The Lamb Breaks Open the Seventh Seal
1When the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, heaven fell silent for about half an hour. 2And then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and each was given a trumpet.
3Then the eighth angel with a golden incense burner came and took his place at the incense altar. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer up, consisting of the prayers of God’s holy people, upon the golden altar that is before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense with the prayers of the holy ones billowed up before God from the hand of the angel. 5Then the angel filled the golden incense burner with coals of fire from the altar and hurled it onto the earth, releasing great peals of thunder, voices, lightning flashes, and an earthquake.
6Then the seven angels prepared to sound their trumpets. 7When the first angel sounded his trumpet, there came forth hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled to the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, destroying a third of the trees and all green grass.
8When the second angel sounded his trumpet, something like a huge mountain burning with flames of fire was thrown into the sea, destroying a third of the ships. 9A third of the sea turned into blood, destroying a third of all sea creatures.
10The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a megastar, blazing like a torch, descended from heaven upon a third of the rivers and fountains. 11The name of the star is Bitterness. A third of the waters became so bitter that many people died.
12The fourth angel sounded his trumpet and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light was darkened, and there was no light for a third of the day and likewise the night. 13Then I saw and heard an eagle flying overhead, crying out with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe, to the people of the earth, because of the next three trumpets about to be sounded by the other three angels!”