Summary: This is part of the series on the Book of Revelation. It covers the first four Trumpet Judgments, and about the heavenly calm before the storm of God's upcoming judgments. How a shattering silence invades heaven right before God pours out His wrath.

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The Book of Revelation

“The Calm Before the Storm”

Revelation 8

In July of 1976, Israeli commandos made a daring raid at an airport in Entebbe, Uganda, freeing 103 Jewish hostages. Yet even as successful as the rescue was, three of the hostages were killed.

As the commandos entered the terminal they shouted in Hebrew, “Get Down!” Only the Jewish hostages understood and hit the floor, while the kidnappers were left standing. Two of the hostages, however, hesitated and the third actually stood up, and they were killed with the rest of the guerrillas. Had the captives obeyed the soldiers’ command, they would have been freed with the rest.

Salvation is open to all, but we must heed the command of Jesus and repent, making Him our Savior and Lord. Otherwise, we’ll perish with the judgments meant for His enemies.

Read Revelation 8:1-5

A Shattering Silence Invades Heaven

At the opening of this last seal, the 7th seal, everything in heaven becomes absolutely still and heaven become deathly silent. What could possible silence heaven? It’s nothing less than the seriousness and certainty of God’s judgment and wrath that are about to be poured out.

It would seem as if the harshness and horror of the impending judgment has silenced all voices. The once joyous sounds of praise that filled the heavens and God’s throne room are now silent in complete suspense and anticipation.

A hushed expectancy hangs over heaven making the judgments that are to come that much more ominous.

We see the same description given by the prophet Zephaniah.

“Be silent in the presence of the Lord God; for the day of the Lord is at hand.” (Zephaniah 1:7a NKJV)

To be silent is to show the proper respect and honor due the Lord who is righteous and holy.

At this time the children of Israel were in the same condition as those who are alive during this time of the Great Tribulation.

• They have no interest in following the Lord

• They abandoned His will, law, and way refusing to seek or inquire of Him

• They reverted back to ancient religious superstitions, and

• They brought into their homes false gods.

Today people are following this same pattern, outlawing God from all venues of life, and instead they’re making the Antichrist their god and following his dictates and religion.

Today we’re seeing the groundwork being laid for this very thing as God is being outlawed in the very land where religious freedom is lauded and proclaimed. Where our children are prohibited from talking about God in our classrooms, all the while false gods and religions are promoted.

Also, in the name of tolerance sharing one’s faith in Jesus Christ will bring discipline or even dismissal. Christianity is no longer tolerated in today’s anti-Christian society.

Old religions and religious practices are making a huge comeback under the name of New Age or what some call “being spiritual.” The sad thing is that such practices are making their way into the church.

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