The Seventh Seal
1 Now1 when the Lamb2 opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 Then3 I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 Another4 angel holding5 a golden censer6 came and was stationed7 at the altar. A8 large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne. 4 The9 smoke coming from the incense,10 along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then11 the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth, and there were crashes of thunder, roaring,12 flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
6 Now13 the seven angels holding14 the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
7 The15 first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that16 a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
8 Then17 the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A18 third of the sea became blood, 9 and a third of the creatures19 living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed.20
10 Then21 the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky;22 it landed23 on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 (Now24 the name of the star is25 Wormwood.)26 So27 a third of the waters became wormwood,28 and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned.29
12 Then30 the fourth angel blew 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 them were darkened. And there was no light for a third of the day31 and for a third of the night likewise. 13 Then32 I looked, and I heard an33 eagle34 flying directly overhead,35 proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them!”36