Silence in Heaven. Revelation 8:1-6.

“When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And he was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.”

The significance of this silence is two-fold.
(1) It is entirely opposite of the usual sound pattern of heaven, and (2) it is the result of the revelation by Jesus Christ to the angelic hosts concerning what is about to fall on the earth. The opening of the seventh seal introduces the 7 trumpet judgments, which are all judgments [Wrath] of God sent on the earth. In these judgments, God is exclusively the sender and people are exclusively receivers.

Do you think those who reject Jesus Christ so easily today would remain “silent” if they knew the horrible doom of the judgments that are coming upon this earth? And upon them because they are rejecting God’s Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ? In the prior verses of Revelation heaven is seen to be a joyous and worshipful place, with choruses singing, Trumpets blaring, celestial beings crying out, but suddenly there comes this ominous silence. As horrible as the seal judgments were, the trumpet judgments will be worse.

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