(1) And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
“There was silence in heaven”… the silence of anticipation and reverence before Almighty God!
In this vision, John observes a half hour period of silence following the opening of the seventh seal. Keep in mind, that the seventh seal is representative of the wrath of God sent upon the earth during His second coming. Immediately following the completion of this seal, we will see the Lord entering eternity with His people on the renovated heaven and earth.
All of heaven’s inhabitants were about to view three of the greatest events to ever take place…
- The wrath of God coming against sin
- The second coming of Christ
- The receipt of the divine inheritance of the saints (Christ’s eternal presence, glorified bodies, absence of sin, New Heavens and Earth etc etc).
All of these events are wondrous displays of the Lord’s greatness and glory. All of these events were repeatedly promised to and eagerly awaited for by God’s people throughout time.
These are the greatest sources of encouragement for the saints of God as they serve Him on earth. No wonder there was such a grand period of silence! The heavenly host is awestruck at what is about to take place!
Psa 46:1-11 KJV…
“To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
May we all look to the Lord in silence and awe understanding His greatness, seeing His future workings, and knowing that He is our refuge and strength!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation