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. (1 Corinthians 15:52, KJV)
Are you ready for this last trumpet that will undoubtedly sound one of these days? Let us briefly review what this trumpet is, when it will sound, and what will happen after it does.
Jews were accustomed to trumpets sounding during their feasts. They also sounded trumpets to prepare the army for battle. So, whether in festivities or battle, the sounding of the trumpet had similar principles: a loud sound went forth to signal or trigger an event. And whenever the trumpet sounded, everyone heard it, and something happened.
Rather than ceremonial festivities or battle, the last trumpet sound will signal an event that has never occurred since creation—believers’ bodies will be transformed or changed (v. 51). Believers who are dead will rise from the dead with new bodies. Those who will be alive will instantaneously experience a glorious transformation as this corruptible body of flesh and blood is changed into a spiritual body of God’s glory.
Furthermore, when believers are changed and meet the Lord in the air, there will be a celebration, such a celebration as the world has ever known. So that trumpet blast is not only eschatological, signaling the resurrection but also festive. Though everyone will hear that trumpet blast, the sound will mean life for believers and death for the rest. What will happen to you when you hear that sound? What about your colleague, neighbor, family, etc.? Be ready, and bring others with you.
Can you think of the trumpets in Revelations and the events they will trigger?
Apply the Word
Think about this again: what would happen to you when the last trumpet sounds? Are you ready to meet with Jesus? Let the Spirit speak to you as you ponder this, and let you know what He wants you to do.
Ask the Father to help you be ready and bring others with you.
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