Silence in Heaven
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rock,
in your lofty dwelling,
who say in your heart,
“Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Though you soar aloft like the eagle,
though your nest is set among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,
declares the Lord. Obadiah 1:3-4
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1
In John’s Revelation, the Lamb opens six of the seven seals. When He comes to the seventh seal, something unprecedented occurs. There is silence in heaven. The saints were lifting up worship and loud praises to God, but now it stops. The guilty cry out in grief that the mountains should fall upon them to hide them. Then they all grow silent. It is as if they wait to see what the Lamb will do next. Then the judgment falls everywhere.
There was a time when the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, had grown so proud that they thought no one could bring them down. They vented their arrogance on suffering Israel. God sent Obadiah to warn them that He would judge them. That judgment would be more thorough and complete than anything they could imagine.
Think about it
The proud and foolish think that God, if He exists at all, has no interest or knowledge of people on earth. They see believers dying for their faith and do not know that the Lord receives them and keeps them safe. He reassures them that they will be avenged. The day of wrath comes.
What should be our attitude toward God? Prayerful humility behooves us. Silence before Him is befitting. Let all boastful pride be eliminated and replaced with prayerful humility and silence.
© 2017 John A Carroll Used by permission
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