The Lightning in Bible and Quran

The Lightning in the Bible:

The Lightning is mentioned in the Bible 46 times and in the Quran five times, i.e., the Bible cites the Thunder nine 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 Lightning. In addition, the Bible has the prospective of more than 25 times than the Quran topic-wise to utter about the Lightning.

The Lightning in the Bible:

The cause(s) of Lightning formation:

The Lord sends lightning, the Lord fills his hands with lightning, the Lord scatters his lightning through the clouds, His voice strikes with lightning; However, The lightning is the Lord’s arrows.

Exodus 9:23

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

Job 36:32

He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

Job 37:11

He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.

Psalm 29:7

The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

Psalm 78:48

He gave over their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.

Psalm 105:32

He turned their rain into hail, with lightning throughout their land;

Psalm 148:8

Lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,

However, the lightning is the Lord’s arrows

2 Samuel 22:15

He shot arrows and scattered the enemies, bolts of lightning and routed them.

Psalm 18:14

He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them.

Psalm 144:6

Send forth lightning and scatter {the enemies}; shoot your arrows and rout them.

Habakkuk 3:11

Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear.

Zechariah 9:14

[The LORD Will Appear] Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south.

The Effect of lightning:

The Lightning baths the depths of the sea, lights up the world and leads to peals of thunder, an earthquake, a great hailstorm and fire. Everyone trembled and stayed at a distance.

Job 36:30

See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.

Psalm 77:18

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

Psalm 97:4

His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.

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.

2 Samuel 22:13

Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.

Psalm 18:12

Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

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

Revelation 16:18

Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.

The Movement of the lightning flash is back and forth:

Exodus 9:24

Hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth.

Ezekiel 1:14

The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

Nahum 2:4

The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.

The relationship between Fire and lightning:

Ezekiel 1:4

I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,

Ezekiel 1:13

The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.

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 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.

What does the lightning look like?

The Lightning looks like Jesus’ clothes , his face (a man), my judgments (Lord), His appearance (Angel), the Satan fall, the Son of man in his day, two men in gleamed clothes, the flashing sword.

Luke 9:29

As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

Daniel 10:6

His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

Hosea 6:5

Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.

Matthew 28:3

His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

Luke 10:18

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Luke 17:24

For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

Luke 24:4

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

Moreover, the Sword flash like lightning

Ezekiel 21:10

Sharpened for the slaughter, polished to flash like lightning! “‘Shall we rejoice in the scepter of my son Judah? The sword despises every such stick.

Ezekiel 21:15

So that hearts may melt and the fallen be many, I have stationed the sword for slaughter at all their gates. Oh! It is made to flash like lightning, it is grasped for slaughter.

Ezekiel 21:28

“And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘this is what the Sovereign LORD says about the Ammonites and their insults: “‘A sword, a sword, drawn for the slaughter, polished to consume and to flash like lightning!

Some Scientific questions:

Job 38:24

What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

(See the weather forecast)

Job 37:15

Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?

(Yes, we know)

Job 38:35

Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

Where are the ends of the earth?

(I have no idea)

Job 37:3

He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 135:7

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 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.

The Lightning in the Quran:

Surah 2:19-20

See my article “Bible Versus Quran Versus Sciences, Array (32) The Thunder”, therein you find not only 2:19-20 but 2:8-20. In these verses the Quran describes the characters of the hypocrites, the double-faced Muslims who sold their forever- afterlife by this limited life.

Surah 30:24, Surah 24:43 and Surah 13:12 talk about:

The lightning as a sign from Allah.

The feeling of people in respect to lightning is both the fear of it and the hope for rain coming with it.

The vital role of rain in giving life to the dead earth

The formation of the clouds, hail and rain

The flashes of lightning may cause lightning transient blindness

The role of winds in fertilizing the negatively and positively charged clouds; a vital process that leads to Rain formation.

The lightning, clouds, hail, rain, winds, thunder, revival of the dead land, all are signs for “those who are wise”.

Surah 30:24

And among His Signs, He shows you the lightning, by way both of fear and of hope, and He sends down rain from the sky and with it gives life to the earth after it is dead: verily in that are Signs for those who are wise.

Surah 24:43

Seest thou not that Allah makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them into a heap? then wilt thou see rain issue forth from their midst. And He sends down from the sky mountain masses (of clouds) wherein hail is: He strikes therewith whom He pleases and He Turns it away from whom He pleases. The vivid flash of His lightning well-nigh blinds the sight.

Surah 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 (fertilizing) rain!

The verse (13:12) describes a vital phenomenon. It is the important role of winds in fertilizing the negatively charged and the positively charged clouds. This vital phenomenon leads to the formation Rain formation; It is only known after revelation of the Quran by more than 1300 years.


Back to the main issue of my series of articles (1-33); this is my question to you smart readers: “Is the Quran quoted from the Bible and which book preceded the sciences”?