Was the pillar of fire in Exodus 13 some type of swirling fiery tornado?
Exodus 13:21 - 22
NASB - 21 The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
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The pillar of fire in Exodus 13 is the visible Presence led the way day and night from Egypt to Canaan. It was the manifestation and dwelling place of the angel of God (Ex. 14:19; 32:34). The cloud by day protected Israel from the scorching sun, and the fire by night illuminated the camp (Ps. 105:39; Num. 9:16-18). See Isa. 4:5 which refers to the Millennium. Three Things God Will Create in the future: 1. A pillar of cloud by day and fire by night upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion--a visible, eternal symbol and manifestation of His presence over every home like that over Israel when He brought them out of Egypt (Isa. 4:5; Zech. 2:5; cp. Ex. 13:21; 40:38). 2. A pillar of cloud by day and fire by night upon every holy convocation of Israel in Jerusalem throughout all eternity (Isa. 4:5; Zech. 2:5). 3. A tabernacle or covering over all the people to protect them from the excessive heat of the sun, and as a covering from storm and rain (Isa. 4:6). It must be remembered that the light of the sun will be increased sevenfold, and the light of the moon will be as our present light of the sun in the Millennium and forever (Isa. 30:26). Then there will be a need for such protection from the rays of the sun. This tabernacle will perhaps be like the canopy which is now over the whole earth to diffuse the rays of the sun to keep them from destroying us. It seems that the sun, moon, and stars which regulate day and night, seasons, and climates on earth will be made normal again, as before the curse in the days of Adam (Gen. 1:14-18; 8:22; Ps. 89:35-37 Jer. 31:35-36). Hope these clarify
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