The Passion Translation
2 And then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and each was given a trumpet.[a]
3 Then the eighth angel with a golden incense burner came and took his place at the incense altar.[b] He was given a great quantity of incense to offer up, consisting of the prayers of God’s holy people,[c] upon the golden altar that is before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense with the prayers of the holy ones billowed up before God from the hand of the angel.[d]Read full chapter
- Revelation 8:2 These may be a special class of angelic beings (archangels) named in Jewish tradition and given in 1 Enoch as Raphael, Uriel, Michael, Raguel, Sariel, Gabriel, and Remiel. A trumpet represents sounding out a specific and clear word from the Lord, bringing revelation to the hearts of his people.
- Revelation 8:3 This eighth (or “another”) messenger taking his place at the golden altar is Christ, our Great High Priest, and the great quantity of incense is his intercession, which he mingles with ours. See Ps. 141:2; Heb. 3:1; 7:25; 8:1–2; 9:11. No angel is ever seen doing the work of the high priest as in this chapter.
- Revelation 8:3 Or “to offer up incense, which is the prayers of God’s holy ones.”
- Revelation 8:4 There are six specific items found in vv. 3–4, and they are all related to a heavenly, priestly ministry: an angel (messenger), an altar, a golden incense burner, incense, prayers, and smoke. See Lev. 16:11-14.