“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”
Once the last seal is loosed, the scroll falls open and the words of the book are no longer hidden. The time of the end is now. If there was “coming to pass” with the seals being lifted and replaced and another chance given. Once these words are spoken into existence there is no turning back, only The End.
It seems the multitude of reveling beings in heaven are rendered speechless at the discovery of the horrors to come. And that the Lamb is reluctant to speak into action those horrors.
“Now all these…examples…are written for our admonition [we Gentile followers of Messiah / Christ who are grafted in to Israel]: upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (I Corinthians 10:11-12)
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver…
- for the calling of the assembly,
- and for the journeying of the camps…the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever…
- when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound analarm.
- And when they shall blow with them [both], all the assembly shall assemble…
- And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.
- When ye blow an alarm [the first time],
- then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.
- When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey…
- if ye go to war…then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.” (Numbers 10)
“And when he had opened the seventh seal...I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” (Revelation 8:1-2)
Our best biblical example of differentiating between the pattern of sounds blown on the trumpet is given when Yeshua leads God’s people against Jericho in the first battle to recover the Promised Land. See the post Sin City for details on Jericho.
“Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel…And YHVH said unto Joshua / Yeshua / YHVH’s Savior, See, I have given it into thine hand…And it came to pass…that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark…
So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came [back] into the camp…so they did six days.
And it came to pass on the seventh day…they compassed the city seven times. And…at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for YHVH hath given you the city. So the people shouted…with a great shout…the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.” (Joshua 6)
As at wicked Jericho, the first six trumpet calls in Revelation are calling God’s people to brace themselves and BE A WITNESS OF GOD’S POWER.
Follow the pattern of the battle of Jericho, a stronghold of pure evil. God’s servants blow trumpets for 6 days / eras without taking action. It is not until the 7th trumpet is blown that God’s people follow him into attacking the enemy. In the meantime, you can believe the defenders are using their weapons against their enemy.
Notice as you read the following events that, in contrast to the statement that the angel with the censor cast fire into the earth, there is no statement that anyone in heaven causes the actions following each of the trumpet blasts. Instead, “there followed”…
We can parallel the events following each trumpet blast with the events at Jericho following each day’s trumpet blast. Although these are not documented in the book of Joshua, they are well known features of siege warfare.
The Canaanites lining the walls of Jericho would have stockpiled stones, arrows, garbage, excrement, boiling oil, fire and anything else that could cause damage to hurl at the attackers. They would have shouted insults, imprecations, curses and dares at them as well as enticed them to come over to the apparent safe side. Any other besieging army would be calling for a parley, spreading propaganda, building war machines, cutting down the surrounding orchards.
And on the other side, some Canaanites, like Rahab’s family had done, would be falling away out of cursed Jericho and the surrounding countryside to voluntarily join the Hebrew nation. Is not saving others at the last minute worth enduring hardship? Do you think Rahab is honored in the Bible for just one act of faith? Can’t you see her circling the edge of the Hebrew rereward calling out to her people “Look at me! It’s safe here! Everything we heard about their god YHVH is true – he IS merciful!”
Every good and bad king in the history of Judah and Israel is noted for his mother’s influence. Who, but his mother Rahab, influenced Boaz to pay a high price to rescue Ruth, a cursed Moabite? Lean on your own understanding if you want, or accept that examples in scriptures provide the templates to direct our conclusions.
“be strong in the grace [given to be strong, not to be a pampered] that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of YHVH’s Anointed Savior.” (II Timothy 2:1-3)
A version of Christianity that promises a good life for being a good person in this life has completely missed the point. This life is hard. It is a temporary opportunity to identify with the Creator God’s Redeemer Savior and train for service in an eternal kingdom we can’t begin to imagine.
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable…For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all [opposing and non-aligned] rule and all authority and power.” (I Corinthians 15:19-25)
Cast not away therefore your confidence / faith, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10)
Remember, humans have free will! WE were given dominion. Satan can’t get anything accomplished without our cooperation!