The Feast of Trumpets reminds us there are two choices: life or death. Or as we see when this day will be fulfilled: victory or defeat. Which side will we be on?
Today reminds us of many exciting events. There is so much to this wonderful Feast of God's. It's even hard to put into one sermon. This is not a habit I want to get into – one service. It's only because of our current conditions. But if you try to encapsulate everything into one sermon, it will not get done, or we could be here for three hours, which is not the plan either. I did start my stopwatch, the most important part of getting up here, besides bringing my Bible.
This fourth step in God's perfect plan is the central, pivotal, annual holy day in God's perfect plan. You think about all that it pictures – especially in the past six months how much we need God and His perfect plan in our lives. This whole world needs God's plan and they don't know it yet. They will finally realize it. We long for that day. We see more of that in the millennium and the Feast of Tabernacles, but so much of this as we begin the holy days of the seventh month with the Feast of Trumpets. Why, or how, did we get to this point? I try to always base it off of – we don't ever separate them from the other holy days – they all lead up…they need the others in the plan.
We think of Passover. We couldn't go anywhere past Passover if it wasn't for Jesus Christ's sacrifice. We need His sacrifice and just as important as His sacrifice, repentance has to be there, or sins are not forgiven. That reminder of sacrifice – to pay for our sins – a perfect sacrifice. And so much of Christ's sacrifice goes through the rest of the holy days, even into Atonement and other of the festivals, because it's the reminder our sins can be forgiven when we repent. And that reminder of Pentecost of our commitment at baptism that we make and how important it is.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread reminds us of our continual need to keep the leaven out – sin - to keep sin out of our lives with God's help – to follow Him, to live by His ways. You see a lot of that in this day that we look at. Some of that overcoming as well.
Pentecost, the last one that we kept – the third of this plan of God – this memorial of the firstfruits. Remembering God has called a select few at the beginning. It's not a huge harvest for Pentecost. The firstfruits that He's working with – each and every one of us – in our lives to overcome, to keep drawing close to God and God's Holy Spirit in our life. How important it is!
And it leads us to this Feast of Trumpets where there is a lot in it. Again, it's the Feast of Trumpets – plural – there are seven of them. We'll look at briefly some of them. But, specifically, the one we look forward to the most – the last one. We look at Christ's return – this reminder – the first one of the annual festivals that hasn't fully occurred yet and what this day represents. I look at some of it, again, fall on you to go through and dig into past notes through the years, I look up other places I may have mentioned some verses that we'll briefly mention. But we also think of other things that occurred. Jesus Christ was also very likely born very close to now, if not on the day of Trumpets. Something is lost in the world, because they think it is in the winter months, which couldn't be. The shepherds were out keeping their sheep. Many other things. We'll probably go through a sermon leading up to it next year. I think I went through it a few years ago. Good to dust it off and review that reminder again. So we think of Christ born this time of the year, and a time when He will return.
Turn over to Deuteronomy 30. We looked at this a few weeks ago in the sermon. It got me to thinking this same statement applies just as much to the Feast of Trumpets as it does here in Deuteronomy 30. It does to all of our lives. You think about what this Feast of Trumpets means. There are two paths. There are two ways that God sets before all of us. Trumpets really comes to fulfillment of those two questions – or those two options.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 Deuteronomy 30:19-20  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:
 That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may hold to him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
American King James Version×– I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
These two options are set before every single one of us and we will see it even more so at the Feast of Trumpets when it is fully fulfilled. God sets before us life and death. These two options that are there – blessing and cursing. God says, “Choose life.” Ultimately, the choice for life is eternal life. That's what this Feast of Trumpets shows.
Today we will be reminded of one of the meanings of this day and what we can learn from it. The title I've given this message, The Feast of Trumpets: Victory or Defeat? Victory or defeat. When you look at these two ways set before us, He sets before you life and death and we're to – the same way I’ve set before you – victory or defeat. We'll see these words later in the New Testament. But this reminder; why we're here that we looked at in the offertory – Numbers 29:1 Numbers 29:1And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets to you.
American King James Version×. We looked at a day of blowing of trumpets – Leviticus 23 – a memorial of blowing of trumpets. Blowing of trumpets – this acclamation of joy or a battle cry. Life or death? Victory or defeat? It keeps coming up over and over about this day – this joy or, it's a battle cry – these things that will take place. This memorial. This remembrance. Something to remember – to have this in our mind to remind us.
Turn back to Deuteronomy 8. You know we've been going through this in Bible study. I just love Deuteronomy. There is so much in it. It's one of the most quoted books in the New Testament, bcause there is so much in Deuteronomy. That's the excuse I have for going so slow through it, but it's fun.
Deuteronomy 8:1-2 Deuteronomy 8:1-2  All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers.
 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or no.
American King James Version×– “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, - be observing; to do - that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember – it's the same remembrance; to remember – that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
Whether you would choose life or you would choose death. Whether there would be victory or defeat. We can reword this in verse 2 – maybe a little more clearly for our time. We see again in verse 2 – and you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these past six months – through what the world is calling this pandemic, which so far it seems not too bad right now, which we can thank God for. It's still real. There are still things that have been taking place, but God has led us these past six months, and He will continue to lead us through the months ahead, if we continue to follow His lead. But why? Is it so “Oh, you can have a good life. People see that you're doing well and that you're the ones that I'm working with?”. It's not what it says. He's led us these past six months to humble us and to test us. Usually, one of the first things we think of: “Oh, these things are happening to the world. They need to repent.” Do we have room for repentance in us? Have we looked in the past six months, “Well, how am I doing?” What if we are closer than ever? What if it's right around the corner? How is my relationship with God? How's my prayer life? How has my Bible study been? Am I digging in to things more than ever? Or, “Ah, this is just a blip. I've got plenty of time to repent later.”
