The Call of God in His Seven Thunders - Part 1
There is a sense of urgency and God is speaking to His people in these last days. For those who desire to seek His face, God will unfold more of Himself through the Holy Spirit and His Word. God desires His people to dig deeper into Him, search through His Word, question, weigh and test, and learn to be able to consume the solid food that He provides. This cannot be done through any man-made programs, institutions, or titles, but an individual's desire to want to seek out and touch the face of God. God’s ultimate purpose through Jesus Christ is about meeting Him face to face. The purpose of this article is to explore the mysteries of the seven thunders of God revealed both in the Old and New Testament and compare and contrast His message, purpose, and plan for His people.
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. – Revelation 10:3-4
When men and women of God desire truth, there is a continual craving and desire to find it and facilitate it to others. It is like having a hot potato in your hand and you need to unload it so others can take part too.There are treasures to be found in His Word that have always been there; they are important and relevant to the precise time that we are living in.
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy? – Amos 3:6-8
The Holy Spirit can set off a spiritual alarm inside of His people to reveal what He is saying. The Word of God is the place to test that it is truly from Him as He works in confirmations.
The word thunder from Hebrew is 6963 qowl (kole), which is translated to a voice, sound, noise, or thunder. When “qowl” is used in Scripture, it pertains to an actual thunder in a natural sense, but also as a spiritual voice. The word has two meanings, but to God it is His thunderous voice that conveys physical thunder in the natural, and a thunderous voice in the spiritual. This pattern is established in Scripture.
Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.Jesus answered and said, this voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.– John 12:28-30
When God speaks in the physical, it is perceived as a thunderous voice. In the book of Revelation, thunder is heard seven times. The number seven is God’s number, which represents perfection, completion, or a culmination. In the Old Testament, God’s voice thunders seven times, which reveals the plan of redemption for His people. God unfolds the revelation of His plan, and the seventh thunder is the sound, or signal of completion.
The key to exploring the seven thunders of God is by listening to His spiritual voice and digging deeper in His Word. It is not up to man to do it for you, nor are you to believe what any man says, but it is about the desire to seek God for yourself, and allow Him to speak to you personally. Your pastor, church program, prophet, or priest cannot be the mediator for you. It is between you and Jesus Christ.
The seven thunders of God can be traced from the beginning of Scripture to the last book in Revelation. God is speaking about His ultimate purpose and plan. The final thunder is the most important of all, and will be unveiled to His people. It is something that is not figured out in the head, but through spiritual discernment.
This theme will start with the precedent of the first thunder of God and go through the purpose of each one to the ultimate climax of God’s plan with the seventh thunder. These threads of truth are derived from God's Word.
In the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Their sin had alienated them from the face of God, and they could no longer be allowed to see Him, because it would kill them.
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. – Genesis 3:8
The Hebrew word for cool is “laruah,” which means spirit, or wind. The voice of God is walking in the garden as a wind of the Spirit. Adam and Eve hide amongst the vegetation when they hear the thunderous voice of God. They know that they have alienated themselves from God in their state of nakedness. God curses the ground and slays an animal and gives them coats of skin to cover them.
Redemption for Adam and Eve would never come from anything from the earth by natural, carnal, or soulish attempts, but would come only from heaven above. God slaying an animal to cover Adam and Eve would be symbolic of Jesus Christ who would come and become the “coat” to all mankind for those who would choose to wear Him. Cain and Abel would come to represent two distinct paths that mankind has chosen to attain God; one would be truth, and the other false. Cain believed that salvation came from his own labours from the ground that God had cursed. How many still believe in a works based "salvation" (the way of Cain)?. Abel believed that salvation came by the sacrifice of “skin” that was to cover for his sins. These two brothers represent two distinct paths of the natural man (false) versus the spiritual man (truth).
How be it that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, : the second man is the Lord from heaven. – 1 Corinthians 15:46-47
Man attempts to save himself by his “noble” efforts (traditions of man) to cover his “nakedness” from the ground that has been cursed, but that path will only lead to death. The blood of animals never redeemed, or restored fellowship with God; it was only meant to point to the true and genuine redeeming blood of Jesus Christ; He would be the only way of salvation and restoration to God. Any other ways are impotent, powerless, and cursed.
The first thunder of God in the Old Testament was the starting point that would lead to redemption; the first thunder in Revelation is about standing before the throne of God, in the Holy of Holies, totally restored to Him, worshiping His Holiness.
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. – Revelation 4:5
And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. – Exodus 9:23
There was a distinct contrast between the Egyptians, who were a race of people who “tilled” from the land, and the Israelite's, who tended to the “sheep.” When God judged, it was against the Egyptians who “tilled” the cursed land. God was making a point by destroying their vegetation. The fire “ran along the ground” similar to “walking in the garden” in Genesis 8:3.
