Verses Related to Genesis 7:11b-12

If "the windows of heaven were opened" means torrential rain, then it should have a similar meaning in other verses. The phrase is used in several other verses, but none means torrential rain. In 2 Kings 7:2 & 19 the windows of heaven are claimed to have insufficient bread to stop a siege famine. The guard in this account did not want torrential rain. He wanted bread. Malachi 3:10 promises blessings from the windows of heaven when we bring in the full tithe. These blessings could include gentle rain, but torrential rain is never a blessing. Isaiah 24 uses this phrase in a judgment. Notice the devastation caused when the windows of the heavens are opened in judgment.

     Isaiah 24:17-20 (ESV) Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you,
     O inhabitant of the earth! He who flees at the sound of the terror shall
     fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the
     snare. For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the
     earth tremble. The earth is utterly broken, the earth is split apart, the
     earth is violently shaken. The earth staggers like a drunken man; it sways
     like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not
      rise again.

In these verses the destruction caused by the windows of the heavens being opened is far greater than torrential rain. Whatever is happening causes the earth to split apart and even the foundations of the earth are shaken.

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