The Seventh Seal of Revelation – The Meaning of The Silence In Heaven

 

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The silence in Heaven serves a very specific purpose.

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. – Revlation 8:1.

Of the many hard-to-decipher passages in the Book of Revelation, verse 1 of chapter 8, is one of few attempt to interpret. The Seventh Seal is a monumental event in Heaven, but what does it mean? Why is there silence? This article will attempt to explain the meaning of the silence in Heaven and explain why it is a critical aspect not just of end times events but of the life of every person who has ever lived.

The Meaning of The Silence in Heaven

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“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” – Revelation 1:3.

In our article, Who Are The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse?, Beginning and End detailed the meaning of the first four seals of Revelation 6. The Seven Sealed Book was given to The Lord Jesus Christ upon His triumphant ascension and return to Heaven, having defeated Satan, death and the grave in His death, burial and resurrection. Jesus Christ is the only one found worthy to open the book and it is given to Him as He took His seat of honor at the Right Hand of God the Father. From there, the first four seals were opened, unleashing a series of spirits who bring judgments and tribulation to the world throughout the entirety of the church age. The 5th seal is then opened which brings the spirit of persecution and martyrdom that Christians have experienced from the first century AD and continue to today.

 
The opening of the 6th Seal triggers the Rapture and the Day of The Lord, the time at which God will pour out His wrath on the unbelieving world. Revelation chapter 6 ends with the powerful people of the world fully understanding that the cataclysmic global earthquake and events of the 6th seal are of divine origin:

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? – Revelation 6:12-17.

 

This shaking of Heaven and Earth is the time that God rises to personally intervene and judge the centuries of sin and evil of unbelieving, unrepentant humanity. It is also a wake up call to Israel to return to the worship of the God of their fathers. Hence we see first the Rapture and then the sealing of the 144,000 Jewish witnesses, who will share the Gospel of the Kingdom with Jewish people and the world in the first part of the Day of The Lord/Great Tribulation. These are the events of Revelation Chapter 7 and serves as the backdrop for Revelation Chapter 8 and the opening of the 7th seal.

A Sign of Coming Judgment

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“Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.”Zechariah 2:13.

The silence in Heaven is a sign of God’s impending devastating judgment. When a people or nation or even the world is so far gone into rebellion against God with no repentance, The Lord removes His Holy people and allows for a period of “silence”, right before His judgements are unleashed onto the world. How can this be so? Well The Bible instructs on how to interpret and understand Scripture:

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: – Isaiah 28:9-10.

 

The Bible is to be interpreted by using Scripture to interpret Scripture – that is, using parts of the Bible to understand similar parts. The Apostle Paul summed this method up stating:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. – 1 Corinthians 2:12-13.

So where can examples or types and shadows of this Heavenly silence be found in Scripture? The first example is in the Days of Noah.

The Silence Before The Flood

 

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The Lord’s preacher of the Gospel went silent for seven days before the flood.

The Days of Noah were infamous for being a time of global, rampant rebellion against God. Humanity, plagued by their own sinful lust and the influx of Nephilim giant hybrids, had become so deep in sin that the Bible says, “..God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5). God then instructed Noah to prepare an ark because in the years to come, The Lord was going to destroy the entire world with a flood. Noah, was a “preacher of righteousness.” He was not just a believer in The Lord, he committed his life to preaching belief in God to those in his society. But once the ark was prepared, God brought the preaching of His faithful servant to a close:

the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female… For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood… There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. (Genesis 7).

So once the ark was complete, God instructed Noah to take all of his family and all of the animals and enter into the ark for seven days. The passage in Genesis goes back over this detail to emphasize its significance.

In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. (Genesis 7).

Not only was Noah commanded to enter the ark seven days in advance, on the same day he entered and got every person and creature on board, God shut the door Himself. The chance to hear the preaching of repentance before the worst judgment the world had seen was over. No longer would the preacher of righteousness, who knew the flood was coming, be able to warn anyone. Instead, the completed ark sat in silence for seven days, with no one going in or out.So the sinful, rebellious world were left in ignorance. The Lord Jesus Christ confirms this in Matthew 24:

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. – Matthew 24:37-39.

 

The devastating flood came which destroyed all people, nephilim and creatures from the Earth, except for those who were safely aboard the divinely-designed ship. The silence of God preceded utter judgment and destruction. This pattern is seen again in an even more powerful way in the book of Joshua.

