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What is a censer?

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. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.  Revelation 8:3-4
He is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the Lord and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain. Leviticus 16:12
            A censer was used in the temple worship as a tool to burn incense in burning coals to provide a fragrance to the surroundings.  It was a very specific formula to be used and no variations could be tested.  God knew how powerful our sense of smell was so we would react physically to the smells and immediately shift into worship mode.
            The incense metaphorically represented the prayers of the people, something that started on the earth then floated upwards.  It was to get the people into a mindset of prayer and worship.