1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Though heaven rings with the praises of angels, the day shall come when that noise is silenced. The seventh seal announces the beginning of God's wrath and the destruction of the present world.
Man has been storing up divine wrath since the flood. When Christ appears, He shall execute vengeance against those that have rejected God. It shall be the most solemn silence in the history of the universe.
That the rebellion of mankind and God's judgment on that rebellion should silence the ancient and unending praises of angels demonstrates the importance of mankind in God's purposes.
Yet there is another reason why there is silence in heaven. That is that heaven has come to earth at this point. The Lord Jesus Christ appears at the openning of the sixth seal and raptures His Church who are delivered from the wrath that is to be outpoured. He comes with angels. Thus, the present age is brought to a close.
At present God deals with man only through the heavenly exercise of His sovereignty. The earthly government of nations is at present suspended and God suffers the nations to walk in their own course. This is the time of the Gentiles. The appearance of the coming king brings an end to this and the coming of a new heavenly government to rule over the earth.