The first angel blew his trumpet (Rev 8:7)

“The first angel

Blew his trumpet.

There came


And fire,

Mixed with blood.

They were hurled

To the earth.

A third of the earth

Was burned up.

A third of the trees

Were burned up.

All the green grass

Was burned up.”

Καὶ ὁ πρῶτος ἐσάλπισεν· καὶ ἐγένετο χάλαζα καὶ πῦρ μεμιγμένα ἐν αἵματι καὶ ἐβλήθη εἰς τὴν γῆν· καὶ τὸ τρίτον τῆς γῆς κατεκάη, καὶ τὸ τρίτον τῶν δένδρων κατεκάη, καὶ πᾶς χόρτος χλωρὸς κατεκάη.

John said “The first angel (Καὶ ὁ πρῶτος) blew his trumpet (ἐσάλπισεν).  There came (καὶ ἐγένετο) hail (χάλαζα) and fire (καὶ πῦρ), mixed (μεμιγμένα) with blood (ἐν αἵματι).  They were hurled (καὶ ἐβλήθη) to the earth (εἰς τὴν γῆν).  A third (καὶ τὸ τρίτον) of the earth (τῆς γῆς) was burned up (κατεκάη).  A third (καὶ τὸ τρίτον) of the trees (τῶν δένδρων) were burned up (κατεκάη).  All the green grass (καὶ πᾶς χόρτος χλωρὸς) was burned up (κατεκάη).”  This is the only use of this Greek word that appears only in Revelation and not in any other canonical biblical NT writing, the word χάλαζα, that means hailstone or hail.  John said that when the first angel blew his trumpet, things began to happen.  In a gory image, he said that hail and fire were mixed with blood.  They then threw this mixture of hail, fire, and blood on the earth.  With that, a third of the earth and a third of the trees were burned up.  However, all the green grass was burned up.  In one sense, this sounds a little like the plagues of Egypt in Exodus, chapters 7-11.


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