Four-fold Reference to Voices / Thunders / Lightning:
- … “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices, and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Rev. 4:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” (Rev. 8:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (Rv. 11:19). (Emphasis added).
- … “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” (Rev. 16:18). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: These references are all to God’s glory, power, authority, and accompany divinely appointed activities in heaven and on earth. The voices, thunderings and lightnings do not cause damage on the earth or inflict punishment on man. There are two instances mentioning an earthquake and hail, which are natural and do cause extreme damage to the earth and mankind. When God moves, acts, commands or otherwise rules his creation, they are accompanied by voices, thunderings and lightnings. They are announcements that get attention, both in heaven and on earth, signaling that “I AM” has decreed something of extreme importance. Voices, thunderings and lightnings can instill both fear and trembling, or awe and wonder, depending on your spiritual point of view and status before God. Notice that voices, lightnings and thunderings occur in a sequence of three (3), denoting God’s intensity and emphasis. The order of the sequence does not matter, the meaning does not change. Notice also that there are four (4) verses containing the grouping of the three (3) words, voices, thunderings and lightnings; (4×3=12), twelve (12) denotes God’s divinely constituted organization that applies in either heaven or on earth.
Categories: Revelation of Jesus Christ