When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. (Revelation 8:1-5, ESV)
God hears the prayers of the faithful. They are like incense before His altar. When the time comes, the power of those prayers combined with heavenly incense and fire from the altar of God will be cast upon the earth. Once again, I have my doubts that a heavenly incense burner will be seen falling to earth amid lightening and thunder.
I find it interesting to notice that a third of the censer was incense, a third is the prayers of the saints and a third is fire from the altar. It’s interesting because next the first four of the seven trumpets are blown and a third of the earth is burned up, a third of the sea creatures and ships are killed and destroyed, a third of waters of the earth are ruined, and then a third of the sun and the stars are blotted out. Why a third? Perhaps we need to keep reading to find out.
We can extrapolate a little from Chapter Eight, however. Our prayers are never wasted. Even if we do not see their affect, we may be assured that God has not forgotten us nor forsaken us. As we noted in Chapter 7, God is our Hope, and vengeance is His.(Romans 12:19)
Three trumpets have yet to be blown. . . . More to come.
- Revelation 6: The First Six Seals (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)