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

  • Ann
    I am so glad that Disciple has spoke out, to warn people to stay away from the Jehovah's Witnesses. Amen! and Amen!
  • A disciple
    Val Hawn; If I were you I'd get away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as fast as you can. They deny the Eternal Divinity of Christ, and follow the teachings of a man (Russel) who rewrote the Scriptures after his own ideas; very bad! Jesus said that He saw Satan as lightning fall from heaven, (Luke 10:18); and that we should not go after those who say Christ has already come, (Matthew 24:21-31).
  • Gerald
    Chapter 12:7-12 in Revelation is where Satan was cast to the earth. Happen at the MIDDLE of the seven yr tribulation. Verses 13-17 says Satan knows his time is short and goes after the Jewish people and the christians. Read verse 17 carefully. I believe the 1st seal is the beginning of the tribulation. Read the 5th seal, these are the dead christians going thru the tribulation. Chapter7 vr 9 r us
  • Val Hawn
    I am studying with the Jehova's witnesses and they say that chapter 8 reveals that Jesus became king in 1914. That is when war broke out in heaven and Jesus cast down satan to the earth. Can someone reveal this to?

  • A disciple
    Genesis 12:3; The covenant of God with Abraham is ours too when we walk in the same steps of our father Abraham. It is absolutely on account of us, and how the world and individuals think and believe and act toward us, that God either blesses them, or detests them. It is on account of our friendship and obedience and prayers, that the angels are sent forth to punish the world for their wickedness.
  • Roy Francois
    You claim that Rome became a Christian Empire, but Rome was never Christian, it was pagan before Constantine, during Constantine's time and is still pagan to this day. Nowhere in scripture is there any indication Rome became Christian. Please show me in scripture where Rome became a Christian Empire.

Bible Options