The Battle of Jericho

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Jericho seemed to be invincible until it experienced God’s wrath.

The Book of Joshua is an amazing book for the student of the Bible. It is full of types and shadows of the end times. In many ways, the book runs parallel to the book of Revelation (for more information on this please our article: Joshua’s Great Battle: A Preview of War With The Antichrist). After being freed from the Egyptians by God in the Exodus, the Battle of Jericho was the first battle the ancient Israelites waged to actually enter the Promised Land. It is a type and shadow of the Battle The Lord Jesus waged and will wage to lead His faithful believers to salvation (at the cross) and His Millennial Kingdom (at Armageddon), when the Earth will be taken from Satan and return to Christ (just as Joshua was removing the Canaanite usurpers out of the Promised Land and returning it to God’s people).

God gave Joshua very specific instructions for how the battle was to fought. Joshua then relayed them in full detail to the nation of Israel:

And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout. So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

 
And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. Joshua 6:2-15.

 

Notice that God instructs His people to circle the city of Jericho, without raising a weapon, for seven days. And Joshua is emphatic that the people remain silent. No one is to speak or utter a sound for the seven days. And then on the seventh day, after the city was circled seven times, the nation would shout, and the walls of Jericho crumbled to dust and the Israelites slaughtered their enemies in the city and burnt it to the ground.

 

And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city….So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. – Joshua 6:16-21.

The most impenetrable city in the world was defeated by supernatural judgment of God. And this followed seven days of silence. So again, the Biblical pattern is clear: there is a period of silence before Judgement of The Lord comes.

King David’s Plea

King David seemed to have a good understanding of this concept as shown in Psalm 28:

Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.- Psalm 28:1-5.

David’s plea to the Lord highlights what can lead to The Lord being silent with a person. It is those who are headed for damnation (“who go down to the pit”). The unrepentant sinners who have no fear or understanding of God. David makes his case by reminding God of his prayer and worship of The Lord. He is proclaiming his belief in God as the sovereign ruler of his life. But those who are wicked, workers of sin, deceitful (“they speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts”), and do not acknowledge God (“they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands..”), they do not receive a Word from The Lord. And their ultimate end is destruction. So again, it’s clear that the silence of God precedes devastating judgment.

Psalm 50 provides a stern warning:

But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. – Psalm 50:16-22.

 

So again we see the pattern: rebellion against God, that rebellion reaching an extreme limit, silence from God, then judgment. Here God Himself, speaking through the Psalmist warns the sinner in deep rebellion that if they continue to forget God, they will be torn in pieces with no chance of deliverance.

The Wrath of God In Revelation

With these prophetic types and precepts the understanding of the silence in heaven becomes clearer:

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. – Revelation 8:1-2.

In this future event that takes place during the end times the seven trumpets given to the angels who stand before The Lord each bring forth devastating judgments to the people on Earth. The trumpets, along with the vial judgments that follow, are the true outpouring of God’s wrath. The Earth itself will be damaged and poisoned, millions upon millions suffer and perish. The trumpets will be discussed in much more detailed in later installments of this series, but the point to understand is that just as it was in the days of Noah, and as it was at the battle of Jericho, the silence of God comes before He is preparing to unleash His wrath.

Is The Silence Really For A Half Hour?

It is this author’s contention that the silence in Heaven is not actually for 30 minutes. Hence the Scripture saying “about the space of half an hour.” The Apostle John makes the point that he is not marking an exact duration of time. Could the sequence of events be the 6th Seal with its Rapture, global earthquake and stellar signs, the opening of the 7th seal and then seven days of silence before The Lord’s wrath begins with the blowing of the trumpets and their unprecedented judgments on Earth? While this author will not be dogmatic and say it’s definitely so, the consistency is there. At the flood in Genesis, the silence of God was for seven days. At Jericho, there were seven days of silence until the city was circles seven times. In Revelation, the seventh seal is open, which leads to the silence and then seven angels are given seven trumpets to unleash God’s wrath.  The types and shadows of Scripture certainly give some credence to the idea.

Pray For God To Not Be Silent

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If God seems silent in your life, cry out to Him in prayer.

There are many mysterious verses in Scripture but the beauty of the Bible is that with God’s Holy Spirit and enough study, they can be understood. And while the Silence in Heaven is a future event, Scripture is quite clear that when we are in rebellion God can be silent with us. And that is a scary proposition. Make sure you are hearing from The Lord every day by studying His Word and praying consistently with repentance.

Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

In our next article we will look at “another angel” in Revelation Chapter 8 who stands at the Altar of God’s Holy Temple in Heaven.

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  1. I keep getting pushed off, true believers will go Thur the great trib, read, study revelation, why would God give instructions to His people if we are to escape in the sky? I have to leave for now my tablet is too loud!

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    • Bless you, B&E! Thank you so much for this eaching. I was unaware until now that God’s silence in Revelations was so significant.

      And if you have an article about the story of the ark from Genesis, can you list a link for it? Non-believers like to contend with over the story & I never manage to win those debates. They say a boat large enough to contain the prescribed numbers of all the animals on the planet would have been too large for Noah’s family to build by themselves. That the waste the animals would produced over 150 days would have contaminated everything & made both the humans & animals sick. Other than saying it was one of God’s miracles, I have never been able to provide an explanation to show that the story of the ark was no just a fable.

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    • Perhaps the reason God gave us the details of the Tribulation, even if we don’t have to go through it, is for those that will go through it. Surely, there are those who will have heard of the Tribulation, read about it, but ultimately disregarded it and never accepted Jesus. Once they realize they are actually in it, they will believe in the entire Bible and turn to God. The Bible tells us that there will be people saved during the Tribulation.

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    • clt:
      I keep getting pushed off,true believers will go Thur the great trib, read, study revelation,why would God give instructions to His people if we are to escape in the sky?I have to leave for now my tablet is too loud!

      I agree with you that the Bible teaches this 100%. I posted the following in another spot:

      Nowhere does the Bible speak of a “tribulation” period. Rather, the Bible speaks of the beginning of sorrows, Great Tribulation, and the outpouring of the wrath of God. If you compare Matthew 24 with the seals of Revelation 6, they parallel each other exactly. What happens in the seals of Revelation is the wrath of man against man, this wrath ORIGINATING WITH MAN. Christians are not immune to this–Look at the martyrs throughout the centuries. No different except more devastating but still originating with man.

      With the 6th seal in Revelation 6: 12-17, something very different happens. As in Matthew 24 when the disciples asked, What will be the sign of Your coming?” Jesus told them in Matthew 24: 29-31 the exact same words mentioned in Revelation 6:12-14. Revelation 6: 15-17 speaks of the kings of the earth and every person will hide in caves and plead, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the WRATH OF THE LAMB! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” This scenario directly precedes the revealing of the Lord from Heaven for all the world to see. Two things will happen simultaneously–the rapture of the church and the opening of the 7th seal described in Revelation 8. The 7th seal contains the trumpet and bowl judgments which are the wrath of God poured out on an unrepentant world. Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is the blessed hope, that the church will be raptured and then the pouring out of God’s Wrath in the Trumpets and Bowls commences.

      My Sisters and Brothers in the Lord, prepare and do not be surprised when the afflictions of the seals of Revelation and the reign of anti-Christ commence. We who belong to Jesus will see these things come to pass. Jesus promised that in this world His followers WILL FACE PERSECUTION, even the persecution of the anti-Christ. These things ARE NOT THE WRATH OF GOD. THEY ORIGINATE FROM THE HAND OF MAN. The Great Tribulation under the anti-Christ will be so devastating, that if it were not cut short, no flesh would survive. Matthew 24: 15-22.

      Just as God spared righteous Noah and his family when God rained judgment on the earth by flood, so His children will be spared the outpouring of God’s Wrath in the Trumpet and Bowl judgments. The church will be raptured the same day these judgments begin, for it is these JUDGMENTS THAT ORIGINATE WITH GOD. Man has no part in instigating these. God has promised His children escape from these, but not escape from the wrath of man pitted against man.

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    • Your argument here is very weak. Even if true believers are removed, don’t you think people will be searching for truth after the rapture? In fact, many churches, particularly in America, will still be full.

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  2. Whiteknight777 says:

    The silence in heaven lasts for 15 days. This period of time is when Yahweh will be totally unavailable, thus no pleads will be heard for mercy or further delay.

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  3. “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years”
    2Pe 3:8 NIV: But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

    one day with the Lord = one thousand years = 365,250 days
    one hour with the Lord = 15,218.75 days [365,250 days divided by 24]
    half an hour with the Lord = 7,609.375 days

    Rev 8:1 NIV: When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

    From [World War I ended] November 11, 1918
    To [World War II begun] September 3, 1939
    That’s 7,601 days difference [which about half an hour with the Lord]

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  6. Hi, Beginning and End. I am soooooo enjoying reading your articles. Thank you so much for your hard work and research.I am so excited to be finally understanding this. I am not sure I am tracking with you, though, and hope you might help me understand a couple things.

