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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 man-made programs, the religious institutions or church hirelings, but it is about an individual's desire to want to seek out and touch the face of God for themselves. God’s ultimate purpose through Christ is about meeting Him 'face to face.' The purpose of this series is to explore the mysteries of the seven thunders of God revealed in both in the Old and New Testament and to compare and contrast His message, purpose and plan for His people today.
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 partake of it too. There are treasures to be found in God's word that have always been there. They are important and relevant to the precise time that we are living in today.
Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city, without the people being afraid? Does evil happen to a city, and Yahweh hasn't done it? Surely the Lord Yahweh will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord Yahweh has 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 God is saying. The word of God is the place to test what 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 a spiritual voice. The word has two meanings, but to God, it is His thunderous voice that conveys physical thunder in both the natural and the 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 revealing the plan of redemption for His people. 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, or believing whatever man tells you, but it is about your own desire to seek God for yourself and allow Him to speak to you personally. Your Pastor, church programs, Prophet or Priest cannot be your mediator for you. It is between you and Christ who is the gateway to the Father.
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 plans. The final thunder is the most important of all and will be unveiled to His people that is something that comes 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.
They heard the voice of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Yahweh God among 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 hid amongst the vegetation when they heard the thunderous voice of God. They knew that they had alienated themselves from Him in their state of nakedness. God cursed the ground and slayed an animal and gave them coats of skin to cover their nakedness.
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 Christ who would come and shed his own blood for all mankind and become the Saviour to those who would follow him to receive right standing with his Father.
Cain and Abel would come to represent two distinct paths that mankind has chosen to attain God. One would be the way of truth and the other the counterfeit. Cain believed that right standing with God came from his own labours from the ground that He had cursed.
How many still believe in man's way (the way of Cain) as a means to attain God?
Abel believed that acceptance came by the sacrifice of 'skin' that was to be a covering for his sin. The two brothers represent two distinct paths; the natural man or the spiritual man.
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
Many attempt to save themselves by their 'noble' self-righteous efforts (the traditions of man) to cover their 'nakedness' from the ground that has been cursed. They are deceived because their on a path that leads to death. The blood of animals never removed sin, but was only a covering. It was only meant to point to the true and genuine redeeming blood of Christ who would be the only way to having victory over sin, restoration to God and eternal life. Any other way by any other means is 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 the New Testament in Revelation is about standing before the throne of God, in the Holy of Holies, totally restored to Him and 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
Moses stretched forth his rod toward the heavens, and Yahweh sent thunder, hail, and lightning flashed down to the earth. Yahweh rained hail on 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 versus 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. His fire 'ran along the ground' similar to Him 'walking in the garden' in Genesis 8:3.
Both the ground and the vegetation are cursed. What is only acceptable is the blessing that comes from the Tree of Life. A good symbolism of 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 could be be a foreshadowing of Christ who would be cut off from his people, hung on a cross and shown on display 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
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 his Father. He became our mediator to God in our state of rebellion so that we can become grafted into the 'Branch' into 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 that would bring redemption to those who were alienated from God.
God saved Noah and certain animals, but He destroyed all the vegetation. Esau threw his inheritance away for vegetable stew, but Jacob received blessing by sacrificing two goats. Each of these stories are representative of God's plan and purposes.
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 labours from the land, it will be unacceptable because it is already cursed. The man-driven church system is doing the exact same thing in a spiritual sense today and the results are an abomination to Him. God will reject their works because they are cursed. The only true offering that is acceptable is through the way of 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 will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver; and they shall offer to Yahweh offerings in righteousness. – Malachi 3:3
An offering to God is either from the ground of our self-righteous works, or through Christ.
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 symbolizing 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' (Christ) that not only forgives us of our sin, but gives us victory over them also. Those who do not have the seal of God are the ones who have put on their man-made self-righteous 'garments' instead of Christ. Many in the harlot church system believe that their counterfeit garments of imputed righteousness are their seal of God. The day is coming when their false garments will be exposed for what they truly are. The so called 'Christian' activities within the church institution will be exposed for not resting on what Christ has done.
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 self-righteous works and man-made traditions to attain salvation, he has rejected Christ for one of his own making. It is imperative to understand that in this day and age that the message of the Kingdom of God is about reconciliation and also about judgement. They are both part of God's ultimate plan and the Gospel message.
'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 is about judging the man-made systems of the world. Both thunders in both the Old and New Testament is a confirmation that they both agree with each other that God will judge through Christ all 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 to His followers so they can align with it. Mankind has alienated themselves from God. They are exposed and naked to the curse of their sin. The Good News is that God has a gift of salvation to offer through Christ. By what Christ has done, the sacrifice of animals is no longer required as he is deemed the ultimate sacrifice for all of mankind. He gives us a 'coat of skin' (a right standing with God) that brings forgiveness through repentance. All anyone has to do is to choose to accept his sacrifice and following in his ways. God's grace through Christ grace by the power of the Holy Spirit will enables us to be no longer slaves to sin, but have victory as we become new creations becoming part of God's eternal family. The traditions of man have absolutely no redemptive qualities because they are derived from what God has cursed.
The second thunder is about God’s judgement on those who are living in sin and rebelling against Him. When we get caught up in the traditions and ideologies of man, it makes man the 'Saviour' instead of Christ. We must not forget that God’s fire and hail plundered the works of man through the Old Testament. These people were the 'tillers of the land' who abandoned the ways of Yahweh. The locusts in the book of Revelation will not come to destroy the vegetation of the earth, but the 'vegetation,' or self-righteous garments that man loves to wear. Those who have on the garments of grace or right standing with God will have His seal because they are covered by the blood of the Lamb.
When the uncovering comes, what will you be wearing, man's garments of self-righteousness, or do you have right standing that only comes through God's appointed Son?
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
Do you have the seal of God on your forehead?
The continuation of this theme in the next 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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