silence occurred in heaven, like half an hour.
Twice a day, during morning and evening service, a priest took hot coals from the Brazen Altar and went inside the Temple to burn incense on the Golden Altar (Rev 8:3). Simultaneously worshippers (Rev 8:3) fell on their face and prayed in silence for 30 minutes (Rev 8:1). The Hebrew word translated as silence actually means ‘be still before God’. There was constant music and singing songs of praise during the opening hours of the Temple. Except during the above mentioned moments of silence. So Rev 8:1 takes the reader to the Temple service.
seven trumpets were given to them.
Only during the seventh and last of feasts, the Feast of Tabernacles, the ancient Jewish earthly priests sounded seven shofars. So this verse sets the timing of the silence between 15-
During the day a shofar, not trumpet which is a wrong translation, was sounded. One blast at the opening of the Temple gate, three blasts during the morning service and another 3 blasts during the evening service; totaling seven blasts. Four during morning service, 3 during evening service, which are better known as the three Woes in Revelation.
All those things put together tells us The Seven Trumpets let us ‘see’ a daily service in the Temple. The four main blast patterns used in ancient Israel:
John 9:4 “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
Work likely means spreading the Gospel. Night possibly is the evening service of the 3 woes when satanic oppression is so strong nobody can preach God’s Word. Those who will try during the 3 woes (42 months) will most likely die.
And much incense was given to him, so that he would give with the prayers of all the sanctified upon the golden altar before the throne. And the vapor of the incense, with the prayers of the sanctified, ascended before God out of the agent's hand
Lots of slaughter was done in the Temple complex; the incense filled the whole Temple and kept insects and stench away. The prayer of the saints likely cover the stench of sins on earth
And the agent who took the censer, also filled it from the fire of the altar, and cast it to the earth. And there occurred thunders, and voices, and lightings, and an earthquake.
On Mount Sinai there was thunder and lightning also. God’s voice thundered His commandments. Lighting is action. Earthquake change. So to summarize things will get very clear, direct and intense now. God’s anger.
Ezekiel 6 and especially the following verse summarizes what happens during the trumpets when the angels scatter coals taken from the Golden Altar and scatter them over the earth.
Ezek 10:2 And he spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill your hand with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
Do not despair….
1Thesselonians 5:9 Because God appointed us not for wrath, but for an acquired possession of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us.