|THE LAST TRUMPET||
THE LAST TRUMPET
1Cor. 15:52, we have a term that has given rise to much misunderstanding and
speculation; the last trumpet.
gathering of the elect, the rapture of the saints of all previous ages will
occur “at the last trumpet” blast. And it will occur INSTANTANEOUSLY at that
In addition, we must remember that what John is seeing is simply a TEACHING AID so that he, and we, can understand these end-time events in an orderly manner. The 7 trumpets are ONLY SYMBOLS within the vision. They are not literal trumpets that will be blown when the time comes for the historical fulfillment of these judgments.
Thus, the 7th trumpet of Revelation 11 is not the "last trumpet" spoken of by Paul. They should not be equated but are separate and distinct.
He would have no knowledge of John's vision and the 7 trumpets. Even though the Holy Spirit "melds" all of scripture, it is not advisable to interpret Paul's use in any other way than the cultural context of the day which speaks of the "call to assembly."
That is what will occur at the rapture. It is called THE trumpet of God at 1 Thes. 4:16, because it is at this time that he will "call" for the gathering of his people to meet Him in the clouds of the sky. Nor does it require the "actual" occurrence of one or two trumpet blasts before it, for the image in Paul's mind is simply focusing on the final blast which is the "call to assembly."
The 7th trumpet, on the other hand, is an announcement of judgment and not a call to assembly. Furthermore, the 7th trumpet clearly occurs very shortly after the 70th week ends, after the 2 witnesses are caught up to heaven.
This could not possibly correspond with the trumpet that will sound at the 6th seal as per Matthew 24:31 and 1Thes. 4.
To find an
historical “first” trumpet at the time of the Maccabbees, as some do, goes
outside the parameters of scripture to find the connection, and that is not
advisable. Never are we to look for answers and explanations of scripture in
secular history UNLESS, the text clearly tells us to do so (like book of
and Greece, etc). Not only that, but Paul gives absolutely no hint that the
last trumpet should be seen as an extension from a previously blown trumpet.
©Ron Wallace, http://www.biblefragrances.com.
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