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Stormy Weather

The English word "storm" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word which meant to stir - referring to the visual commotion of wind, rain, snow and clouds, as well as their effect on objects and living creatures on the ground.

A number of different Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures are translated as "storm" or "stormy":

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced soo-faw, which means a tempest or sea whirlwind

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced saw-awh, which means to rush

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced seh-aw-raw, which means a whirlwind

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced zeh-rem, which means overflowing

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced saw-awhr, which means a terror

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced show-awr, which means to rush over

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced shen-awr, which means to change

  • the Greek word, pronounced law-ee-laps, which means a whirlwind

"Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling His Word"

Many of the references to storms in Bible History and Prophecy involve God's wrath upon the wicked. The physical universe was a creation, a manifestation, of the Spirit of God; when the LORD is wrathful, it's "natural" for "nature" to be wrathful too.

The Holy Scriptures

"21:17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! [see What Does Wicked Mean?] and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger. 21:18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away." (Job 21:17-18 KJV)

"27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty. 27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death [see The Cool 'Hell']: and his widows shall not weep. 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. 27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. 27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand." (Job 27:13-22 KJV)

"83:13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. 83:14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; 83:15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. 83:16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']. 83:17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth." (Psalm 83:13-18 KJV)

God's Spiritual Presence in His physical Creation (something that even many pagans realize to some degree) is plainly described in His World - and His Word.

"148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created [see Christ The Creator]. 148:6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 148:8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word: 148:9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 148:10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 148:11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 148:12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 148:14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 148:1-14 KJV)

It's for that same reason that those who trash and pollute God's Creation ("the earth mourneth and fadeth away") are committing a direct blasphemy against God i.e. "the earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof."

"24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. 24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. 24:4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant." (Isaiah 24:1-5 KJV)

Fact Finder: Storms also happen "naturally." What natural phenomenon caused the storm on the Sea of Galilee that Jesus Christ miraculously calmed?
See Stilling The Storm

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