Seven Thunders of Revelation 10

There are a few who claim to know what the seven thunders of Revelation 10 say. Specifically, Gerald Flurry, Pastor General of the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) seems to believe it is outlined in his book Malachi’s Message.

Well, what do you think? Does this make sense? Is it even possible?

First, let’s consider the context. The story flow is near the end of the sounding of the seven trumpets. The last 3 trumpets are called “woes” (Rev 9:1, 12). The story of the little book and the seven thunders occurs after the sixth trumpet (v14) or second woe (Rev 11:14). Therefore, it is between the 6th and 7th trumpets.

After the 6th trumpet, the story flow is the freeing of the 4 angels bound in the Euphrates, a great army of 200,000 appears, a mighty angel appears and places on foot in the sea and one on land, then the seven thunders sound, John eats the little book that the angel brought, he is told to prophesy, the temple is measured, the Two Witnesses appear, prophesy and are killed, the Two Witnesses are brought back to life, a great earthquake occurs, and then the seventh trumpet sounds (Rev 11:15).

Now, let’s consider the text in question.

1And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

2And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

4And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. (Revelation 10:1-4, King James Version)

It is obvious that John was supposed to know what the seven thunders said, but we are not given this knowledge. He is to “seal up” the words of the seven thunders.

However, at some point, they will be surely be known. And, when will that occur? When they sound!

So, when does that occur? Between the 6th & 7th trumpets and just before the appearance of the Two Witnesses.

So, unless you believe the Tribulation has already started and the Two Witnesses are ready to burst upon the scene, you cannot know the words of the seven thunders.

Consider that we are not told all things. We do not know when the Abomination of Desolation will take place. We do not know the date of Christ’s return. We do not know the words of the seven thunders.

Consider again that if we did know such things, how would we use the knowledge? Could it be that we would be prone to beat it over peoples’ heads? To exalt ourselves and be puffed up in our knowledge?

Just wondering.


  1. He's not counting the Oklahoma City Thunder in that list, is he? Even though he's in suburban Edmond?

    But anyway: I thought Ronald Weinland was supposed to be the expert on the 7 thunders issue. But then, I'm still waiting for the nuclear explosions along the U.S. Gulf coast he predicted for 18 months ago.

  2. @Richard: I think he might have, but I didn't pay it much attention at the time. AFAIK, Gerald Flurry was the first to delve into the seven thunders.

    It is my opinion that Weinland is using borrowing from other's playbooks because he doesn't know how to write his own.