God allowed testing to Israel. God allows testing for us to humble us and to test us, as it says, to know what was in our heart, whether we would keep His commandments or not. “I think, ‘Well, you know, God's commandments are fine when it's peaceful, but when it's tough and it's difficult, it's not that important to me.’” God tests our heart to see what our attitude is. How quickly will we cave? Or if we cave, how quickly will we see it and repent? “Oh, why did I do that, God? Help me to be stronger. Help me to keep at it – to not give up” That importance of life or death – victory or defeat.
So much of what this day of Trumpets pictures – of this blowing and this remembrance, to remember. Interesting this memorial of blowing of trumpets. What were they to remember? One of the first things I think of – you can turn back to Exodus 19 – I wonder…there's no verse that says, “Well here's exactly what they should remember about it,” but here's the first place we see trumpet and ram's horn mentioned. And to some, it was a trembling event. And to others, I wonder how excited they were. You know, we don't get to hear from Joshua or Caleb or Moses here. We hear the majority later in chapter 20 – “You speak to us, Moses. We're scared to death to hear God speak to us. You speak to us.” But I wonder: Ws Caleb, Joshua, “Oh, this is awesome! We get to hear God! Look at what His might is!” You see their attitude later. But we see here in Exodus 19 – the first place we see ram's horn – verse 13 – it goes through these commandments. They weren't to touch this mountain when God descended upon it.
Exodus 19:13 Exodus 19:13There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet sounds long, they shall come up to the mount.
American King James Version×– Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, - this is the first place ram's horn is found, it's translated trumpet here, but it's the word for ram's horn in the Hebrew. When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain. Think of this: there should have been excitement. Wow! We get to come closer. But if they weren't right with God, if they weren't following, what were you going to do? You're going to tremble! “I don't want to hear that! Maybe He's going to point out something I've done wrong.” Well, how about you repent and do what God shows?
This first place that ram's horn is found here, we see as well – dropping down to verse 16 – I'm not going to through all of this. It's an interesting study, in chapter 19, that leads in to the Ten Commandments given in chapter 20.
V-16 – Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people were in the camp trembling. We have the shofar; the ram's horn; here in front, and we have one of the silver trumpets. I'm sure the ones that were in the sanctuary were much more elaborate. But we were playing around with them last night and sounding them. They were not trembling at all. They had a little bit of a…what would it be to hear angels blow it? You think of this piercing blast. I mean, this one, you can have a little bit of a melody out of. You can kind of change a little in your armature. The ram's horn you can degree it. You can make it blare a little bit more, but it's more of a piercing blast. And if you really get it to sound, it just bellows through the home. Think about an angel blowing it, as we will see in Revelation. And this reminder here, they're approaching Mount Sinai. They're told don't touch the mountain. It's holy. And when these blow you're going to know it. And there is thunderings and earthquakes, and this is God's power! You think of, “Wow! What was it like to be there?”
We see as well, in verse 19, the third place the trumpet is mentioned here.
V-19 – And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder – this is no human being blowing it – louder and louder. You'd just run out of breath. You can try to make that thing pierce for awhile, but you've got to catch your breath. ...became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.
Think of God appearing to them. They didn't see Him. He was in a cloud – wasn't able to be seen. We think of this piercing blast, these thunderings, lightnings. You see into chapter 20, verses 18-21, the vast majority were scared! “We don't want to have hear from God. We'd rather hear from you, Moses.” And you think, “Oh, but you'd rather hear from God. Why do you need a go-between?” What if Moses was a great leader, but, he wasn't perfect. And the next ones that come in – eventually you get to the time of judges – what if they don't pass on what God tells them to say? They had the opportunity to hear it first-hand. And it was terrifying to hear and see all that took place. But it was to be a relationship. Ah, think of the power – the might – that was there.
Trumpets then, again, was mentioned three times – this blasting that took place,.this blowing of the trumpet. You see, it's the same one that is mentioned in Joshua 6. Turn over to Joshua 6. This one occurring during the Days of Unleavened Bread. That's another one that is a fun one to read through. And you think of Joshua – I still would love to sit down with Joshua and say, “What was it like when you first heard all you had to do was walk around Jericho and blow horns. and shout. and the walls were going to fall flat?” You know, we all have faith in God. but to hear that for the first time? This was the mightiest city in the entire area! You could ride a chariot around the wall. These were not little thin walls that you get enough reverberation, “Yeah, we could make that thing fall. Maybe we just hit it with a chariot and it will fall over.” These things were massive – impenetrable! And God tells you, “March around it once every day during Unleavened Bread, and on that seventh day, you're going to walk around it seven times, and you're going to blow the horns and shout!” “Okay, I believe you, God.” But you would have to see it when it finally took place. And in this instruction we see here in verse 5:
Joshua 6:5-6 Joshua 6:5-6  And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said to them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD.
American King James Version×– It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet – here we see the ram's horn and the trumpet – and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout. Then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Then Joshua, the son of Nun, called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” The trumpet was what God used to begin and to show what would take place. Why, again, this is during Unleavened Bread, but we have the symbolism of the trumpet and again the two sides – “I set before you life and death.” To Israel, this would be great joy, and triumph and victory. To Jericho, utter defeat. Same event. Same trumpet. Same thing that took place, but which side were you on? Depends on whether you were joyful that day or whether you were in captivity or died. Victory or Defeat. Two again that mention.
We think of even what we looked at in Numbers...well, we didn't go there. Let's go to Numbers 10. So many of these verses, I'm like – oh, we can skip it this year. Why? The sanctuary and what they had for these instructions. So much of these trumpets that again remind us what took place.
Numbers 10:1-9 Numbers 10:1-9  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
 Make you two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shall you make them: that you may use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
 And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to you at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
 And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves to you.
 When you blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.
 When you blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.
 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but you shall not sound an alarm.
 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.
 And if you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then you shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.
