“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and 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.”
King James Version (KJV)
8:3 And - In the second verse, #Rev 7:2 the |trumpets were given to the seven angels; and in the sixth, #Rev 7:6 they |prepared to sound. But between these, the incense of this angel and the prayers of the saints are mentioned; the interposing of which shows, that the prayers of the saints and the trumpets of the angels go together: and these prayers, with the effects of them, may well be supposed to extend through all the seven. Another angel - Another created angel. Such are all that are here spoken of. In this part of the Revelation, Christ is never termed an angel; but, the Lamb. Came and stood at the altar - Of burnt - offerings. And there was given him a golden censer - A censer was a cup on a plate or saucer. This was the token and the business of the office. And much incense was given - Incense generally signifies prayer: here it signifies the longing desires of the angels, that the holy counsel of God might be fulfilled. And there was much incense; for as the prayers of all the saints in heaven and earth are here joined together: so are the desires of all the angels which are brought by this angel. That he might place it - It is not said, offer it; for he was discharging the office of an angel, not a priest. With the prayers of all the saints - At the same time; but not for the saints. The angels are fellowservants with the saints, not mediators for them.
Re 8:3 And another angel came and stood over the altar. The scene reveals the altar of the tabernacle, "a pattern made after heavenly things" (Heb 9:23). This is the altar of sacrifice from which the coal was always taken to light the incense (Le 16:13). This angel receives the incense, "the prayers of all saints"; these to reach the throne must be lighted from the altar of sacrifice; or by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God. This angel offers the incense upon the golden altar which was before the throne, the altar of incense.