Both the ground and the vegetation are cursed. The only acceptable version is blessing through the Tree of Life (Jesus Christ). A good symbol of Jesus Christ was when Caleb and Joshua went out to scout the Promised Land and found a branch full of fruit. They cut off the branch and hung the fruit on a pole between them. This would symbolize and foreshadow Jesus Christ, who would be cut off from His people, hung on a cross, and shown to all the people that rejected Him.
And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. – Numbers 13:23
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: - Isaiah 11:1
Jesus Christ would grow up in Nazareth where His name is derived from the Hebrew word that means "branch." He grew out of his roots by dying, rising from the dead, and ascending to the Father. He became our mediator to God in our state of rebellion so that we can become grafted into the “Branch” that is the Tree of Life. We cannot bear any fruit apart from the “Branch.”
The physical fulfillment came from the symbolism of Caleb and Joshua cutting off the “Branch” from the cursed land, which would bring redemption to those who are alienated from Him..
God saved Noah and the animals, but destroyed all the vegetation. Esau threw his inheritance away for vegetable stew, but Jacob received blessing by sacrificing two goats. Each of these stories represent God's purpose and plan.
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. – Genesis 25:34
The message should be clear that God judges the vegetation. When we try to offer God our labors from the land, it will be unacceptable because it is already cursed. The modern "church" is doing the exact same thing today, and the result is apostasy. God will reject their works because they are cursed. The only true offering that is acceptable is the blood of Jesus Christ.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. – Matthew 7:22
And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. – Malachi 3:3
An offering to God is either from the ground, or by the blood of sacrifice through the Jesus Christ (grace).
Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. – 1 Corinthians 3:13
What proceeded the second thunder in Exodus 9:23 destroyed the vegetation with hail and fire, which is symbolic of the works of man. True salvation only comes from the one who is the “keeper of the sheep.” The same thunder will be heard in Revelation 8:5,
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.
If you read further in Revelation 8, God’s judgement will destroy one-third of the vegetation of the earth. Judgement comes to those who refuse to take accept the sacrifice of “skin” (Jesus Christ) who covers sin. Those who do not have the seal of God are the ones who have put on the "garment" of man instead. Many in the modern "church" believe that their “man-made” garments are the seal of God, but the day is coming when these counterfeit "garments" will be exposed for what they are. The so called “Christian” activities of the “institution” will be exposed for not resting on the finished work (Gospel) of Jesus Christ.
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. – Revelation 9:14
When man tries to cover himself with his own works and traditions to attain salvation, he has rejected the covering of Jesus Christ for his own. It is important to understand that the message of the end times is about reconciliation, but it also is about judgement. They are both part of God's ultimate plan.
`And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. – Revelation 6:1
The second thunder in Revelation is about God saying, “come and see,” which will be about judging the man-made system of the world. Both thunders in the Old and New Testament is a confirmation that they both agree with each other that God judges sin and rebellion.
The first thunder is about the starting point of redemption and restoration. God has a plan and a purpose, and wants to reveal it His followers so they can align with it. Mankind has alienated themselves from God; they are exposed and naked to the curse of sin. The Good News is that God has a gift to offer, which is a covering for man’s "nakedness." Jesus Christ has abolished the sacrifice of animals and has became the ultimate sacrifice for all of mankind. He is the “coat of skin” that covers man's sin . All anyone has to do is to choose to accept Him as their Lord and Savior. By accepting His grace will enable His power in your life to no longer be a slave sin, but become a new creation in God's eternal family. That which comes from the ground has no redemptive qualities, but God’s “skin” does. He is our grace and spiritual food that we must nourish ourselves with daily.
The second thunder is about God’s judgement on those who are living in sin and rebellion in opposition to Him. When we follow the traditions and ideologies of man, it makes man the “savior” instead of Jesus Christ. God’s fire and hail plundered the works of man through the Old Testament. They were the “tillers of the land” who abandoned the ways of the Lord. The locusts in the book of Revelation will not come to destroy the vegetation of the earth, but the “vegetation,” or "garment" of man. Those who have on the "garment" of grace will not be touched because they are covered by the blood of the Lamb.
When the uncovering comes, what will you be wearing, the "garment" of man, or the "garment" of grace?”
And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. - Exodus 10:14
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. – Revelation 9:3-4
The continuation of this article will provide further evidence from both the Old and New Testament that reveals God's plan in His seven thunders. It is an important message to His people that is vital and relevant to the times we are living in.
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