The Last Trump

Two passages teach that the Church will be removed at the sound of a trump. One passage calls it the “trump of God.” And the other passage calls it “the last trump.” The two passages are as follows:

First, Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica, “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” (I Thess. 4:13-18).

Second, Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth, “Behold, I show 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” (I Cor. 15:51-53).

Faulty Theology

A problem occurs because some of those who believe in the Mid-Tribulation Rapture wrongly teach that the last trump (the trump of God) that removes the Church from the earth at the Rapture is the same as the seventh trumpet blown by the seventh angel in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 11:15-19). Trumpets are mentioned almost 100 times in the Bible. But in those more than 100 verses there are no verses that say the last trump (the trump of God) is the same as the seventh trumpet that will be blown by the seventh angel during the Tribulation Period. Those who say the last trump (the trump of God) is the same as the seventh trumpet that will be blown by the seventh angel during the Tribulation Period just assume that they are the same. It’s their interpretation or probably something that they have heard others say. But it is not a verse of Scripture in the Bible.

There Are Differences Between The Last Trump (The Trump Of God) and The SeventhTrumpet in Revelation

1) It is clear that the last trump (the trump of God) is about believers. More specifically, it is about the removal of believers (the Church) from the earth in the Rapture (I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-53). The last trump on the trump of God will sound, the deceased believers will be raised (like Jesus, Lazarus and the Old Testament saints who were dead, buried and raised from the dead), the living believers will be changed (like Enoch and Elijah) and the entire Church will be caught up (or Raptured) into heaven at the same time. But the passage about the seventh trumpet is about unbelievers. More specifically, it is about those who are not in the Church (Rev. 11:15-19). When the angel blows the seventh trumpet it will cause anger on earth, lightening, thunder, an earthquake, great hail, and it will lead to the seven last plagues.

2) The last trump (the trump of God) will be an act of grace. It will call the undeserving Church into heaven. But the trumpet blown by the seventh angel during the Tribulation Period will be an act of wrath. It will signal divine judgment upon those on earth.

3) The last trump (the trump of God) will probably be blown by God (I Thess. 4:16). The seventh trumpet will be blown by the seventh angel (Rev. 11:15).

4) Concerning the events that will take place at the last trump (the trump of God), God tells the Church to “Comfort one another with these words” (I Thess. 4:18). Concerning the sounding of the seventh trumpet by the seventh angel, God said, “the nations will be angry” (Rev. 11:18). They will be angry because the first trumpet will be followed by the destruction of one-third of the plants (Rev. 8:7); the second trumpet will be followed by the destruction of one-third of the sea creatures and ships (Rev. 8:8-9); the third trumpet will be followed by the destruction of one-third of the fresh water (Rev. 8:10-11); the fourth trumpet will be followed by changes in one-third of the sun, moon and stars (Rev. 8:12); the fifth trumpet will be followed by the release of demon possessed locusts (Rev. 9:1-12); the sixth trumpet will be followed by the death of one-third of those on earth (Rev. 9:13-21); and the seventh trumpet will be followed by the seven vial judgments (Rev. 11:15-12:12). This is a far cry from the comforting message of the last trump (the trump of God).

5) When the last trump (the trump of God) sounds Jesus won’t be in heaven. Jesus will descend with a shout and remain in the clouds above the earth to meet the Church (I Thess. 4:16-17). There’s no mention of Jesus descending or shouting or remaining in the clouds when the seventh angel blows the seventh trumpet during the Tribulation Period. Jesus will probably still be on the throne in heaven.

6) The voice of God is not the sound of a trumpet blown by an angel (Rev. 11:15). It is a voice that sounds like a trumpet (Rev. 1:10; 4:10). There is a difference between the sound of a trumpet and a voice that sounds like a trumpet.

It’s Not When The Two Witnesses Ascend

Some believe the ascension of the Two Witnesses is a picture of the Rapture. But the Church will be Raptured at the last trump (the Trump of God). On the other hand, the Two Witnesses will be raised from the dead and they will ascend before the seventh angel blows the seventh trumpet during the Tribulation Period. The Church will be Raptured in the twinkling of an eye. But the Two Witnesses will stand on their feet and the whole world will see them. Apparently, instead of being removed in the twinkling of an eye they will remain on earth after they are raised from the dead long enough for the television cameras to view them.

What Some Think

I want to begin by saying this is speculation. It’s not something that I can prove. It’s just a point of information.

