Silence In The Bible

The concept of silence is painfully under-addressed by modern Christians. A careful reading of Scripture paints a picture of God as a God who is not restrained by fear of man, but rather determined to get his message out — even if it means people will say things that offend him.

The bible is the most read book in the world. Millions of people own a copy of this great book to decide on how they want to live their lives. It’s also a timeless classic that speaks of a greater purpose and larger forces at play than we could ever imagine. Many questions are also answered in this book, but one of the biggest questions has been left unanswered. What went on between Adam and Eve during their time away from God? What caused them to be expelled from Eden?

Awe helps us understand space and time. When we are in awe, we feel how small and insignificant we are before something greater than ourselves. God reveals Himself to us in this manner. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 .

Silence is not an absence of something in the Bible. Many people have seen this and have asked questions, such as, “Where is God?” and “Where is his voice?” but they haven’t found any answers. One man in the Bible’s life came very close to “silence”, but he had to realize that silence was a gift from God.…

Silence In The Bible

As the apostle John relates an extended vision of God’s throne room, he describes the Lamb on the throne who is handed a scroll with seven seals (Revelation 6). The Lamb proceeds to break open the seals one by one. After each seal is opened, a judgment occurs on earth. Then, “when he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Revelation 8:1). After the half hour of silence, the seven trumpet judgments begin (Revelation 8:6—9:21; 11:15–19).

The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, is the only person worthy to open the scroll’s seven seals (Revelation 5:1–5). In other words, all judgment has been entrusted to the Son (John 5:22). The first six seals unleash unprecedented judgment on the earth during the tribulation period. The sixth seal causes people from every segment of society to hide in caves and call to the surrounding mountains and rocks, “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 withstand it?” (Revelation 5:16–17).

Revelation 7 is an interlude between the sixth and seventh seals. During this time, John sees an innumerable throng of people before the throne of God, loudly proclaiming in chorus, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:10).

Then in Revelation 8:1 Jesus breaks the seventh seal. John says that, after this seal was broken, “there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” This silence immediately follows the loud and jubilant songs of heavenly worship in chapter 7, making the absolute, sudden silence even more dramatic. There is something about the seventh seal that stops every mouth and silences all of heaven.

Scripture does not specify the reasons for the silence in heaven for that half an hour. But here are some possibilities:

1) The silence in heaven for the space of half an hour is a sign of deep respect and awe in the presence of the Judge of all the earth. Just as earthly courtrooms demand silence when the judge is presiding, so does the heavenly courtroom. “Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near” (Zephaniah 1:7). “The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him” (Habakkuk 2:20).

2) The half-hour silence in heaven is the result of somber reflection on what has just been revealed. When Jesus Christ breaks the seventh seal, the scroll of God’s judgment is fully revealed for the first time. Now all heaven can see God’s plan to judge the wickedness of the earth, destroy the kingdom of the beast, and set things right. All heaven remains silent as God’s righteousness is on display. At the sight of full scroll and all the judgments about to fall, the denizens of heaven take their cue from Job, who, faced with God’s awesome presence, said, “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth” (Job 40:4).

3) The silence in heaven is due to the severity of the actions the Lord God is about to take. With the scroll fully open, heaven can now see the trumpet judgments (in the next verse, seven nearby angels are handed seven trumpets of judgment, Revelation 8:2) and the bowl judgments (which the seventh trumpet introduces). These judgments are more terrible than anything the world will have ever seen (Mark 13:19–20). The final catastrophes are about to befall the earth, and silence and stillness fill the time of tense expectation. “Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling” (Zechariah 2:13, ESV).

In a way, the silence in heaven could be seen as the calm before the storm—the storm of final judgment coming upon the earth. The silence emphasizes the importance and impressiveness of the seventh and final seal. With the opening of the seventh seal comes a climax in the Day of the Lord. Evil has had its day; now the Lord will have His.

Silence In The Bible

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 238 helpful votes 

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 237 helpful votes 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 62:5 ESV / 219 helpful votes 

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

Lamentations 3:26 ESV / 180 helpful votes 

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 177 helpful votes 

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Habakkuk 2:20 ESV / 140 helpful votes 

But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 138 helpful votes 

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 130 helpful votes 

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

1 Timothy 2:11-14 ESV / 128 helpful votes 

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

Job 29:21 ESV / 120 helpful votes 

“Men listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel.

Revelation 8:1 ESV / 118 helpful votes 

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ESV / 103 helpful votes 

The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

Isaiah 53:7 ESV / 100 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

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