“When the Lamb ripped off the seventh seal, Heaven fell quiet–complete silence for about half an hour.” Rev 8:1, The Message
When a crowd of people grow suddenly silent, something monumental is about to happen. Imagine thunderous worship and loud energetic praises falling silent when the expected keynote speaker steps up to the podium. Maybe it’s similar to the old commercial from a financial advising firm that portrayed importance when they entered the room…”When E.F. Sutton speaks, everyone listens…” This passage is the ultimate example. When Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, enters and begins to rip off the seventh seal, I can only imagine a huge congregational gasp followed by silence with intense expectation of what will happen next!
What happens next? Satan, who has been held back, is now unleashed to do what evil does best…destroy all that is good and right and holy.
Yes, all the saints in heaven are waiting in breathless expectation. This is the calm before the storm. War, famine and pestilence will devastate the earth. (Chapters 8)
Revelation 8, The Message
2-4 I saw the Seven Angels who are always in readiness before God handed seven trumpets. Then another Angel, carrying a gold censer, came and stood at the Altar. He was given a great quantity of incense so that he could offer up the prayers of all the holy people of God on the Golden Altar before the Throne. Smoke billowed up from the incense-laced prayers of the holy ones, rose before God from the hand of the Angel.
5 Then the Angel filled the censer with fire from the Altar and heaved it to earth. It set off thunders, voices, lightnings, and an earthquake.
6-7 The Seven Angels with the trumpets got ready to blow them. At the first trumpet blast, hail and fire mixed with blood were dumped on earth. A third of the earth was scorched, a third of the trees, and every blade of green grass—burned to a crisp.
8-9 The second Angel trumpeted. Something like a huge mountain blazing with fire was flung into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the living sea creatures died, and a third of the ships sank.
10-11 The third Angel trumpeted. A huge Star, blazing like a torch, fell from Heaven, wiping out a third of the rivers and a third of the springs. The Star’s name was Wormwood. A third of the water turned bitter, and many people died from the poisoned water.
12 The fourth Angel trumpeted. A third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were hit, blacked out by a third, both day and night in one-third blackout.
13 I looked hard; I heard a lone eagle, flying through Middle-Heaven, crying out ominously, “Doom! Doom! Doom to everyone left on earth! There are three more Angels about to blow their trumpets. Doom is on its way!”
What do we learn?
–Heaven falls silent for 30 minutes!
–Satan does his last work upon the earth.
–Hell is let loose. Death is preferable to life
–When the world, our world, seems at it’s worst…it gets better.
–We are conquerors with Christ! Keep reading, this is only the ending to a great beginning called forever.
–Be silent and know God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Breathless expectation is exactly where You want us to be! We need to relentlessly seek You, trust You, and follow Your commands to us each day, no matter what. Evil will not win. Evil will try many avenues to destroy our faith, but will NOT win at the final battle. Thank you for this Revelation of hope and a future. Thank you, the revealed Christ, who saves us all.
In Jesus Name, Amen