Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden incense burner.Then an 8TH angel appears in John’s vision in addition to the seven angels. While the seven angels hold the seven trumpets, the additional angel holds a golden incense burner – a censor. BACKGROUND of the censer Only the priests in the Torah were allowed to hold the censer. There was a tragedy told in V’Yiqara 10 of the two elder sons of Aaron, Moshe’s older brother. These two played with strange fire. Strange Fire is a phenomenon today among the charismatic congregation when they get really creative by speaking from their hearts. Ezekiel 13 2 “Son of man, prophesy concerning the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, hear the word of Adonai.” Leviticus 10:1 [ Holy Fire Consumes Unauthorized Fire ] Now Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his own censer, put fire in it, laid incense over it, and offered unauthorized fire before Adonai—which He had not commanded them. The censer we come to understand is an act of worship, in offering fire before Adonai. Numbers 16:17 Each man will take his censer and you are to put incense into them—250 censers total. You are to present it before Adonai, you and Aaron each presenting his censer.” The 8TH angel plays the role of a priest in heaven, about to offer fire to Adonai. His role is different from the seven angels. The incense in the censer stands for the prayers that you and I offer up to Adonai. These are the petitions of the saints. In B’Midvar 16, Moshe warned Aharon that wrath was about to come out in the plagues. Therefore, pray to Adonai! Numbers 16:46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take the censer, put into it fire from the altar and put in incense. Get going and hurry to the assembly and make atonement for them, because wrath has come out from Adonai and the plague has started.” Bnei Yisro’El made a copy on earth a shadow of the censers in heaven. Exodus 25:38 “The tongs and the censers are to be of pure gold.” It is to be made of gold, a fine precious metal and it explains both ways. Adonai listens to the prayers of the redeemed attentively. He views our prayers valuable. We who offer up prayers to Adonai must come with a clear conscience by confessing our sins to keep the censer bowl clean of dirt. James 5 1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
There was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.– Much incense, of all the saints. Clearly this is not confined to just the end times Church. All the saints would include even Stephen’s prayer once the Apostolic Age began. Mas`sei /Acts 7
54 When they heard these things, they became enraged and began gnashing their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Ruach ha-Kodesh, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God—and Yeshua standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 But they covered their ears; and crying out with a loud voice, they rushed at him with one impulse. 58 Driving him out of the city, they began stoning him, and the witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 They went on stoning Stephen as he was calling out,
“Lord Yeshua, receive my spirit!”
60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” After he said this, he died.I personally believe that the incense that are addressed within this verse included much of the cries of the martyrs who were hated by those who do not love the truth. Have you been praying these prayers for mercies? The fifth seal mentions many who have been martyred for our faith in Moshiach. Revelation 6 9 When the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slaughtered[g] for the sake of the word of God and for the witness they had. 10 And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “O Sovereign Master, holy and true, how long before You judge those who dwell on the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants was complete—their brothers and sisters who were to be killed as they had been. Maybe in our own generation, some of us will also be martyred upon the revealing of the son of perdition? Just how many altars are there before the throne of Elohim? In Revelation 6, the altar is a symbol of sacrifice for those who love not their lives unto death (Revelation 12). In Revelation 8, the altar is said to be before the throne. In Revelation 4, we come to understand John saw the throne of God and of the Lamb. These two mentions should be about the same altar. The new information that comes out here is that the altar is made of gold — “the golden altar which was before the throne.”