Before Judgment

The Holy Bible tells us that, In the beginning, before time, GOD created the heaven and the earth, and all things, seen and unseen, in just six. regular 24 hour days! He made everything by His spoken Word! GOD, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God, created all things in a sequential, chronological order, just as He has showed us this principle in the Holy Bible. For example, first HE created Heaven, His home and all the angels; next, HE created the Earth, and all things on the earth and in the seas; then HE created the Sun, then the Moon, then the stars-the universe! On the sixth day, GOD created-made man and women, male and female and placed them in the paradise on earth, the Garden of Eden. Everything was perfect until…

Until sin entered the world when the wicked one, the serpent, Satan himself deceived Adam and Eve and they disobeyed GOD! And God pronounced the very first judgment upon Saten and Adam and Eve without any of His wrathful warning of thunder and lightning!

With the passing of over 1600 years of human beings populating the earth with millions and millions of people, the fallen ‘sons of God,’ evil, wicked angels came down to earth and mated with women. Their offspring was the hideous, giant, half angel, half human beings, called the ‘nephilim,’ or the ‘fallen ones.’ These creatures were so violent and blood thirsty and wicked and immoral that total evil reigned all over the earth!

In fact, “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.” “For all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.” Genesis 6:11-12

Something had to be done! For “the LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5

God’s very own creation was hurting Him…”The LORD was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain.” Genesis 6:6

So God would bring upon the whole earth a flood that would be higher than the mountain tops, and destroy every living thing upon the face of the earth!

But GOD had only the righteous Noah and his sons build an enormous Ark into which would survive his family, eight souls and all the animals and birds and such that were brought on the Ark by GOD. All would survive and repopulate the earth. It would be a new beginning for mankind.

And in the 1650 plus years since Creation, the turbulent flood waters churned up everything that was under the water!

And there appeared for the very first time great black clouds of water; and there was, I believe, the first thunder and lightning of God’s judgment wrath! How could it be. otherwise, for the Holy Bible tells us in Genesis 7:11-12, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’;s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

The years went by and a great number of people from the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth camped at the foothills of the mountains of Ararat. Not long after, these huge tribes journeyed south by the Tigris and Euphtates rivers to the land of Shinar. But rather than obey the command of GOD to repopulate the whole earth, they stayed there and began to build the Tower of Babel and the surrounding city-Babylon! So came down to have a lookout what was going on and saw that man was worshipping the creature rather than the Creator! So GOD struck them with confusion in that they were not able to understand each other; therefore, they began to separate and go to other places all over the world as GOD intended!

There may have been thunder and lightning before His judgment, I don’t know, but I do know HE was very angry!

Fast forward a thousand years or so to the time of Moses…there at the real Mt. Sinai, in what was then Midian, the home of Jethro, his father-in-law, the home where Moses lived after his escape from Egypt, where he married and had a son…this is the place in what is today north west Saudi Arabia, the place where God will take all of Israel after the miraculous crossing through the Red Sea from the Sinai Peninsula, to the mountain where Moses saw God in the burning bush, Mt. Sinai!

On a certain day appointed by God, the people were to follow Moses to the foot of the mountain to meet God. “On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, and a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast.” Exodus 19:16

“And God spoke all these words:” And thus He gave them The Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law.

“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear (unlike today?). Exodus 20:18

Was this not a warning to Israel not to worship demons? Or go astray from His commandments? First the warning of thunder and lightning, a glimpse of God’s Almighty power! Then , in God’s exact time, his wrath of judgment! You know the rest of the story.

By the fourth millennium from Creation, we come to the time of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. The year is 33 A.D. in Jerusalem of Judea. Although there was no thunder or lightning, darkness cover the land and there was an earth quake when Jesus died.

Finally, when the apostle John is taken up to heaven to the throne of God, the Holy Bible tells us in the book of Revelation, chapter 4, verse 5: “From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.”

The wrath of God is being readied to pour out upon an unbelieving, wicked earth during the future time to come, when the believing Church will have been Raptured up to Heaven by Jesus Himself, and the judgment of the seven year [eriod known as the Tribulation will start when Jesus opens the first seal.

So could it be that when God sends his thunder and lightning during a storm that He is giving us all a warning to wake up and repent and turn to Him?

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