"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).

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THE REVELATION OF CHRIST

Lesson Number 14

TRIUMPH AND THE SEVENTH SEAL

By Given O. Blakely

Part 17

QUIETNESS!

"When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour." Now comes the seventh seal. When it is opened, there is no activity none at all! We do not hear the thundering hoof beats of horses, nor mighty thunderings. There is no war! There is no famine or pestilence! There is no persecution or bloodshed! We hear no cry from the martyrs, nor summons from one of the living creatures to "Come and see." There are no voices, no trumpets, no summons, and no earthquakes and falling stars. There is only silence total silence!

Here we enter into the eternal Sabbath, the rest that is prepared "for the people of God." This is God's rest, into which none fully enter in this world. As it is written, "There remains therefore a rest for the people of God" (Heb 4:9). It is a "rest" because the wicked are at last silent (1 Sam 2:9; Psa 31:17), and have ceased from their "troubling" (Job 3:17). No more contradiction! No more ungodly laughing or mocking! No more disputation, assertions of unbelief, or boasting in the flesh! No more smut, cursing, profanity, or filth. No more murmuring, lying, gossip, or speaking unadvisedly with the lips. "There was silence in heaven for about half an hour." No more undisciplined tongues, untimely speech, or men speaking when they "wist not what to say." No more edicts from men to cease from praying, preaching, or testifying! No more religious babbling, religious hucksters, or false teachers! "There was silence in heaven for about half an hour."

You do well to ponder the blessed state! Their will be quietness from all fear of evil (Prov 1:33). Then will be brought to pass the saying, "The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet" (Isa 14:7). Isaiah's words will come to glorious fulfillment, "My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places" (Isa 32:18). The promise to Jacob will be fulfilled for all of the redeemed. They "shall return, have rest and be quiet, And no one shall make him afraid" (Jer 30:10). No one will be able to "make trouble" (Job 34:29). "There was silence in heaven for about half an hour."

Think of the rest that is inherent in this quietness. The redeemed will take their rest "in safety" (Job 11:18). As the Psalmist said, we will "fly away and be at rest" (Psa 55:6). We were not able to find ultimate rest and silence in this world. We took hold of the words delivered by Micah, "Arise and depart, For this is not your rest; Because it is defiled, it shall destroy, Yes, with utter destruction" (Micah 2:10). But that is not the condition in the world to come. There we will "rest from our labors," praise the Lord (Rev 14:13). We will never again serve the Lord with handicap, opposition, or in the midst of trouble. "There was silence in heaven for about half an hour."

The extended silence is like a challenge for any disruption to arise! As we settle into our eternal abode, it will become clear that there are no adversaries, and trouble in every form is once and for all excluded. You know, in this world a single second cannot pass without some form of disruption. A wayward thought, a wicked word, a malicious deed temptation, a trial, a challenge. But when we enter the world to come, all of that will be behind us. We will take our armor off at last. For the first time, we will take our guard down. There will be no need for defense, resistance, or vigilance. The battle will be over, the race won, and the foe defeated! That is something of what is involved in, "There was silence in heaven for about half an hour." Blessed quietness that awaits the faithful!

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).

 

 

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