Unleavened Bread Bible Study
Hidden Manna For the End Times
Recently, in our area, a revival which was manifesting lying signs and wonders was struck by lightning, which burned up the top floor of the church. What is God saying? It is amazing to me that people do not believe in a sovereign God who "works all things after the counsel of His own will" (Eph.1:11). As John said, "A man can receive nothing, except it have been given him from heaven" (Jn.3:27). Is it God who controls the lightning?
(2Sa.22:14,15) Jehovah thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; Lightning, and discomfited them.
(Job 37:2-5) Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice, And the sound that goeth out of his mouth. He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven, And his lightening unto the ends of the earth. After it a voice roareth; He thundereth with the voice of his majesty; And he restraineth not [the lightnings] when his voice is heard. God thundereth marvellously with his voice; Great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
(Psa.144:6) Cast forth lightning, and scatter them; Send out thine arrows, and discomfit them.
If it is a sovereign God who is doing this we have cause to consider what we are doing wrong. Below is another example of churches in apostasy being struck by a sovereign God.
Lightning strikes a church during a sermon after preacher identifies thunder as the voice of God.
[The (Findlay) Courier, 2003]
Origins: On 1 July 2003 a bolt from the sky hit the steeple of the First Baptist Church in the small town of Forest, Ohio, setting it ablaze. That in itself is not unusual - lightning strikes start a number of fires every year and sometimes the lightning hits churches. (In fact, the 124-year-old Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cecil, Ohio, burned to the ground on 21 July 2003 after a hit there.) But what elevates this tale above other similar true stories is what was happening inside the church when the bolt hit.
The Rev. Don Hardman, a traveling evangelist from Virginia, was preaching to the congregation during the storm. According to the Bible, Mr. Hardman told the crowd, God's voice often sounds like thunder. "That's right, God! We hear you!" he said, looking heavenward, and - KA-POW! - a bolt of lightning struck the little church:
[The Toledo Blade, 2003]
Was God goaded by a preacher into making a sign? Or had the deity hit the wrong church? You see, a similarly-named church - First Baptist Church of Deltona - was also struck by lightning later that same summer. On 25 August 2003, a Monday, a bolt to that central Florida edifice wreaked $250,000 worth of havoc. The strike in Ohio caused only $20,000 damage.
Barbara "practice throw" Mikkelson