Revelation 8:1-5

The Lamb opens the last seal

1 The Lamb opened the seventh seal. Then it became completely quiet in heaven for about half an hour. 2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand in front of God. Someone gave them seven trumpets.

3 Then another angel came. He stood at the altar where people offered gifts to God. He had a gold bowl to put incense in. He received a lot of incense and he burned it as a gift to God. It made a nice smell and it mixed with the prayers of God's people. The angel offered the incense and the prayers on the gold altar that was in front of God's throne. 4 When he did that, the smoke from the incense went up in front of God. The prayers of God's people also went up to God. 5 Then the angel took the gold bowl and he filled it with fire from the altar. Then he threw it all down onto the earth. There were loud noises and the sound of thunder. There was bright lightning, like a very bad storm. The earth shook with an earthquake.

8:3Many years before Jesus came to this earth, God spoke to Israel's people. He told them to build a special house for him. In this house they worshipped God and they offered gifts to him. There was a very big altar where the priests burned animals and other gifts for God. See Exodus 27:1-8. And there was a small gold altar where they burned incense. See Exodus 30:1-9.