The Seven Thunders
“And I saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire: and He had in His hand a little book open: and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not” (Revelation 11:1-4, emphasis added).
The first thing we want to do is identify Who this Angel is pictured here in Revelation 11. In the description we are given of Yahushua in Revelation 1:13-17, we find that “His countenance was as the sun shines in his strength” “and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace” (emphasis added). In Matthew 17:1-2, we read, “And after six days Yahushua taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light” (emphasis added).
Throughout the Old Testament, Yahushua was described as the Angel of the Covenant or the Angel of Yahuwah, while He was the spokesman for His Father. See Exodus 3:2, 14:19 and a host of others.
In this brief study, we want to focus our attention on the “seven thunders” that “had uttered their voices.” John was shown the seven thunders, and he was about to write them in detail when he was told: “Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” What was it that the seven thunders were saying? They “uttered!” John heard what the seven thunders were saying, but he was forbidden to write them out for us, in order that we might know what they were saying. John understood what they were saying!
There was a time in the life of the Apostles when it thundered, or so the people that heard it said it had thundered. This is what we read in John 12:28-29. This is Yahushua talking. “Father, glorify Thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people, therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him” (emphasis added). Evidently, John heard what the Father had said unto His Son for he recorded it in John 12:28-29. The followers of Messiah knew what was said when the Father responded to His Son’s request.
I believe that during the “time of trouble” spoken of in Daniel 12:1, that either the Father or Yahushua will speak to Their servants, the 144,000, directly from heaven, and they will understand what they are being told, but those around them will hear what they believe to be thunder. Possibly those who have responded to the 144,000’s call to “Come out of Babylon” may understand what is being said also. The people, for the most part, will not understand what Elohim’s servants are being told. Seven times will Elohim speak to them at various times during the “time of trouble” in answer to their prayers, just as the Father spoke to Yahushua in response to His prayer for His Father to glorify His name.
They will be receiving pertinent instruction to guide and direct them on their mission during the “time of trouble.” Just as Yahushua requested for further assurance from His Father before He entered upon His sufferings and death, so at times the 144,000 are going to need that same reassurance in their mission during the “time of trouble.”