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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Revelation Chapter 8

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (95 AD)
Overview: God Reveals the Future to John (c 1-22)
Theme: Messages for the Church (c 4-22)
Message: The Seventh Seal (v 1-13)

Revelation 8 Commentary

(8:1-5) The Lamb Breaks the Seventh Seal - Chapter 7 was an interlude. At the end of chapter 6, the sixth seal had been opened (6:12). Here at the beginning of chapter 8, the Lamb opens the seventh and last seal.

(8:6-13) The First Four Trumpets - The seven trumpet judgments call forth a series of God’s plagues on his enemies. These judgments affected every part of the world. Unlike the bowl judgments described in chapter 16, the first six trumpets were targeted on just a third of the cosmos and were intended to produce repentance (9:20-21).The trumpet and the bowl judgments symbolically reenacted the plagues of Egypt recorded in Exodus 7–12. The plagues had two purposes:They were directed against the gods of Egypt. Every plague was directed at a force that the Egyptians thought was on their side because they worshiped that force. For example, the Egyptians worshiped the sun, so God sent a plague of darkness (Exodus 10:21-29); they worshiped the Nile River, so God sent a plague to turn the sacred river to blood (7:14-24). The first purpose of the plagues against Egypt was to prove the powerlessness of the Egyptian gods.The plagues were oriented to the cycle of nature. The Egyptians worshiped many gods representing the various forces of nature so that nature would feed and take care of them. The second purpose of the plagues was to show the Egyptians that God controlled nature and that Egypt’s gods controlled nothing. In the trumpet and bowl judgments, the world that these people are worshiping will turn against them. Through these judgments, God will once again bring punishment upon those who oppress his people, just as he did in Egypt.The plagues showed the helplessness of the people of Egypt, who worshiped false gods. In the same way, through these trumpet and bowl judgments, God will show the people of this world their helplessness and hopelessness without him.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The 7th Seal

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 8 and in today's text we see In Chapter 8 the Lord reveals to John the 7th and final seal of the 7 seals broken which continues to describes the judgement that is coming in the end times. The seal judgements give way to the trumpet judgements. The trumpet blasts have 3 purposes (1) to warn that judgement is certain (2) to call the forces of good and evil to to battle, and (3) to announce the return of the King, the Messiah. In applying these scriptures we see again that God has his timing and plan for judgement. Yes judgement is coming and and it should motivate us to proclaim the word of God to the World. Lost people go to Hell. With all the technological advances we can reach the world with the gospel. How about you? What can you do to spread the gospel around the world because judgement is coming?  Let us learn from our text today and these Scriptures to challenge us to fufill the great commission to those we come in contact with daily.


Revelation 8

Revelation 8

 1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

 3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

 5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

 6And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

 7The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

 8And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

 9And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

 10And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 11And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

 12And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

 13And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!