    After the sixth seal is opened there is the great earthquake. Do you consider this to be God’s judgement and wrath rather than mans? After all, we do not control earthquakes…. Right?

    So…..if the believers are raptured prior to the earthquake, and then the 144,000 are sealed, and then there is the silence in heaven….am I understanding the sequence correctly? If so, then are we already in heaven while the silence is taking place? I think I am getting mixed up because I don’t see the scripture saying we are raptured before the earthquake…..are you assuming this is where the rapture occurs because the earthquake is God’s wrath and we are not destined for His wrath? Or are you comparing scripture to scripture here to obtain that interpretation? You refer to the earthquake as the ‘trigger’.

    I would appreciate your taking a moment to help me understand this fascinating study of Revelation!. I am sooooo excited for Christ’s return!!!
    Praise Him! And God bless you!

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    • Hi Georgeanne,

      Thanks so much for your comments and the kind words. I praise God the site has been a blessing to you. I would like to get your questions and try to address them:


      “After the sixth seal is opened there is the great earthquake. Do you consider this to be God’s judgement and wrath rather than mans? After all, we do not control earthquakes…. Right?”


      Yes, the opening of the 6th Seal is the beginning of the Day of The Lord – which is God’s end time wrath in the form of supernatural judgments against the unbelieving world.


      “So…..if the believers are raptured prior to the earthquake, and then the 144,000 are sealed, and then there is the silence in heaven….am I understanding the sequence correctly?”


      Yes.


      “If so, then are we already in heaven while the silence is taking place?”

      Yes. The Multitude of Revelation Chapter 7 is the Raptured church in Heaven.


      “I think I am getting mixed up because I don’t see the scripture saying we are raptured before the earthquake…..are you assuming this is where the rapture occurs because the earthquake is God’s wrath and we are not destined for His wrath?”

      There’s a little more to it than that. When studying Old Testament Scripture on the Day of The Lord, it becomes apparent that everything in terms of the end time judgment of God leading up to the Second Coming begins at the 6th Seal. Scripture specifically says in 1 Thessalonians 5 that believers will NOT suffer through the Day of The Lord. Additionally, the Bible provides numerous types and shadows of believers escaping and not experiencing God’s supernatural judgments. The end times wrath of God is all about punishing unbelievers and reconciling the believing remnant of Israel. So at the 6th Seal we see these judgments commence and right after that seal is opened, the multitude of Revelation 7 suddenly appear. This is the Raptured church. No other Rapture model can ever point to the actual raptured church in Heaven except one that place it at the 6th Seal.

      To get a much, much more detailed explanation of this, please see the Beginning and End Rapture series. Ir’s in 3 parts and links are below.

      Part 1
      http://beginningandend.com/day-lord-event-starts-world/

      Part 2

      http://beginningandend.com/believers-escape-gods-wrath-biblical-foreshadows-rapture/

      Part 3

      http://beginningandend.com/the-red-moon-rapture-the-biblical-timing-of-the-rapture/

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. I am more than happy to answer. God bless you abundantly. -B&E

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  7. Ok….thank you and God bless…jeez, I am confused about something else. Thank you for the links. I have read them prior to today…I had gone back to the 7th seal for about the 3rd or 4th time as I am talking with other believers about this and wanted to make sure I understood it. God is moving me into a ministry opportunity within our church with the women there.

    I said: “I think I am getting mixed up because I don’t see the scripture saying we are raptured before the earthquake…..are you assuming this is where the rapture occurs because the earthquake is God’s wrath and we are not destined for His wrath?”

    You said: There’s a little more to it than that. When studying Old Testament Scripture on the Day of The Lord, it becomes apparent that everything in terms of the end time judgment of God leading up to the Second Coming begins at the 6th Seal. Scripture specifically says in 1 Thessalonians 5 that believers will suffer through the Day of The Lord.

    So if we are raptured prior to the the earthquake because this triggers the Day of the Lord…and then you say 1 Thess 5 states believers “will suffer through the Day of the Lord” ….. I don’t get it. How can we be raptured prior to the earthquake but still suffer through the Day of the Lord?

