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The Last Trump
It has been said that “Things that are different are not the same”. When you contrast these two different trumpets and who is sounding them it is clear to see that they are not the same. The last trump of 1.Corinthians 15 is Not the sounding of the trumpet of the seventh angel in Revelation 11.
Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
2.Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
1.Corinthians 15:51-54 "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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."
1.Cor 15:51-54 and 1. Thessalonians 4:16-18. only work with the rapture before the tribulation it does not fit anywhere else when the scriptures are rightly divided.
2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We are to study these scriptures not dream about these events! Please check up and read all the Scriptures that will be given in order to prove for yourself, as a “noble Berean”.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Matthew. 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
In order to “Study” and “rightly divide the word of God” there are some basic things you must understand.
- Who were the scriptures written to?
- What is the plain context?
- When were they written and under what dispensation?
- Use the plain and literal words of scripture. Don’t seek to spiritualize the scriptures or fit them into your dreams or views.
- How would the scriptures been understood and fit into the times in which they were written?
Both 1 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians were written long before John wrote Revelation, so Paul’s readers would have no knowledge of the seven trumpets of Revelation. Paul intended for them to understand what he was writing about, so we need to look elsewhere for clarification.
Paul’s writing was distinctly in reference to the church and the closing of the church age at the rapture. Throughout Scripture, trumpets were used as signals to gather people, to set armies on the move, and as part of the worship of God. The trumpet that summons the church is called “the trump of God,” while those in Revelation are angelic trumpets.
It is not an angel that sounds the trumpet but the Lord Himself who descends for His own 1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God
The first mention of a trumpet in the Bible is in Exodus.19:13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. The trumpet here is used to summon the people of God to come up the mount to God.
Numbers 10:2-3 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 10 gives instruction to Israel about the use of trumpets to call an assembly of the people and to set them in motion. The first trumpet blast (v. 4) called the leaders together, while a continual blowing was an alarm for the people.
A series of trumpet blasts was the signal for each group of tribes to begin their journey, and the last blast indicated the movement of the last group in the camp.
Similarly, 1 Corinthians 15:23 speaks of the last trump gathering God’s people to “be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye” 1Thessalonians 4:16-17 “and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds.”
The Coming of the Lord
1.Thessalonians 4:13-18 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
- It’s a mystery.
- We shall not all sleep.
- It is the Lord himself not an angel who comes for us!
- It is in a moment the twinkling of time
- The dead saints are raised.
- Living saints are changed.
- Jesus descends from heaven to meet us in the air.
- Death overcome by victory
The Seventh angel sounding his trumpet. Revelation 11:15-19,
Revelation 11:15-19 "And the seventh angel sounded; 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 for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
- Trumpet sounds over days. Rev. 10:7.
- It is an angel who sounds the trumpet the Lord remains in heaven!
- Kingdoms of the world taken over by Christ.
- Wrath of God on the dead.
- NO RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD OR THE LIVING!
- Reward given to saints.
- This is not the last trumpet
- Matthew 24:31 tells us that a trumpet shall sound at the end of the tribulation but the trumpet sounded by the seventh angel is in the middle of the tribulation with other judgments to follow!
Matthew 24:30-31. "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he 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."