What Do the Bible and Quran Say About the Thunder?

The Thunder is mentioned in the Bible 50 times and in the Quran two times, i.e., the Bible cites the Thunder 25 times more than the Quran does.

Furthermore, the total words of the Bible are 788,280 while the total words of the Quran are 77,473. It follows that, the Bible has the likely of more than 10 times than the Quran word-wise to talk about the Thunder. In addition, the Bible has the prospective of more than 25 times than the Quran topic-wise to utter about the Thunder.

The Thunder in the Bible:

The LORD sends thunder:

Exodus 9:23

The LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground.

1 Samuel 12:17

I will call upon the LORD to send thunder

Job 40:9

Do you have an arm like God's, and can your voice thunder like his?

The thundered the horses' hoofs:

Judges 5:22

Then thundered the horses' hoofs— galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.

Psalm 93:4

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters

The Lord and the Thunder:

The Lord Has: pavilion, seven spirits, temple in heaven, holy dwelling and an arm

Job 36:29

Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?

Job 40:9

Do you have an arm like God's, and can your voice thunder like his?

Isaiah 30:30

The LORD will cause men to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.

Jeremiah 25:30

'The LORD will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth.

Revelation 4:5

From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.

Revelation 11:19

Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

What is the Thunder?

God's majestic voice thunders in marvelous ways

The voices of the seven thunders spoke.

Revelation 10:3

and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.

Revelation 10:4

And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down."

Job 37:4

After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back.

Job 37:5

God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

Thunder and very loud trumpet blast

If the Thunder is the voice of the Lord, to who is the loud trumpet blast belongs?

Exodus 19:16

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

Exodus 20:18

When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance

The Power of God has Thunder

Job 26:14

Who then can understand the thunder of his power?

The formation of Thunder:

Revelation 8:5

Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Isaiah 29:6

the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.

The Thunderstorm has a path

Job 28:26

when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,

Job 38:25

Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm?

The People and the voice of the God "Love":

1 Samuel 7:10

But that day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites.

Isaiah 33:3

At the thunder of your voice, the peoples flee; when you rise up, the nations scatter.

Psalm 77:18

Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.

Joel 2:11

The LORD thunders at the head of his army;

Joel 3:16

The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble.

Amos 1:2

He said: "The LORD roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers."

Does the Lord Thunder from heaven or Jerusalem?

1 Samuel 2:10

He will thunder against them from heaven;

2 Samuel 22:14

The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.

Psalm 18:13

The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.

Joel 3:16

The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble.

Amos 1:2

He said: "The LORD roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers."

The great waters thunder

The Lord thunders over the mighty waters

The waters then fled.

Has anyone any idea about the great waters and the mighty waters?

Psalm 93:4

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters

Psalm 29:3

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

Psalm 104:7

But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;

Psalm 77:17

The clouds poured down water, the skies resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.

Jeremiah 10:13

When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Jeremiah 51:16

When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Revelation 14:2

And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.

Revelation 19:6

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

The thundercloud:

Psalm 81:7

I answered you out of a thundercloud;

The Ancient Skies

Does anyone know anything about the Ancient Skies?

Are there Ancient Skies and Modern Skies?

Psalm 68:33

To him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice.

It is an evil thing in the eyes of the LORD when you ask for a king.

1 Samuel 12:17

Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king."

The cattle know!

Job 36:33

His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach.

The Sons of Thunder

Mark 3:17

James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder

The Thunder in the Quran:

Everything praises Allah.

Surah 17:44

"The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare his glory: there is not a single but glorifies him with his praise, but you do not understand their glorification; surely he is forbearing, most forgiving!"

By the mid-19th century, it is said that lightning produces a vacuum along its path, and that thunder is caused by the subsequent motion of air rushing to fill the vacuum. Later in the 19th century it was believed that thunder was caused by an explosion of steam when water along the lightning channel was heated. Another theory was that gaseous materials were created by lightning and then exploded. In the 20th century a consensus evolved that thunder must begin with a shock wave in the air due to the sudden thermal expansion of the plasma in the lightning channel.

It is said also that there are electrical charges that build up and cause huge electric shocks. These electrical charges generate about 100 million volts of electricity.

The Verse said that there is not a single in heavens and the earth but glorifies Allah with his praise, but "you" do not understand their glorification.

Winds, clouds, lightning, rain and thunder are physical phenomena made by the Almighty Creator. All of these phenomena glorify Allah with his praise, but "you" do not understand their glorification.

The rain is the result of fertilization of positively and negatively charged clouds and the Thunder praises Allah:

Surah 13:12-13:

[12] It is He Who doth show you the lightning, by way both of fear and of hope: it is He Who doth raise up the clouds, heavy with (fertilising) rain!

[13] Nay, thunder repeateth His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He flingeth the loud-voiced thunder-bolts, and therewith He striketh whomsoever He will... Yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute about Allah, with the strength of His power (supreme)!

Herein, the Thunder Praises Allah and is not by any means the Voice of Allah.

There is nothing whatever likes a likeness of him!

Nothing is similar or equal to him.

Anything you imagine is not like Allah

Allah is far beyond your thoughts and imagination.

Surah 42:11

(He is) the creator of the heavens and the earth: he has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs among cattle: by this means does he multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that Hears and Sees (all things).

In the following verses (2:8-20), the Quran describes the characters of the hypocrites, the double-faced Muslims who sold their forever- afterlife by this limited life:

Surah 2:8-20

[8] Of the people there are some who say: "We believe in Allah and the Last Day;" but they do not (really) believe.

[9] Fain would they deceive Allah and those who believe, but they only deceive themselves, and realise (it) not!

[10] In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: and grievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to themselves).

[11] When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "Why, we only want to make peace!"

[12] Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not.

[13] When it is said to them: "Believe as the others believe," they say: "Shall we believe as the fools believe?" Nay, of a surety they are the fools, but they do not know.

[14] When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe;" but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you we (were) only jesting."

[15] Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (to and fro).

[16] These are they who have bartered guidance for error: but their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction.

[17] Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see.

[18] Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path).

[19] Or (another similitude) is that of a rain-laden cloud from the sky: in it are zones of darkness, and thunder and lightning: they press their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunderclap, the while they are in terror of death. But Allah is ever round the rejecters of Faith!

[20] The lightning all but snatches away their sight; every time the light (helps) them, they walk therein, and when the darkness grows on them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could take away their faculty of hearing and seeing; for Allah hath power over all things.

Back to the main issue of my series of articles (1-32); this is my question to you smart readers: "Is the Quran quoted from the Bible and which book preceded the sciences"?



By: Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil
























About the Author:

Professor Dr. Ibrahim Khalil
Prof. of Clinical and Chemical Pathology,
Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control Unit,
Ain-Shams University. Cairo, Egypt.
And,
President of the Egyptian Society of Inventors.
Member of the Egyptian union of Writers