When the Lamb ripped off the seventh seal, Heaven fell quiet - complete silence for about half an hour.
I saw the Seven Angels who are always in readiness before God handed seven trumpets.
Then another Angel, carrying a gold censer, came and stood at the Altar. He was given a great quantity of incense so that he could offer up the prayers of all the holy people of God on the Golden Altar before the Throne.
Smoke billowed up from the incense-laced prayers of the holy ones, rose before God from the hand of the Angel.
Then the Angel filled the censer with fire from the Altar and heaved it to earth. It set off thunders, voices, lightnings, and an earthquake.
The Seven Angels with the trumpets got ready to blow them.
At the first trumpet blast, hail and fire mixed with blood were dumped on earth. A third of the earth was scorched, a third of the trees, and every blade of green grass - burned to a crisp.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)