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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Second Quarter, 2012

The Silence In Heaven Explained

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour” (Revelation 8:1).

This silence in heaven marks the beginning of the sequence of the seven trumpet soundings, which are to take the effects of judgments happening on earth. Christ’s death on the cross was attended by a period of darkness on earth (Matthew 27:45) that was also reflective of the awful silence of separation between the dying Saviour and the Holy Father in heaven as He alone bore our sins and sorrows in His own body on the tree (Matthew 27:46). “Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut her glories in, when Christ the Mighty Maker died for man the creature’s sin.” As Christ physically died heaven was momentarily silent.

It was in this very hour of Jesus crucifixion that the prince of this world, Satan, was judged and cast out (John 12:31) –”bound,” as pictured in Revelation 20:2, where the same Greek word is used (“bound” meaning “cast out”).

Jesus’ victory in judgment on the cross began the final curtailment and mitigation of Satan and his kingdom of darkness. That victory was completed in Jesus‘ resurrection, at which time He received His entitlement to the everlasting messianic thone of the Davidic promise (Acts 2:34; 13:34; cf. with Psalm 2:6-7). From that point onward the increase of King Jesus’ government and of peace has had no end (Isaiah 9:7). The period of silence in heaven is over and the never-ending victorious shout of praises begins, even as the judgment trumpets start to sound on earth, judgments that will eventually lead to all things being put under our Redeemer‘s feet (I Corinthians 15:25).

The first four trumpt soundings of Revelation chapter eight refer to the judgment that was shortly to occur on Christ-rejecting Palestinian Jews within that very generation, as foretold by Jesus in Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, and Luke 21:32.

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