    I’m not a new believer but I was always taught a pre-trib rapture so I am now trying to re-learn some scripture. I am also so completely burdened by the Lord that our time is short and I, along with other believers, must share this glorious Revelation with others. The types and shadows are incredibly fascinating and I never heard prior to your site here that we are to use “scripture to interpret scripture”.
    I grew up in the Catholic church, and no offense intended here to them….my dear father, may he rest in peace, taught me that only priests, etc., were able to interpret scripture. The bible, while I was growing up, was a huge book that my folks had on their coffee table. The only use it got was when we kids would look at the pictures! My husband and I became believers (praise God!) some time after our 3rd babe was born. And like I said….we were attending a church where a pre-trib rapture was taught. I am now trying to unravel some of that teaching and rightly divide the Word….which is new to me also…

    Does that make sense? Our kiddos are now grown and out of our home and I finally have the time to study more intently and I am so excited about what I am learning I feel like I could jump out of my skin.
    And actually, right now, I am typing this through some tears; I feel closer to the Lord than ever before in my walk with Him and yet sad at the same time because the believers around me seem to be asleep as to what is happening around them. It pains me deeply to see our country fall apart because we have abandoned our first love. And I am gravely concerned because 4 of our 6 kids are not walking with the Lord…..breaks my heart.

    Thanks for listening….and back to the subject at hand, I am all ears………

    Bless you…….

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    • Hi Georgeanne,

      As Jason pointed out I meant to say, the church will NOT experience the Day of The Lord. So yes, we are raptured before the global earthquake of the 6th seal. Sorry for the confusion!

      Now to address some of your other points:


      “I’m not a new believer but I was always taught a pre-trib rapture so I am now trying to re-learn some scripture. I am also so completely burdened by the Lord that our time is short and I, along with other believers, must share this glorious Revelation with others. The types and shadows are incredibly fascinating and I never heard prior to your site here that we are to use “scripture to interpret scripture”.”


      Well I give The Lord praise that this method of Biblical interpretation has been a blessing to you. I truly believe that types and shadows are for a lack of a better term, the main “style” of writing The Lord God Almighty uses in Scripture to give us revelation. We can get a much richer and deeper appreciation for many of the Biblical accounts when we see them through this perspective.


      I grew up in the Catholic church, and no offense intended here to them….my dear father, may he rest in peace, taught me that only priests, etc., were able to interpret scripture. The bible, while I was growing up, was a huge book that my folks had on their coffee table. The only use it got was when we kids would look at the pictures! My husband and I became believers (praise God!) some time after our 3rd babe was born. And like I said….we were attending a church where a pre-trib rapture was taught. I am now trying to unravel some of that teaching and rightly divide the Word….which is new to me also…

      I completely understand. It’s all a part of spiritual maturity. As we grow in our knowledge of the Word and our Lord Jesus Christ, we will soon have to “unlearn” some of the unbiblical or shaky teachings we may have received over the years. This is a good thing. It’s a sign that our spirit of discernment is growing. So that’s great news to hear.


      Does that make sense? Our kiddos are now grown and out of our home and I finally have the time to study more intently and I am so excited about what I am learning I feel like I could jump out of my skin.
      And actually, right now, I am typing this through some tears; I feel closer to the Lord than ever before in my walk with Him and yet sad at the same time because the believers around me seem to be asleep as to what is happening around them. It pains me deeply to see our country fall apart because we have abandoned our first love. And I am gravely concerned because 4 of our 6 kids are not walking with the Lord…..breaks my heart.

      This is the beauty of spending time in The Word. Once I committed to studying the Scriptures daily and learning more and more of God’s revelation as written in His Bible, I was overwhelmed. I too have been brought to tears at the remarkable depth and wonder of our Holy Bible. I hope and pray that you continue to build yourself up and that God increases your faith.

      At the same time, it will become painfully obvious how far gone into sinful rebellion and wickedness the world has fallen. We as believers should be like Lot who was “vexed” by the lifestyle of those around him in Sodom. All we can do is continue to share the Gospel with the lost and live a life where we show Christ in us. Your unsaved kids can come to The Lord. Never doubt it. We were all once rebels against God and He was able to reach us. So your kids are not a lost cause even if it seems that way some time. Just remember that the power is in The Word. So keep sharing it with them when you can.
      God bless you abundantly. -B&E

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  8. sorry…meant to say I had gone back to the 6th Seal several times….

