What Is The Trump of God?
Shall the Bridegroom come for his Bride with a trump of JUDGMENT??? There are more than one kind of Trumpets. The Trumpets of the Book of Revelation are trumps of angels delivering the JUDGMENTS OF GOD'S WRATH. Every passage following the blowing of each trumpet results in unimaginable horrors falling upon the earth. The Rapture does not take place with the trumpet of angels but with the "Trumpet of GOD." Let us not confuse the "Trumpet of God" with the temple trumpets or the shofar. Remember that those trumpets continue during the Millennium, so none of them are "the last trump" anyway. There are two FUNCTIONS of Trumpets in the Bible: 1. the Trumpet call to war 2. the Trumpet call to assembly The silver trumpet calls for the assembly: "Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the assembly and for directing the movement of the camps." Numbers 10:2 The shofar or ram's horn: Rosh HaShanah is the day of "the blowing of the trumpets," and the trumpets on that feast are the shofar. The seven trumpets of the Book of Revelation are trumpets of war, trumpets of judgment, announcing God's wrath, blown in a sequence as God releases His WRATH upon a Christ-rejecting world. The trumpet of the seventh angel in Revelation 10:7 is the last of seven judgment trumpets of angels releasing the wrath of God. The trump of 1st Corinthians is not a trump of judgment; it is not a trump of angels, it is the Trump of God, a trump of ASSEMBLY. When Jesus comes for us with the Trump of God, it is the trumpet calling us to assemble to him. It is interesting that this term, "the Trumpet of God," appears only twice in the Bible: . at the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai at Pentecost; . at the Rapture. When Jesus comes with the "Trump of God," he's coming to assemble the Church, not to pour judgment on her. "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." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 At this trumpet, those who died in Christ will be raised, and both they and those alive on the earth at the time will be transformed from our corruptible bodies to a body like Jesus had after his resurrection. "Behold, I tell 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. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 The trumpet that will sound calling the dead to rise - is not a trumpet of judgment. Notice that when the trumpet of God is sounded no wrath takes place, but instead the glorious transformation and putting on immortality. People who only have a passing knowledge of Scripture can easily mistake the trumpets in the Book of Revelation for “the last trump,” thinking there are only seven trumpets, so the Rapture has to happen then. No, the Rapture has absolutely no correlation with the trumpet judgments of the Book of Revelation. In the Book of Revelation there are three sets of judgments, the Seal judgments, the Trumpet judgments, and the Bowl judgments. They each release the wrath of God upon the world that has rejected him. But a study of eschatology reveals that believers in Jesus Christ, those washed with his Blood – will be removed before the judgments of Revelation even begin. Believers are seen in heaven before the Lamb even opens the very first seal. The first three chapters of the Book of Revelation are all about the church. They are letters Christ gives to the churches. Then at chapter 4 it is written: "Come up here." And the church on earth is not seen again until the end. Believers in Jesus Christ are not appointed to the wrath of God. Why would his terrible wrath be poured out on the Bride of Christ? “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ...” 1 Thessalonians 5:9 If it were any other way, how could the apostle Paul, when speaking of the Rapture add these words: “Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:18 No one would be comforted if he knew the magnitude of the destruction described in the horrors of the Tribulation, right from the very first seal. No friends, as believers in Jesus Christ we are not appointed to wrath, but are comforted that before those awful judgments even begin, Jesus Christ will come for his bride and bring them to his home: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3 Critics say believers are “escapists.” Is that true? Yes. Because Jesus Christ told us to be: "For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch therefore, and PRAY always that you may
BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE all these things that will come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Believers in Christ will heed these words and pray to be accounted worthy TO ESCAPE the horrors about to be poured onto the world. Jesus likened these days to the days of Noah. Only eight people survived the flood of Noah. And no unbeliever will escape the Tribulation. Be among those who will escape:
And therefore ...comfort one another with these words.