4And the smoke of the incense,
prayers of the saints, went up before God out
of the angel's hand. Revelation 8:2-4 (NAS)
The Prayers of the Saints:
way of reminder, Chapter 5 spoke about the prayers
of the saints as follows:
And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the
twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and
golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints."
Revelation 5:8 (NAS)
Prior to the book being opened, these prayers were being held by the 24 elders living creatures. In Revelation
Chapter 8, the prayers are now being offered with incense on the altar.
Prayers went up before God:
Revelation 8:4 says that the smoke of the incense
with the prayers of the saints went up before God
out of the angel's hand.
As each of the Lord's churches suffered with
persecution and trials at the time of the
Revelation, what a comfort it must have been to them
to know that their prayers were not going unnoticed
or unheard. These prayers were going up before
God's presence. Are you a follower of
Jesus? Do you believe that each of your
prayers is heard by God as well?
After the prayers of the saints went up before
the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the
fire of the altar and threw it to the earth; and
there followed peals of thunder and sounds and
flashes of lightning and an earthquake. Revelation
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