Hail in the Bible – and Hawaii!

Baseball sized hail in Hawaii

Baseball sized hail in Hawaii

I heard on the radio yesterday about baseball sized hail in Hawaii (Mar 9, 2012) which is pretty unusual, to say the least. So this morning I dug into the Bible to find out what it has to say about hail.

First of all, what exactly is hail? Hail is simply water that has frozen (solidified, become concentrated), but unlike snow, it falls and rises multiple times between hot and cold layers in the atmosphere until it eventually becomes too heavy to rise anymore and falls all the way to earth.

Water is a type of the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26), so the picture is Truth that has condensed and solidified to the point that you can no longer avoid it. When the truth confronts you in this fashion, there’s no escaping it. If you’re out in the rain, water washes over you and around you. This is how God’s word normally cleanses us. Hail however, hits you, and it hurts. You can’t avoid it. Especially when it looks like the stuff that came down in Hawaii (see pic on right).

Therefore, hail in the Bible is the judgment of God through His Truth, designed to bring about a specific purpose.

Let’s start with Isaiah 28:17:

Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Well, there’s our definition for you. Hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies. That was easy! Let’s look a little further, starting with the Seventh Plague in Exodus. I won’t post the whole passage here, but you can look it up in Exodus 9:18-34. Incidentally the word hail is mentioned 17 times in Exodus. 17 is number for victory in the Bible.

In verse 24 we read that there was “fire mingled with hail” which is interesting, because fire speaks of the judgment of God, also cleansing of the word, ie burning up the flesh. Think about the sacrifices, Holy Spirit coming in tongues of fire, etc.

So we know how that story turns out, the hail kills much of the crops and livestock of the Egyptians. Eventually Pharaoh relents, and asks Moses to stop the hail. Afterwards, he hardens his heart yet further. In Exodus 9:34 we read:

…neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD’s.

Now flip over to Ezekiel 13:8-14, where it also speaks about hail. In verses 13 – 14, we read:

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

So we see in both passages the purpose of the hail is that they would know that the Lord is God, and there is no other (any other foundation is based on lies). In Ezekiel 13:8-9 you’ll see further correlation between hail and lies.

Revelation also speaks of hail, first in Revelation 8:7:

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

I find it interesting that again we see hail mingled with fire. This time, blood is added into the mix. Again, it brings destruction and judgment. Then in Revelation 11:7 (the Seventh Trumpet) we read:

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

The temple of God in heaven is opened, and the ark of his testament (Jesus Christ) is revealed. This is a perfect correlation with “and ye shall know that I am the LORD.” Again, this is matched with hail. Also interesting is that we find hail in the 7th plague as well as the 7th trumpet.

So what does all this have to do with Hawaii? Time will tell I suppose. However, as Stephen Jones points out, Hawaii is the 50th state, and 50 represents Jubilee. Also, we have Greece defaulting at the same time, which many people are saying could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and takes down the world-wide Babylonian financial system that is built on a foundation of lies and subterfuge. It seems more and more places lately are reporting news-worthy size hail…

One final thought: I mentioned 17 is the number for victory, and part of the reason is that it follows after 16, which is love, and love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8). If you look at the number of times “hail” is mentioned in the Bible (KJV), and exclude its use as a greeting, you’ll find it is mentioned 32 times. 32 is 2 x 16, which ultimately relates even this destructive form of judgment back to God’s love.