Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. (Exodus 19:16)
The scene that Israel awoke to on that third day was something to behold, so much so, that the people were very frightened. Not only was there a demonstration that resembled an intense thunderstorm complete with a dense, dark cloud but there was also an earthquake that shook the entire mountain (Exodus 19:18). Couple this with the understanding that the Hebrew word translated as “thunderings” literally means “voices.”
In other words, from the midst of this dark cloud that was shooting out arrows of fire and electricity there came the sound of many voices.
In Judaism it is believed that this demonstration was evidence that God came down upon Sinai in His heavenly throne room. If accurate, that would mean the voices they heard were not the voices of men but of angelic beings that surrounded the Throne of God. According to the book of Revelation, the four living creatures that surround the Throne of God have voices like thunder (Revelation 6:1). John also describes how, “from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices” and how there were seven thunders who uttered their voice (Revelation 10:3-4). Then there is this:
Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.” (John 12:28-30)
In other words, God’s voice is likened unto the sound of thunder and so we are left with the idea that, perhaps, among the thunderings heard by the people that day was the voice of God Himself. It was quite the experience and one that those who witnessed it never forgot. But it is important to consider that some may have only heard thunder and not a voice. The point would be, when God speaks some will only hear a sound and not His voice. Some will see things going on this world and only see random events and not indicators that the Almighty is working in the earth. It is important that, as His people, our ears are keen and in tune to hear what He is saying. As never before, we need to know what our Father is saying so that we will know exactly what it is we are to do. When He speaks, what do you hear? Our actions will provide the answer.
Blessings and Shalom,