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Revelation 8 : The first 4 trumpets

v6 Then the 7 *angels who held the 7 *trumpets prepared themselves. They were going to make a sound with their *trumpets. v7 The first *angel made a sound with his *trumpet, and then hard rain like stones fell on the earth. It came down with fire and blood. It seemed that God was throwing it down. It burned a third (big part) of the earth. It burned a third of the trees, and all the green grass.

v8 The second *angel made a sound with his *trumpet. Then I saw something like a very big mountain that was burning with fire. It seemed that God threw this mountain into the sea. And a third (big part) of the sea became blood. v9 A third of the animals in the sea died. It destroyed a third of the ships on the sea also.

v10 The next (third) *angel made a sound with his *trumpet. And a very big star, which was burning with a bright light, fell from the sky. It fell on a third (many) of the rivers and on the places where water comes up from the ground. v11 The name of the star means ‘It tastes bad’. So a third of the waters became bad. Many people died because they drank that bad water.

v12 The next (fourth) *angel made a sound with his *trumpet. Then a third (big part) of the sun, a third of the moon and a third of the stars became dark. So there was no light for a third of the day and a third of the night.

v13 Then I looked, and I saw a big bird called an eagle, with strong *wings. It was flying high in the sky. I heard it say with a loud voice: ‘Great trouble, great trouble, great trouble is coming to the people who live on the earth. When the other 3 *angels make a sound with their *trumpets, then very bad things will happen!’

Verse 7-12 The troubles that the first 4 *trumpets bring only destroy ‘a third’ (one out of every three parts) of the earth. And they destroy the same amount of the sea, the rivers and the light. So these troubles do not destroy everything. They do not cause the end of this world.


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