A violent, destructive windstorm, common in Israel during the rainy season. True whirlwinds, i.e., swirling winds or tornadoes, are unusual, but sometimes they appear near the coast during the early winter. Whirlwinds and storms usually accompanied a theophany such as God’s appearance to Job (Job 38:1; Job 40:6) and Ezekiel’s vision of God (Ezek 1:4; Nah 1:3; Zech 9:14). According to (2Kgs 2:1, 2Kgs 2:11), the prophet Elijah did not die, but a whirlwind, accompanied by a chariot and horses of fire, carried him up to heaven.
The Lord Answers Job
1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
God's Challenge to Job
6Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
4As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, s ... View more
3The Lord is slow to anger but great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust o ... View more
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
Elijah Ascends to Heaven
1Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.