lightning

lightning

An electrical discharge triggered by a buildup of static electricity. In the OT, this phenomenon is routinely associated with theophany (the appearance of God) in such events as the revelation at Mt. Sinai (Exod 19:16; Exod 20:18), and in Ezekiel’s inaugural vision (Ezek 1:13-14; Dan 10:6). Lightning is a mark of God’s wisdom as the creator and the giver of life (Ps 77:18; Ps 97:4; Jer 10:13; Jer 51:16; Job 28:26; Job 37:3; Job 38:25; Job 38:35). Lightning is also presented as one of the weapons God uses against earthly foes (2Sam 22:15; Neh 2:4) and the powers of chaos (Ps 18:14; Ps 77:18; Ps 144:6; Zech 9:14). In the NT, lightning is typically a feature of the end of the age (Matt 24:27; Luke 17:24; and esp. Rev 4:5). Only once is it used to refer to power other than that of God, when Jesus cryptically remarks, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning” (Luke 10:18; Isa 14:12-15; Rev 12:7-9).

Exod 19:16

16On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the peopl ... View more

Exod 20:18

18When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a dist ... View more

Ezek 1:13-14

13In the middle of the living creatures there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living creatures; t ... View more

Dan 10:6

6His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his wor ... View more

Ps 77:18

18The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.

Ps 97:4

4His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.

Jer 10:13

13When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightnings for the rain, ... View more

Jer 51:16

16When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightnings for the rain,
... View more

Job 28:26

26when he made a decree for the rain,
and a way for the thunderbolt;

Job 37:3

3Under the whole heaven he lets it loose,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.

Job 38:25

25“Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a way for the thunderbolt,

Job 38:35

35Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?

2Sam 22:15

15He sent out arrows, and scattered them
—lightning, and routed them.

Neh 2:4

4Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Ps 18:14

14And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.

Ps 77:18

18The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.

Ps 144:6

6Make the lightning flash and scatter them;
send out your arrows and rout them.

Zech 9:14

14Then the Lord will appear over them,
and his arrow go forth like lightning;
the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet
and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south ... View more

Matt 24:27

27For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Luke 17:24

24For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.

Rev 4:5

5Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven ... View more

Luke 10:18

18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.

Isa 14:12-15

12How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!13You said in your heart,
“I will as ... View more

Rev 12:7-9

Michael Defeats the Dragon
7And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back,8but they were ... View more

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