The first four trumpets
6 Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to make a noise with their trumpets. 7 The first angel made a sound with his trumpet. Strong rain with stones of ice fell on the earth. The rain was mixed with fire and blood and it poured down. It burned a third of the earth. It destroyed a third of the trees, and all the green grass.
8 Then the second angel made a sound with his trumpet. I saw something like a very big mountain that was burning with fire. This mountain fell down into the sea. A third of the sea became blood. 9 A third of the animals that lived in the sea died. It also destroyed a third of the ships on the sea.
10 Then the third angel made a sound with his trumpet. I saw a very big star, which was burning with a bright light. It fell from the sky on a third of the rivers. It also fell on the places where water comes up from the ground. 11 The name of the star means ‘It tastes bad’. So a third of the water on the earth became bad. Many people died because they drank that bad water.
12 Then the fourth angel made a sound with his trumpet. A third of the sun became dark. A third of the moon and a third of the stars also became dark. As a result, there was no light for a third of the day and there was no light for a third of the night.
8:12The troubles that the first four trumpets bring, destroy a third of the earth. That means one part out of every three parts. They also 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.
13 Then I looked up, and I saw an eagle. It was flying high in the sky above me. I heard it say with a loud voice, ‘Great trouble, great trouble, great trouble is coming to the people who live on the earth! Very bad things will happen when the other three angels make a sound with their trumpets!’