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  9. Georgeanne

    Unless I am mistaken, I believe he meant to say that the church will NOT go through the day of the Lord

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  10. A friend of mine (A Pastor’s daughter, now married to a Preacher) said that their would be no women in Heaven. I said “Where does it say that?” She said in the Book of Revelation, she said it t says “There will be silence in Heaven for half an hour.” I laughed hard! (Laughter is a good Medicine – Just a joke folks! Not for real!)

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  11. Georgeanne says:

    Are you going to write any new articles?? I have read EVERYTHING on this site and can’t wait to gobble up more???? Please do!!! Love it! I have learned so much. Bless you….

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    • Hi Georgeanne,

      Thanks for your comments. Praise God that this site has been a blessing to you. Rest assured we are writing and working for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There will be new articles up tonight or early tomorrow morning EST. God bless you abundantly. -B&E

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  12. Hi lets try this again lol gotto Love them Capcha codes ( But in reality when that happens i think it’s just the Lord working tooo )

    Was just reading this page cuz i too am learning and have read rev many times and just don’t understand how the timeline of it goes

    i take it as the seals have yet to be open cause only one who could open them is Jesus but many believe we living the seals now so does that mean we in the tribulation already and if so when did they sign the 7 year peace covenant

    and i always thought when Jesus opens the seals that is when the 4 horsemen will start to ride

    ty appreciate the help

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    • Hi JC,

      Seals 1 to 4 begins at Pentecost and continuous on up to the start of Seal 6, which is the great tribulation. the Bowl Judgement and Armageddon happening after it. Seal 5 begun from death of Stephen up to the last Saint to be martyred in the Great Tribulation.
      Then Seal 7 begins at the start of the millennium. The silence in Heaven is the millennium, a thousand year of peace. At the end of the millennium, Satan will be released from the Abyss (Rev. 20) to deceive the nations again, and that is when the Seven Trumpet Judgement will commence. Trumpets 1 to 4 is the destruction of a third of trees, grass, sea, waters, and a third of the celestial objects are struck. Trumpet 5 is when Satan was released from the Abyss and Locust-Like Creatures torturing those who does not have the seal of God on their foreheads (entirely different from those with the mark of the beast on their foreheads which were described in the bowl judgement happening at the end of the great tribulation). Trumpet 6 is Gog and Magog to kill a third of mankind, led by Satan.

      The Angel and the Little Scroll, which is entirely different from the Scroll and the Lamb of Rev. 5, is about prophesying again by the Two Witness at the end of the millennium. Probably John could be one of them. His Spirit indwelt on one of the anointed prophet of that time. ( Like John the Baptist having the Spirit of Elijah)

      The Two Witness, I believe are the ones who will cause all the plagues of the Trumpets Judgement. (Like during the time of Moses, this time instead of frogs, it will be locust this time, and the rest are almost the same plagues that happened during Moses’ time)

      Trumpet 7 is the Great White Throne Judgement, the second resurrection, where the dead will be judged(sheep and goat, based on Works and Book of Life), and the saints and prophets judged for their rewards (based on books that were opened). Judgement Seat of Christ and The Great White Throne is the same. Throne and Seat is the same in meaning.

      What makes Seven Bowls different from the Seven Trumpet that made it appear happening in two different timelines? Here are my keypoints.

      Great Tribulation Millennium
      Bowls : Mark of the Beast Trumpets: Those who does not have the Seal of
      God (No mention of mark of the beast)
      Bowls : Beast and False Prophet Trumpets: Angel of the Abyss/Beast that come UP
      that come out from the Sea/Earth from the Abyss (Rev. 20)
      Dragon hurled DOWN from Heaven Apollyon, Abaddon
      Rev. 12 & 13
      Bowls : No mention of Abyss Trumpets: Abyss mentioned Thrice.
      Bowls : Gog and Magog in Armageddon Ez. 39 Trumpets: Gog and Magog Ez.38, Unwalled City,
      Seven Years of Burning Weapons and People living in Safety, Recovered from
      Seven Months of Burying carried over War, God’s Holy Name made known to
      through the Millennium, God’s Holy Name the Nations
      made known to Israel No Mention of Corpse given to Birds
      Corpse given to the Birds
      Bowls : After Armageddon, Saints came to life, the Trumpets: White Throne Judgement, Rev. 20:11
      rest of the dead did not come to life Rev. 20:5 Time to judge the Dead, Rev. 11:18
      so they were not judged yet. First Resurrection Second Resurrection
      Bowls : Tremendous earthquake, cursed God Trumpets: Severe Earthquake, gave Glory to God

      I hope this one helps, though this is one new and radical view of eschatology, and I have not encountered of anything like this through my research in so many prophecy websites.

