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What Is The Last Trump?

"And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 'Make two SILVER trumpets for yourself, you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall GATHER before you at the door of the Tabernacle of meeting.'" Numbers 10:1-3 This kind of trump is not a trump of judgment, but is a trump of gathering and it foreshadows the Rapture, the Harpazo, when the Lord will gather his saints and bring them to himself before the final wrath of God is poured out upon the earth. Some say the word "Rapture" is not in the Bible. The word "Rapture" is in the Latin translation. In the Greek translation it is the word "harpazo," Strong's G726, which in English is "caught up, pluck, take by force." Those who believe that "the last trump" is the last of the trumpets in the Book of Revelation, say that the Rapture takes place at the last trump of that Book and is therefore not showing a pre-trib Rapture. What they fail to realize is that the trumpets of the Book of Revelation are the seven trumpets of JUDGMENT, and have nothing to do with the Rapture. As each trumpet in Revelation sounds, horrific judgments fall upon the entire earth as the wrath of God is poured out upon this evil world. The trump of the Rapture is a trump of gathering and it's not in the Book of Revelation - except in one place, Revelation 4.1 "After these things I looked, and behold, A DOOR STANDING OPEN in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a TRUMPET speaking with me, saying, “COME UP HERE, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Revelation 4.1 John goes UP to heaven and watches from heaven those things taking place on earth. The trumpet associated with the Rapture is not a trumpet of angels, it is "the trumpet of God," a totally different trumpet, not a trumpet of judgment, it's the trumpet call of gathering. "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with THE TRUMPET OF GOD. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 How could the Scripture say "COMFORT one another with these words" if what we have to look forward to is the wrath of God? Anticipating that would certainly not comfort anyone. Believers in Jesus Christ are not appointed to wrath, and the entire seals, trumpets and bowls passages of the Book of Revelation are all heralds of the horrific wrath of God falling on an unrepentant, evil world, starting with the very first seal and continuing until all the judgments have taken place. The Bride of Christ is not going to be on earth as the terrible wrath of God is poured out. The Lord isn't going to beat up his Bride and then take her to supper (the marriage supper of the Lamb.) Some believe the Rapture is "pre-wrath" and that perhaps the worst of the wrath of God will only fall during the last half of that seven-year period, so all they have to do is prepare with food, water, etc to get through the first half. Those who say that haven't read the descriptions of the first half of the Tribulation. That time is going to be beyond terrible. There will be war, famine, plagues, martyrdom, a devastating earthquake, and astronomical upheaval just in the seal judgments in the first part of the seven-year period. Read it. Tremendous numbers of people worldwide perish as the seals continue. Stocking up food and water isn't going to protect anyone once the wrath of God even begins to be poured out. When the wrath of God is about to be poured out, pay attention to the "they," and the "you:" "For when THEY say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and THEY shall not escape. But YOU, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake YOU as a thief." 1 Thessalonians 5:3-4 The wrath of God will fall upon "they." But that time will not fall upon "you." Make sure you are not among "they," but that you are among the "you." vs 9: "For God did not appoint US to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…" Therefore, comfort one another with the fact that soon the Lord Jesus Christ will remove his Bride from the earth before the wrath of God is launched, and before he opens the first seal, for the church is seen in heaven BEFORE that. We have this "blessed hope," not a blessed fear of the wrath of God. "...we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, LOOKING FOR THE BLESSED HOPE AND GLORIOUS APPEARING of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ..." Titus 2:12-13 "Looking for" the blessed hope, not the wrath of God. THEREFORE, COMFORT one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 MORE: The Doctrine Of The Rapture