The Seventh Trumpet, part 1
"And the 7th angel sounded" Rev.11:15 (access to hear the sound of the trumpet )
Revelation Chapter 8 we are introduced to 7 angels with 7 trumpets to sound. In
that chapter , 4 of the angels sound their trumpets and the effects of war ( a
limited nuclear exchange) are shown to us with all its' devastation.
Then in Chapter 9, the 5th angel sounds his trumpet and the effects of biological-chemical warfare is unleashed.
When the 6th trumpet sounds, the River Euphrates BEGINS to dry up.
But so far , in both of those chapters, we have not yet seen the 7th angel sound his trumpet. That does not occur until Revelation Chapter 10:7.
NO MORE DELAY
"But in the days of the voice of the 7th angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets." Rev. 10: 7
That's it. No more is said in this 10th Chapter of Revelation concerning this sounding. We are only told that the 7th angel BEGINS to sound the 7th trumpet, and the plural word "DAYS" is used here: "but in the dayS of the voice of the 7th angel". This seems to indicate that this trumpet is one long blast, lasting more than one day.
Since this trumpet declares only the Beginning of the sounding, then more information is to follow.
We are only told here that "the mystery of God should be finished") then we can conclude that this is the trumpet of the Midnight Rapture,
when the Lord descends from heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-19) to take His bride home. This is confirmed for us in
Revelation 11:15 where we again pick up on the 7th trumpet.
THE BEGINNING OF THE END
As we see it, this seventh and LAST TRUMP ( 1 Corinthians 15:51 ) in a series, sounds approximately three and a half years ( 42 months of the GREAT Tribulation ) before the actual victory of our Lord at Armageddon, Rev. 19 . And our Lord's victory is so assured, that even here, eight chapters earlier in Revelation Chapter 11:15--18:, the 24 elders are rejoicing in God's rewarding of His saints with the Rapture.
And the 24 elders also praise God for His righteous judgments yet to come on the earth ( such as : Satan being cast down to earth; the rise of the antichrist and his false prophet, the 666 Mark of the Beast and the 7 vials ). These judgments ---called the wrath of God-- will eventually vanquish all of God's enemies.
The earlier judgments were called the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus).
We here at Hope To The End believe that we are within a time frame known as "mid-Trib". It is our belief that right now (2017) we are on the edge of the Great Tribulation period, which will last for 42 months. The Great Tribulation is a time of God's wrath being poured out on those who "know not God, nor obey His Gospel " ( 2 Thessalonians 1: 7, 8 ) . God is about to declare war on rebellious man. But before any time of war, there must first be the calling home of One's ambassadors.
The Bride of Christ. As God's ambassadors in the world, we are to be called home before the Great Tribulation begins. We come home in the Rapture, when the Last trumpet blows.
The Church, God's ambassadors, come home in the Rapture approximately 42 months ahead of the Armageddon victory.
[ For explanation of Daniels’ week of 7 years being divided in half ( 3 and 1/2 years and 3 and 1/2 years), please see bottom of
"And the 7th 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 forever and ever.
"And the 4 and 20 elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying,
"We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come;
because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned."
"And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, "
"AND THE TIME OF THE DEAD, that they should be judged "
( some leaving in the Rapture now, and some remaining in their graves)
" and that Thou shouldst GIVE REWARD ( Rapture-Resurrection ) UNTO
# 1 "THY SERVANTS the prophets", (Old Testament Believers who had the Messianic Hope)
#2 "AND TO THY SAINTS," ( New Testament believers who sleep in Jesus )
#3 "and them that fear Thy Name, small and great;"
( meaning the Rapture of the living saints, "those who are alive and remain" 1 Thessalonians 4:16 ).
Only living saints fear God, meaning we are working out our salvation with fear and trembling" Philippians 2:12.
Those who have passed on need not fear, for they have arrived.
It is joyous to note that babies, infants, toddlers and children of those households who "fear His Name" are raptured also ( the "small"). The Believing- household is protected, just as in the First Exodus. (trusting in the Blood of Yeshua). Acts 11:14.
This concludes all that is said about the 7th Trumpet of Resurrection and Rapture ;
and we can discern that it is one long blast, lasting more than one day. Can we see from Scripture how long this blast will be?…how many days? Well yes.
"ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God ( 2 Timothy 3:16), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
CONNECTING THE VERSES
That being so, there is a clue tucked into Scripture to alert us to details of this event. The clue is given in Matthew 27:52 when at the time of Christ's crucifixion on Good Thursday,
"the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints, which slept arose, and came out of their graves AFTER His Resurrection (on the 3rd day,) and went into the holy city and appeared unto many." They had a reunion with their loved ones before going to heaven with Jesus that evening ( Luke 24:51 )
It is from this clue in Scripture that we are able to discern that our coming
Resurrection- Rapture event is most likely over a two-day period, with both the living and the dead having all arrived by the third day. That is why no man can possibly know the day nor the hour, since the event itself is not one day.
BUT EVERY MAN IN HIS OWN ORDER – 1 Corinthians 15:23
We are told in Scripture that there is a definite ORDER to this
Resurrection-Rapture. 1 Thessalonians. 4:13-16 says that the living saints will not precede the deceased saints.
"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 (Messiah) 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 (precede…come before) them which are asleep."
THE DEAD IN CHRIST FIRST
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, AND THE TRUMP OF GOD )
and the dead in Christ shall arise FIRST;"
THEN THE LIVING SAINTS GO MARCHING IN
(I want to be in that number)
"THEN we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air:
so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words." ( a command )
Also, it says in 1 Corinthians 15:22
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive
* BUT EVERY MAN IN HIS OWN ORDER: *
Christ the Firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's at His coming."
BY THE THIRD DAY
There is an interesting passage in Exodus 19:10-17 where God is telling Moses how to prepare the people to meet Him. He tells them to sanctify themselves (wash their clothes and refrain from their wives) and not to come up the mountain until the "3rd day", when the long trumpet sounds. Always the ORDINAL number "3rd" is used, instead of the Cardinal number "3 more days". This is used to connote the "3rd Day " upon which the Lord arose (Easter), thus being tied to the concept of Resurrection, where we all meet the Lord face to face.
There is no Rapture without Resurrection. As best as we can see it, we believe that the Old Testament saints rise on the first day; then
we-- the living saints-- are raptured on the second day during the long sounding of the 7th Trumpet.
By the 3rd day, ( a Sunday ? ) all of us will have arrived.
Psalm 12:6 "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times".
The Bible speaks in one tense: Aorist. It declares the ending from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), as if already transacted. The Word of God is so pure and of absolute Truth that it is enforceable, no matter the length of time…1,000 years….2,000 years. etc.
"One day with the Lord is as 1,000 years" 2 Peter 3:8
So the Word can refer to future events as if already transacted.
Now let us
look again at the passage in Exodus 19...
"when the trumpet soundeth long ( "Tekiah Gedolah" ), they shall come up to the mount" Exodus19:13
Well, the trumpet sounded long, but the people didn't come up, and you know the rest of the story. They had to pay the price of long endurance in the wilderness. But that is not the outcome for those raptured. When we hear the sound, we go up ! ... as long as we have prayed to be counted worthy and have our lamps filled with oil, being submissive to the Holy Spirit.
IN THE MIND'S EYE ... an example only … Please see Meridians http://hopetotheend.com/mmm.html
Can we picture this 2 day event, finalized by the third day ?
Let's just suppose that it is a late Thursday evening and graves are opened up around the world. Then at midnight 12:01 am on Friday
( used as an example only ) the Long Trumpet blast sounds. Those Old and New Testament saints who have died in the Messianic Hope of Jesus, arise upward in their new glorified bodies all day long, and begin the long processional to meet the Lord in the air, each one in their own order until 11: 59 pm Friday night.
Then it is 12:01 am early Saturday ( example only ) and those who are alive in Jesus ( living now ) rise upward in order with them, to continue the processional unabated. Still the trumpet is sounding.
From 12:01 am Saturday to 11:59 pm that night, the living saints arise in the Rapture. That would conclude one long day---"yoma arichta"-- of the deceased and living saints being raptured together in one long processional. ( example only ).
"but every man in his own order" 1Corinthians 15:23
"THE DAY OF CHRIST" -- " yoma arichta "....one long day ( 48 hours )
From Greg Killian:
"Yom Teruah ( Feast of Trumpets ) is always celebrated for two days, even in Israel. These two days are celebrated as though it is just one long day of forty-eight hours.
