And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour (Revelation 8:1).
The Seventh Seal: What Does the Silence in Heaven Represent?
First, let’s recap a little. The sixth seal can represent the coming of the false christ. This represents a time in which Satan is given a more present dominion over the earth.
As mentioned in previous articles, the Son of Perdition or Destruction must be revealed first, and his coming is the natural result of the first 5 seals. For more read, We Are the Four Horsemen (Part 7).
In the final sense, the sixth seal represents the coming of Jesus, the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
What does the silence in heaven represent for each case?
Maybe it is best if we think events through depending on the way the sixth seal is interpreted.
The sixth seal as the coming of Satan:
The first five seals represent a spiritual state of depravity that occurs when Christians follow “kings” other than Jesus. As a result, when Satan comes as king many follow him. Before Satan comes, the servants of God are sealed. Once the servants of God are sealed, the first four trumpets sound. Satan inhabits the earth at the fifth trumpet. You can also see this event portrayed in Revelation 12.
If we look at the sixth seal as Satan, then the silence in heaven that occurs during the seventh seal could indicate God removing Himself while Satan has his hour of dominion, also known as “the hour of temptation.”
When Satan has dominion over the earth, will Jesus be found? Will the kingdom of heaven be heard? It seems that during this time, it will be as if God has turned His back on the world. However, this period of time is limited.
An hour is used in the scriptures to indicate a specific time that is ordained for a purpose. When the hour of Satan is come—or half hour—because “for the sake of His chosen, He has shortened the days,” it is as if God has forsaken the world.
Of course, those who remain faithful to Jesus are not forsaken. Any who call on the name of Jesus with sincerity will be heard, but since the majority of mankind will follow after Satan, it is fitting to say that heaven is silent.
Some scriptures that come to mind:
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood (Isaiah 1:15).
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble (Jeremiah 11:14).
The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29).
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth (John 9:31).
The sixth seal as the coming of Jesus:
The first five seals represent a spiritual and literal state of the earth that results from following the false christ. The servants of God are already sealed at this point. This false christ is Satan, who comes during the fifth trumpet. The sixth trumpet could represent the army of Satan. Jesus returns at the seventh trumpet to overthrow Satan and to raise the faithful from the dead. This marks the event we call “the resurrection” and also “the transfiguration” which are ideas confused by “the rapture.”
For more on the resurrection, you can read, Considering the Resurrection.
What is the silence in heaven that the seventh seal represents? Before Jesus returns, the last of His faithful witnesses have been slain (Revelation 11). This silence in heaven could mean a couple things. The silence could again have to do with heaven being silent because the last who speak of heaven are killed. This silence could also be a calm before the storm, so to speak, marking the period before Jesus returns to avenge the blood of His prophets and saints.
Does the silence in heaven shown in the seventh seal mean that heaven has turned away? Maybe not, but that’s how I see it. What about now?
If we turn our back on God, bow down to earthly powers and ideals, and deny the teachings of Jesus, then why should God hear us? Our minds are full of wickedness, so even if heaven did speak, we would not hear it.
I do believe there will come a time when it seems as though God is not found. Think of the Great Whore who says, “I sit a queen and am no widow.” Our God will seem to be dead. However, Jesus is not dead. He is alive and faithful to those who belong to Him.
In any case, we do not want heaven to be silent, do we? We want to pursue a relationship with Jesus that is meaningful and fruitful.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6-7).