American King James Version×– And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Make two silver trumpets” – I still haven't saved up and I really don't think I ever will, I keep looking on Amazon every year. That's where I got this thing, and I want to get two. These are not the equivalent of what they had. It's just a prop to look at. Well, it's kind of similar. They were long and silver. This is not silver. This is cheap – as cheap as I'm paying for it anyway. “Make two silver trumpets for yourself. You shall make them of hammered work. You shall use them for calling the assembly and for directing the movement of the camps.” Think of the nation of Israel as they – millions – at least 1.5 to 2 million, by most estimates – how big they were. You needed, “Hey, it's time to move everyone!” And oh, they couldn't hear me in the back. They had the trumpet to let them know. But it was also used for war, so you were either moving or there was an enemy coming. So you had to, “Alright, what's this for?” What were the piercings for? What was each mentioned for? So they had the directions that were given there. We see, dropping down to verses 8-10:
V-8-10 – The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets. And these shall be to you as an ordinance – or statute - forever throughout your generations. When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you – here's the oppression, and you start looking at our time now. We look at Satan's world around us. It is the enemy. It's oppressive. You're trying to follow God's way. It doesn't want you to. It's more popular to go away from God's way. …the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered – so here we see the remembrance goes to someone else. And you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. God remembers when He hears the trumpet. Israel was given this command as they were to move and assemble, and this reminder they would go through war when an enemy was coming at them, they would blow the trumpet; God would hear and save them. The trumpet was, “God, we need Your help!” Let the people know, “All right, there is an invasion. Get in place. Start getting hunkered down.” But the trumpet was also for God to hear and remember them, and to save them from it – to save them from the enemy. Verse 10: Also in the day of your gladness – it keeps coming back to “Here's the good times” – the joyous account for blowing it. These ones that are mentioned. In the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. And they shall be a memorial for you before your God – a memorial for you before your God – I am the Lord your God.”
We see Trumpets matches all of these. Specifically, in verse 9 and 10, it was used for war. The sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war, Jeremiah talks about. We see it was used for war when enemies were coming in. It was also the day of your gladness, which is why we are here – one of the reasons for the Feast of Trumpets. The day of your gladness and in your appointed Feasts – again, God's appointed Feasts – and at the beginning of your months. If anyone went out last night, if you had a warm coat on, it got pretty chilly last night. I went out before going to bed, and it was pretty dark. I couldn't even see the sliver. I didn't go far, because it was getting pretty cold out, but it just makes a note of how dark it is outside. Again, the beginning of the months. That small sliver of the moon that was out. These four fulfilled by the Feast of Trumpets: war, the day of our gladness, and the appointed feasts, and the beginning of your months. This Feast of Trumpets begins that seventh month of God and all that it pictures in God's plan. God's Feast of Trumpets is both a solemn day and a time of rejoicing. Which will it be for you? As in the time of Jericho. It was that way for one, and another for the other. For God's saints – the true followers of God – it is a time of rejoicing. True victory comes on this day. To those that will not repent, and fight against Jesus Christ, they will experience quick and utter defeat. Victory or defeat?
We think of the trumpets that are mentioned in Revelation. You can turn over there. So much of the Old and New Testament coming together paint the full picture. Revelation 8, beginning in verse 1 – this prelude to the seventh seal, which includes all the seven trumpets.
Revelation 8:1-6 Revelation 8:1-6  And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunder, and lightning, and an earthquake.
 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
American King James Version× – When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Think of what was going to take place, maybe some time of being somber. Here's the things that are going to take place. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. Think of that sweet incense that comes up before God being compared to that sweet incense – the smell that was just beautiful – those prayers of the saints. This is a reminder of what will take place with these seven trumpets. Verse 4: And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The seven trumpets had not blown yet. They still haven't. I think I mentioned that, a year or two ago, I had someone call – four, five, maybe ten years ago – and she claimed that she heard one of the trumpets. And I said, “Well, what took place?” Because you read through chapter 8, there's not going to be a trumpet, and then, “Oh, that was a trumpet!” Well, nothing took place. I said, “You might want to go through Revelation.” I haven't heard from her again. I wasn't worried that she actually heard the trumpets. She wasn't…well, we won't get into that.
But these seven trumpets that sound will make the last six months seem like child's play. You see, the first one, the vegetation is struck – a third of the vegetation. Each of these numbers should astound us. A third of the vegetation struck. The second trumpet, a third of the seas are struck. And then we see the third trumpet, a third of all the water, all the fresh water struck. The fourth we see the heavens struck – a third. We had a third of the sun, a third of the moon, a third of the stars. Talk about devastation and blackening out of what even the sun produces. We saw a very little bit. Even if you went out this week and you saw maybe a little bit of the haze. The haze was so far up in the atmosphere it actually came all the way from the west coast and those fires in California. It didn't really affect breathing, but it was so high up in the altitude – that's how far and how much it reached. You think that was nothing. You can still see a sunny day. What will it be like when a third is struck? And it will take these areas out. This fourth trumpet.
And then, we see in chapter 9, the fifth trumpet, which begins the three woes. We see chemical and biological weapons – the locusts descending from the bottomless pit. We see the sixth trumpet in Revelation 9:16 Revelation 9:16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
American King James Version×– the angels from the Euphrates – the second woe – w. Where a third of mankind is killed. This takes place after the four horsemen ride. We already had a fourth die from famine and pestilence and disease. Here we see a third of mankind that are left now dies with the sixth trumpet. We see why. Again, it's still on an unrepentant world. God's wrath. We see here in Revelation 9:20 Revelation 9:20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
American King James Version×– you read just briefly, as we skim through the first six trumpets, what is the attitude? Verse 20.
