This is such an astounding picture of all our prayers going up to God. Then the empty censer is hurled back to earth. Effectively saying we no longer have a way to pray or talk with God. Cut off from God, what a thought. I hope I’m already there, stood at the altar! The thought of all those years when people on earth cannot pray is awful. And where is the Holy Spirit at this time? I’ll have to head to a commentary later for this, if I haven’t already got it wrong!
1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.