The Last Trump

The trumpet of God is mentioned only in I Corinthians 15 and in I Thessalonians 4. This fact separates the trumpet of God from all the other trumpets mentioned in the Bible, including the trumpets in Revelation, which are trumpets of judgment, not of deliverance. When Paul made mention of the Last Trumpet in his first letter to the Corinthians, the book of Revelation had not yet been written; it did not happen until about forty years later after Paul’s letter to the Corinthians; Paul did not know about these seven trumpets of Revelation to refer to them in his letter. Revelation’s seven trumpets will be given to angels to bring judgments on the earth, one angel at a time; God did not establish the judgement trumpets for our deliverance; He has, instead established “The trumpet of God” or His own trumpet, to call us to Himself. Nowhere in the Bible we find God punishing the righteous with the wicked in times of His judgment. Instead, we see their deliverance before it happened. We see in the life of Noah, Lot and the nation of Israel.

The last trumpet is, according to my understanding, the closing of the Feast of Trumpets. That feast will be fulfilled when God’s trumpet will be sounded with a blast, after the loud cry of summons, the shout of an archangel to proclaim victory and to close the dispensation of grace, echoing the words of our Lord YAHSHUA on the cross, IT IS FINISHED!  Salvation is completed. The last trumpet Paul mentioned in his first letter to the Corinthians is without a doubt the sound that will signify completion.  It is not linked to the last trumpet of Revelation, but it is rather, the end of the Gospel’s dispensation at its fulness of time. The doom and gloom message from those who teach that the bride of Christ  is destined to go through the tribulation, is merely because they do not understand the message of salvation in its entirety, and they do not consider God’s righteous, just and consistent way of judgment registered in the Bible in the Old and New Testaments. My dear friends, the hope YAHSHUA gives of redemption, is hope that will not contradict Who He is. When He took our punishment upon Himself, He suffered the pain of hell and that of the great tribulation. Only those who believe in Him and accept His complete gift of salvation will experience His salvation in its completeness. That will be those who love His second appearance and are waiting for Him to come for us. I counsel you in the name of our Lord, YAHSHUA to investigate the truth about the “Last Trumpet” Paul mentioned in his first letter to the Corinthians. Joy, peace and gratitude will be the ultimate feeling you will have, to know that our Lord’s love for His bride compelled Him to give her His Holy Spirit for her sanctification in preparation to meet Him, holy and blameless in His sight. Why do you think He would incur His wrath on His bride, who has been purchased with His blood? Why do you think that only by going through the tribulation His bride will be ready to meet Him? Isn’t the work of sanctification by His Holy Spirit on His bride sufficient?  Added injuries to His bride will not satisfy the redemptive work His Son already has done. God is so patient and merciful, that He will give another chance to those during the tribulation time. These are called the tribulation’s saints. They are not the bride of Christ, neither are those saints from the Old Testament.

God has a special plan for all of us – Old Testament saints, bride of Christ- Jews and Gentiles and tribulation saints. The latter are going to suffer tremendous persecution to the point of death. A price they will have to pay for having rejected the Son of God in times when God showed His grace to all, with opportunities available in every way- radio, TV, internet, churches. They will be the ones who will not take the mark of the beast, will not surrender their soul to the devil’s demand. They will die a martyr’s death and be rewarded with eternal salvation.  The bride of Christ should eagerly desire the sound of God’s trumpet, calling us home; the bride of Christ should eagerly be waiting for Him with expectation of her complete redemption. She should not be waiting for the tribulation; that’s not part of what YAHSHUA promised her. Concluding, I leave with you the comforting words of YAHSHUA: Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me; in My father’s house there are many dwellings, if it were not so I would have told you, for I am going  away to prepare a place for you; and when I go and make ready a place for you, I will come  back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:1-3). Let’s be encouraged with these words.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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