Revelation 9:20-21 Revelation 9:20-21  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
American King James Version×– But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Verses 20 through 21 – we see all of these taking place: idolatry, worshiping of idols – we'll call them saints – whatever you want to name them, they're still demons. They are not alive – well, the saints that they think they're praying to aren't alive. The demons are. This idolatry that creeps so vastly into society. Murders, sorceries, sexual immorality and thefts. We see so much of this, even on a limited scale right now. It will get worse. There is no repentance – no “we need to change”. No, “We have everything we need. We still have our Christ sitting on his throne in Rome, and we are good to go, and this has to be the false society.”
An unrepentant world is why God's wrath is there. God's saints are being killed left and right through what takes places before the seven trumps. No repentance. No, God still heard their prayers even up to their dying breath. Still sweet aroma to Him to know. Hang in there. They will be awakened from their grave and be brought back. And you picture God saying, “Hang in there. There will be a time when I'm going to resurrect them back to life.” Victory as opposed to defeat.
But as we go through this time – even before this – the three and a half years of tribulation – this last year which seems to be these last seven trumpets that will fulfill this day of the Lord. Isaiah 34:8 Isaiah 34:8For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
American King James Version×is that reference we've gone through most years that mentions that possibly being that year time of that last three and a half years. This day of the Lord of this year of these seven last trumpets still comes on an unrepentant world – a world that doesn't want to turn to God. We'll see many that did repent, did turn back. You can turn back to Revelation 7 – we see the sealing of Israel. Revelation 7 – before the trumpets sound. So we see the first six seals in this chapter. First four horsemen, the great tribulation, heavenly signs that have occurred before the seven trumpets. During that time, God will use it as a testing. How will God's people do? Will people repent and turn back? There will be vast numbers that will repent – which is encouraging. You see here in Revelation 7:3-4 Revelation 7:3-4  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
American King James Version×:
Revelation 7:4 Revelation 7:4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
American King James Version×– And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed. It goes through those tribes. We then see a great multitude. Verse 9:
V-9-11 – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes – repentance was there, they accepted Christ's sacrifice and their sins were forgiven – with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God. This reminder of that future event; dropping down to verse 14 – this innumerable multitude:
V-14 – And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” He says, what are all these things? So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. They repented. They were baptized. They accepted Christ's sacrifice and they wanted to start putting leaven out of their life year around – to live without sin, to look to God and understand it's only through Christ's sacrifice that their sins can be forgiven. And there is a way that they have to live – keeping God's laws, keeping His commandments – and they're a joy and a delight. That innumerable multitude that will come out of the great tribulation is a comfort that they will go through. And I don't want to have to go through that time. It talks about a place of safety in other places in Revelation. I hope that I can be there. But if I'm not ready, God has to test me. I'd rather be ready now and be doing what's right now.
We think of this reminder, that that sealing – the protection – will be there. Some will be protected because they died. They will be safely in the grave waiting for the resurrection. Others will be protected other ways that God will see fit – this sealing and protection of them – that they will not go through the agony of the seven last trumpets. Those that even will go through the first six and will not want to repent. They will choose not to follow God – why, again, we have the reminder over and over, God's Feast of Trumpets is both a solemn day and a time of rejoicing. It depends on which side you're on – defeat versus victory, life or death. For God's saints, the elect, the true followers of God, those who repent, it is a time of rejoicing. To even start to hear the sounds of the blast, to hear what will that be like? And even this week, I was listening to some very accomplished people who play the trumpet –, I just love hearing that sound of the trumpet – I wonder how much it will make them sound pathetic when you hear the actual sound of the blast of this trumpet. It doesn't sound like it's going to be a musical sound. It's going to be this blast that goes out – a warning. And each one of these that – everyone will have Revelation in their Bible – hears those trumpet blasts. To have it before you and to reason, “Well, it can't be this one. It can't be that.” But God's saints, as they go through, will – “Ah, we're counting them down. Whether we're in the grave – we're not going to hear them – but we'll hear that last one! But, if we're in that place of safety, wherever God chooses, we think of each one of them will sound, what will that excitement be? What will that motivation be? You think, in your life what motivates you? What's the thing you get up for in the morning? What gives you the excitement, “Ah, I can hardly wait to get up!” What motivates you? God's plan gives hope and motivation to keep enduring even during the toughest times – to keep enduring. What kind of inheritance do you have ahead of you? What is that hope?
This Feast of Trumpets reminds us of it. Turn back to 1 Corinthians. We'll be back to Revelation but; a simple place to have in mind – 1 Corinthians 15. We looked at this two weeks ago, but I love these verses. It's interesting because these are ones that I often read at funerals to remind us of our hope. You know, you read them over and over each time something new usually – I haven't thought about that word. Sherman's funeral was a few weeks ago, and when I was reading it – I didn't have a pen in my pocket – but I'm going through the funeral, and I'm like, “I want to look up that word. Where else is that found? This is an important aspect that's here. We see here in verse 50 – so much through this whole chapter – we get down to verse 50:
1 Corinthians 15:50-54 1 Corinthians 15:50-54  Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
 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.
 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
American King James Version×– Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Without giving a whole sermon or two, I think Ed Dowd gave a great series a few months ago on what does it mean to be born again. Well, to be born again, you have to be a spirit being to be in God's family. It is not a baptism. It's a beginning portion, as you start to go through it, but you're not born again until that seventh trump blasts, and you're changed incorruptible. That's what the reference is. And we'll see it another place as well. …flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery – take note, this is missing in the world. 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…. There is no doubt. We get to the sixth one…”Well, I don't know, will there be a seventh one?” It will sound. And the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” This word victory is used three times in three verses in these short eight, nine verses that we'll read here.
The first one we see, death is swallowed up in victory. This only applies to those that are changed in a twinkling of an eye. They will never die again. This first resurrection is to spirit life. Death is swallowed up in victory. Verse 55:
V-55-57 – “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” It's not there anymore for those who have been changed in a twinkling of an eye. Here again, verse 55 – the second place we see. O Hades, where is your victory?” The grave has no victory anymore. Verse 56: The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God. Here we're reminded: you think about our blessings that we've recounted and thought about before we gave the offering. Hopefully, it's something we always think about, and usually when you do, you realize, “Alright, I can't empty out the bank account, but I definitely deserve to give God every single thing I have.” And we do at baptism. We commit our life. We bury the old man and we come up to a new way of life. This reminder of what God has done in our life is all about verse 57: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Which side are you on?
