Monday, September 20, 2004

Did You Know?

Voices of the Seven Thunders

Revelation 9:3 says, "and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices."

Have you ever wondered what are the seven thunders or what did John have in mind when he wrote this?

Psalm 29:3-9 says, "The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful, The voice of the LORD is majestic. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, And Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, 'Glory!'"

Notice the seven voices of the Lord in Psalm 29. The Apostle John probably had this Psalm of David in his mind when he was writing Revelation 10. It is a picture of a thunderstorm coming in from the Meditteranean Sea into the valley. The number seven is used because it is the perfect number of God exemplifying the perfect power of the LORD.

I thought the connection was cool.


2 Comments:

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Bert said...

Very cool indeed. Speaking of the connection between OT and NT, I am taking a class at church called HaYesod (Hebrew for "the Foundation"). Soon I'll post some of what I learn from the class.

Peace,
Bert

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

At first, Iwas a little skeptical about this connection, but here are some other things that I noticed (besides the initial reference being off by a chapter).
Psalm 29:9 refers to the temple and Rev 11 records the instructions to measure out the temple.
Psa 29:10-11 says the LORD sits enthroned forever - definitely a prophetic, Messianic connection.
I don't have time to explore the similarities between Psalm 28 and Rev 9:14-21, but both refer to the wicked being destroyed. Revelation says a third of mankind will be killed. Psalm 28 has the Psalmist asking not to be swept away with the wicked.
The final two verse of Psalm 28 and Psalm 29 are remarkably similar as well.

 

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