We are about to witness the pouring out of the Seven Bowls, the final set of judgments. In Chapter 6, the martyred saints asked “How long?” before God would avenge their blood. In today’s chapters the final answer to their question is given.
Back in the Old Testament, in Daniel 9:27, we first observed that a coming prince will make a seven-year agreement with the nation of Israel, perhaps among others. In the middle of that “week” he will break his agreement with them. We are now at a spot in Revelation where we can begin to see how that “week” is divided.
In Chapter 7, we saw that despite the horrible judgments inflicted on a rebellious world, God had a people reserved for Himself. Here in Chapters 8 & 9, further judgments will be released, more serious than those previously seen. Judgment intensifies.
The Lamb appears and takes a seven-sealed scroll from the hand of the Father. All of creation worships Him. Now He begins to open the seals and judgments begin to fall upon the earth. This is the first of three series of judgments in Revelation. The first four are the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.