This day reminds that those that are given the victory from the Father, have been given the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. It goes back again to Passover. Can't get any further in God's plan without the death of Jesus Christ for your sins. We all deserve the death penalty. This victory that is mentioned three times: see in verse 54, verse 55, and verse 57. We'll get back to this word. Let's finish up this section. Verse 58 – we went through this a couple years ago
V-58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
As we look forward to that seventh trump and we long for that seventh trump to sound, it's not just a waiting game. It's not, “Well, let me just sit back and let the…not today, well.” We are to be doing something. You see three things specifically mentioned: to be steadfast. This word steadfast means settled; steady – used metaphorically in referring to the mind and purpose – steadfast in mind and purpose. Alright, yeah. Troubling events have been occurring the last six months. Are we settled? Are we still looking for the Kingdom and His righteousness? The second thing mentioned: we are to be immovable. It means unmovable; firm; set. You think of putting on the armor of God. To stand. Not to run, but to be immovable – immovable ultimately in God's ways. And the third one: always abounding in the work of the Lord. This word abounding means to be in excess; exceed in measure; to super abound; to abound richly. To abound richly in the work of the Lord – not in the work of the world. We're to abound in the work of the Lord. This word for work in the Greek means to labor; the business. We're in the family business. We're in the employment. Something to be done. God's work. What is that work that we are to be abounding in? We'll see more of that through the whole rest of the sermon, but the reminder that we have here, that we thank God the Father who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This word victory – Strong's number 3534. It's nikos; N-I-K-O-S. We'll see it in two other versions; different; I think this is the adjective. It's used only one other place besides these three places here in 1 Corinthians. So, it's used quite a bit, and we see this mention of it three times in these four or five verses, but only one other place. That's what kind of interested me when I was going through it at the funeral. Oh, victory, and it never popped out at me the same way. And so I love word searches. Where is it found? And what else does it have in that meaning? Because, thanks to God, we have to know what it is. What is that victory? This word that is used here, again, is nikos. And it means victoriously, triumphantly. This word in understanding of triumph. We think of what this word means. We see through verse 50-58, it's ultimately that being changed in the twinkling of an eye. Death no longer has anything over us. We can no longer die. Which will mean a lot, especially if we go through some kind of a death through the great tribulation – other times leading up to that. That triumph and victory that only comes from the Father through Jesus Christ. How important this is!
The only other place it is found comes from Christ. Matthew 12 – for this specific word. We'll see other verb and noun versions of it. Matthew 12. God's word is so rich. Christ – “Oh yeah, I guess I should use that word one other time before you get to it later in 1 Corinthians.” Matthew 12:15 Matthew 12:15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from there: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
American King James Version×, here we have the healing on the Sabbath that takes place. They want to kill Him, because He actually healed – nothing wrong with that. Verses 9-14 – it's not talking of a doctor. It's talking about a miracle! They should have been rejoicing. Again, there are two sides – life and death. The person is healed and here you have the other people: “Let's kill this guy for healing him!” We see, then, it goes into verse 15:
V-15-21 – But when Jesus knew it – knew they were trying to destroy Him – He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying – now He's going to quote Isaiah, verse 18 – we'll turn to this here in a second: “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him. Here's God putting His Spirit upon “My beloved” – this reference to Jesus Christ. And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break. This isn't the time for judgment, but also something else that's mentioned in here as well. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory, and in His name Gentiles will trust.” This word victory that is used in verse 20 isn't used in Isaiah. Similar word; it's the same word; but it's not translated victory back in Isaiah; probably should be. But here Christ reminds them that until He sends forth justice to victory – ultimately already pointing to that seventh trump – that victory that would occur.
Turn over to Isaiah, where we see this original quote – Isaiah 42:1-4 Isaiah 42:1-4  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth.
 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
American King James Version×. I know, I say it a lot. I love where things are quoted from the Old Testament in the New, and then you read them both, and Christ didn't, “Oh, I messed up. I didn't quote it perfectly.” He quoted it perfectly, the way it was to be fulfilled and what it's true meaning was. We think of Isaiah 42:1 Isaiah 42:1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
American King James Version×:
Isaiah 42:1-4 Isaiah 42:1-4  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth.
 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
American King James Version×– “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break. We see a lot of it already, think, well it wasn't the time of judgment, think of all the great multitudes that followed. He healed every single one of them! He doesn't, “Well, do you keep the Sabbath? Well, I'm not healing you. Do you?” That doesn't mean the Sabbath is not important. I just meant all those anguishing, even the broken reeds, maybe some that weren't fully following. Christ healed every single one of them. It didn't mean, “Oh, good, now you can do whatever you want.” It meant He had compassion on everyone, knowing the Father would call them in their time, and when they would look back they would say, “Christ healed me during that. Look, He is the one that is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.” This broken reed – those hurting – He will not hurt or break. Christ had compassion on all. We think of His return, it'll be a little different. Compassion will be there to those who repent, but those who fight against Him will end very quickly. Still here in verse 3: He will bring forth justice for truth. This word truth here in the Hebrew is the same one we see, He will bring forth justice for victory in the New Testament. Victory. Truth. God's truth will prevail. God's truth will be done. God's plan will be there. That plan, that ultimate victory. Verse 4: He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth, and the coast lands shall wait for His law.
Think of a prophecy that will be fulfilled ultimately on Trumpets, and we think of what Christ mentions in Matthew 12, where He quotes from this exact place in Isaiah 42 – and quotes it with the reminder of victory that will be there – a victory that is there for those that choose life. Those who choose death…it isn't there. This victory that is only given from the Father through Jesus Christ.
