We read revelation 8:1 "when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour". When we imagine of heaven it would be full of joyful noice singing hallelujeh song, praising God's glory (some scripture also says about it). But this shows different so can you help me to understand why it was silent for half an hour. Am limited that's why I need your help. Thank you.


The seventh seal introduces the seven trumpet judgments of God. The judgments that lead up to the close of the tribulation are so severe that a solemn silence falls upon all of heaven. For heaven to fall silent, to cease the constant praises of God, is dramatic indeed. Silence is a powerful instrument and suggests a need to stop, think and reflect upon what is about to transpire.

Seven angels are then handed seven trumpets ready to sound (verse 2). An eighth angel takes a censer and burns “much incense” in it, representing the prayers of God’s people (verses 3–4). The angel then fills the censer, “with fire from the altar” then hurls it on the earth, followed by “peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake” (verse 5).

My NLT Study Bible makes this comment about Revelation 8:1 in the notes:

“The opening of the seventh seal concludes the first act and dramatically initiates silence, which suggests the mystery of God in his dealings with the world (see Revelation 10:4; 1 Kings 19:11-12). Perhaps the mysterious silence here is analogous to God’s rest on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:1-3). This brief hush precedes the unfolding of the second act of divine judgment when God will answer the prayers of his people.”

My ESV Study Bible says this:

“The silence in heaven that ensues when the Lamb breaks the seventh seal further sustains the suspense... The brief period of silence – about half an hour – displaces ceaseless praises by living creatures, elders, angels, and the church triumphant. Silence is appropriate in anticipation of the Lord’s coming judgment (Zephaniah 1:7-10; Zechariah 2:13).”

“About half an hour” may not have any significance, given the astonishing events the Apostle John saw. The element of time, linear and familiar to humans, may be inadequate to express properly what was being revealed in heaven. It is possible that in the revelation only a short period of time elapsed while the angels prepared themselves for what was to come. Whatever the reason for the silence, and its duration, it precedes earth-shattering events, and that should be sufficient to warn us of the terrible nature of the events that accompany the seven trumpets.


Jehovah is in His holy temple: be silent before Him, all the earth! Hush, all flesh, before Jehovah! For He is roused up from His holy habitation. Be silent before the Lord Jehovah, for the day of Jehovah is near; for Jehovah has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated those whom He has called. Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted on earth. And they answered the Angel of Jehovah, who was standing among the myrtle trees, and they said, We have gone to and fro on the earth, and indeed all the earth sits still and is quiet.

Hab 2:20; Zech 2:13; Zeph 1:7; Psa 46:10; Zech 1:11.

And when He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another Angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and much incense was given to Him to offer with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense went up with the prayers of the saints out of the hand of the Angel before God. And the Angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar and cast it to the earth; and there were thunders and voices and lightnings and an earthquake. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to trumpet.

I agree that the silence conveys solemnity. The 7th seal, along with the 6th: the answer to the saints' prayers including in the 5th. And (the 7th) beginning the three and a half years of "tribulation such as has not occurred from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, nor shall by any means ever occur." Mk 13:19, 24; Dan 9:27; 7:25; Mt 24:21, 29


@Lesley captures the basic idea. The 1/2 hour of silence signifies the intensity of the judgments about to be revealed. I don't think the 1/2 hour itself signifies anything except that there was a long pause.

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