Speculation abounds concerning the “half an hour” of silence before the trumpets begin to sound judgment and woe upon the “earth dwellers” in chapters 8 and following. But, the Bible is not silent on the issue. Consider the significance of the following passages and then see if you can relate them to what God has in store for a world that rejects Christ and troubles His people:
he wicked go down to silence.
Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon Thee; Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol. Psalms 31:17
Babylon’s judgment brought her to silence.
“Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans. For you shall no longer be called tender and delicate. “Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, strip off the skirt, Uncover the leg, cross the rivers. “Your nakedness will be uncovered, Your shame also will be exposed; I will take vengeance and will not spare a man.” Our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel. “Sit silently, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; For you will no more be called The queen of kingdoms. Isaiah 47:1 – 5
Israel, ripe for judgment, is cast forth in the silence of death.
Thus the Lord GOD showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit. And He said, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the LORD said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I will spare them no longer. “The songs of the palace will turn to wailing in that day,” declares the Lord GOD. “Many will be the corpses; in every place they will cast them forth in silence.” Amos 8:1 – 3
Be silent before the day of the Lord.
Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests. Zephaniah 1:7
The Lord of Revelation is in His Temple
“But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20
The Lord will judge the earth from His Temple
“Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused from His holy habitation.” Zechariah 2:13
God is in His Temple, ready to unleash terrible judgments and the heavenly host is silent in the presence of His wrath. No one dares utter a sound; not one objection or motion is introduced before the Judge. Only silent anticipation of the horror and destruction which is about to be hurled upon the earth, in response to the prayers of the martyrs:
And when He broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed also. Revelation 6:9 – 11