Turn over to 1 John 5. You see the noun of this. I didn't look up the word meaning. It's the word, if you look at it in the Greek, nike. N-I-K-E. (I know nike got there from some pagan deity. I'm not trying to tell you to go buy Nikes, but I find it interesting where this full word for nike does mean victory. 1 John. Sorry, I'm getting sidetracked.) 1 John 5 – too busy talking about Nike. 1 John 5, this is the noun. It's hard to miss my favorite verses in verse 3, but, we'll see. Oh, let's read verse 3.
1 John 5:3-4 1 John 5:3-4  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
American King James Version×– For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. We often read this, but what does come after it? This is the love of God, we keep His commandments. They're not a burden. They're a joy! We rejoice at them. It's interesting…those that look at God's commandments and it's a burden. God set before you life and death. There are two sides. “Oh, I have to keep this. It's not what I really want to do. I'd rather be doing something else today. Is there victory with that? God's saints look at God's commandments as a joy. “Ah, I get to follow God's ways. They're blessings. They're what's truth. Verse 4: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – your faith.
Think of faith and how precious it is. In the Pastor's letter, Christ was saying, “When the Son of Man returns, will He actually find faith?” Those who overcome the world – is through faith. When we baptize an individual, we go through, “Will you feel this presence of God's Holy Spirit just fill you? Will there be something you feel? No, there isn't. What do you have? You have the faith. God promised with the baptism and the laying on of hands, He will send His Spirit to dwell in you – His power. It's faith that you have. You have the same faith. None of us were ever there when Christ was crucified. But we know by faith the promise was given – it was done – and we have faith. We know that these things took place. They drive us. They give us that courage in our life. This is what Hebrews 11…do what God says. Believing in God and doing what He says are the two aspects of what true Godly faith is. And those born of God – ultimately, what's mentioned here in verse 4 – born at that seventh trump. You're not fully born into the family. You're at that beginning process at baptism, but you're not born into the family of God until that seventh trump and you are changed at a twinkling of an eye. That's when you are truly born into the family of God. You are no longer physical. You will be a spirit being in God's family. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And it is a struggle at times. Usually after baptism, “Oh I'll never sin again.” You know deep down that's probably not true, because you've seen your parents, and they're not perfect. You see others in the congregation, they're not perfect. But we're all working on it. We're hopefully all overcoming and still working on it. We're not getting into a rut in our life. We're not trying to, “Well, this is just the way I was born.” We're all working at overcoming.
It's interesting. This word for victory and overcoming are very closely related. This word for overcome, that's used here in verse 4, this victory has overcome the world. The first word for victory is 3529. 3529 here in verse 4 – a word I mentioned earlier, nike, N-I-K-E. This word for overcome is also translated as victory in other places. This overcome is 3528. 3528. Nikao. N-I-K-A-O. We see another variation of this word. And it means, this word overcome, to conquer. Also translated victory. It's interesting. When I was looking up both of these words for victory and overcome, they both brought me to one spot in Revelation. Both of these words are found there. The word for victory and overcoming that we see.
Turn over to Revelation 15. We read this two weeks ago. Chapter 11 is where the trumpet sounds the beginning of the third woe. Again, the seventh trumpet is victory for one group and it's defeat for another. It's life for one – true eternal life. And it's death to another. We won't turn back there, but Revelation 11:15-19 Revelation 11:15-19  And 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.
 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces, and worshipped God,
 Saying, We give you thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because you have taken to you your great power, and have reigned.
 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.
 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning, and voices, and thunder, and an earthquake, and great hail.
American King James Version×. One of the reasons I gave that sermon two weeks ago was to hit some of those fundamentals of these fall holy days. But that seventh trump sounds, and it brings on the seven bowls. The seventh trump, that we often talk about and can hardly wait for, is absolute joy and victory to the saints. And to the others, it doesn't go well. You thought the first six trumpets were devastating. We see this seventh trump and the seven bowls that are poured out. You see here in chapter 15, verse 1:
Revelation 15:1-3 – Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues. It's got to be some comfort to know it's the seven last plagues. There's no more after it. The seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete. Make no mistake that God's wrath is perfectly justified. It's perfectly merciful. It's quick. They will be given the opportunity to repent. They'll be raised to physical life in that second resurrection. But those that will continue to defy and not repent and turn to God, God will send these last seven plagues on the earth. But it's interesting that before they're given, we see verse 2. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast. Make no mistake, the time of the beast will be difficult. And that's probably an understatement. It talks about…maybe after the Feast, we will go through some of these verses that talk about what will take place – what we have to be prepared for. It talks about you won't be able to buy or sell unless you have the mark of the beast. You won't be able to go buy or sell. “Well, I have to get it, because I've got to have food.” There will be those that will stand up for God's way to the very end. And as it says here: …those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying…. We'll get to this song here in a little bit.
We think of this victory that's given. This victory that is mentioned, it's the same family of words as you look at what we just looked at in 1 John 5. It also goes back to 1 Corinthians 15. It's the same word – this word victory – the same word is translated overcome. To overcome is victory. Overcoming doesn't mean you never slip up again and you never go down that path. Sometimes we do, and we get back up with God's help. We repent. We keep trying to overcome. This victory and overcoming – how closely they are related and how each of the seven church eras – each and every one of them – says to overcome. And things that we're to look at. We've gone through a whole sermon on that. It's been awhile. It's a good one to go through Revelation 2 and 3. Look at each of the ones who overcome. They're written to all the church eras. It's not, “Oh, just this church needs to work on this, and just this one.” But to read through them and, “Oh, am I overcoming in this area? Am I working on this?” This victory and overcoming – how closely they are related! Victory has our part in overcoming – overcoming and coming out of this world – a unified world that will be lead by Satan and the beast power will become more and more difficult. Maybe not what we want to think about, but might make these last six months seem like…well, I'd like to go back to that time. But will we still be victorious? Will we still be overcoming during those times as well?
