(2) And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Before God’s wrath is out upon lost mankind by seven angels, John sees them receive a trumpet. Each angel will sound their respective trumpet immediately prior to the sending of God’s wrath. These trumpets are symbolic warnings of coming doom to lost mankind at Christ’s second coming.
Not only is a trumpet related only to God’s wrath falling against the lost in the last days, but it also related to Christ’s appearance at His second coming:
1Co 15:51-54 KJV – “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.
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.”
Here, the trumpet is linked to THE CALLING GOD’S PEOPLE HOME TO BE WITH HIM. For those who have passed before us, they will be resurrected and receive glorified bodies. For those of us who are still alive, at the trumpet, we will be taken and glorified as well.
1Th 4:13-18 KJV – “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For 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:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Here, the trumpet is also linked to the calling of His people, but also to THE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST IN THE AIR.
What a blessing that day will be! When the heavenly trumpet sounds, it will be signaling our homecoming and our receipt of glorified bodies, but, most importantly, it will be announcing the coming of our Great King!
May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!
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