When the Trumpet Sounds
I Corinthians 15:51-52
In the Bible, trumpets were often used for different reasons. Sometimes they were used to call men to war. Sometimes, they were used on the day of a festival or feast. Sometimes, trumpets were used in a ceremony in the Temple. According to 2 Chron. 5:12, when Solomon dedicated the Temple, 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."
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. The Bible teaches that 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 think I can almost hear it now.
ILLUS: We all remember the song, "When the Roll Is Called up Yonder." That song was written by James M. Black, in 1893. James was a Methodist Sunday school teacher in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. One day, as Mr. Black was calling roll for Sunday school, he noticed one of his students, young Bessie, hadn't show up, disappointing him. He made a comment to the effect, "Well, I trust when the roll is called up yonder, she'll be there."
Out of that disappointment, James Black was moved to write the song, "When the Roll is Called up Yonder."
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more, And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair; When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.
The title of the message is "When the Trumpet Sounds. Please consider with me two things:
I. Those Who Will Hear
II. Those Who Will Not Hear
I. THOSE WHO WILL HEAR
In Matthew 13:43, the ...
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