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This is of rare occurrence in Palestine, and is regarded in scripture as being the voice of God in power, both in the Old Testament of the past and in the Revelation of the future (Psa. 29; Psa. 77:1818The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. (Psalm 77:18); Psa. 104:77At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. (Psalm 104:7); Rev. 4:55And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. (Revelation 4:5); Rev. 6:11And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. (Revelation 6:1); compare also John 12:2929The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. (John 12:29)). In Psalm 78:4848He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. (Psalm 78:48), in recounting the plagues of Egypt, the flocks are represented as being consumed by HOT THUNDERBOLTS. The word is resheph, and is also translated “coals,” “burning coals,” “burning heat.” Doubtless lightning is referred to, as when the “fire of God” fell from heaven and burnt up Job’s sheep (Job 1:1616While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Job 1:16)).