When the seventh seal is opened there’s silence in heaven for about half an hour. In this solemn pause, all in heaven are still, waiting on the Lord who is about to take vengeance (Romans 12:19) upon the wicked and unbelieving.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalms 46:10)
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (Isaiah 63:4)
After the seven angels are given their trumpets, another angel offers incense with the prayers of the saints upon the golden altar before filling his censer with fire from the altar and casting it into the earth, which signifies the beginning of wrath, and which continues with both the trumpets and vials.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. (Isaiah 13:9)
Praise the Lord in all things, for his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).
This is the 22nd verse image in our ongoing series from the Book of Revelation. See here for all images in the series.
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1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
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