The Last Trumpet Blast And The Trashing Of Graveyards
The catching away of the saints dressed in their wedding garments has been described as a secret event.
Only when the missing are fully evident will the world begin to understand. I totally disagree with this teaching. You cannot have millions of God’s Chosen to be supernaturally caught away and not have a Spiritual explosion in this earth. The very powers of millions of graves being flung open all at once will be like an earthquake. This old earth is going to do some shaking. You will see that in the Isaiah passage further in this article.
These dead saints from six thousand years buried in long forgotten graveyards will move streets, houses, businesses and probably topple bridges and structures. I believe these saints will do what the saints did when Jesus resurrected a large company at His Resurrection. “And behold the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom: and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent: And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the Holy City, and appeared unto many.” (Matthew 27: 51-53)
I have started telling the living saints to prepare for a short time after they are Raptured to warn their love ones. Our world is so spiritually dark that trying to warn the wicked or indifferent souls is almost hopeless. When they see Mom and Dad with glorified bodies shining like the sun and moving with the speed of light, if they have any light they may listen. Grand children may think we are crazy when we will not compromise God’s Holy Bible but wait until thy see us rise up to meet the Lord.\ in the midair. This world is about to shake to the core.
The trumpet is going to sound so loud that nobody misses this call to the righteous. The Rapture and the trumpet are beautifully related in the prophetic truths of the Holy Scripture. From the moment that Abraham saw the ram caught in a thicket by his horns on the mountain, the right horn of that ram has signaled this hope of the future Rapture. Every type that the Holy Spirit uses in the teaching of God’s truth in the Bible always relates back to the moment of first mention. If a type or symbol is removed out of context, the message becomes marred. There are silver trumpets that relate to worship and the temple, but the Shofar trumpet always seems to relate to the calling of the people for movement. The ultimate trip for His saints is into His presence for the celebration of the wedding supper.
Let’s look at Apostle Paul’s statement to the Corinthians about this mystery that we call the “Rapture” or the “Catching Away.” “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew 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.” (I Corinthians 15:50-52).
Paul called it a “mystery” or something that cannot be understood except by Divine inspiration. Uninterested souls will never understand the Rapture. Neither will undiscerning or antagonistic persons. It is God’s divine secret for His chosen saints, clearly revealed to anyone who will “desire the sincere milk of the Word.”
The Apostle Paul formed these verses in I Corinthians 15 by the Holy Spirit to capture the essence of this event. Since flesh and blood cannot enter into His presence, something called a mystery must occur. It will be signaled by the “Last Trump,” which was a designated trumpet blast on a specific day. It does not suggest the last of all trumpets to sound, but a named event on a celebrated occasion. We will see that picture shortly in this article as we discuss the “Feast of Trumpets.”
When this trumpet blast is sounded, the dead saints will be resurrected and the living saints will be changed from mortal to immortals. The corruptible will put on incorruption. Our frail bodies will suddenly be like His own glorified body for He was our “Firstfruit” of the Resurrection. When this change occurs, we will then be “caught up” or “raptured” to His presence just like He promised to His disciples as He prepared them for His death.
Jesus had said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3).
No wonder the Bible calls this a mystery; it defies all human limitation. This event will remove us out of harm’s way so that the Lord Himself can finish His judgment of a rebellious and rejecting world and prepare for His reign of one thousand years on this earth. Let’s look at the specific “Feast of Jehovah” that is a prophetic picture of this triumphant Day of the Lord.
The Feast of Trumpets
The Lord instituted seven major feasts and gave them to Israel to rehearse yearly. Scripture calls these feasts the Feasts of Jehovah. They are not the feasts of the Jews, although the Jews were the chosen people to share in their celebration; they are the Lord’s Feasts. He celebrated His redemption drama every time these feasts were celebrated. The fifth feast, which is yet future in prophetic fulfillment, was this exciting feast, the Feast of Trumpets. I believe it is a foreshadow of the Rapture of His saints of the ages and those living saints when He shall appear. Study carefully with me as we relate this Feast of Jehovah and the impending Rapture of His saints.