The trumpet is to be a joyful sound to the saints. Once the trumpet sounds, there is victory for the saints. Why as the seven bowls are poured out, those that have victory from the Father through Jesus Christ have already been changed in the twinkling of an eye. They're spirit beings at that point. That victory is, you're going through the song and the excitement of the seventh trumpet sounded! This is the one we've been waiting for, and you think of all the things we can hardly wait for. Can we picture that seventh trump?
There's not a time that I don't go through Trumpets without, who you looking forward to seeing? We were talking about again last night. We think of this joyful time. But on the other side of it, to those who choose death, there is defeat – why, as we look at the Feast of Trumpets, it's victory or defeat. That seventh trump, when it sounds for those that have victory from the Father through Jesus Christ, talk about joy. You think about what will it be like. You think about those with the aches and pains will never have an ache or pain. There was a member back in our old area who died a number of years ago – Mr. Kepler. He was always crippled. From the time I remembered him as a kid, he was on crutches. And I remember the times he'd be in the back of the hall…he'd be at church every single week. And I remember seeing him fall on his crutches. He'd get up with a smile and kept at it. And I remember seeing him, as he went down more, and was in a wheel chair. My girls got to meet him. From the time I was a kid until I had kids, where they could meet him. Every time I read the verse that talks about leaping like a deer, I will see Mr. Kepler leap like a deer. I can hardly wait. Can you picture the time? Because the seven last bowls that will be poured out are not on the saints – be changed in the twinkling of an eye. What will the song be like? It's not, “Oh, and don't forget my woes. Here's how I died.” And there are people that have been sawn in half. Isaiah the prophet is mentioned – that possibly was killed that way. We know someone was. It's mentioned in Hebrews 11.
It's interesting the song is not, “Oh, I've gone through so much, look at me. Look at what all I've done. The focus should be on me. We're the saints now. Look to us. Worship us.” What is the song? The seventh trump, the excitement is there. And here we see the song, which I'm sure we can't even fathom how beautiful this will be to think about who you're singing beside. You know we've gone through those, remembering of those who have died in the past years. To look forward to those we will see again. Think about it. I hate to list names, because I know I forget people, even last year when I went through them. Oh, what about this person. Usually I'm going through my funeral notes that I've done, writing them down and the past year, since last Feast of Trumpets. I think of Sharon. I can hardly wait to see Sharon – Sharon Smith – and the time we tried to talk to her – and she had the difficulties of talking, but she always had that smile on her face. I look forward to seeing Sharon when she sees her mom. You think of those individuals. Does this day have the meaning? Does it give you the excitement? Do you think about what this day means, if you are on the victory side? It's not something to be ashamed of. It's not our might. It's not because, wow, we are just so much better. I always go back to 1 Corinthians, whenever we start to get a big head. Alright, God's not calling the brightest and the kings and priests of the world. He calls the lowly to show them that it's not our might. It's God's might.
We think of those individuals. Darryl Waterman. We think of Sherman. He just died in the past few weeks. We think of individuals that we will long to see again. Obviously, their spouses can hardly wait for it. Brothers and sisters seeing those individuals through the years. Even when I was at Sherman's, we were just a maybe a few blocks from where Mr. Price and Mrs. Price used to live, and so I drove by their old place. I remember going with Mr. Price after Alberta had died, and seeing the tombstone so I knew where it was. I went up – I never go to…obviously, we're not talking to them. They're dead. I go up to the area to see where it was, just to see if it was being kept up. And it was only a short distance from there. It got me thinking, “You know, you think these two will be brought up together at that spot – to rise out of the earth. They're not going to care what their tombstone looked like. They're not caring right now. You look at these individuals, men of faith through the years, and there are a lot. I'm not going to list them all. I usually try to think of the ones in the past year that have died, but there are so many of those individuals we're excited to see again. We think of those throughout Hebrews 11 – you know, the Stephens, the Pauls, the Davids, the Daniels, the Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (and I even look forward to seeing their parents and not being around too close when they say they changed their names to pagan names.) But their parents will likely be at that seventh trump.
Do you picture yourself there? Do you get excited, get goose bumps there? Yeah, we look forward to the Feast of Tabernacles, Last Great Day – wonderful meanings. But this is the day where true victory is to the saints. And we will serve through those future times. And we can hardly wait to see those on the Last Great Day that will be brought up – to teach and to have other extended family. But, if you're not here on this day in victory, you'll be there. When you hear the seventh trump, my first thought will probably be to pinch myself. Does it hurt or not? Am I a spirit being? Will it be that quick, the twinkling of an eye? Because if I'm physical at that seventh trump; what have I been doing? I hope I'm not going to be physical at that seventh trump. We want to be on the side of victory. That reminder of what God's plan is for us, to be thinking about those individuals that we long to see. As you think about it, them sitting, standing, floating? We're going to be able to fly at that point. Singing this song before God's throne. And why I love these verses because, yeah, we can get caught up in, “Oh, I've gone through this trial and that trial.” God cares for us, but who's going to bring you through it? What I love, as you think about these verses, in verses 3 and 4:
Revelation 15:3 Revelation 15:3And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints.
