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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
View 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.
View 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.
john a smith's comment on 2013-01-06 12:31:48:
I believe that this silence in heaven of about the space of half an hour' could be something to do with the time period on earth between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II; If one takes 1000 years to man (which in Hebrews and other Bible passages is often referred to as just one day only to God) and divide this by 48 which equals (approximately 21 years or) more accurately 20 years and 10 months. Now count the number of years and months from November 11th 1918 to September 3rd 1939 and this is also 20 years and 10 months. I think this is worth considering in studying Revelation 8:1.
noalias needed's comment on 2012-12-06 14:13:28:
my comment is a parallel topic:
a question; is there anyone who has calculated the prophetic messages pertaining their possible connection to huge influences on the entirety of civilization such as: the instant macro discovery of electricity utilization worldwide? Or other similar occurrences before and after Christ's crucifixion (occurrences more profound than for example many of the achievements such as airplane flight, or creating a compass, or something changed like a virus or a nutrient)
what could be a list of revealed macrocosms that changed history? And could those macrocosms be predicted in the Bible? Excluding those prophecies that have not yet occurred, but I am speaking of prophecies that could have already happened; for example something larger than the internet or oil or could it be the usage of electricity or the usage of radio waves, a sociological experiences such as the Enlightenment period or the Medieval Ages or etc etc etc.... well hope someone comes across this comment I typed and left here and has some fun and encouragement from it, or if someone has some good ideas let me know and reply, I might check back! CYA
kathy's comment on 2012-11-04 23:44:18:
I think Jesus left the Holy Place and went to the Most Holy Place, therefore leaving it empty, and silent. God the Father, is the One who tells Jesus to "Go and Collect My Children" the time has come. It concludes the 7,000 year, demonstration of what sin does.
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