5 And [kai] the angel [aggelos] took [lambano] the censer, [libanotos] and [kai] filled [gemizo] it [autos] with [ek] fire [pur] of the altar, [thusiasterion] and [kai] cast [ballo] it into [eis] the earth: [ge] and [kai] there were [ginomai] voices, [phone] and [kai]thunderings, [bronte] and [kai]lightnings, [astrape] and [kai] an earthquake. [seismos]KJV-Interlinear
the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire of the altar and
threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and
flashes of lightning and an earthquake. NASB
The angel who is standing
at the golden alter of incense, where the prayers of believers are symbolically
offered as a smooth and acceptable aroma to God the Father, now takes his fire pan
(censer), and scoops up some of the hot and burning coals and ashes from the
alter, and hurls them down to the earth.
symbolizes Gods acceptance of the prayers offered, and now acts on them.
While we generally pray
most of our lives, with seemingly no results, note that when the time is right,
and this is Gods timing, then action occurs swiftly and without further hesitation.
When these prayers are
accumulated from throughout the ages, then the end of evils reign,
will come to a swift conclusion.The
prayers of believers, can and will become the means by
which the judgments of God will be initiated and executed.
And this whole process
demonstrates that point.The prayers of believers, are the action which will begin Gods judgment.
John is still in heaven
within his vision.In heaven there has
been a deathly silence for a long period of time, until this action of the
angel, hurling the hot coals, the substance of the accepted prayers, down to
With this action, Gods
judgment begins, and with it, the silence ends and the sound of voices, thundering,
and lightning are heard throughout heaven.Gods power and acts are often depicted with and
associated with these sounds.
The voices are symbolic
of an advancing army, heard but unseen.The
thunder and lightning, are symbolic of the overhead sounds
of an approaching mighty storm.The
earthquake is the most fearsome sound of all, in that it comes from below and
all around, one cannot know from where it is coming, and the whole ground
shakes as though it were out of control, with a sound, that seems to come from
Thus, the sounds of an
overwhelming attack are what are in view here.And from it, there is nowhere one can run, nowhere that one can hide, nowhere
that one can escape.Little does the
world know, what is coming.