Revelation 8:4

4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

Revelation 8:4 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 8:4

And the smoke of the incense
For the incense being put, as it was used to be, upon burning coals of fire, caused a smoke to arise like a cloud, ( Leviticus 16:13 ) ( Ezekiel 8:11 ) ; so that the whole house, or temple, was filled with it F4:

[which came] with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God out
of the angel's hand;
alluding to the incense the priest took in his hand, and cast upon the burning coals; and shows how that by the smoke of the incense, or the virtue of Christ's mediation, the imperfections of the prayers of the saints are covered; and how they are it perfumed and made acceptable to God; and so are said to ascend up before him, and to be regarded by him, as the prayers of Cornelius were, ( Acts 10:4 ) ; now all this is expressive of the wonderful affection of Christ for his church and people, and care of them; that before the angels sound their trumpets, and bring on wars and desolations into the empire, Christ is represented as interceding for them, and presenting their prayers both for deliverance for themselves, and vengeance on their enemies.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 Misn. Yoma, c. 5. sect. 1.

Revelation 8:4 In-Context

2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
3 Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth; and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
6 Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets made ready to blow them.