The main element of celebration in this feast is the blowing of trumpets. There is said to be one hundred trumpet blasts in the course of this celebration. The first blast is with the left horn of the ram; the last blast is with the right horn of the ram. It is a long “tekiah gedolah” blast that ends abruptly. It is specifically called “the last trump” in the Jewish writings. When Apostle Paul used the term “the last trump,” it was a Jewish statement clearly used by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of revelation was uniting the Feast of Jehovah with the declaration of its future fulfillment.
Jehovah God was Celebrating the Future Rapture
The Feast of Trumpets was Jehovah God Himself celebrating the glorious rapture of His saints. The entire Old Testament is filled with mysteries hidden from the undiscerning and blinded unbelievers. These mysteries are revealed in several Old Testament passages, but literally explodes in Paul’s writings and in the book of Revelation.
Isaiah clearly describes this rapture event in his great addition to the first writing of the prophets. He stated, “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (Isaiah 26:19-21).
The word “come” points directly to Revelation 4:1, where it says, “Come up hither.” Then he describes this chamber, called “thy chambers” or a secret place, where the saints met the Bridegroom and are hidden while the “indignation” is overpast or passed over. While these resurrected saints are hidden in a “prepared place,” the Lord comes out of His place (Heaven) to punish the wicked on the earth.
Malachi, also, gives us a small peep into this spectacular day. He stated, “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewel; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Malachi 3:16-18).
It is clear that this is a unique group of saints, not the run of the mill crowd. Three distinct features characterize them: they feared the Lord, they thought on His Name, and they spake often one to another. They are the jewels in the kingdom of God and are spared the wrath and indignation that immediately follows them being exalted into His presence. He said “They shall be mine,” and then added, “I will spare them as a man spareth His own son that serveth Him.”
The context continues by showing that immediately after the wrath, which they are spared from, that they will return to judge the earth. The new translations leave out the words, “Then shall ye return …” which does great damage to this mystery of revelation. Malachi is clearly revealing the pre-Tribulation Rapture to be followed by wrath and then the return of Christ with His saints to judge and establish His kingdom on earth.
The Ram’s Horn
There are no accidents in Holy Scripture. Every act, every event, and every circumstance was placed in this Holy Book to communicate His message to the saints. When God informed Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac his son, the entire event became a drama of future glory. He was told to travel to a mountain, which the Lord would show him. For three days they traveled, during which Isaac was as good as dead in Abraham’s heart. Then the two, Abraham and his to be sacrificed son, climbed the hill together just as Jesus Christ with His Father would climb a future hill. Isaac asked his father, “Where is the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb…”
Just before Abraham could sacrifice his son, the angel of the Lord spoke. Immediately, “…Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns…” (Genesis 22:13). Abraham named the place Jehovah-jireh, which means, “in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” The sacrifice prefigures the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The horn of the ram goes even further and sets a type for the final triumph of that sacrifice. Listen to what the angel said, “Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.” (Genesis 22:17). This seed is Christ and the possessing of His enemies will begin in full when the “Last Trump” (the ram’s right horn) sounds on that triumphant day. The Feast of Trumpets is on the first day of the civic calendar. Everything has meaning in this celebration and the first day of the New Year certainly suggests the first day when God begins the process of His new government. The Rapture of the saints out of harm’s way so that the wrath and its resulting cleaning can begin, is the beginning of the “Day of the Lord.” It is in preparation for His new government (His saints) on this earth.
The Day the Lord Shouts
To even imagine a day so triumphant and glorious, so fulfilling of heaven’s design that the Lord Himself shouts, must suggest something glorious indeed. The Holy Ghost filled Apostle Paul makes it absolutely clear that when the Rapture of the saints comes to fulfillment, the Lord Himself lets out a divine shout. Let’s read this passage in context, “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.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
I love these words, “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout.” He could call to us from the balcony, but He comes to meet us in the air. It is my belief that He comes into the midair because Satan is the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). Satan has resisted every triumph of every single saint and he will certainly put up a master show to hinder this escape out of his net. Could this be some of the reason for such a show of unidentified flying objects our world is presently witnessing? I personally believe they are fallen angels manifesting their diabolical powers.
