What does green grass symbolize? (Revelation 8:7)

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Revelation 8:7 - King James


⚪ Natural men of Independent thought
⚫ The peoples' hopes
⚫ Members of the church



⚪ Natural men of Independent thought

Rev. 8:7 [...]
And all green grass.Natural men of Independent thought — Isa. 40:6,7.
Was burnt up. — Similarly absorbed into the Lutheran system, a welcome substitute for papacy's intolerable yoke.

Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 148 + Cover


⚫ The peoples' hopes

Rev. 8 [...]
"All green grass was burnt up." "The people is grass" and withereth, when the spirit of the Lord blows upon it. (Isa. 40: 6, 7) "Green grass" would represent the peoples' hopes centered in the announced schemes and plans of the ruling class. Such are burned up, and today the people have no hope in the schemes of men.

Source : 🇺🇸 1930 - Light, vol 1, page 112, page 113 + Cover


⚫ Members of the church

To the high ones, like “trees,” and to the low ones, like the “green vegetation” or grass, the message preached was inflammatory and consuming, hard-hitting and death-dealing.
The message preached contained the heavenly truth of God’s written Word, all right, but these truths were not like refreshing drops of rain. They were, rather, like hard cold hail that beat down upon both clergy and their church members, stunning them with Bible truth forcefully presented, unsparingly. They were fiery, consuming the sham of Christianity that the treelike clergy and the vegetation-like laity wore, burning them up as Christians, as it were, proving that Christendom was not Christian, either in doctrine or in practice.

Source : 🇺🇸 The Watchtower, December 1 1969, page 715 + Cover