These days of Yom Teruah are called “yoma arichta” (one long day) to indicate that the sanctity of both is not a doubtful sanctity, but a definite one."
http://www.thewatchman.net/teruah.html#_Toc52341276 see III "calendar arrangement' ... (scroll a bit )
This describes the day itself; We do not believe our Rapture will come on the Feast of Trumpets. Our opinion only.
The saints go marching in one by one in this long glorious beautiful triumphant 48 hour day. It is called "The Day of Christ" Please see "
( 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 --- Only the KJV version uses the correct phrase "Day of Christ" . Philippians 1:6 refers to that same day as "the day of Jesus Christ". Philippians 1:10 and 2:16.
The Day of the “Lord” is the opposite meaning. It means judgment (please see Zephaniah.)
What an incredible scene as graves are opened around the world. CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS will either block out this report, or else the Media will put a "body-snatchers" spin to it. So much for what the world thinks. The magnificent bouquet of Resurrected bodies keeps ascending and ascending in an array unspeakable .... hour by hour !
We do not think that the world will actually see the Rapture. We believe that only the 144,000 Messianic Jews of Rev. 7 will witness the event. We base this on 2 Kings 2. But the world will see the empty graves around the earth, and who knows if some relatives will appear unto many at that time, as happened in Matthew 27:52,53 .
Tekiah Gedolah …The Long Trumpet Blast
"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound" Psalm 89:15
By now, it is Sunday, the Lord's Day.
By 12:01 am very early Sunday morning we will all have arrived where " eye hath not seen nor ear heard, nor has it even entered into the heart of man what is prepared for those who LOVE HIM." 1 Corinthians 2:9
Alleluia! All singing, all praising God, all arising in majestic beauty.
Psalm 45:15 "with gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought:
They shall enter into the king's palace"
Psalm 47:5: "God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet."
"For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6) All praise and glory and honor be to our God and to the Lamb. Alleluia!!
This is an example scenario only.
NEVER WITHOUT HOPE
Cockcrowing Rapture: http://hopetotheend.com/ccr.html > This is also called the “pre-wrath Rapture” or second rapture.
The Midnight-Rapture is now concluded. The door is shut ( Matthew 25: 10 ), and we continue to praise and exult and worship Our Lord.
On earth it is a different story. Those left behind must re-commit to Christ or perish.
There is no middle ground. For those left behind, their only hope will be the Cockcrowing Rapture, sometime within the Great Tribulation, before the Battle of Armegeddon.
But if they don't :
"Write, ' Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from HENCEFORTH.
Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours;
and their works do follow them "Rev. 15:13
ALLELUIA! The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of many thunderings, saying "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. Rev. 19:6,7.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he saith unto me," Write 'Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb".( Yeshua- Jesus) Rev.19:8, 9.
THEN the Marriage Supper of the Lamb takes place. We come dressed in fine linen ( Matthew 22), clean and white....our righteous deeds, our robe of righteousness.
James 2:17 "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."
Our relationship with Christ has always been twofold..... His righteousness which saved us , plus our righteous deeds (obedience) which maintain our relationship with Him. (see Matthew 22:11)
Then the wrath of God is poured out of the 7 vials, and Great wicked Babylon is eternally judged Jeremiah 50 and 51. Alleluia, Alleluia! Our God reigns!
BARUCH TIKVAH .....The Blessed Hope
“Looking for that Blessed Hope and the Glorious Appearing of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13
To hold on to the Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13) is to keep one purified before the Lord,
I John 3:3 "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." Our Lord is coming for a Bride "without spot or wrinkle"
"praying always that we be counted worthy to escape all that is coming upon the world." Luke 21: 36
Jesus is pictured knocking on the door of the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:20.
After the Midnight rapture, those left-behind will be knocking on Jesus' door. Matthew 25: 11.
Luke 13:23 lets us peer into that scene.
"Then said one unto Him,
'Lord, are there few that be saved?"
And He said unto them,
to enter in at the straight (narrow) gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek
to enter in, and shall not be able."
"When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying,
Lord, Lord, open unto us;"
And He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are".
" Then shall ye begin to say,
"We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence
and Thou hast taught in our streets."
"But he shall say, I tell you,
I know you not whence ye are; depart from Me, all ye workers of iniquity" (double-minded)
"There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out."
"And they shall come from the East and from the West and from the North and from the South ( all around the globe) and shall sit down in the kingdom of God."
And behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last."
Continued in part two hopetotheend.com/trumpet2.html
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