Before the removal of the seals, there was a break in the action, a calm before the storm. Right before the seven trumpets were blown there was a similar pause. Now, before the seven bowls of God’s wrath are poured out, there is yet another moment of the calm before the storm.
A great audience has gathered, the victors over the beast are ready to see God’s justice done. We are told of angels and of the plagues. It is clear that this is all being done with God’s authority and is being done with full intention. It is not an accident. The judgment of God is about to be poured out on Rome, the representative of Satan in this world at that time. The time for warnings has come and gone. They were ignored and now the full judgment comes on the beasts and those who worshiped the beast.
It’s important to note that God’s people are to be safe and protected while God’s wrath is poured out on those who have opposed him. God’s people need not fear, in fact we will soon find them praising God and rejoicing to see his righteousness being spread out over the world.