      YBIC

      Eaglet – A Post-Tribber

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      • Sorry for the scrambled texts, here is the organized one:

        Point 1
        Bowls : Mark of the Beast
        Trumpets: Those who does not have the Seal of
        God (No mention of mark of the beast)

        Point 2
        Bowls : Beast and False Prophet that come out from the Sea/Earth
        Dragon hurled DOWN from Heaven Rev. 12 & 13
        Trumpets: Angel of the Abyss/Beast that come UP
        from the Abyss (Rev. 20)
        Apollyon, Abaddon
        Point 3
        Bowls : No mention of Abyss
        Trumpets: Abyss mentioned Thrice.

        Point 4
        Bowls : Gog and Magog in Armageddon Ez. 39
        Seven Years of Burning Weapons
        Seven Months of Burying carried over
        through the Millennium, God’s Holy Name
        made known to Israel
        Corpse given to the Birds
        Trumpets: Gog and Magog Ez.38, Unwalled City,
        People living in Safety, Recovered from War,
        God’s Holy Name made known to the Nations
        Corpse given to the Birds

        Point 5
        Bowls : After Armageddon, Saints came to life, the
        rest of the dead did not come to life Rev. 20:5
        so they were not judged yet. First Resurrection
        Trumpets: White Throne Judgement, Rev. 20:11
        Time to judge the Dead, Rev. 11:18
        Second Resurrection

        Point 6
        Bowls : Tremendous earthquake, They cursed God, rev16:18
        Trumpets: Severe Earthquake, Survivors gave Glory to God, Rev. 11:13

        YBIC

        Eaglet

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      • Hi Eaglet,

        With all due respect, I am very confused by your end times timeline. How is the 7th seal the millennium? Where is that ever said in Scripture?? -B&E

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        • The Old Testament Prophets talked about it, although it was not termed as millennium, instead it was termed as the Day of the Lord. The Day of Christ is His Second Advent and Meeting in the Clouds with the Resurrected Dead in Christ and Rapture Alive in Christ.

          The Scripture says, A day is like a thousand year to the Lord.

          “In the Last Days” could mean at the End of the Age, as Martha answered to Jesus Christ about Lazarus Resurrection.

          The End of the Age is prior to Eternity.

          This is my Theory:

          1. We know that if the Earth revolved on the sun in one full circle, 365 days has passed.
          2. The Universe is continuously expanding in all direction from its origin or center.
          3. If Heaven is at the center of the Universe and the Milky Way, which our solar system belonged, also revolved around Heaven. Imagine how many years will it take the Milky Way to go full circle around it.
          4. Silence in Heaven for Half an Hour could be a thousand year or more. Half an Hour could be taken as an emphasis that thousands of years on earth is just a fraction of an hour or a day in Heaven.
          5. in Rev 22, it said that God and the Lamb will be the Temple in the City. No Need for the Sun and Moon. So there would be no more Ages because there is no sun to count for years and moon for months. God and the Lamb, the Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and End, is at the Center.

          About the Timelines, I know its confusing on your part because you already have a mindset on one of the prevailing eschatological views that you hold on to.

          If you have patience to go back to your drawing board again, let me give you some guidelines:

