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Saturday, August 15 2015
Isaiah 58: The Voice Of The Trumpet
"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"
The people of Israel heard "the voice of the trumpet" at the time of their Exodus (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) when they were formally given the LORD's eternal Ten Commandments (see When Did The Ten Commandments Begin?).
"19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
The apostle John (see also 1 John: 'If You Love The World, The Love Of God Is Not In You' and 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots; also 3 John: Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good) was also given to witness the same "great voice, as of a trumpet" - from the same LORD that the Israelites saw and heard on Mount Sinai - Who declared "I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore" (see Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).
"1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea [see Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?].
The trumpet has been used throughout Bible history as a sound of warning, as well as accomplishment - as shown in the examples above. As such, it will also be heard, by all of humanity, at the time of the Messiah's return, when the first resurrection will occur (see the Fact Finder question below).
"4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 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. 4:16 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: 4:17 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." (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 KJV)
Isaiah was also commanded to "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression" as a recorded warning to everyone that unrepented iniquity, which is self-righteousness in its most extreme form (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy) will prevent salvation. The sound of the warning is to help people to wake up, so that the next time that they hear it will be if and when they wake up at their resurrection.
"58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge?
Fact Finder: How will a Trumpet be involved in Salvation?
This Day In History, August 15
718: The Second Arab Siege of Constantinople began (see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
927: The Saracens (a European/Church of Rome term for Muslims; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) attacked and destroyed Taranto, a coastal city in southern Italy.
982: Holy Roman Emperor Otto II (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) was defeated by the Saracens at the battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria.
1057: King Macbeth of Scotland was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan, fought against the forces of Mael Coluim mac Donnchada.
1096: The Church of Rome armies of the First Crusade set out from Europe to "liberate" Jerusalem from the occupying forces of Islamic Turks. Championed by Peter the Hermit in 1093, Pope Urban II had sanctioned the crusade at the Council of Clermont in 1095 (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1261: Constantinople fell to Michael VIII of Nicea.
1519: Panama City, Panama was founded.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier began his return trip to France after his first voyage to Canada (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1537: Spanish conquistador Juan de Salazar y Espinoza founded Fort of Our Lady of Asuncion, later Asuncion, Paraguay's capital.
1620: The Mayflower set sail for the "New World" from Southampton, England with 102 English "Pilgrims" (again, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1658: The League of the Rhine was established under French protection after France's King Louis XIV failed to be elected Holy Roman Emperor; Sweden's King Charles X began a second war with Denmark and besieged Copenhagen.
1744: The second Silesian War began with an invasion of Saxony by Prussia's King Frederick II.
1914: The Panama Canal was officially opened.
1940: The German Luftwaffe (air force) suffered its greatest losses for a single day during the Battle of Britain - 75 Nazi aircraft were shot down by the Royal Air Force.
1945: Korea was liberated from 35 years of colonial rule after Japan's defeat in World War II. The peninsula was divided into the Communist North and capitalist South (just as French colonial forces divided Vietnam into North and South a decade later).
1947: Britain partitioned India into the dominions of India and Pakistan, thereby creating two independent nations. Pandit Nehru as became Premier of India and L. Ali Khan became Premier of Pakistan.
1960: The Republic of the Congo became independent from France.
1969: The 3-day "Woodstock Music and Art Fair" opened at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in New York State. With an attendance of over 400,000 gullible young people, "Woodstock" became the most infamous Satanic festival of flaunting idolatry, fornication and dope use of its time (see also The First Rock Star and Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).
1975: Bangladesh's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed, along with most of his family, during a military coup.
2005: Israel began its policy of evicting Israelis from the Gaza Strip (see Where Is Palestine?) and settlements in the "West Bank" (a name that originated when the military forces of Jordan occupied the area after the Israeli War of Independence in 1948) began.
2007: A magnitude 8.0 earthquake in the Pacific devastated areas of Peru; over 500 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured.