Revelation 8:1

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when hee had opened the seuenth seale, there was silence in heauen about the space of halfe an houre.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when he opened the seventh seal, there followed a silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when the seventh stamp was undone there was quiet in heaven for about half an hour.
- Basic English Bible

And when it opened the seventh seal, there was silence in the heaven about half an hour.
- Darby Bible

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
- Webster's Bible

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour.
- Weymouth Bible

When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
- World English Bible

And whanne he hadde openyd the seuenthe seel, a silence was maad in heuene, as half an our.
- Wycliffe Bible

And when he openeth the seventh seal, there came silence in the heaven about half-an-hour,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 8:1

8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven - Such a silence is mentioned but in this one place. It was uncommon, and highly observable: for praise is sounding in heaven day and night. In particular, immediately before this silence, all the angels, and before them the innumerable multitude, had been crying with a loud voice; and now all is still at once: there is an universal pause. Hereby the seventh seal is very remarkably distinguished from the six preceding. This silence before God shows that those who were round about him were expecting, with the deepest reverence, the great things which the Divine Majesty would farther open and order. Immediately after, the seven trumpets are heard, and a sound more august than ever. Silence is only a preparation: the grand point is, the sounding the trumpets to the praise of God. About half an hour - To St. John, in the vision, it might seem a common half hour.

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 8:1

Re 8:1 The Seventh Seal Opened SUMMARY OF REVELATION 8: The Silence in Heaven. The Seven Angels with the Seven Trumpets. The Incense Offered. The Fire Cast on the Earth. The First Angel Sounds; Hail, Fire, and Blood Follow. The Second Trumpet and the Mountain Cast into the Sea. The Third Trumpet and the Great Burning Stars. The Fourth Trumpet and the Sun Darkened. THE SEVENTH SEAL. When he had opened the seventh seal. It is the Lamb who opens all the deals. There was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. There has been a great effort among commentators to interpret the meaning of this silence. I think that it is a hush of awe before the march of the awful judgments about to come, the calm before the storm breaks forth, the oppressive silence before the burst of battle. It is designed to emphasize the events that follow.

Discussion for Revelation 8

  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    Well, sort of. The effects of hell (which means pit, grave or garbage dump) will last forever. Death , the 2nd one, is forever. The SMOKE of their torment ascend forever. When God sets up the new heaven
  • Carolyn
    God have mercy on this world from the President down that they will realize what Christ has really given them thru his giving of his life for their sins and take heed to his warnings. If not god has no mercy on those who refuse to listen. His angels will heed his voice and obey to the fullness and destruction will come to earth as God demands. fire ,fire and death. Hell is for ever too.
  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    Hi, Jesus was the only one who was able to break the seals. Study the seven churches carefully, compare it with the history of the Christian churches since Christ ascended. If you'll remember, it had a problem with which apostle was right or better or more listened to and Paul had to get on em as to why they were preaching- Jesus, the first love. My concern is the last one, self righteous us!
  • Michael C.
    Two things in the beginning of this chapter stand out. First, the seventh seal's half hour of silence; makes me think of the dividing of time, which Christ's coming marks. And second, how the burning coals from the golden altar of incense, under which the Martyrs await God's vengeance, and the prayers of the Saints, being cast into the earth, is the harbinger of the seven trumpets of the angels.
  • David
    Understanding how prophesy tend to be delivered to men throughout the Bible helps you to see the bigger picture about the Book of Revelation. The prophecy tends to be delivered several times using different imagery. The Book of Revelation has several groups of Seven. The first set of Seven seems to be for the churches around at the time of the author, but the 7 Seals, the 7 Trumpets and the 7 Bowls or vials are repeating the same series of events seen using different methods of focus. The 7 seals are 7 releases, the 7 Trumpets are 7 warnings and the 7 Bowls are 7 reaping's. So an angel breaks a seal, next an angel blows a trumpet which warns by way of a sign in the heavens and for those who do not head the warning, an angel administers a disaster. All of which is going to be aimed at getting the world and more specifically the Hebrew remnant to repent.
  • Kimberly for verse 3
    My thought it that the Angel stood before the alter with a sensor that was full of praise and prayers from the saints in the earth that at are believing for miracles. The incense represented the prayers from the saints that were then poured out before the throne of God.

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