Have you ever wondered how hail could be considered a severe judgment? Yes, I’ve known hail can damage crops, break windows, and dent cars, but I didn’t have a full mental image of how much damage hail, as a judgment from God, can do. You probably remember that hail was one of the ten plagues from the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt (see notes). You may also know about these two yet-to-be-fulfilled prophetic passages. The first is a prophetic judgment coming on Gog and Magog:
“I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him, as well as his troops and the many peoples who are with him. I will display My greatness and holiness, and will reveal Myself in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am Yahweh.” ~ Ezekiel 38: 22 – 23 HCSB
Another coming judgment is mentioned in the Seventh Bowl Judgment in Revelation 16:
“Then the seventh poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the sanctuary from the throne, saying, “It is done!” There were flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder. And a severe earthquake occurred like no other since man has been on the earth—so great was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence; He gave her the cup filled with the wine of His fierce anger. Every island fled, and the mountains disappeared. Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds, fell from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.” ~ Revelation 16: 17 – 21 HCSB
So, when I learned about the massive hail storm in Texas recently, I had a more complete mental picture of what these hail judgments are like. Read about four-foot drifts of pea-sized hail last week in Texas.
- The seventh plague against Pharaoh spared the land of Goshen where the Israelites dwelt, but hail, rain, thunder, and lightning pelted the Egyptian people, their livestock, and crops. See Exodus 9: 13 – 35 (HCSB)
- Image from Potter County Fire Department via NWS