Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear (Acts 2:33 KJV)
When the Holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost, there were two physical manifestations of His coming. Peter mentioned these two manifestations when he told the onlooking Jews that what they were hearing and seeing was the fulfillment of the promise of the Father, that is, the giving of the Spirit. The coming of the Spirit was announced by a sound and the sight of fire. This is the sight and the sound of God’s presence. It is given to us clearly in the first two verses of Acts 2:
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them (Acts 2:2-3 KJV)
The Father is invisible. He reveals Himself to us as His Word. The God that we can see and hear is the Word. The Word can both be seen and heard! I know many of us are accustomed to hearing the Word because we have limited the Word to scriptures or natural words. The combination of lighting and thunder are a glorious symbol of the Word of God in the natural. His Word comes to us as Light, just as lightning and as His voice, which is like thunder. This is so beautifully illustrated in Rev. 4:5 where the lightning and thundering proceeded from the throne where the Father was sitting, meaning God was being revealed through His Word as thunder and lightning.
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: (Rev. 4:5 KJV)
May the Lord open your eyes to see His light, and your ears to hear the thunder of His voice!
Can you see why the LORD often ask the prophets of old what they saw? It is because the Word is both seen and heard!
APPLY THE WORD
God is revealed to the mind in knowledge. He is revealed to the senses in sights and sounds of words. He is revealed to the spirit man in spiritual knowledge. There are times that God will speak to you and all that you will “hear” will be an image you see! That is a prophetic vision. It is called similitudes( Hosea 12:10). Pay attention when you are praying to both what you hear and see!
Ask the Lord to sharpen both your eyes and ears to hear the sights and the sounds of His revelation to you.