Some, not all, believe that an amazing event that took place during the days of Moses in the wilderness may be a picture of what will happen at the last trump (the trump of God). Moses took the Hebrews to meet God near Mt. Sinai. Among other things, he took them there for the purpose of agreeing to keep God’s Commandments.

The Bible says the Hebrews prepared to meet God which reminds some that God wants His Church to prepare to meet God. “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud (Jesus will meet the Church in the clouds) upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet [the voice not the sound] exceeding loud [compare this voice to Rev. 1:10 and 4:1]; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God [a picture of the Church going forth to meet Jesus]; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended [a picture of Jesus descending out of heaven to meet the Church at the Rapture] upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder [the voice of the trumpet sounded several times getting louder and louder], Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up [a picture of the Church going up]. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish” (Ex. 19:16-21).

Notice, that the voice of the trumpet was exceeding loud. It even sounded long and waxed louder and louder. This is important because God told the Jews to make trumpets and blow them on their feast days (Num. 10:2, 10). This would include all seven of the feast days: The Feast of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of First Fruits, the Feast of Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:1-36). The Church began on the Feast of Pentecost and some believe the Church will be Raptured on the Feast of Pentecost. Others believe the Church will be Raptured on the Feast of Trumpets. Either way, the Jews blow trumpets on their feast days (Numbers 10:10).

Some of those who believe the Rapture will be on the Feast of Trumpets point out that the Jews blow the trumpet one hundred times on the Feast of Trumpets. The one hundredth blast or the last blast of the trumpet on the Feast of Trumpets is the longest and loudest. The Jews call it the tekiah, teruah, shevarim which means the Great Blast. Some connect last trump (the trump of God) with the Great Blast on the Feast of Trumpets.

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What is the Church?

As we continue our study of the church, we need to understand what the church is and is not. Many people do not have a true understanding of the church built by Jesus Christ because they are beginning from a position of error. This has caused many to turn away from Christ. So, let us set straight the definition of the Church.

The Webster’s New Universal Abridged Dictionary defines “church” as: A particular body of Christians united under one form of ecclesiastical government, in one creed, and using the same ritual and ceremonies . . . the organized body of Christians in any particular district, city, state, or country; . . . any organized body of Christians occupying the same edifice for religious worship . . . having to do with organized Christian worship.

WRONG!!!

The Greek word that is translated as “church” in the Bible is ekklesia. This word is made up of a prefix and a root. The prefix is ek, which means “out of ” or “from.” The root word is a form of the verb kaleo, which means “to call.” So, the Greek term for “church” ekklesia means “those who are the called-out ones” (found 114 times in the New Testament). In a Christian context, the word is used in three ways:

  • It represents the body of Christ worldwide, over which Jesus Christ functions as head (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22; 1 Timothy 3:15).
  • It can refer to God’s people in a given region (Acts 9:31).
  • Often, it depicts a local congregation of Christians (1 Corinthians 1:2; Revelation 1:11).

So, within the framework of Christianity, the “called out ones” are the people who have been “called out” from the world by Jesus Christ to be His disciples. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19. “Therefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.” 2 Corinthians 6:17. The very concept of sanctification means to be “set apart” or separated from the world and dedicated to God. “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9.

While the most common name for these “called out ones” today is “Christians,” “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” Acts 11:26; we find many different names for them in Scripture. Jesus Christ’s “called out ones” are also called:

  • “the Way” (Acts 9:2)
  • “disciples” (Acts 6:1-2)
  • “believers” (Acts 5:14)
  • “saints” (Romans 1:7)
  • “brethren” (Acts 6:3)
  • “the Body” (1 Corinthians 12:24)
  • “the elect” (2 Timothy 2:10)
  • “children of God” (1 John 3:10)

In Scripture, all of these terms are all interchangeable synonyms for the word “Church.” And again, this is descriptive of all the people who are “called out ones.”

Anyone desiring to be a member of the true Church must become one of these “called out ones”. People become “called out ones” when they are “born again” of the Spirit (John 3:3-8). “God is Spirit” (John 4:24) and anyone who wants to have fellowship with Him must also be “born of the Spirit” (John 3:6, 8). A person has either been “called out” of the world by being “born again” (John 3:3, 7) or else they do not belong to the Church. “But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Him.” Romans 8:9. Once you become a true Christian, you are automatically and by definition a part of the Church. “If Christ is in you” (Romans 8:10), then you are already a member of the Church. There are absolutely no other membership requirements to belong to the Church. Jesus Christ is the only one on the membership committee of the true Church! “For we are members of His Body” Ephesians 5:30. You do not become a Christian by joining a “church” organization, you become a Christian and then you are a member of the Church. “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” Ephesians 2:19.