American King James Version×– They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous – “am I and all that I've gone through?” Nope. Hopefully, not what your Bible says. Look at especially Atonement. You think of an attitude God's looking at – humility. We are to fast on the Day of Atonement. But it should go beyond just doing without food and water – an attitude of humility. It's not about us. But boy, it will be wonderful to be on the side of victory. All through the years people go, “Oh you keep the Sabbath. You keep the Old Testament days – those Jewish days?” Yes. That's the side of victory! God's ways. They're precious. They're…you can hardly wait to have them fulfilled. But this world spits and tramples on them and makes you think that you are a loser for keeping them. True victory comes from following all of God's laws. Let's get to what the verse actually says now, sorry. Great and marvelous are Your works – capital Y – Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways. So many of these, as you start to go through, you look at devastations that have happened. You look at people getting cancer, going, “Well, that's not a just God.” No, it's not. We are in Satan's world. Why we don't jump from Trumpets to the Feast of Tabernacles. Day of Atonement – someone has to be shackled. Someone has to be thrown into the bottomless pit because of his deceptions, his antics, making you think thoughts, like “Yeah, God's not always fair all the time.” God is always perfectly fair. We live in a world that has chosen Satan's ways. They continue to choose not to repent and turn to God. So God stands back, “Oh, I can let more hurricanes hit you.” These are Satan's ways. This is what Satan is doing. This is Satan's world. He wants to kill everyone. God says, “I can stand back.” These words to the song that are to be sung are ones that we think about. Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? Makes you think of back to Mount Sinai. There should have been trembling, even from the Caleb, Joshua and Moses that are around it. But it was a healthy fear. Look at the God we're serving! He makes the ground just shake, and His voice boom. Look at His power. I'm nothing without Him. I want to be close to God. That's the one I've got to be by. And we think about this: Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy - why He alone makes the Sabbath holy, why He alone makes the holy convocation, and why we put thought into it. I mention that all the time. Why wear suits? I do not wear a suit to impress anyone in this room. I wear my very best to come before the ruler of the universe, Who called this holy convocation. And we have the privilege to be here before Him. You think of coming before dignitaries. None of them deserve anything compared to what our Father deserves, who called us. I wear my very best before Him. You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You. For Your judgments have been manifested – the Feast of Trumpets – judgment will come on this Earth. It will be perfectly justified. It'll be exactly what God shows is needed on an unrepentant world. And it's still with mercy. It's not as this world thinks, “Oh, they're going to burn in hell for all eternity.” They'll be brought up in the second resurrection, and we'll go through that on the Last Great Day, and what their part, that they can then learn God's ways and repent and be a part of God's family like every single one of us. God's plan is for all of mankind. And this Feast of Trumpets is one that reminds us to keep watching, to keep overcoming.
So many verses that we think of – sermons on themselves on watching. A couple that I'll give you just to put in your notes for lack of time. Luke 21. Luke 21:34-38 Luke 21:34-38  And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares.
 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and stayed in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.
 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.
American King James Version×. We're reminded over and over to watch. It's a great word study to look up everywhere watch comes up. Watching. Sometimes we can get stuck on world events, which is part of watching. Watching, even more so is watching our lives, seeing where we are going, how we're doing. Are we overcoming? Turn over here to Revelation 21. This being after New Jerusalem comes down – the new Heaven and new Earth – and this same concept and reminder to overcome, the same reminder that we have today.
Revelation 21:7-8 Revelation 21:7-8  He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
American King James Version×– He who overcomes shall inherit all things. You think of, again, translation, victory. Shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. This is the same promise that will take place after the Last Great Day for all to be in God's family. The same one we have now. Verse 8. It doesn't end there. But the cowardly – this word is fearful. How fearful have we been in the six months? I'm not belittling it at all. It's been tough at times. I hated that we had to cancel service for some weeks. And it has taken us awhile to get back. And even now, we're six feet apart. It's starting to get back to normal, but we still have a ways to go, if we get back to it. My prayer is we speed up end time events and let's get to the trumps. God's will be done. We think of this reminder. But the cowardly – are we fearful? Does fear run our life? The cowardly, unbelieving. Faith is no longer there. Well, God promises this but I can't really believe Him. I don't think He'd really protect me through this Feast of Tabernacles. I don't think He could possibly – you fill in the blank. Unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars – you think liars is in the same list as murderers? It's surely not that bad. You can tell white lies. It's not that important. All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death – that lake of fire. Those that do not repent. It doesn't mean that we weren't this way, and we came out of this way of life. It means those that continue to go down this path of being cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars. This way of life is the world's way of life. We're to overcome and come out of it, to turn to God to what victory really is. The lake of fire is the ultimate in defeat. Choosing to follow God and live by His ways, we see true victory on this Feast of Trumpets – to stay close to God, prayer, Bible study, fasting, meditation, humble. Stay close to God.
Micah 6:8 Micah 6:8He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
American King James Version×– one of my favorite verses. Hopefully, a memory verse, you can put in your notes – Micah 6:8 Micah 6:8He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
American King James Version×. What God expects. We'll look at some of this either next Sabbath or on Atonement and that attitude of humility. How quickly pride puffs us up. How quickly! Yeah, I'm going to be there at the seventh trump. Will you? Not on your own, you won't. Only if you're staying close to God. Are we staying close?
Peter's last letters are some of my favorites, as well, because he knew how he was going to die, and yet he kept looking to the future. Put these in your notes as well. 2 Peter 3:9-18 2 Peter 3:9-18  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
 Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has written to you;
 As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
American King James Version×– this is filled with hope. A reminder of what our future holds. It comes back to what we've been looking at through the whole sermon – a victory – overcoming with God's help.
And now, I love these verses that remind us, again, in Revelation, and that song – singing of God's might and power. It's not our might and power. It's God's. And to be in His family at that point – at that seventh trump. What a joyful occasion! What a longing that we can hardly wait for. We long for this day to be fulfilled in God's perfect plan. The Feast of Trumpets is a time of rejoicing in knowing what future awaits. To those that follow God, what a wonderful future! Victory! To those that will not follow, there is defeat. Where are you at? God sets before each and every one of us life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose life. Let's be sure that we are continuing to overcome and strengthen that relationship with God, looking forward to the remainder of the fall festivals as they keep progressing through God's perfect plan. What an inheritance that awaits if we continue to endure! Let's continue to prepare for this wonderful day to be fulfilled when there will be victory. Continue to be on the side of victory.