The Pastor’s Desk
September 20th, 2017
As we all know, the fall festivals begin with the Feast of Trumpets. In the Bible, trumpets are used as signals of important events, such as giving an alarm of war, heralding a coronation and calling the people to a meeting (Jeremiah 4:19; 1 Kings 1:34; Numbers 10:1-2, 9-10). The Bible describes earthshaking end-time events that are pictured by this festival.
The book of Revelation lists seven terrible plagues announced by seven trumpets (Revelation 8-11).
These plagues will come in the times just ahead of us because of humanity’s sins. Consider the sixth trumpet and its announcement of a 200-million-man army preparing for a battle that will kill a third of humanity (Revelation 9:16-18). In spite of these punishments, human leaders and their subjects will continue to pursue selfish and ungodly goals and sins (Revelation 9:20-21).
Thankfully, the seventh trumpet also heralds good news: “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’” (Revelation 11:15).
Finally, Jesus Christ will intervene in world affairs to stop humanity from self- destruction: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22). Jesus Christ’s return is this world’s only hope, and thankfully it is a sure hope.
Jesus’ second coming will be with power and will be visible to all. After the tribulation and frightening signs in the heavens, “the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31).
The Bible does not describe a secret rapture to take Christians to heaven. Instead Christ’s coming is powerfully and loudly announced, and He comes down to this earth, to the Mount of Olives, to begin to establish His long- promised utopian Kingdom of God (Zechariah 14:4, 16).
As Jesus Christ mentioned, the elect will be gathered with the great sound of a trumpet at His return. It is another incredible event pictured by the Feast of Trumpets. The apostle Paul announced it this way: “Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). Paul also made clear that this would occur when Jesus Christ was returning (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
The Feast of Trumpets focuses on these pivotal events that signal the end of human rule and the establishment of God’s wonderful Kingdom on earth.
Zechariah 14 and Revelation 19 recount the final battle when the evil end-time “beast” and other world leaders try to fight the returning Christ. They will prove no match to our all-powerful Messiah, and the stage will be set for the fifth step in God’s plan, pictured by the Day of Atonement.