Lightning Rods and Sons of Thunder

As I stood with my arms stretched high above my head in surrender one morning, I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Erect the lightning rods.” It was an unusual thing to hear, and I saw an internal picture of individuals standing with their arms raised in surrender to the Lord. I saw people positioned as spiritual lightning rods, people ready to receive the lightnings of heaven that usher in glory and the strikes of the enemy that would attempt to bring harm. You will see what I mean as you read on.

A lightning rod is a metal rod placed atop buildings and houses. Its function is to protect that structure from lightning strikes. If lightning were to hit the building, it would strike the rod and pass through a wire connected to the ground. Lightning rods require a connection to the earth in order to perform their protective function. The lightning rod creates a path of least resistance by which the heat of the lightning cannot damage the building or injure an individual.

God conductors of the lightning

I found myself thinking about the Israelites’ encounter with God and the thunder and lightning in Exodus 20:18-19 and their response. The Word says, “Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” In that moment, Moses became the lightning rod for his people. He was willing to be close to God and to enter that atmosphere. He was willing to intercede for his people. He was grounded in knowing God’s ways. He was the path of least resistance from judgment while remaining connected in the midst of the storm. He positioned himself to receive the glory of God.

The Israelites wanted nothing to do with the elements that reflected the atmosphere around His throne. They feared what they did not understand. Some things never change. They were content in keeping a safe distance, but what they did not realize was that this decision reflected the material of their being. You see, if lightning strikes a material that is found to be a poor conductor, that material will suffer massive heat damage. Lightning strikes can be fatal.

We must be found consisting of good material conducive for contact with the lightnings of heaven. This comes by embracing the revelation that we were made to be in His Presence and to manifest the glory of God. When you desire to operate in the glory of God, you won’t concern yourself about dying in His Presence. You will stand, arms lifted high in sweet surrender, welcoming the lightning to hit you because you recognize it means knowing his ways and not just his deeds. The church needs to be found as a God conductor for His manifest Presence.

As I think on what the Holy Spirit is saying about lightning rods, I hear the call for intercessors to maintain their posts in the house of God. You are called not only to operate in the glory of God, but you are mandated to receive the strikes of the enemy against the house of God and to intercede. What I mean by strikes is intercepting the attacks in the midst of a spiritual storm. As you remain properly grounded to the Word and connected to the house, those attacks go through the path of least resistance so that damage does not come to the house or to the people of that house. It is not to say that attacks do not come, but the power of intercession cannot and should not be underestimated. We know the greatest intercessor, Jesus Christ.

Where there is thunder, there is lightning

It is possible to have lightning without thunder, but it is not possible to have thunder without lightning. I have often wondered why Jesus called John and James the sons of thunder (Mark 3:17). It occurred to me one day while reading Revelation 4 that John as a son of thunder was invited to stand at the throne of heaven in the midst of the lightning and thunder. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). What God declares over you will manifest when you position yourself in His timing.

I believe that just as the Lord is speaking to the intercessors about being spiritual lightning rods and even speaking to us as a body to be God conductors for His lightning, He is speaking to the men in this hour to rise up and to be named among those like John as sons of thunder. These sons of thunder will have spent time with Jesus. They will have laid their head upon His chest, the Living Word. They will have spent time in the secret place. The secret place is not reserved for women. It is the place of hearing His heartbeat and hearing the rumbles from around the throne. It is the place of intimacy and equipping, of love letters and marching orders. Sons of thunder bring the lightning with them because where there is thunder, there is lightning. We need Godly men in this hour who manifest the glory of God and are familiar with the atmosphere of heaven.

However this word ministers to you today, I encourage you to make one resolution and that is to be found as one who does not shy away from the lightnings of God and His glory.

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10 thoughts on “Lightning Rods and Sons of Thunder”

      1. Hi, Tonia. What I mean by this is that the secret place is a place for us as the body of Christ to hear the voice of God. Some people may view the secret place as a feminine place, or that women are more sensitive to the voice of God when that is not biblical. Men need to go into the secret place as equally as much as women to hear the voice of God and to engage in intimate times with His Presence.

  1. When you wrote about the people with hands lifted up in surrender, I immediately saw the Hebrew letter Hey, whose ancient pictograph is a man with hands lifted. Hey s the letter inserted into Abram and Sarai’s names and is also an abbreviation for the whole name of God. It represents the breath and revelation of God filling a person. So hands lifted in surrender initiates the breath of God being released into us, lightnings of revelation and thunderings of His voice within us! Praise God! Breathe on me, Lord!

  2. This blew my mind because I had a very powerful dream two years ago about this, and SAW the people who were the lightening rods who were being hit with the lightening of God! They were interspersed among many others who were not being hit, but they were not hurt by the lightening – it actually lit them up like a lightbulb! There was also loud thunder in the dream. I can still remember it as if I had just had the dream. This word brings a deeper understanding to what the Lord was showing me through my dream! Thank you!

  3. I have been filled with two songs the last week:

    “Come alive” (dry bones), by Lauren Daigle
    And
    “Rise Up,” by Andra Day (sang to nation/world as the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve… a prophetic song to our nation for us to rise up in Christ?!?!)

    They both speak volumes alone, but in conjunction to your words in this message, wow! Look out world! God is in the move!

  4. Hi
    I tell people I’m not a dreamer, I go to sleep & wake up but very seldom remember any dreams. While reading this I remember dreaming that Jesus was standing on my roof & I asked him why he was standing there & he replied I’m your lightning rod!!! I don’t remember anything else just have this picture in my mind of Jesus standing on my roof! Don’t know if that really goes with ur word because it says we r the rods? Very interesting not sure what that mean. Thanks for sharing ♥️

    1. This is awesome! We are hidden in Him so that makes perfect sense. He is the One who makes us able to carry the glory, the atmosphere of heaven. Thanks for sharing!

  5. You just open my understanding to the vision i had recently about thundering and lightning with rainbows and portals. Thank you

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