“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.”
A great terror is coming. The silence in the heaven denotes a silence in the church of Jesus Christ, a small moment of peace before the storm. The opening of the seventh seal and the sounding of the mighty trumpets by the angels, is going to cause catastrophe on the earth and heaven waits to see what it is. John also waits to see the next part of the vision.
This is a silent interlude. It is not in the heaven where God is seated, but in the heavens above the earth. Where God is seated are incessant praises and worship to Him. Silence is not always golden and this one is pregnant with the expectation of fear. The Earth awaits the outcome of the judgment of God. The Christians wait in peace as there is no judgment for them.
Silence from God is not always good, but the bowls of incense are about to be poured out. The people of God wait in prayer as the Priest gives the sacrifice of in the holy place. We also wait in expectation and hope for the coming deliverance and the holy consummation of the sons and daughters of the kingdom, to enter their inheritance.
We are silent before the Lord, as we worship Him in Spirit and in truth. This is appropriate for the Redeemed to contemplate their freedoms and redemption and know that God is in control.
Christ stood silent before His accusers, thereby implicating them in what was about to happen. The heavens are silent, for the day of His great wrath is coming. We wait in holy contemplation of the daughters and sons of God.
“Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his holy habitation!”