The Church doesn’t just exist once a week for one hour on Sunday mornings, the Church is all of the Christians all of the time. There are not disciples, believers, or saints in a “church” – the disciples, believers, and saints are the Church. The Church does not contain people; it is the people! “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” 1 Corinthians 12:27. We should be bringing people to Christ and building up people in Christ because;
Jesus is Coming Soon!

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Biblical Prophecy ~ Part 2 ~ The Rapture

We resume our teaching on Biblical Prophecy with the Rapture of the Church. The Rapture of the Church will be the most shocking event to happen in all of human history. Millions will disappear in “the twinkling of an eye.” The most vivid description of the Rapture of the Church is given in Paul’s First Epistle to the Thessalonians: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” I Thessalonians 4:16-17.

In an effort to cast doubt upon this soon-coming event, some have attempted to claim that “rapture” is not a Biblical term and, therefore, not a valid part of Bible Prophecy. According to Dr. John Walvoord; “The term rapture itself is derived from the Latin Vulgate version of I Thessalonians 4:17 where the expression ‘caught up’ is translated by the Latin word rapturo.” The Latin word “rapturo” is the English word “rapture” and is actually the one-word synonym that Believers use in place of the phrase “caught up.” In the original Greek text, the word used is “harpazo,” meaning to “to seize upon by force,” “to snatch up” and so, the English word “rapture” is an excellent translation for the Greek word “harpazo.”

The Rapture is spoken of by Paul in the Scriptures as a “mystery” referring to the fact that it was not revealed in the Old Testament, but is teaching for the Age of Grace. Paul states: “Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” I Corinthians 15:51-52. And Paul referred to the Rapture as the “Blessed Hope” of the church: “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” Titus 2:13. At the Rapture the Lord will return to resurrect the dead and translate those saints still living on the Earth, to meet the Lord in the air and return with Him to Heaven (John 14:1-3).

The Bible teaches the Rapture will occur before the Great Tribulation. Hand in hand with this is the doctrine of imminence, which emphasizes that the Lord can return any moment without regard to signs. All signs are for Israel and therefore relate to when He will come with the saints at the end of the tribulation period (Revelation 19:11-21).

Evidence of the Pre-Tribulational Rapture is found in these Scriptures; “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things (the Tribulation) that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36. “For God did not appoint us to wrath (the Tribulation), but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” I Thessalonians 5:9. “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains (the Holy Spirit in the Church) will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” II Thessalonians 2:7-8. “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial (the Tribulation) which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” Revelation 3:10. “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this” (after the Rapture of the Church) Revelation 4:1. John’s “come up here” is a picture of the Church being caught up at the Rapture. Revelation chapters 6-19 are the revelation of the seven-year tribulation. From this point (Revelation 4:1) on, the Church is not mentioned again until we come to Revelation 19:7, where we see the Church preparing for the “marriage of the Lamb” and her return to earth. While the Earth and those still upon it are going through the Great Tribulation, the raptured Saints of God will be simultaneously attending events in Heaven, namely, the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10) and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Matthew 26:29; Revelation 19:7-9).

The Rapture will take place seven years prior to the “Glorious Appearing” or the second stage of His coming. In the first stage, at the Rapture the Lord comes for His Church; whereas, at the end of the Tribulation period He comes back with His Church. At this event “every eye shall see him” although at the Rapture He will come “as a thief” and only believers will see Him (I John 3:1-3). Only those who have been born again by the blood of Christ will hear the “shout” that will complete the Church age and begin the Day of the Lord. Our bodies will be transformed like our Lord’s resurrection body, in that our glorified bodies will be spirit, empowered by the Holy Spirit, rather than physical. The Rapture of the Church will be a glorious time of reunion with our loved ones who have gone before us, and best of all, as John proclaimed we, “shall see His face,” Revelation 22:4. Is isn’t any wonder then that Paul described the Lord’s coming as the “blessed hope.”

Great confusion and fear will occupy the minds of those left behind after the Rapture, the terror on the earth in those days will be hard to imagine. Many explanations for the disappearance of those missing will be considered. And, out of this confusion, because of this incredible event, the world will be looking for leader to tell them what has happened, and at that point a man will step out onto the world stage with all the right answers. This man is the antichrist.

When will the Rapture occur? Jesus told His disciples: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” Matthew 24:36.

You will find no date setting in our teaching, but we believe the time is growing near, so keep listening for the “Shout” and the “Sound of the Trumpet” because;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

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