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
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).
Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth,
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).
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).
are mentioned almost 100 times in the Bible.
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.
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.
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 SEVENTH TRUMPET 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
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
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
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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Daymond & Rachel Duck