Monday, November 21, 2011

Lightning in the Bible

Psalm 18:14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them.

(arrows might be the same as 'fiery darts', which mean brimstone fired out of the vent).

Revelation 11:19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

(Heaven, I believe, is the cloud filled area above the volcano, 'his temple' is the volcano).

2 Samuel 22:13 Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.

('his presence' suggests lightning blazed forth from him...from god...from the volcano. This is a good verse to use to explain how god was site specific, at least at first, and the origin of the lightning, fiery darts, etc)

Psalm 18:12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

(Volcanic eruptions can cause hail storms.)

Exodus 19:16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

(Trumpet blast = loud noise emitted by an erupting volcano)

Exodus 20:18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance

(I bet they did!)

Ezekiel 1:4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north-an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,

('The center of the fire looked like glowing metal'......a very good metaphor for the epicenter of a volcano.)

Revelation 4:5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.

(The throne....the elevated seat....the top of the mountain.....for the king of the castle.)

Revelation 8:5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Lots of volcanic doom and gloom.
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