When God Plays The Trumpet…
Please forgive my obvious bias on this subject since, in an earlier life, I was a Band Director for two years in a small school district on the western edge of Wisconsin.
The first time in the Bible when God plays the trumpet, mountains shake and lightning flashes, and He descends down on Mount Sinai. Here is the account from Exodus:
“When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.”… So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled….
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. (Ex 19:13-19)
If I have this right, God blows a trumpet, this signals to the people to go up to the mountain and then God comes down on the mountain!
Another time when we hear the trumpets, seven priests are blowing them. This is where we see Joshua, following in Moses’ famous footsteps, leading the people of Israel into the Promised Land. But to get into the Promised Land they had to defeat one last enemy – the walled city of Jericho.
“Seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark ; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” (Joshua 6:5)
If I have this right, seven priests blow seven trumpets on the seventh day on the seventh time around the city, and then the people give a great SHOUT!, and then God comes down on the wall and flattens it, and the people go up and take the city.
God seems to love the trumpet so much that He even dedicated an annual Feast for “Trumpet Blowing” and rest amongst the Israelites!
Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.'” (Lev 23: 23-25)
If I have this right, God commands His people to blow trumpets on the first day of the seventh month as a reminder to rest – to enter into a “Sabbath rest”! Did you know that Jews around the world still celebrate this festival under the name of Rosh Hashanah, which is their New Year, a day of memorial and the day of judgment.
If you know your “Old Testament typology” you know that there are seven yearly feasts, and that the first four feasts, the “Spring feasts” – Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost – have ALL been fulfilled in the New Covenant, through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and the sending of the Holy Spirit.
HOWEVER, after the “Summer Gap” there remain the last three feasts to be fulfilled, the “Fall feasts” – Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles. The NEXT feast to come on God’s prophetic timetable will commence on the seventh month, the first day, with God Himself playing the trumpet – THE Feasts of Trumpets!
This must make one think of the words of Jesus found in Matthew 24: 29-31
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened… stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken…. And then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
Since I have brought up Jesus I think it best to skip ahead to the last book of the Bible where it is recorded that Jesus speaks as though it were a loud voice like a trumpet.
”I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet… Rev 1:10
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” (Rev 4:1)
I want you to put this all together now and realize that there is coming a time when a scroll with seven seals, which is right now in the Father’s right hand, will be opened by Jesus, the “Worthy Lamb”. As Jesus begins to open the scroll and finally breaks open the seventh seal, there will follow that incredible silence in heaven for about half an hour.
After that staggering silence all heaven breaks forth with clamor as the seven angels are given their trumpets and prepare their lips to blow! While they are “warming up”, another angel takes from the golden altar before the Throne an incense burner filled with fire and hurls it down to the earth, signaling “the beginning of the end”, and that the heavenly assault is about to begin!
You will see by reading in further in Revelation 8 -11 that at the last trumpet, the Seventh Trumpet, “the mystery of God is finished” and Jesus Christ will take “His great power and will begin to reign”. (Rev 11:17) This is the EXACT MOMENT when “we who are alive and remain” on the earth will be caught up to be with Jesus, forever.
”For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thess 4: 16-18
Amen. ”Lord God, we long for THAT trumpet to blow once again. So come Lord Jesus. Maranatha!”