The Sound of War

Dear Brethren,

Dear Brethren, The Feast of Trumpets is Monday, September 17th. The Holy Day begins at sunset on Sunday, September 16th. Though the Bible does not command the sounding of the trumpet for the New Testament church, we will again mark the occasion with the blowing of the shofar.

The Sound of War

Brethren, in the Scriptures we see the shofar being blown on the day of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets pictures God’s divine judgment on a sinful world while He shows mercy to His repentant saints. We are so privileged to be able to see how God is going to work it all out. The Feast of Trumpets pictures the time when Jesus Christ will return to the earth in great power.

“Behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.” (Isaiah 66:15-16)

Trumpets shows that Christ is going to return and intervene in world affairs. The Holy Days show us that God's Plan is sure and it is on track. God's Feast of Trumpets pictures the time of a climactic world war and the establishment of the Kingdom of God ruled by Jesus Christ upon the earth. When He does intervene, God's faithful saints will rejoice at His coming. They will have known and been celebrating the Feast of Trumpets – the Holy Day in God's Master Plan which pictures this very event.

The Feast of Trumpets is the next of God’s Holy Days to be fulfilled in God's grand scheme of things. The previous Holy Day to be fulfilled was Pentecost (Acts 2:1). Pentecost corresponds to the period of the called-out Church brethren, which began shortly after Christ’s resurrection and continues until the last trumpet.

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:52)

The Feast of Trumpets pictures war – world war. We are living in a fool’s paradise if we believe that horrible, terrifying war is not on the horizon. Humanity at Jesus’ second coming will be almost totally destroyed. Jesus Christ said that it will be such an overwhelming war and cause such distress that there would be no survivors – “no flesh saved alive” – unless He personally intervened to cut short the hostilities. (Matthew 24:21-22)

Why is God’s wrath coming against the entire world? Trumpets will be the time of God's wrath against rebellious mankind (Revelation 6:17). The purpose of the Trumpet plagues is for all sinful men to repent. Dangerous nations now possess nuclear devices capable of setting the world ablaze. One clash or a series of incidents could immediately plunge the entire world into all out hostilities.

“The Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of triumph, or shouting for joy, with trumpets, an holy convocation…” (Leviticus 23:23-25)

We live in a world that is anti-God. This world hates everything about God’s way, truth, law, peace, and happiness – in short, this world hates God. The Feast of Trumpets pictures Christ’s conquest over this world – and over all evil and lawless men. It pictures the terrible time of total world war just ahead, and the intervention of Christ to save the living from total annihilation. Who will be counted worthy to escape the coming total devastation? (Luke 21:36)

We who know this precious truth are obligated to send a warning and a witness message to the world. God says that the world will receive an advance warning of the coming Kingdom of God. “This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)

God's true ministers are sounding a warning – reminding people that before the coming of God's Kingdom, there must first come wars and rumors of wars ending in the most horrifying world war this world has ever experienced (Mark 13:7). This world – that seems to be on top of everything – is going to be brought down to nothing by Jesus Christ – that is what The Feast of Trumpets pictures.

The world cannot see what we in God's Church see because they do not believe God and they do not observe His Holy Days – which would open up the meaning of the plan of God to them if only they were willing to observe the Feasts of the Lord. But now, they are blind to the tremendous plan of God – it is hidden to them.


Sermon:  "The Sound of War"
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