8th September 2018

The Sound of the Trumpet

“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 (NKJV)

The sound of the Trumpet is ringing in my ears since 1963. It was a privilege to hear it many a time, especially when we sang the hymn: God Speaks To Us, preceded by Duncan McLean on the trumpet before every stanza, accompanied by his wife Shirley on the clarinet and David Brace on the piano. It filled the hearts of the brethren with joy and great sense of worship. I knew Duncan McLean since 1963—a man of many talents, polite and always greeted me with his charming voice and unforgettable grin. Sadly, he died in June and I will miss him and the sound of his trumpet but I am glad, and thank God, that he is at rest, taken away from this present evil world and as we read in Isaiah 57:1. Psalm 116:15 tell us “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”

We all have the guarantee and assurance of eternal life through the promise of God. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, “For the Lord Himself will descend with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the Trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” There is other good news in Revelation 11:15, when the seventh angel (or trumpet) sounded, the kingdoms of the world became the kingdoms of Christ and He shall reign forever.

When we contemplate death, we have more comforting words in verses 53-54 as we follow the lead scripture, “For this incorruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality…then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’” Also we read that God will collect His saints according to Matthew 24:31, “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.” There is hope for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ the Lord and awaits His coming in glory and majesty. I am looking forward to the Trumpet Call of the Lord when He returns. Are you waiting for it in great anticipation?

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank You for this glorious news. Come quickly Lord Jesus. This is my prayer and earnest desire, for You alone can usher in peace on this Earth. In Jesus’ name I pray.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

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Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
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