Revelation Chapter 10:3
Revelation 10:3 – …and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Both angels and saints in Heaven cry out in a loud voice in Revelation 6:10, 7:2, 18:2, and 19:17. However, John doesn’t say any of them roar like a lion. The Greek word translated roar can also mean bellow or thunder. Paul used a different Greek word to describe Satan’s roar, which can also mean howl:
The lion is the monarch of the woods, and his roar is an image of terror. The point of the comparison here seems to be the loudness with which the angel cried, and the power of what he said to awe the world, as the roar of the lion keeps the dwellers of the forest in awe. What he said is not stated; nor did John attempt to record it
“As when a lion roareth; loud and terrible; and indeed, it was the voice of the lion of the tribe of Judah, which was heard far and near, throughout the whole world, by his people, and is terrible to his enemies.
“And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices”: Interpreters judge these seven thunders to signify those judgments of God which should be executed in the world upon the sounding of the seventh trumpet.
This again, is a repetition of the idea contained in the preceding clause. The Jews were accustomed to call thunder the seven voices, and to regard it as the voice of the Lord (compare the sevenfold “voice of the Lord”; Psalm 29:1-11). In the same way that they regarded lightning as the fire of God (Job 1:16).
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The difference between these two roars reminds me of a scene in the movie “The Lion King,” where the young lion tries to roar but it comes out more like a wimpy howl, but the adult lion’s roar overtakes the young lion’s roar like a mighty thunder. (Click here for movie clip). This makes Satan’s attempt at roaring seem rather humorous.
Recall from Revelation 5:5, the Lord is “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” He will roar right before He returns to Earth to destroy His enemies and fight against those who are against Israel:
Jeremiah 25:29-31, 38 – ‘”For behold, I begin to bring calamity on the city which is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth,” says the LORD of hosts.’ “Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them: ‘The LORD will roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation; He will roar mightily against His fold. He will give a shout, as those who tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise will come to the ends of the earth – for the LORD has a controversy with the nations; He will plead His case with all flesh. He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the LORD….” He has left His lair like the lion; for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the Oppressor, and because of His fierce anger.”
Joel 3:12-16 – “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow – for their wickedness is great.” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness. The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Isaiah 31:4-5 – For thus the LORD has spoken to me: “As a lion roars, and a young lion over his prey (when a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, he will not be afraid of their voice nor be disturbed by their noise), so the LORD of hosts will come down to fight for Mount Zion and for its hill. Like birds flying about, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; passing over, He will preserve it.”
In the Greek, the word translated thunder comes from the same root as the word for roar. In the Old Testament, thunder and roar are also translated from the same Hebrew word. Therefore, you could exchange “roar” for “thunder” in the following passages:
Psalms 18:13 – The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire.
1 Samuel 2:10 – The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Job 37:2-5 – Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth. He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
Psalms 18:7-14 – Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
Psalms 77:16-20 – The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You, they were afraid; the depths also trembled. The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about. The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, and Your footsteps were not known. You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
It is clear that the Lord’s voice is like thunder, but as we discussed in Revelation 6:1, the living creatures also speak with a thunderous voice:
Ezekiel 3:12-13 – Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: “Blessed is the glory of the LORD from His place!” I also heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise.
Revelation 6:1 – Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.”
The Scriptures show that only the Lord and the living creatures have voices like thunder. After the mighty angel roars, John hears seven thunders. The Greek word “heautou” as a reflexive pronoun indicates that the seven thunders each uttered their own voice. Since there are seven distinct voices, this rules out the four living creatures as uttering the thunders and suggests that the seven thunders are from the Lord instead.
While we do not know what the thunders said, it is interesting the following Psalm describes the Lord’s voice as thunder and gives seven descriptions of His voice:
Psalms 29:1-11 – A Psalm of David. Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders; the LORD is over many waters.
 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
 the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
 The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.
 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
the LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth,
and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, and the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.
This supports the notion that the seven thunders are the voice of the Lord. The thunders and voices that come from God’s throne in the heavenly temple strengthen this idea:
Revelation 4:5 – And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Revelation 8:5 – Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
Revelation 11:19 – Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
Revelation 16:18 – And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.
It should not surprise us that the Lord’s voice is sevenfold. The Holy Spirit is sevenfold (Revelation 4:5, 5:6) and the Lamb of God has seven horns which show His perfect power and authority, as discussed in Revelation 5:6. “Seven” is the number for perfection, or fullness. (See “Prophetic Patterns in Numbers”). This number is replete throughout Revelation and points to the Lord and His perfection.
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