          1. Comparative and Parallel analysis of the Book of Ezekiel, Book of Daniel, Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, and Book of Revelation
          2. Take note of these Keywords in its settings:
          a. Mark of the Beast, Beast, False Prophet, mentioned in the 7 Bowls Judgement
          b. Angel of the Abyss, The Abyss, Time for the Dead to be Judged, mentioned in the Trumpet
          Judgement Rev. 9, 10, 11, Rev. 20
          c. Souls under the Altar, because they are still on earth Rev. 5, compared to Saints on the
          Golden Altar before the Throne, because they are already in the Millennium Rev. 8
          d. Gog and Magog in Armageddon Ezekiel 39, Gog and Magog at the end of Millennium
          Ezekiel 39
          e. The Scroll and the Lamb, The Angel and the Little Scroll
          f. The Two Witnesses in the 7 Trumpet Judgement at the end of the Millennium.
          g. Bowls and Trumpet Judgement is not the same, parallel, or chronological events. They
          are a thousand years apart. Some of the events are dual fulfillment as some of the
          prophecies of the past in scriptures
          h. The Two Witnesses at the end of the millennium.
          3. Use the NIV Bible, because the Headings of the Chapters in Revelation will give you some
          guide on how to segmentize the chapters for the timeline I am presenting. Here is how I
          segment it:
          a. Segment 1, Chapter 1 to 3, Seven Churches from past to future admonished by Jesus
          b. Segment 2, Chapter 4 to 5, the state in Heaven prior to the Unsealing of the Scroll by
          Jesus
          c. Segment 3, Chapter 6 to 11, from Ascension/Pentecost to End of Millennium
          d. Segment 4, Chapter 12 to 19, from Birth of Jesus to Second Advent, Presenting the Casts,
          and describing the events.
          e. Segment 5, Chapter 20, the Millennium, Trumpets, Little Scroll, 2 Witnesses
          f. Segment 6, Chapter 21 & 22, New Heavens and New earth, New Jerusalem, Eternity.

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  13. Matt 24 is written to the Jews the church had not been established.
    Pray your flight not be on the Sabbath why because the law does not allow travel on the Sabbath the Church is not under the law.
    If Christ allowed the Church the bride of Christ to enter the tribulation he would be putting himself as well as the Father into tribulation since he makes it scripture clear that we are one.

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  14. Georgeanne says:

    Dearest Eaglet…..I, too, am confused by your comments.. Could you elaborate, please rather than just provide short quips? As well, I would suggest researching the Word of God, the Truth…the holy bible, rather than multiple “prophecy websites”.
    Blessings

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    • georgeanne,

      I search the scripture by myself with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I don’t want my views be guided by someone else’s views. I searched the Internet if someone else has this kind of view on the timeline, I have found none. So I guessed I will have a hard time convincing you because you have gone and settled to the most popular view on the timeline. But I will give it a try, I will explain to you why the trumpet judgement happens at the end of the millennium:

      In the Trumpet judgement, the word Abyss is mentioned there twice, Rev. 9:1, Rev. 11:7. If you will look at Rev. 20, the word Abyss was also mentioned there.

      In Rev. 9, the locusts were told to harm only those who does not have the seal of God (Rev. 7, Rev. 14) on their foreheads. Why can’t it be said “those who have the mark of the beast”? Simply because the trumpet judgement happens at the end of the millennium, those who have the mark of the beast had perished already at the second coming of Christ, and those who have the seal of God had continued and lived on up to the end of the millennium.

      In Rev. 11:18, on the seventh trumpet, it said, the nations were angry; and your wrath has come. the time has come for JUDGING THE DEAD, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name…When in Revelation does it say that the dead will be judge? It’s in Rev. 20, the great white throne judgement, at the end of the millennium. It is also said on the first part of Rev. 20 that the REST OF DEAD DID NOT COME TO LIFE until the THOUSAND YEARS were ended.
      Judgement Seat of Christ and White Throne Judgement is the same.
      There were no mention in Rev. 20 that the saints will be rewarded with crowns, they were only given authority to judge. The saints will reign with Christ at the millennium as royal priests (Rev. 8:3-4) for the remnants, both Israel and the gentiles, and Jesus as their King. They will only become kings over the nations in the New Heaven and New Earth after they received their crowns at the white throne judgement.

      There is so much more, like the truth about second chance salvation at the second resurrection. Just tell me who are the wedding guests at the Wedding of the Lamb and the Bride, and who are the nations that the kings of the earth (the saints) will rule over to (Rev. 21:24), if you tell me they are the christian, who are the Bride of the Lamb, who are the ones who will only be saved, who are to be the royal priests and kings over the nations(nation of angels?), then help me out because I’m confused.

      What better way to see the big picture is to know the end of the story.

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  15. Hi B&E,

    I am re-reading this article after a recent discussion with a friend and had one more example of silence-precedes-judgment in Scripture. It is the example of King Saul in 1 Samuel 28:

    “Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the necromancers out of the land. The Philistines assembled and came and encamped at Shunem. And Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. *******And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets*******. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.”

    Saul would later receive judgment from the “ghost” of Samuel through the witch’s conjuring and die the next day.

    I know this is late, but I thought if you did do another edition of this article it would be a great help.

    Keep up the good work for the kingdom and God bless you friend!

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