Blowing of Trumpets

Dear Brethren,

I began the high Sabbath last evening with warning blasts from my shofar (a three-foot long ram’s horn) as I customarily do at the start of the Feast of Trumpets.  The blowing of the shofar signals a time in the very near future when God will act to clean up this world in preparation for His coming Kingdom.  This world routinely curses God and everything He stands for.  Therefore, after Satan's Tribulation, God will usher in the Day of the Lord which will see trumpet plagues poured out on evil mankind.  God is not going to tweak things a little bit.  No, He is going to clean house.

In today’s sermon we will be looking at many Scriptures which chronicle the events soon to come—in God’s own words.  The Feast of Trumpets pictures a most significant event in the Plan of God—Christ’s victorious return.  It is the dramatic second coming of Jesus Christ in supreme power over all the earth.

Trumpets, a Holy Day of Convocation, falls on the first day of the seventh month.  “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 blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.”  (Leviticus 23:23-24)

The Feast of Trumpets shows that Jesus Christ will return as Lord of lords and King of Kings.  Trumpets is the next Feast of the Lord to realize its prophetic fulfillment in the Plan of God.  Even now, we are counting down to the return of Jesus Christ.  The foolish world will be caught unawares by the Day of the Lord.

Joel 2:1-3  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the Day of the LORD comes, for it is near at hand;  A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there has not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.  A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

The Day of the Lord’s wrath, the prophesied Day of the Lord, will help all people focus on the sovereignty of God (Isaiah 2:11-17).

Zephaniah 1:14-18  The Great Day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hastes greatly, even the voice of the Day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.  That day is a Day of Wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of ruin and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.  And I will bring distress upon men.  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the Day of the Lord's wrath.

After six thousand years of human misery, wars and sin, righteous men cry out for the day of Christ's return in power and great glory:

Titus 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is coming soon!  As loving, compassionate, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and patient as Jesus is, He is not soft-headed when it comes to the anti-Christ movement.  There is coming a final judgment when the glory of the Lord will be seen and felt by those who hate God.  The Tribulation precedes the return of Jesus Christ pictured by the Feast of Trumpets.

Isaiah 66:15-16  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.

Matthew 24:29  Immediately after the Tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

Joel 2:30-31  I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible Day of the Lord comes.

Revelation 8:1-2  When he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

The Tribulation will be the final wake up call for many of the Church brethren who have been negligent in their practice of true Christianity; the most tragic period ever for those who once knew the truth of God but were remiss in living their faith to the full. 

Only the faithful brethren of God’s Church who are living Christian lives will be spared the horrors of the Great Tribulation.  Their resurrection to reign and rule with Jesus Christ will come at the sounding of the very last trumpet.  Do not be mistaken:  The Trumpets (Plural) begin to sound on a Feast of Trumpets, but the last Trumpet, the resurrection Trumpet, (singular) will be sounded on a Feast of Pentecost.  It is wise to study out the sequence of the Holy Days and the sounding of the Trumpets of the Lord.  Not all the saints will have to die.  The saints will be raised incorruptible – in the image of God.

Matthew 24:31, 33  [Jesus] shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other… when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  [Revelation 6:16-17; 8:1-2]

1Corinthians 15:51-52  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet [singular]: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Revelation 11:15  The seventh angel sounded [his trumpet]; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.


Today's Sermon:  "Blowing of Trumpets"