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New American Standard Version of the BibleAnd when He broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God; and seven trumpets were given to them. Revelation 8:1-2 (NAS)

In John's vision the trumpets might have looked something like the following:

There was a large host of angels around the throne (according to Revelation 5:11) and also the great multitude (which no man could number according to Revelation 7:9-14) of those who were washed in the blood of the Lamb.

It is unclear if these seven angels with the trumpets were the same seven angels of the seven churches of Asia (as described in Revelation 1:20) or if these are seven new angels.  We will learn later that these seven angels with the trumpets are in addition to the four angels at the four corners of the earth (those mentioned in Revelation 7:1).

The Angels Blow the Trumpets after the Seventh Seal is Opened:

In Chapter 8, four of the seven trumpets are blown as noted below:

The Angels and the Trumpets
"And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them." Revelation 8:6


What John Saw and Heard

The first Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:7 -  And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up." (NAS) 

The 2nd Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:8-9 - And the second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood; 9and a third of the creatures, which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. (NAS)

The 3rd Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:10-11 - And the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; 11and the name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. (NAS)

The 4th Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:12 - And the fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were smitten, so that a third of them might be darkened and the day might not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. (NAS)

In Revelation 8:13, the angel warns of the
three woes.

The Angel Flying in Mid-Heaven:

After the 4th trumpet sounded, Chapter 8 ends with the following:

New American Standard Version of the BibleAnd I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven*, saying with a loud voice, "Woe**, woe, woe, to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!" Revelation 8:13 (NAS)

* Other translations say "flying in the midst of heaven," "flying mid-air" or "mid-sky."

** The word "woe" is from the Greek word #3759 "oaui," which is an expression of grief.

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