When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1 ESV
The eighth chapter of Revelation opens with this alarming statement – in heaven, silence. Heaven, where cherubim never cease to proclaim God’s holiness – Silent. Heaven, where the angels sing and the elders throw their crowns down before the Lamb in praise and worship – Silent. What monumental event could possibly cause such silence???
In The Heavenly Silence of Seal 7, I suggested that besides foreboding awe at the wrath of God about to be poured out upon the earth, there are probably other events taking place:
- The war in the heavenlies between Michael and the holy angels and satan and the fallen angels, described in Revelation 12:7-12
- The sealing of the 144,000 described in Revelation 7:1-8
- The antichrist begins his rise to power and is revealed as per 2 Thessalonians 2:7-11
- The 2 Witnesses show up as described in Revelation 11 and Malachi 4:5 (Elijah)
- The true birth pains begin as the effects of the Seals opening are felt; the Blood Moon sign is seen globally as described in Revelation chapter 6
And in Day Counts – Studying 1260, 1290, 1335, and 2300 Days, I studied how long this approximately half hour of silence might be. This is the relevant portion:
About Half An Hour
The Day of the Lord seems to be equivalent to the 70th Week of Daniel, or the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”. It also is referred to as the “Hour of His Wrath” (Revelation 3:10). Can these references give us a clue as to how long “about half an hour” is?
To understand how long “about half an hour” is, let’s do some math. Now, as I’ve said previously, I don’t believe that end times prophecy requires one to understand convoluted equations and mental gymnastics. So, take this interpretation with a grain of salt. We already talked about how the opening of the Seals knocks Earth back into 360-day-years. So here goes:
The Day of the Lord = 1 Week = 7 Years = 84 Months = 2520 Days
One Day = 24 Hours, Or Does It?
Taking the phrases “Day of the Lord” and “Hour of His Wrath” literally:
One Day of the Lord = 84 Months
Hour of His Wrath = 1/24 of the Day of the Lord = 3.5 Months
Half Hour of Silence = 1.75 Months
I had someone PM me months ago, asking me “How many hours are there in a Hebrew day”? Now, there are obviously 24 hours in a day, but the way that the Jews historically calculate the hours in a day is by dividing the number of hours of sunlight on any given day into 12 equal parts. Thus, the length of an “hour” varies from day to day.
The Halachic Hour
The hour has a special meaning in Jewish law. “The third hour of the day” doesn’t mean 3:00 a.m., or three sixty-minute hours after sunrise. Rather, an hour in halacha is calculated by taking the total time of daylight of a particular day, from sunrise until sunset, and dividing it into twelve equal parts. A halachic hour is thus known as a sha’ah zemanit, or proportional hour, and varies by the season and even by the day.
For example, on a day when the sun rises at 5 a.m. and sets at 7:30 p.m., one sha’ah zemanit, or proportional hour, will be 72.5 minutes long. The third hour of the day will come to a close at 8:37:30 a.m.
This information is important because many observances in Jewish law are performed at specific times during the day. The calculation of these halachic times, known as zmanim(“times”), depends on the length of the daylight hours in that locale.
If we take this halachic hour into account:
One Day of the Lord = 84 Months
Halachic Hour of His Wrath = 1/12 of the Day of the Lord = 7 Months
Halachic Half Hour of Silence = 3.5 Months
Note that 3.5 months of 30 days each gives us a total of 105 days. 105 days seems to nicely parallel “time, times, and half a time” using months instead of years. I’m not big on mathematical patterns, but this one stuck out for me as a possible verification of this interpretation:
The day counts given in Daniel and Revelation are very specific. Why would this “half hour of silence” be approximate? Why would it be the only day count that isn’t exact?
In considering this question, remember that I suggest the Seals on the wrath-scroll all open at the time of the rapture. I believe the seals are currently being restrained from being opened by the Restrainer (Holy Spirit indwelling the body of Christ). The opening of the Seals marks the transference of sealing from the hearts of the body of Christ to the foreheads of the firstfruits of the Jewish tribulation saints (the 144,000). The resurrection/rapture event itself is pictured in Seals 5&6, and is followed by the “approximate half hour of silence” of Seal 7.
The events listed in Seal 6 are completely catastrophic. Remember that the entire world is shaken by earthquakes at this time. Similar to the days of Noah, when the global flood caused the earth’s orbit to change, I believe the opening of the seals and the nuclear transformation event of the resurrection/rapture will cause the earth’s orbit to change. I believe Isaiah describes this orbit change:
For the windows of heaven are opened,
and the foundations of the earth tremble.
The earth is utterly broken,
the earth is split apart,
the earth is violently shaken.
The earth staggers like a drunken man;
it sways like a hut;
its transgression lies heavy upon it,
and it falls, and will not rise again.
Isaiah 24:18-20 ESV
This “reeling like a drunken man” of the earth in its’ orbit will affect the day counts during the “half hour of silence” and could explain why they might be defined as “approximate”. It might be difficult to track the days at this time; the day length may vary; the month length may vary. It seems that the orbit stabilizes in time for Daniel’s 70th Week to begin, as those day counts are listed as definite.
Can We Find “Approximately Half an Hour” in End Times Prophecy?
Remember that we are looking for an APPROXIMATE half an hour of time. Is there any significant date range that is approximately 3.5 months in duration?
I have recently undertaken writing a series on Pentecost being the highest watch Feast of God for the rapture of the church. It seems that the Restrainer (the Holy Spirit sealing the body of Christ) might just leave the same day He came down. Links to the full study are found here: The Biblical Feasts – God’s Appointments.
Considering the entire Red Moon Rapture model I have presented in this blog, I believe that this “approximate half hour of silence” in Seal 7 supports a Pentecost rapture. The Halachic Approximate Half Hour of Silence = Approximately 3.5 Months. There are approximately 3.5 Months between Pentecost (Sivan) and Yom Kippur (Tishrei). Remember that the dates don’t have to be exactly 105 days, as it’s the only day count that’s given as an “approximate”.
During this silence, I believe the war in heaven occurs, the 144,000 are sealed on earth, the 2 Witnesses appear, the effects of the Seals begin to play out, the antichrist starts his rise to power and is revealed, the birth pains begin in full force, and the blood moon sign occurs. These events are stated to occur BEFORE the Day of the Lord, and yet, they must occur AFTER the rapture of the church. What a perfect timeframe for them to be placed within – the “approximate half hour of silence”! For more on these, please see: Precursors to the Day of the Lord.
Once the silence ends, the Yom Kippur ceremony is performed in heaven and wrath is poured out upon the earth for 7 years in the Day of the Lord.
This year (2018), the days between Pentecost (11 Sivan) and Yom Kippur (10 Tishrei) are approximately 119 (correcting for 360-day-years; at 365.25 day years the count is 114). This count will vary from year to year.
I believe that a Pentecost rapture of the church, followed by an “approximate half hour of silence” of a halachic ~3.5 months perfectly fits in to the big picture of end times prophecy. During this time, the earth will be restored to a 360-day-year orbit. Once this ~3.5 months is complete, Yom Kippur will begin the wrath of the Day of the Lord. I’m not stating this is a certainty, or stating a year, but am proposing this as a hypothesis. If it turns out to be bogus, at least I had a grand ole time calculating it all day today 🙂
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The Meaning of the Silence in Heaven (Beginning and End)
The Bible is infallible. I am not. I am merely challenging traditional models and testing them against Scripture. I believe that traditional pretribulation teachings provide a solid backbone upon which to lay the musculature of details. I encourage you to consider my thoughts as you also examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!