Re:Verse reading–Revelation 8 and 9 (day one)
“And when He broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half of an hour.”–8:1.
In previous visions, the vast expanse of Heaven is FILLED with sound. Thunder. Voices. Commands. Singing. Shouts of worship.
Suddenly, without warning, as the Lamb breaks the seventh seal on the scroll, Heaven falls silent! Profoundly silent. “Could have heard a pin drop”.
There is nothing left to say. That’s what the silence means. Jesus quotes Abraham, “if they will not believe Moses and the prophets, they will not believe even if a man should rise from the dead.”–Luke 16:31. True. Sadly. The silence of God reminds men that we have been adequately warned! “What more can He say than to you he hath said?” says the familiar hymn.
The silence also symbolizes patience. Restraint. The seal is broken. The inevitable end is near. Again, Heaven pauses. Still willing for men to be saved.