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The Trumpet Shall Sound
A great day is coming. It is a day of earthquakes and fire and hail and wind and storm. It is the day of God's wrath and judgment upon the enemies of the Most High. It is a day of smoke and cloudiness, a day of dimness and thick darkness, when men will cry for the rocks to fall upon them. It is the day of God's wrath, the day when He will give a shout and rain judgment upon wicked sinners, a day of great tribulation. That day is foreshadowed by the blowing of seven trumpets of old. Once again, this time in final judgment, the trumpet shall sound.

by Jerry Gentry

"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" (1Cor. 15:52).

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets" (Rev 10:7).

The scene is frightful to contemplate, alarming to behold, terrifying to experience. It is the "dreadful day of the LORD" (Mal. 4:5), the day when "the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?" (Joel 2:11), "the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God" (Rom. 2:5).

There has never before been a day like this one. It is that great Lord's Day of the sounding of trumpets, of pouring out of vials, of woe, woe, woe unto the inhabitants of the earth. It is the day when "The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining" (Joel 2:10).

It is the "dreadful day of the LORD."

"The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly" (Zep 1:14).

"That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness" (v. 15).

"A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers" (v. 16).

"And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung" (v. 17).

"Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land" (v. 18).

The trumpet shall sound.

Unconverted church goers and the wicked of the earth are told: "Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light" (Amos 5:18).

But to the remnant of genuine though trembling blood washed believers, the prophet reassures: "Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you" (Isa. 35:4). To those under the blood he says: "But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end" (Isa. 45:17).

To all others, "God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies" (Nahum 1:2).

"For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates" (Jer. 46:10).

"For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment" (Isa. 34:5). Thus the everlasting enemies of God are brought to ruin and utterly destroyed forever.

But to those in Christ: "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." (1Ths. 4:16-17).

The trumpet shall sound.

It is that day of all days for the genuine Christian. It is the day of joy incomprehensible. Though there be suffering for a now, all trials and tribulations turn to jubilant victory: "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified" (Isa 61:3).

But to the wicked He comes "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2Ths. 1:8). "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebr. 10:31).

In ancient Israel, trumpets were blown to sound alarm, to call attention and to announce at least one special holy day, commonly known as the "Feast of Trumpets," though that phrase is found nowhere in the Bible.

"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation" (Lev. 23:24). This Feast of Trumpets is celebrated one time every year, on the new moon of the seventh month, and it begins a series of three fall feast days&emdash;the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.

"Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, [as the moon waxes full] on our solemn feast day" (Ps. 81:3).

The trumpet shall sound.

The ancient Israelites marched across Jordon on dry ground and into the promised land. Their trek typified the great restoration of the kingdom at the end of gentile rule of the earth, and the beginning of the great 1000 year sabbath at the return of Jesus Christ, commonly called the millennium. Once Israel crossed Jordon, they then prepared to conquer the city of Jericho, a type of "that great city Babylon" (Rev. 18:10). Seven trumpets were made ready by the priests. The God of Israel gave commandment to blow the trumpets and in silence compass the city daily for six days. Then on the seventh day, the children of Israel marched around the city seven times, after which "the priests blew with the trumpets, [and] Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city" (Jos 6:16).

"So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city" (Jos 6:20).

Much later in time, the God of Israel prepares His people for another great blowing of trumpets. Again, as in the days of Joshua and the violent conquering of Jericho, "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matt. 11:12).

"And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets" (Rev. 8:2).

"And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound" (v. 6)

Yes, the trumpet shall sound and Mystery Babylon the Great will fall down flat with a great crashing.

When Israel began to conquer Jericho, the priests sounded the trumpet six times, once each day for six days, then the people marched in silence around the city once each day. On the seventh day, the people marched around the city seven times, the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and the walls came tumbling down.

When the first angel sounds his trumpet, great tribulation begins upon earth.

"The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up" (Rev 8:7). This series of seven trumpet blasts parallel the seven angels who pour out seven vials of wrath or last plagues upon the earth, found in Revelation 15. The trumpet blasts and the last plagues build together a great whole.

Thus, "great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matt. 24:21) befalls the earth.

It is the time when "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Rev. 17:5) is judged. "Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds" (Rev. 2:22).

Herein we find the destruction of the Babylonian world system beginning for real at the hand of God. Hail and fire drop men dead in their tracks, much as when Elijah called down fire from heaven and destroyed the captains and their two separate companies of fifty men each. Forest fires and great drought decimates trees and grass.

It is a dreadful day for the establishment world system, a day of upheaval and natural disasters upon the New World Order. Yet the voice of God will no where be heard in the disasters. There will be no message from the LORD. The destiny of the wicked is set.

"And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood" (Rev 8:8).

