Revelation 8:1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about a half hour.
We are clearly told that the ‘about a half hour’, is in heaven. Time in heaven is not and cannot be the same as earthly time, heaven doesn’t rotate or orbit the sun. God is eternal, His ways are not our ways. Anyway, the Bible informs us twice that one day in heaven is like [as] 1000 years on earth. Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 Genesis speaks of ‘6 days’ of creation, it seems more logical that they were actually 1000 year periods, or allegorically pointing to God’s 7000 year Plan for the earth.
We have a date for the completion of the 6000 year era of mankind’s rule, obtained from the careful addition of the Biblical kings reigning periods and the commencement of Jesus’ ministry in 30/31 CE. Luke 3:1 It is 2031 and as we are now in 2019, only 12 years remain until the Return of Jesus. [Remember, our years are counted from their commencement]
It had been assumed that the ‘half hour’ starts soon after the Sixth Seal and finishes at the commencement of the Trumpet and Bowl punishments of the Great Tribulation. That is: 3½ years before the Return. But the Sixth Seal commences the Wrath of God and the Lamb, Rev. 6:17, then we see it isn’t until the completion of the Great Tribulation, that the Wrath of God is finished. Revelation 15:1
The calculation of 1000 divided by 48 gives us a heavenly half-hour of about 20 earth years. But that is only the center of a range of years possible because it is “about” a half-hour.
Therefore if, as seems likely, if the Sixth Seal – the great and terrible Day of the Lord, happens very soon – perhaps on the Day of Trumpets, it will be 12 years until 2031. So that will be the period of ‘silence in heaven’ but of tumult and huge changes on earth!
A lot must happen during that time – the regeneration of the Land, many prophesies about that – the Lord will send rain. Then the gathering, and settling of His people, again many prophecies – houses rebuilt, land productive… The selection of the 144,000, The Gog Magog attack and 7 years clean up. The treaty with the Anti-Christ, the AoD in the new Temple and 3½ years of the Great Tribulation. Then the glorious Return in 2031.
It all fits and I see the Hand of God in it.