Summary: This sermon is about the judgments God sends during Tribulation.
The Sound Of Silence
1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
3Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand.
5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
6So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
8Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
9And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
12Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.
13And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"
Revelation chapter 8 begins where chapter 6 left off.
Remember that chapter 7 was like a “Time Out” in a ball game.
In chapter 6, Jesus told John about the judgments to come
when the seals of the scroll were broken.
Before Jesus continued telling John what was going to happen next
He wanted to explain a few things to John.
Verse 1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
The 7th seal contained the seven trumpets judgment of chapter 6.
The silence that followed indicated
the beginning of a further series of judgments
which will now come from the Throne of God.
That silence doesn't sound too bad does it?
However, that silence in heaven is very important!
It is entirely opposite the usual sound pattern of heaven.
Usually, the sound of praise and worship is going on.
Also the result of what Jesus tells the angelic hosts
will bring about severe judgments to fall on the earth.
The opening of the 7th seal introduces the 7 trumpet judgments
God will send next on the earth.
These judgments are so terrible that the angels stand in wonder.
In the previous verses of Revelation
heaven is seen as a joyful and worshipful place.
Choruses of those in heaven are singing,
but suddenly there comes this ominous silence.
As horrible as the seal judgments were,
the trumpet judgments will be much worse.
Do you think those who reject Jesus so easily today
would remain "silent" if they knew the horrible judgment
that is coming upon this earth and upon them
because they are rejecting Jesus?
The problem is, most people don’t know that.
Why? It’s because most church people today
don’t know what’s in the Book of Revelation.
Those who do know it are remaining silent.
Friends, I’m preaching these sermons so you won’t be silent!
Verse 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
These "angels" are prepared to carry out God's orders.
They will blow those "seven trumpets" were to sound the alarm.
Trumpets are loud and catch people’s attention.
The blast of the trumpets is to alarm the people.
The Wrath of God is coming on the earth.
As the 7th seal is broken, the 7 angels receive trumpets.
Now, remember all of this is happening after the Rapture
and during the 7 years of Tribulation.
The opening of the 7 seals that we saw in chapter 6
take place in the first quarter of Tribulation or 21 months.
The 7th seal begins the 7 trumpet judgments