That mountain of the government of Babylon the Great is destroyed with the fires of judgment and even a third of the sea becomes blood.

"And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed" (v. 9). The world of Babylon the Great is presently sustained by the ships of commerce which deliver products and raw materials worldwide. Wheat and corn, oil and scrap metal, logs and lumber, and every other commodity and product of trade are shipped to various points of the globe. When the second angel sounds his trumpet, one third of those ships will sink to the bottom of the ocean.

"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters" (v. 10).

"And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter" (v. 11).

The ancient waters of Marah are revisited upon the earth, as when the children of Israel left Egypt and "when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah" (Exo 15:23). They thirsted in the wilderness and murmured. "And the LORD shewed him [Moses] a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet" (v. 25). All the people and animals then drank their fill of sweet waters.

No such parallel of bitter waters turned to sweet exists when the third angel sounds his trumpet. No tree is available to make the waters sweet. Moses is long rejected. No prophet has a word to deliver this city, Babylon the Great, from unquenchable thirst.

"And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise" (Rev 8:12).

Great darkness fills the earth, spiritually and physically. Wicked men refuse to repent, and the light of Jesus Christ is not to be seen in the crumbling halls of Mystery Babylon the Great.

Next follow three angels, who sound, saying woe, woe, woe, which are the fifth, sixth and seventh, or final angel.

"Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!" (v. 13).

The trumpet of the fifth angel sounds the first of three woes to come.

"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit" (Rev 9:1).

"And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit" (v. 2).

Even the bowels of the earth are opened, and spew forth with smoke and volcanic ash that fill the sky and darken the sun.

"And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power" (v. 3).

"And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads" (v. 4).

"And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man" (v. 5).

"And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them" (v. 6).

"And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men" (v. 7).

"And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions" (v. 8).

"And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle" (v. 9).

"And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months" (v. 10).

"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon" (v. 11).

"One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter" (v. 12).

The trumpet sounds twice again&emdash;as the sixth angel and the seventh angel deliver their messages.

"And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God" (v. 13).

"Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates" (v. 14).

The heart of this sixth trumpet message is warfare. "The four angels were loosed. . . for to slay the third part of men" (v. 15).

"And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them" (v. 16).

"By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths" (v. 18).

Heavy destruction is now pouring forth from heaven upon wicked men. Firey judgment falls on one third of men from the military machine of an army of 200,000,000 horsemen.

"And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk" (v. 20).

"Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts" (v. 21).

Men cry out for the rocks to fall on them, even as they "gnawed their tongues for pain" (Rev. 16:10).

And the seventh trumpet shall begin to sound.

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets" (Rev 10:7).

It is now the time when "I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, [approximately 3 1/2 years] clothed in sackcloth" (Rev 11:3). Sackcloth is the clothing of repentance. Therefore these two witnesses are fleshly Israelites, living in repentance. These are not from among the angel realm, nor are they from among the heavenly redeemed. These "two witnesses . . . are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth" (Rev 11:3-4). Yes, these are earth men, much as Elijah of old was a man of the earth, "a man subject to like passions as we are" (James 5:17).

The prophet Zechariah asked: "What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof" (Zec 4:11).

"And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord" (v. 13).

"Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth" (v. 14).

Who are these two sticks, these two witnesses? Israel and Judah, they are. God will take the "Stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand" (Ezek. 37:19).

"And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed" (Rev 11:5).

As Elijah of old, "These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will" (v. 6).

These two witnesses stand before the God of the whole earth in the spirit and power of Elijah! These two witnesses call down fire from heaven to destroy the enemies of God. These two witnesses bring judgment against the great city Babylon.

Once their testimony is finished, "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them" (Rev 11:7).

"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified" (v. 8).

"After three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them" (v. 11).

And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them" (v. 12).

"And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven" (v. 13).

"The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly" (v. 14).

"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" (v. 15).

"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" (v. 19).

Twenty four elders bow their faces before the throne of God. War rages in heaven as God prepares to give rewards to His saints from all ages. That remnant of the woman' s seed on earth has "fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days [approximately 3 1/2 years]" (Rev 12:6). "And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (v. 11).

"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (v. 17).

"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" (v. 19).

"And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all" (Rev 18:21).

"And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God" (Rev 19:1).

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth" (v. 6).

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready" (v. 7).

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads" (Rev 14:1).

"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication" (v. 8).

"The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11:15).

And to every man and woman who has come by faith to Jesus Christ in humble submission, "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord" (Matt. 25:21).

Christian, when the trumpet shall sound, look to the heavens. For "it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isa. 25:9).

"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee" (Isa 60:1).

Thus, with "a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation" we see the corporate salvation of Israel come to final completion, when "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." Halleluljah!

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