A time to keep silence, And a time to speak

quietWhen He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Rev 8:1 NKJ)

But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (Hab 2:20 NKJ)

Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; For the day of the LORD is at hand, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests. “And it shall be, In the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, That I will punish the princes and the king’s children, And all such as are clothed with foreign apparel. (Zep 1:7-8 NKJ)

There is a time for silence and a time to speak. To John’s readers, they were aware of the fact that there were seven seals to open.  Six seals had revealed a crescendo of sights and sounds, a sensory overload. Now the seventh seal is opened, and there is silence.  John is so disturbed by this that he introduces temporal time into his description—it was half an hour! Perhaps it was God’s way of showing John that if you could not see or hear the audible voice of God would you still know him? Why do we feel the need to fill our worship services with noise, when Habakkuk and Zephaniah both speak about keeping silent? Solomon knew this; he had the wisdom to know that there is, “A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; (Ecc 3:7 NKJ)

Where have we gone wrong?  In God’s presence, we can’t be quiet!  Yet in a world of injustice where racism still exists, refugee and immigrants are marginalized, children are not safe in schools and poverty is still a problem, we don’t speak out.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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