Listening for the Trumpet
I Thessalonians 4:16-18
1. 1 Cor. 15:51-52, "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."
2. In the Bible trumpets were used for different purposes. Sometimes they were used to call men to war, sometimes, they were blown on the day of a festival or feast, sometimes trumpets were used in the ceremony of the Temple.
a. When Solomon dedicated the Temple the Bible says in 2 Chron. 5:12, that the Levites stood "In white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, they stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets." 3. Trumpets were usually made from ram's horns, but were also made of silver and other materials. According to Numbers 10:2, two silver trumpets were used in assembling the people, and also for taking up their tents and leading them toward the Promised Land.
4. I've got good news: One day the trumpet of God will sound, and the Lord will lead us to the Promised Land? I am listening for that sound, aren't you? I can almost hear it now.
a. Remember when John was on the Isle of Patmos? He said, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last." And John said, "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me." And then in (vs.18), we hear the voice of the Son of God: "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Rev. 1:10, 11, 18).
1) Can I ask you, "Will you be going?" When that trumpet sounds will you be leaving with the saints?
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