Revelation 8:1 KJV
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Times of silence may be solemn,
as in a moment of silence to remember the dead.
Times of silence may be peaceful,
as in when happy, playful children have gone to bed.
Times of silence may be frightening,
as when a teacher, in order to maintain discipline in the classroom, glares in silence at the offender.
Perhaps each of these is implied in these approximately thirty minutes of heavenly silence.
- Solemn in recognition of the consequence of sin on the earth
- Peaceful because the judgment is finished
- Frightening because, though the Tribulation is coming to an end, Christ is here coming to the battle of Armageddon
I cannot see this pause, as some of the commentaries do, as referring to a time of peace on earth after
Constantine founded His
Catholic church. This must refer to things beyond that time and must be
speaking of heavenly things.
The depth of the Word of God is measureless, marvelous and magnificent to behold!