Hold your breath

A man walks into a bar, shadily dressed in a trench coat with the collar pulled up and a fedora pulled down over his face. A livid scar runs down his cheek, and his two tone shoes are dangerously polished. In his hands he’s carrying an accordion case. The bar falls completely silent. All of the patrons turn pale and freeze as the man strolls up to the bar and sets the case down on the counter. Everyone holds their breath. Suddenly, the man flips open the case and pulls out a machine gun! And everyone in the bar breathes a sigh of relief. Accordion music averted!Holding your breath is to wait for something specific to happen. An example would be, fans held their breath waiting for the final whistle. It’s a case of holding our breath until we hear the final outcome, to wait and see what’s going to happen next.“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” (Rev 8:1)“In this verse the apostle John tells us there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. He must have estimated the time from an earthly perspective because such delays have little meaning in an eternal heaven. The silence is significant. Just as silence pervades a courtroom when the judge is about to render a verdict in a criminal trial, so the occupants of heaven fall silent as they anticipate what the Judge of the universe is about to do.

The implication is that when the judgment about to happen becomes visible as the seventh seal is broken and the scroll unrolled, both the redeemed and the angels are reduced to silence in anticipation of the grim reality of the destruction they see written on the scroll. The half an hour of silence is the calm before the storm. It is the silence of foreboding, of intense expectation, of awe at what God is about to do.” (Wiersebe)

In Smith’s Commentary it says,“Silence can sometimes be an awesome thing, especially in a tremendous crowd of people. You see what silence for fifteen seconds does. It seems like it expanded, quiet. It is sort of an awesome thing. And there in heaven with vast multitudes singing and worshiping and seeing all of the activity that is there, and suddenly there is silence when this seventh seal is opened. It is sort of an awesome time.”Which is kind of amazing as it says in Revelation 4:8:“And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” God is so worthy, that day and night they do not cease to proclaim praise to Him. So something really jaw dropping is about to happen when there is a half hour of silence in heaven.But we don’t need to hold our breath, as we know the final outcome. Jesus came to earth as a baby, grew up, died on the cross and rose again defeating death and satan once and for all. So now, we can let out a sigh of relief instead!© 2022 Fluffy Puppy Publishing All Rights Reserved

13 thoughts on “Hold your breath

  1. Your post reminds me of a time I was at a conference for Christian men. There were 63,000 of us in the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. A relatively famous author spoke about his failures as a husband and father—despite his worldly accomplishments. At some point the power of the Holy Spirit’s conviction came over that giant gathering. Suddenly, for about 5 minutes it was totally silent, and with nobody moving around. The presence of God was so powerful the author stopped speaking. It was like time stood still.

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  2. Silence is a very powerful tool. I’ve told my congregation in the past that if I want to make them nervous during a service, all I need to do is be quiet. Nobody speaking. No music. Nothing but silence. It makes people nervous. They think maybe somebody stroked out or forgotten their line. Silence is definitely that pause that allows us to look more deeply. It is anticipation. But yes… We can breathe.

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  3. Your aversion to accordion music made me gasp in silence sister…tut tut! Of course I am biased being a Scotsman, the home of the famous Jimmy Shand. But I digress…
    Silence before a Holy God is quite an amazing thing, and can be experienced as brother David illustrated so well. I had a similar experience years ago at huge summer camp in England where Derek Prince was the keynote speaker. When we get to Heaven and stand in Awe before Him I don’t think we will be counting how long…what a thought!

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  4. What an incredible analogy Cindi. It brings to mind that during prayer time at ladies Bible study, I asked for the ladies to be still and quiet, 1 or 2 minutes, and talk to God privately. It was powerful.

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