The power of the voice of God

Think back to when you were at school…there was always that one teacher with such a commanding voice, wasn’t there…perhaps it was the principal, maybe an experienced classroom warrior who had been stalking the corridors for decades, maybe a P.E. teacher who could be heard in the next town, or a home economics teacher who could cook food by shouting at it…whoever it was, there was someone in the school with such a powerful voice that when you heard it you straightened up, fixed your tie, walked with head down, sat up straight in class, moved pen along paper even if nothing was being written…there was just someone with such a powerful and commanding voice!

Grab your Bible (or open your Bible app, although this will work better with a paper Bible, trust me), and turn to page 1; Genesis 1, the creation account. Something we all miss is that in v.2, there is the Holy Spirit! Most often when asked when the Spirit makes His first appearance, we might say in Acts, maybe in the Gospels, but there He is;

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.

And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Anyway, fascinating as that is, that is not what we are talking about today!

Take a pen or a highlighter, and underline or highlight the first three words of vv.3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, and 26…what do we see?

And God said…Then God said…


The power of the voice of God is immeasurable, incomprehensible, and incomparable. 

God speaks and it happens.


Let there be light“, “Let there be an expanse…“, “Let the…Let us…Let there be…“, and it happens.

What power is in the voice of God! 

Consitent with the trinitarian nature of our God – three in one – this amazing, awe-inspiring power of voice is also seen in Jesus and the Holy Spirit;

Jesus calls people to life, literally, with His voice in John 5.25 and, 11.43, and the Holy Spirit brings forth knowledge to our minds and mouths that was previously unknown when it is needed most in Matthew 10.19-20.

Today, then, listen for the voice of God; our God is active and involved in His creation and by the power of His Word it is being upheld. So listen for the voice of God, of Jesus, of the Holy Spirit then, like a model student at school, pay attention and put it into action!

Revelation 15 – The presence of God

Quite a short chapter today, only 8 verses, but some more powerful stuff for us to take in, culminating in the unstoppable power of the presence of God Himself.

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire–and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,

O Lord God the Almighty!

Just and true are your ways,

O King of the nations!

4 Who will not fear, O Lord,

and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, 6 and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. 7 And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever, 8 and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

After the carnage of chapter 14, things settle down for a short time and seven angels appear with seven plagues, which signify that the wrath of God is finished. Chapter 14 gave us Armageddon, the fury of the wrath of God poured out, now we go back and review, quite a common prophetic writing technique…actually, quite a common Biblical technique (think Genesis 1 and 2).

More imagery comes our way with what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, the sea being a glorious creation of our glorious God, and fire bringing judgement, burning away impurities, and fire is mesmerizing, isn’t it, you can’t help but look at fire. So John sees what appears to be sea and fire, but in reality he saw something glorious and mesmerizing…it’s hard to communicate clearly the incommunicable glories of God…poor guy.

Then, a wonderful hymn to our God, signing of His law and of His love (the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb), and with an absolute focus on God, not ourselves (For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.)

After this a wonderful scene ensues, angels appear carrying representations of God’s pure, just, and holy judgement on a fallen world (seven angels…clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests.), and then God Himself makes His presence seen in the sanctuary; the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

Wow – the smoke from the glory of God filled the sanctuary and nobody could enter.

One fascinating thing about the book of Revelation is the Old Testament references; more than 500 allusions to it, and around 280 references.

Here we see a strong allusion to Exodus 40

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.



The presence of God has been, and is now, so awesome that nobody can be in it.


That will change in a couple of chapters, but for now, the presence of God is so powerful, amazing, and wonderful that nobody can be in it. Don’t be taken in by false teachers who say the glory cloud rests upon them, rests in their church, follows them around, descended during worship…just read those verses from Exodus 40, and this passage in Revelation 15 and you’ll see that the presence of God has been, and is now, so awesome that nobody can be in it.

It’s unstoppable, inimitable, irreplicable, undeniable, and world-endingly powerful…and the God who IS this kind of power, the God who wields this level of power, this God loves you, wants you, will do all He can for you, and will give you just a taste of this power in your life right now. Seek, knock, ask, taste and see…don’t expect the cloud to to descend, but be prepared!

Revelation 11.3-14 – Wow!

Sometimes you just read things in the Word of God and you’re not sure whether to shout YEAH! as loud as you can because our God is just amazing, or whether to bow your head in reverence because our God is just amazing.

3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. 6 They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. 7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, 10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. 11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!”

And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.

Wow.

What a way to start the day! …after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Sometimes you just read things in the Word of God and you’re not sure whether to shout YEAH! as loud as you can because our God is just amazing, or whether to bow your head in reverence because our God is just amazing. Are you with me? That mix of feeling ten feet tall because the power that did that lives inside you, or feeling just a centimetre tall because the power that God has just humbles us so much. Wow.

So, these two men (If anyone would harm them is male in the original language) are traveling and speaking powerfully for the Lord under His protection (if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed).

Then, when their word is finished, they are killed by our great enemy and their bodies lie in the street in the city that our Lord was crucified in. How degrading, body in the street. Then, even worse, for three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, 10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. Their deaths are celebrated and people from all over the world will tune in to see.

Then the spine-tingler, they are resuscitated by the power of God and nobody is left in any doubt as to how this miracle has happened! We read at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. Do we shout in triumph or do we bow in reverence, but wow! The breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet. The power of the maker of heaven and earth knows no bounds! This same power is available to us; God is in us, God is for us, and God is with us.

Today, what hurdle do you need to overcome with the help of this power? Knock, seek, pray, ask, and rest easy that the power that gives life, the power that resuscitated God’s two witnesses is available to us.