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Monday, September 14 2015
Trumpets: The Prophecy Of The Return Of Jesus Christ
"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"
"Trumpets" have been recorded in Bible history and prophecy since the earliest times. When the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see The Identity Of The LORD God) came down upon Mount Sinai (which is located in the Sinai Peninsula section of Arabia; see the map below and Paul's Geography Lesson), He did so with "the trumpet exceeding loud":
"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.
Who was "the LORD God" Who established Passover (see The First Passover) and then led the Israelites into Sinai, before He gave them His eternal Ten Commandments (see When Did The Ten Commandments Begin?) there on Mount Sinai? Jesus Christ i.e. "that Rock was Christ" (see The LORD God Our Saviour).
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Later, when the LORD gave instructions for His true Christian Holy Days (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity), His Christian Feast of Trumpets was specified as one of them.
"23:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation." (Leviticus 23:23-24 KJV)
"That spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ"
The Feast of Trumpets Holy Day is observed as a prophecy of the Messiah's coming to rule the earth (the "Thy Kingdom Come" in the famous "Lord's Prayer"). The first resurrection (see the Fact Finder question below) will occur on that day.
"15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God [see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?]; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
As described in the opening paragraphs, the return of Jesus Christ will mark the time when God's Law, as summarized by His Ten Commandments, will be delivered unto all the earth. The Feast of Trumpets portrays the coming of the Messiah, Who will rule the Kingdom of God from "the mountain" (see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff).
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [see Zionism], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
Where will it all begin?
The Mount of Olives, or "the mount called Olivet," is one of the most famous places of Bible History and Prophecy. It was the place where Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, about forty days after His resurrection (listen to our Sermon What Happened Between Passover and Pentecost?).
"1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? [see our complete series of studies for the Israelite monarchy: The Origin, The Civil War, The United Kingdom, The Division Of Israel, The Northern Kingdom, The Southern Kingdom and The Messiah; also David, Future King Of Israel]
As stated in the verses above ("this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven"), the Mount of Olives will be "ground zero" for His Return. That is plainly stated in other prophecies (e.g. "14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east" Zechariah 14:4 KJV), but He will not be alone in His return. If you are a true Christian, you will be with Him when He descends; the Mount of Olives is going to be the place on earth where your eternal life will begin.
The first resurrection (see the Fact Finder question below) will happen on the day of Christ's return, just before the descent upon the Mount of Olives. First, He will gather His people from all around the earth who will "meet the Lord in the air" i.e. His people from among the dead will be resurrected that day, while those who are alive that day will be changed to spirit (see the Fact Finder question below).
"4:13 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. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus [see The Sleep Of Death; also Could Christ Return Tonight?] 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 4:13-17 KJV)
Unfortunately (for those who try to fight Him), the return of Christ is not going to be a peaceful event. A very deceived world will not recognize what is happening (including most of the Christian-professing people of the world - see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and The Coming World Dictator). A great earthquake will also happen that day; the Mount of Olives will be split into two sections, releasing great springs of water (see also Fountains).
"14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
Those of the first resurrection, who began their eternal life on the day of Christ's return, "shall reign with Him a thousand years" - after which the rest of salvation will be accomplished.
"20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years [see What Will Heaven Be Like?].
This Day In History, September 14
81: Domitian became the 11th Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). He reigned (81-96 AD) during the time that the then elderly apostle John was given to write the book of Revelation (see Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come). Domitian succeeded his brother Titus who oversaw the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem in 70 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
629: Byzantine Emperor Heraclius entered Constantinople after his victory over the Persian Empire.
1180: The Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.
1262: Cadiz, Spain, was captured by Alfonso X of Castille, ending a 500-year occupation of the city by the Moors.
1741: The German-born English composer George Frederick Handel finished his "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days.
1812: During the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon's invasion of Russia reached Moscow to find that the entire city had been abandoned and set on fire by retreating Russian forces.
1829: The Russo-Turkish War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Adrianople between the Ottomans and the Russians (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1854: British and French forces landed in the Crimea to fight the Russians, who had started the Crimean War with their invasion of Turkey in July 1853.
1901: U.S. President William McKinley died at age 58, a week after being hit by an assassin's bullet while standing in a reception line in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was one of many U.S. Presidents who did not survive their elected office (historically, the greatest danger for U.S. Presidents hasn't been foreign enemies, but their own people). In 1989, Ronald Reagan broke what some called the "year zero curse" when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Mr. Reagan was very seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):
1917: After the communist revolution that overthrew the Czar (the term used for the Russian king, which was derived from the Roman "Caesar"), Russia was proclaimed a republic by the victorious rebels.
1939: The first functional helicopter, Russian-born Igor Sikorsky's VS-300, made its first flight.
1944: Belgium, Luxembourg and part of Holland were liberated from Nazi occupation by U.S., British and Canadian troops.
1948: Construction of the United Nations buildings in New York began.
1959: The Soviet Union's unmanned Luna-2 became the first man-made spacecraft to land on the Moon.
1960: Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia formed OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
1982: Bashir Gemayel, President-elect of Lebanon, was assassinated by a bomb while speaking before a Maronite women's group. The explosive device, which was set by a pro-Syrian dissident, demolished the building and killed dozens of other people.
2001: A "National Prayer Service" was held at the Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A service was also held on Parliament Hill in Canada, the largest such service in Canada's capital. When George W. Bush abruptly closed U.S. airspace on September 11, threatening to arbitrarily shoot down any domestic or foreign aircraft that entered U.S. airspace, U.S. bound aircraft already in flight over the Atlantic and Pacific, carrying thousands of passengers, with insufficient fuel to turn around, landed safely at numerous airports in Canada.