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SILENCE IN HEAVEN
REV. 8:1-13
NKJV 1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And 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. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. 5 Then 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. 6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 7 The 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. 8 Then 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. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10 Then 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. 11 The 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. 12 Then 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. 13 And 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!" NKJV
NASB 1 And when He broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God; and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. 5 And the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake. 6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them. 7 And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. 8 And 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; 
9 and a third of the creatures, which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10 And 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 waters; 11 and the name of the star is called Worm-ood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. 12 The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. 13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!" NAS

INTRODUCTION
As parents some times my wife and I postponed punishment to our children. We knew we had to go ahead and punish them but our love for them caused us to pause to think about it for a while.

The text speaks of silence in heaven. Why? I think it may very well be a pause before judgment. God's grace did not bring many of these people to His Son. It is now time for them to understand truth from a different perspective.
 
 
 

1. The Trumpets Sounds and . . Silence. v 1-2

A. The . . Awesome Silence. v 1
    1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

    1.    Remarkable; Why?
        a. God's Presence is obvious.
            1.    He is in the Center.
            2.    He Is Directing this Scene.
                    Hab 2:20 But the LORD is in His holy temple.
                    Let all the earth keep silence before Him." NKJV
                b. Judgment Is about to be announced.

Jude 1:14-15 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (KJV)

Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)
 

B. The . . Anticipation of the Trumpets. v 2
    2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

    1.    Why are Trumpets Given?
    2.    Announcement of Judgment.
 
 

2. The Trumpets Sounds and . . Supplication. v 3-5

Introduction
As a part of worship in the Temple, the altar of incense was a fire constantly burning before the Lord. It caused a sweet smelling aroma going up to heaven

Luke 1:8-10 8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. NKJV

Lev 10:1-3 1 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3 And Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD spoke, saying:

'By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people I must be glorified.' " NKJV

Rev 5:8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. NKJV

Job 21:15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?  And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?' NKJV

A. Supplications and the . . Angel?

    1.    Who Is The Angel? Some Say Jesus,
        3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And 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.

        a.    Angel means Messenger; John the Baptist referred to as a messenger, and it is the same word
                translated ANGEL.

Matt 11:10-11 10 For this is he of whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.' 11 "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. NKJV

"The New Testament also teaches us that Jesus is a great High Priest for his people. The book of Hebrews, and a reference of Paul in Romans 8:34, tell us that Jesus is now a High Priest who "makes intercession for the saints," and Heb 3:1 says "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,". This is clearly what this angel-priest is doing here. He takes fire from the brazen altar, adds to it incense, along with the prayers of the saints, and offers them on the golden altar of incense before God. It is a wonderful portrayal that tells us much about the function of prayer." Steadman

    2,    Some Think It is A Special Priestly Angel.,
            a.    Jesus always Identified.
            b. Son of Man, Alpha and Omega, First and Last. 1:8
            c. Lamb who was Slain.  5:6,12
            d. Lion of the Tribe of Judah. 5:5, 7:5
            e. The Word of God. 19:13 ETC..

                My opinion? At this moment I lean 52% toward it being a special angel.
 

B. Supplications and the . . Aroma of the Prayers. Vs 4-5
    4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. 5 Then 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.

Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (KJV)
 
 

3. The Trumpets Sounds and . . Sequence. Vs 6-12
 
INTRO: Why a trumpet? Check Crisswell's Book.

A. Sequence of Trumpet One. v 6-7
    6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to
sound. 7 The 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.

Exod 9:22-24 22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. 23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. (KJV)
 

B. Sequence of Trumpet Two. Vs 8-9
    8 Then 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. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

    1. Exod 7:19-21 19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say
unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. 20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. (KJV)

    2.    How would you like to drink bloody water?
        a. It will represent the judgment of God.

C. Sequence of Trumpet Three. Vs 10-11
    10 Then 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. 11 The 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.

    1. Jer 9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. (KJV)

    2. The people now have clear water but it taste awful.
        a. Once again the judgment of God.
            (1) Grace was different. Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that
hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without
price. (KJV)

D. Sequence of Trumpet Four. v 12
    12 Then 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.

    1. Creation. Gen 1:14-19
        14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (KJV)

    2. Exod 10:21-23
        21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. (KJV) (They were in Goshen)
 
 

4. The . . Sounding of Woes. v 13

    A.    A . . Pause in the Sounding.
        13 And 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!"

        1. Matt 24:21-22 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (KJV)

        2.    The first four trumpets take 7 verses.
        3.    rumpet 5 and 6 take all of chapter nine,.

Conclusion Some time judgment is delayed but judgment is sure. Are you ready?