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The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer

Title: The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer

Welcome seniors to today’s lesson on Revelation 8. In this chapter, we will learn about the opening of the seventh seal and the significance of the golden censer. We will explore the imagery and symbolism used in this chapter and discuss its relevance to our lives as Anglican Christians.

Opening Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for this opportunity to study your Word. As we delve into Revelation 8, we pray for your wisdom and understanding to guide us. Open our hearts and minds to receive your message and help us grow in faith and knowledge. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Seventh Seal (Revelation 8:1-5):
– The book of Revelation depicts a series of seals being opened, each signaling a different event or judgment as part of God’s plan.
– When the seventh seal is opened, there is silence in heaven for about half an hour, signifying the solemn and significant nature of what is about to unfold.
– This silence prepares the way for the seven angels to receive seven trumpets, which will bring about further judgments on the earth.

The Golden Censer (Revelation 8:3-5):
– An angel with a golden censer offers incense with the prayers of the saints on the golden altar before the throne of God.
– The smoke of the incense, along with the prayers of the saints, ascends before God and results in the angel filling the censer with fire from the altar and throwing it to the earth, bringing about divine judgment.

Lesson Discussion:
1. The symbolism of the seventh seal: The opening of the seventh seal signifies the culmination of God’s plan and the beginning of the final judgments on the earth. As Christians, it reminds us of the ultimate sovereignty of God and the fulfillment of His purposes.

2. The significance of the golden censer: The image of the golden censer is a powerful reminder of the importance of prayer in the unfolding of God’s plan. It demonstrates that our prayers are heard by God and play a role in His divine purposes.

3. Application to our lives: As seniors, we can take comfort in the fact that God hears and responds to our prayers. We should be diligent in our prayer life, knowing that our prayers have an impact on the world around us.

As we conclude our lesson on Revelation 8, let us remember the significance of the seventh seal and the golden censer. Let us continue to pray earnestly, knowing that our prayers are heard by our loving and sovereign God. May we trust in His plan and remain faithful in our walk with Him. Amen.

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Possible Viewpont: Anglican Christian


1. Revelation 8:1-5
2. Revelation 8:3-4
3. Revelation 9:13-21
4. Revelation 15:1-8

Questions for Lesson

1. How does the concept of the seventh seal and golden censer in REV 8 impact your understanding of God’s plan for the world and your own life as an Anglican Christian senior?
2. In what ways do you think the events described in REV 8 relate to the current state of the world and the challenges facing seniors in our community?
3. Can you share a personal experience or reflection on how the message of REV 8 has influenced your faith journey as a senior in the Anglican Church?
4. According to REV 8, what significance do the prayers of the saints have in the unfolding of God’s plans? How does this affect your prayer life as a senior?
5. What do you understand about the symbolism of the golden censer in REV 8, and how does this impact your understanding of worship and sacraments as an Anglican Christian senior?
6. Quiz Question: According to REV 8, what are the seven angels given by God, and what specific actions do they take during the events described in the chapter?

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Holy, Holy, Holy” – This classic Anglican hymn celebrates the holiness of God and his presence in heaven, fitting with the themes of the seventh seal and the golden censer.

2. “Be Thou My Vision” – This traditional hymn speaks of our reliance on God and seeking his guidance, which can tie into the lesson’s focus on the heavenly perspective and the role of the golden censer.

3. “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” – This hymn focuses on the glory of God and his kingdom, which is relevant to the heavenly imagery in the lesson.

4. “Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven” – This hymn of praise and adoration can help seniors reflect on the majesty and worthiness of God, in light of the seventh seal and the golden censer.

Object Lesson

– A small golden censer or incense burner
– Small pieces of incense or a stick of incense
– A small seal (like a rubber stamp or wax seal)
– A piece of parchment paper or cardstock
– A Bible open to the Book of Revelation, Chapter 8

1. Begin by introducing the topic of Revelation 8 and the seventh seal and the golden censer. Explain that this is a significant part of the Book of Revelation and has important symbolism.

2. Show the small seal and explain that it represents the seventh seal mentioned in Revelation 8:1.

3. Taking the piece of parchment paper or cardstock, pretend to “break” the seal by stamping it with the seal or tearing it open. Explain that this represents the opening of the seventh seal and the events that follow in Revelation 8.

4. As you discuss the golden censer, demonstrate how it is used by placing a small piece of incense or a stick of incense inside and lighting it. As the incense begins to burn, explain the significance of the golden censer and its role in the ritual described in Revelation 8:3-5.

5. Read the relevant verses from Revelation 8 aloud from the open Bible, emphasizing the imagery of the golden censer and the prayers of the saints.

6. Connect the symbolism of the seventh seal and the golden censer to the spiritual significance for seniors, highlighting the power of prayer and the hope found in the book of Revelation.

7. Conclude by encouraging the seniors to continue to lift up their prayers like the smoke of the incense in the golden censer, trusting in God’s faithfulness and ultimate victory.

By using these props and interactive demonstration, seniors can better visualize and understand the symbolism in Revelation 8 and apply its message to their own spiritual journey.


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