“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16 1 Thessalonians 4:16For 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:
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A day of rejoicing is just around the corner! The Feast of Trumpets reminds us of that awesome prophetic event, when Jesus Christ returns at the sound of a trumpet to begin the process of establishing His Kingdom on earth (Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And 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.
American King James Version×). This annual Holy Day is greatly anticipated by us in the Church. It ushers in a festival season rich with meaning and experiences. Every year we can be refilled with hope as our focus is set towards the climax of God’s blueprint for mankind. But this day does not only point us towards the future, it also holds much meaning for our present walk with God as well.
During the period that the Bible was written, trumpets were often used to communicate a message. Throughout the Old Testament and books of prophecy we read of many times that trumpets were used to tell the nation of impending war, of coming joy, the onset of peace, a warning of destruction and much more. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 1 Thessalonians 4:16For 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:
American King James Version×, the trumpet of God symbolizes a tool used to communicate God’s message. Observance of the Feast of Trumpets should allow us to spend time thinking about the second coming of Christ. Where will we be spiritually on the day that He returns? Will we be at a place in our lives where we are willing and ready to respond to the call of the trumpet?
Certainly in this forthcoming moment, God will be sending a message to all of the earth, but we must not forget that God is communicating to us right now! It is a message of importance for all mankind. Choosing to listen, believe and respond allows us to take part in the special events listed in the end of the Book.
In the exciting yet fearful events to take place during the end times, it’s hard to imagine that the majority of people will not rejoice in the second coming of the Messiah (Revelation 16:9 Revelation 16:9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which has power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
American King James Version×, 11, 14). Our joy in the return of our Savior should be tempered with the realization that there are many who still have yet to turn their hearts to God. Are we responding to the call of God’s trumpet in such a way that this message is able to be shared through us as well? Are we mimicking Christ by sounding our own trumpet and communicating the message of God to others?
As we anticipate the Feast of Trumpets, we should be reminded of God’s commission to His followers on earth (Matthew 28:19-20 Matthew 28:19-20 19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
American King James Version×, Acts 1:8 Acts 1:8But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on you: and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.
American King James Version×). We still have much work to do in this world, along with countless people to reach. Our wish should be for many to be standing with us at the return of Jesus Christ, just as this day that we are anticipating pictures. As we know, this is also the desire of our Heavenly Father (2 Timothy 2:4 2 Timothy 2:4No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier.
American King James Version×, 1 Peter 3:9 1 Peter 3:9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called, that you should inherit a blessing.
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Are we actively involved in the proclamation of the gospel to mankind? Are we letting God use us as a tool in His plan for mankind? Our behavior and words should all point back to Him. Our lifestyles should reflect the true Light! We should be looking for, and using, opportunities God gives us personally and as a Church to share the Word of God with others. Doing this helps us be faithful stewards who wait for the Master to return (Matthew 25:14-30 Matthew 25:14-30 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods.
15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and dig in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered to me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew you that you are an hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not strewed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth: see, there you have that is yours.
26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed:
27 You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received my own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents.
29 For to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has.
30 And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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While we wait for the call of the trumpet in the future, we should ask ourselves what we are doing to be that trumpet call of God’s message right now. We have been called for a great purpose, to be firstfruits, or “leading examples” of God’s way of life. It’s our great calling to set a standard for others to see, to proclaim the way of God and to help the world follow it. Let us answer this message from above, and reflect the call of the trumpet in our own lives as the day of Jesus Christ’s return quickly approaches (Zephaniah 1:14 Zephaniah 1:14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastens greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
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