Sunday, December 16, 2012

One of the Reasons I Believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture: The Last Trump

1 Cor. 15:51-52Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Signaling a Trumpet Judgment
Some believe that this is the seventh trumpet spoken about in Rev. 11.  I don’t quite agree with that assumption because the trumpet in Rev. 11 is a trumpet signaling God’s wrath, not His deliverance.  Also, at the time that Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians, John had not yet had his vision from the Lord, so those who Paul was writing to would have been in a state of confusion concerning this “last trump” had Paul meant the seventh trumpet mentioned in Rev. 11. They obviously knew what he meant when he mentioned the “last trumpet.”

It’s possible that the “last trumpet” spoken of in 1 Corinthians could be the same trumpet that was blown from heaven in Exodus 19:16-19  So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder.

Now this wasn't just any trumpet.  It was actually a special ram’s horn that was blown from heaven, Exodus 19:13b “…When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.”

NOTE: Notice how it's actually a ram's horn that sounds, but in verses 16 and 19 it's called a trumpet.

This happened just after God’s people were delivered from the hand of the Pharaoh.  Just as they were delivered from the bonds of Egypt, we will be delivered from the bonds of this world at the next blast of the ram’s horn from heaven. 

The trump from heaven could also coincide with the last trumpet blast blown at the closing of the “Feast of Trumpets” also known as “Rosh Hashanah.”  Could these two trumpet blasts be linked?  It‘s possible that Paul, being Jewish himself and knowledgeable of the Jewish feasts and customs, was making a symbolic reference to this time of year, known as the Day of Trumpets. The last trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets of the early Jews was when the dead were remembered. And to Paul the last trump was the time for Jesus' second advent and the resurrection of the dead."

I don’t believe that the “last trump” mentioned in 1 Corinthians was meant to link the rapture of the bride of Christ with the seventh trumpet of Revelation 11, an event that hadn't even been prophesied or written about at the time Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians (John's vision happened, and the book of Revelation was written, approximately 37 years later).  When Paul mentioned the last trump to the Corinthians, his intended audience knew exactly what he was talking about, so he could not have been referring to the seventh trumpet mentioned in Revelation.

One last note concerning the seventh trumpet in Revelation 11; nowhere in that description of the seventh trumpet does it speak about the rapture of the bride of Christ.  It is a trumpet of judgment that precedes thunder, lightening, a hailstorm and an earthquake. If the rapture happened during the time of the seventh trumpet, why isn't this significant event even mentioned in this portion of scripture?

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