And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
There was Silence
Why was there silence in heaven after the seventh seal was opened? As you read this chapter, you realize silence is about the only reaction one could have in response to what will be taking place. How would you respond to such news? Can you imagine what it is going to be like to live on the earth during the Tribulation? Think about this seventh seal judgment. One third of the earth will be burned up, a third of the sea will be turned to blood, and, as a result, a third of the creatures in the sea will die. Can you imagine the smell that is going to create? Also, a third of the rivers become bitter and even more people will die. The fourth trumpet results in a third of all light from the sun and moon turned dark. A third of each day will be totally black. How horrible it will be for those left trying to survive the judgment of God during these days. We need to be more diligent in sharing the message of Christ with those who are headed for these judgments because they are not saved. Do you love your unsaved friends enough to share Christ with them? How can you reach out to them this week? What should you say to him?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?