June 3rd, 2007
There are times in life when everything goes quiet. But often, it’s just the calm before the storm. I can remember a time when I was a very junior employee, and a long-established client of my boss had come in, wanting us to prepare a patent application for his invention. My boss asked me to look after the client, so I interviewed him and did the work and sent it to him for his approval. Then everything went very quiet. Then the client rang my boss’s secretary to find out what the status of the case was. My boss was overseas, and the client’s letter addressed to my boss and marked “private and confidential” was lying neatly on his desk, awaiting his return…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 8
8:1 When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 I saw the seven angels who stand before God. Seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another angel with a golden censer came and stood near the altar. He was given a substantial amount of incense, to offer with the prayers of all the believers on the golden altar which was before the throne. 8:4 The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the believers, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 The angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth. There followed thunder, noises, lightning, and an earthquake.
8:6 The seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. 8:7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire, mixed with blood, were thrown on the earth. One third of the earth, one third of the trees, and all green grass, were burnt.
8:8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something resembling a large fiery mountain was thrown into the sea. One third of the sea became blood, 8:9 one third of the living creatures in the sea died, and one third of the ships were destroyed.
8:10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star fell from the sky, burning like a torch, and it fell on one third of the rivers, and on the springs of water. 8:11 The name of the star is “Wormwood.” One third of the water became bitter like wormwood. Many people died because of the bitterness of the water.
8:12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and one third of the sun, one third of the moon, and one third of the stars were struck, darkening one third of them, and there was no light for one third of the day, or for one third of the night. 8:13 I saw and heard a single eagle, flying through the air, shouting, “Woe! Woe! Woe for people who live on the earth, because of the trumpet blasts which the other three angels are about to blow!”
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