Revelation 8:1–5 (ESV)
The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer
8When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets
were given to them. 3And 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, 4and
the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. 5Then 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.
The seventh seal is opened
by the Lamb (Jesus). After finishing his vision of the seven seals being broken, John transitions to another vision, which depicts the end times with successive trumpet blasts. The visions are frightful, since we all know in our hearts that we cannot
stand before God in the judgment. Fortunately, we have one who stands beside us as our advocate—Jesus Christ—celebrated in chs 4–5. His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. [Lutheran Study Bible 563:2]
I pray: “Bold shall I stand in that great day, Cleansed and redeemed, no debt to pay; Fully absolved through these I am From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.” Amen.