1 Sam 7:10 – And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.
Purpose – The people respond to the enemy’s attack by calling on Samuel (clergy). God defeats the enemies of God’s people.
Six is the number for man and this thunder is to deal with men who are God’s enemies. God’s people call upon Samuel to help them. Samuel was their mediator; Samuel was their savior, just as Moses had been. The Philistines who represent the world system and the enemies of God’s people – were about to attack. This is a prophetic event that will be fulfilled in the last day. Samuel’s response was to sacrifice a Lamb to the Lord. It is the Lamb of God that destroyed the enemies and He will do so in totality at His coming down on the mountain. God’s response to the enemy was thunder and it was a thunder FOR HIS PEOPLE.
The thunder threw the enemy into confusion and the people of Israel defeated them. The Philistines became spoils for the people of God. From that day forth the Philistines were defeated in the land of Israel all the days of Samuel.
John 12:29-33 – The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Jesus said now, in relationship to the Lamb being slain – that the enemy would be defeated and cast down. This is a fulfillment of the 6th thunder and yet a more final 6th thunder will be revealed shortly. In other words, the prince of the world was already cast down according to Jesus and yet there is an appropriation of this event that has yet to be fully realized. It is now being realized by the people of God that are walking towards the mountain.
The 6th thunder of Revelation dramatically adds to this judgment for the last day.
Rev 16:18-21 – And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
Final judgment is now signaled throughout the world and yet it will take one more thunder to remove the last enemy. Man’s response to this last judgment on Earth is blaspheming God. It is a total rejection of the Gospel, the ministry of reconciliation and the plan of redemption. Man chooses to continue beliefs in salvation through works – a covering of vegetation. Man continues to believe in godless scientific theories, in the pride of politics, in the piety of Hollywood, success from their talents, in its riches that they have stored, and in every effort of self-preservation. The bottom line is that they DO NOT REPENT.
Rev 18:8 – Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
The end result of the 6th thunder is the death of the apostate church. The apostate church is an enemy that has corrupted the church because of her proximity, her closeness. Her doctrine has consistently lied to the saints and corrupted the church. Her flirtation with the world system has enticed believers all over the world to forsake Jesus for other things. The Babylon church now receives her reward – utter judgment. The biggest enemy of the church is defeated. No more opinions of man, no more perversions of the nature of God, and no more oppressing the people of God by keeping them off of the mountain.
Jesus used the term “thunder” to describe the sons of Zebedee; Jesus called them “sons of thunder.” When men interpret scripture and do not understand the significance of thunder as it relates to God’s plan – they misinterpret the scriptures. Scholars say that this term was used to describe John and James’ impetuous temperament. This makes sense until you mature in your thinking as to God’s plan and God’s character. Jesus spoke prophetic words in faith, calling those things which are not, as though they were. For Jesus to brand His disciples with a term that is derogatory is simply not His way, that is quite evident in scripture. Instead, Jesus named Peter with a prophetic name that fulfills the call of God, and correct interpretation will conclude the same concerning John and James. John and James are stewards of the thunderous voice of God and it is to be strongly noted that it was John (who was a son of thunder), who God chose, to hear the seven thunders and seal them for the end. James was one who was the first apostle to lay down his life in martyrdom, and John was one who did not receive death in martyrdom, but instead John bore witness of the countless saints in Revelation that shed their own blood in laying down their lives. We all bear the name “sons of thunder” when we are bearing the testimony of God’s thunderous voice in the Earth. It is a prophetic name that we are all called to manifest.
John Robert Lucas
Excerpt from Temple Builders: Final Push to the Summit