Remember Jude telling us of Michael and Satan disputing over the body of Moses? (Jude 8). God sent a chariot of fire in a whirlwind to get Elijah and came Himself to walk Enoch across the divide. There is no question in my mind but that the Lord comes as the “Lord of Hosts” with His mighty angels to lead a procession right through the devil’s domain and makes a show of him (Satan) before the powers of the universe. He does not just come down into the midair. He comes down “from Heaven with a shout…” The Lord has been celebrating this event for at least 3,800 years since Abraham offered that ram on the “Holy Mountain.” Remember that the Feast of Trumpets was called a Feast of Jehovah. The Bride has been wooed from the nations of the world and, by great sacrifice, has overcome ten thousand obstacles. Many of her choice number were burned at stake, sawn asunder, and torn to shreds by lions. The world has hated this crowd of “blood-washed saints” and now her Bridegroom has finished the bridal chamber. He is traveling through the clouds to rescue her from her sworn enemies. As Heaven recedes and earth comes into view, the Son of God shouts for His chosen.
As the Lord shouts, the archangel that leads the heavenly host gives the call of welcome. In this moment the “Last Trump” sounds and the “Resurrection” of the dead is under way. First, the dead saints from six thousand years get up out of their graves. The spirits of these dead saints come back with the Lord and are now joined to resurrected bodies. Immediately, when those that were dead have arisen, the living saints are themselves changed into glorified members of the Bride. This incredible company of the dead and living will then rise up from the corrupted world where they lived as strangers to meet the Bridegroom in the air. “So shall they ever be with the Lord.”
The world is trying hard to destroy the hope of this home going day. Many have exchanged their pilgrim status for a prosperity gospel and a cheap imitation. They speak of the Rapture as “escapist theology” and “rocking-chair religion”. Satan is good with words, but terrible with promises. Comfort is not at some wealthy resort, but living with your eyes trained on the sky. He said it, I didn’t. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). Those living in the worldly mindset do not want this comfort because it disturbs their loss of conscience. The pilgrims and strangers of this world are looking “…for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10).
A Talking Trumpet
The harvest of 6,000 years of sowing and cultivating will be gathered before the winter is here. The dark period of seven years has been designated as the winter of human misery. Even hell and all its fallen angels held in bondage are rehearsing for this season of sorrow. In their chains of judgment, they pass the word to each other that they will soon be loose for a little moment and can vent their rage on the inhabitants of the earth. They will soon be free for a season.
Before their folly can be manifested, God has a plan for His saints. When John was viewing the end time events in Revelation, he was suddenly raptured himself into an open door into heaven. As he was caught up, he heard as it were a trumpet talking with him. Look at the beautiful words, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” (Revelation 4:1).
Only because he was in the spirit could he behold such breathtaking scenes. The talking trumpet said, “Come up hither and I will show you things which must be hereafter.” John has just finished viewing the church prefigured by a seven-fold message to a seven-fold church. The number seven is never visible in the Holy Bible except as a complete picture of a given subject.
As he entered into the opened heavens a view almost too glorious to describe was visible before him. Listen as he tells it himself. “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” (Revelation 4:2-4).
The saints were there around the throne. First, John speaks of a number in type as twenty-four elders, but later he describes this company as ten thousand (myriads) times ten thousand and thousands of thousands. (Revelation 5:9-11) The bride was with the Father and soon to be at a celebration of the wedding feast with her Bridegroom, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It was a trumpet talking to John that led him into this scene of a victorious bride with a triumphant Bridegroom.
They sung a new song, which the angels could not sing. “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10).
The seven-sealed book of earth’s redemption could not be opened until the victorious bride was in His presence. To even consider that the bride of Christ will be on this earth one minute into the “Seven Sealed Display of His Wrath” is unthinkable. It is also unbiblical.
The Glory of the “Last Trumpet” Blast
The trumpet has been a part of God’s history from the early days of His dealings with Israel. The Rapture is not an afterthought of God, nor is anything else He does. A “new thing” does not exist in His world. All His ways are fixed from eternity and revealed to His prophets before He acts. The Rapture at the “Last Trump” is the grand moment of His awaiting bride. It is also the grand moment of our coming Redeemer. His redemption and His deliverance of His saints before His wrath is as fixed in His Divine schemes as love in His lasting character. Holiness is not just an attribute of purity; it is also the foundation of His justice. The overcomers will not be judged with the compromisers. This coming blast of that ram’s right horn will be the first day of His New Year. Make sure you are ready to be in that company that the world will rejoice because we are gone.
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