Since there are trumpets during the tribulation period, we know that
the last trumpet cannot be at the beginning of the tribulation period.
Paul said, "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." This is the same trumpet as the one in 1 Thes 4:16,
because Paul used the pronoun, "WE", thereby including HIMSELF
in the exchange. If Paul, according to the fallacy of the pre-trib theory
were allegedly "changed" seven years earlier, there would be no need for
him to be "changed" at the last trump, which takes place years later.
We know that there are seven trumpet judgments listed
in the book of Revelation, therefore the last trump is either the
seventh trump or MORE LIKELY, an EIGHTH trump, not mentioned
in the Book of Revelation, which occurs
after the seventh. A detailed study of Rev shows that the 7th trump is
actually the entire 2nd half of the 7-yr trib, which sounds its sound for
"day[s]"---"In the DAYSSS of the VOICE of the 7th angel." [Rev. 10:7]
We see here that the trumps are actually VOICES as also indicated
by Rev 10:7 above, Rev chap. 1, Heb 12:19,26, and the book of Exodus.
John 5:25,28-9 says that the day is coming when the dead will hear His
VOICE which, I submit to you, is that trumpet sound we are awaiting.
God will NOT give His glory to an angel in allowing an angel to blow
the last trump. You will notice that in the book of Revelation a "strong"
angel is mentioned, a different "mighty" angel is described elsewhere,
and thirdly, "another mighty angel" appears at another point in the book.
The seven angels that blow the trumpets and the other seven angels that
later on pour out the vials are not described as strong or mighty, though
the Lord was careful to make that distinction in other parts of the Word
depicting attributes of various angels.
I said all that simply to say that this 7th angel with the trumpet is NOT
likely the person ordained to announce the dramatic climax of world
history, since this angel was not characterized as a strong or mighty
angel, though God was meticulously specific about the size and power
of certain angels elsewhere.
There is a fringe radical spur of the "kingdom dominion / kingdom now
movement that believe in a glorification of the body during the tribulation.
The teaching is unscriptural, because the glorified body is an immortal
body; There will be many Christians slaughtered, especially during
the last half of the tribulation, hence--they are not immortal.
A second group of Christians believed in a MID-trib rapture because
they, as I did, noticed that the 7th trumpet begins to sound at the midpoint
of the trib. What they didn't notice is that---though its "begins to sound"
(SEE Rev. 10:7) the Word doesn't say when it STOPS sounding. The
verb "begins" implies a continuous action. We see in 10:7 that this
trumpet, also called a "voice," lasts for DAYS. In those days the "mystery
of God shall be finished," which of course takes three and a half more
years. To substantiate that, I illustrated that the 7th trump is the third
"woe judgment," which also is the 2nd half of the trib. The Bible says,
"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come
down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath
but a short time." [12:12] We see in verses 13 and 14 that "a short
time" is three and a half years in which he tries to persecute "the woman"
after he is cast down to earth. This is the last time that the word, "woe"
exists in the Bible, therefore the last three and a half years are
considered to be the third "woe judgment."
"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." [1 Thes 4:16] What was that again?
Did He say the "trump OF GOD"?? Whose trump was that again?
----GOD's trump, not man's trump, not an angel's trump, but
GOD's TRUMP. It kind of makes you think it might be HIS trumpet.
Look at this!--
13When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion,
against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. 14And the LORD shall
be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the
TRUMPET, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. 15The LORD of hosts shall defend them;
and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as
through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. 16And the LORD
their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a
crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. [Zech 9:13-16]
In Exodus, both saints and sinners heard the trumpet sound.
The trumpet in 1 Thessalonians will NOT be exclusively heard by
Christians. All in heaven and on earth will hear that trumpet sound.
Although Revelation chapter 19 does not mention a trumpet---What
battle was ever engaged by Israel of old that was not accompanied
by the war trumpet. The war trumpet was a COMMANDMENT
given to Moses. Jesus fulfilled the Law perfectly, and WILL CONTINUE
to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, because "Till heaven and earth
pass, one jot or one tittle shall in NO wise pass from the law, till ALL
be fulfilled. Who would venture to say that the Lawgiver's army will NOT
descend at the Battle of Armageddon with the sound of a trumpet as depicted
in Zechariah chapter nine, verse fourteen (above),
even a sound very much like when the Law was first given, Whose
voice then shook the earth? Unless the Lawgiver becomes a lawbreaker
we will hear the final trumpet at Armageddon.
In addition to Zechariah 9:14 where else is this final trumpet recorded in the Bible,
since true Doctrine of God must be established by at least two witnesses?
Let's go to the book of Isaiah, chapter 24, verse 23.
Follow with me as the Lord sets the scene, which
correlates with the Book of Revelation and Zechariah nine.
The Lord begins to reign in Mount Zion. [Isa 24:23]
In 25:6 the Lord makes a feast of fat things,
mindful of Rev 19:18.
In 25:8, "He will swallow up death in victory," which
exactly parallels 1 Cor 15:54.
Moab is trodden down under Him as straw is trodden. [Isa 25:10]
This parallels Rev 14:20; Rev 19:15 and Isa 63:1-6, and is also
mindful of Malachi 4:3, "Ye [the saints] shall tread down the wicked ..."
In 26:5,6 there is the destruction of the Babylonish world system,
"He bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city,
He layeth it low ... He bringeth it even to the dust. The foot shall
tread it down ..."
In Isa 26:19 you see the resurrection foretold.
The verb tenses use the word, "shall." It doesn't say when
in the future the event "shall" happen, but we know
from the New Testament that the resurrection is at
the last trumpet.
In Isa 26:20,21 His people are warned by God to hide
themselves until the indignation be overpast,
"For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to
punish the inhabitants of the earth ..."
Some pre-trib teachers have theorized that verse
20 refers to the pre-trib rapture, but you can see
that it is His people that initiate the action of hiding
themselves, entering into THEIR chambers, not God's
chambers, and shutting THEIR doors, not God's doors,
all this in the midst of a dangerous external environment.
In chapter 27:1, Satan, the dragon, is punished. (See Rev 20:2,3)
Verse 2: "A vineyard of red wine" ---that's Armageddon! Blood
up to the horse's bridle! Remember Rev 14:20; Rev 19:15 and
Isa 63:1-6 above?
The conclusion of the matter is in 27:12,13:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat
off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and
ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the GREAT TRUMPET
shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish
in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and
shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem." This is no doubt
the same trumpet that is described in Zechariah chapter nine, verse 14.
Notice in Zechariah 9:13-16 the sword and the bow and arrow, military
So there you have it: the War Trumpet of the Lord, which is the last trumpet
occurring at the Battle of Armageddon. (to return to the top)
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