Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Feast of Trumpets


The Feast of Trumpets was instituted by our Heavenly Father, Ho Theos (Greek Septuagint and New Testament name of God), when Moses received the laws.  This feast has not yet been fulfilled and will be fulfilled when Jesus returns.

This feast is held on the same day of the Fall Division festival that was instituted by Noah and is recorded in the Book of Jubilees chapter 6.  It is also the first day of the civic New Year. 

According to the laws of Moses, the Feast of Trumpets is to be held on the 1st day of the 7th month.  Depending on the exact time of the spring equinox, this feast is typically on September 18th or September 19th on our current Gregorian calendar.  On the old on the Julian calendar this feast would have been observed on September 6th or 7th which is around the day we celebrate Labor Day in America and Canada.  Just like the Feast of Trumpets, Labor Day was a day to cease from our regular labor or work.  Traditionally Labor Day includes a barbecue and a parade which is very similar to the Feast of Trumpets.

It was on the Feast of Trumpet that Abraham prayed to our Father in Heaven to deliver him from evil.  Our Father in Heaven answered his prays that night and chose Abraham to be HIS chosen people, promised him the land of Canaan and gave Abraham back the original tongue (language) that his forefathers Adam, Enoch and Noah would have known. 

And in the sixth week, in the fifth year thereof, Abram sat up throughout the night on the new moon [sic. beginning] of the seventh month to observe the stars from the evening to the morning, in order to see what would be the character of the year with regard to the rains, and he was alone as he sat and observed. And a word came into his heart and he said: All the signs of the stars, and the signs of the moon and of the sun are all in the hand of the Lord. Why do I search (them) out If He desires, He causes it to rain, morning and evening; And if He desires, He withholds it, And all things are in his hand.' And he prayed that night and said, 'My God, God Most High, Thou alone art my God, And Thee and Thy dominion have I chosen. And Thou hast created all things, And all things that are the work of thy hands. Deliver me from the hands of evil spirits who have dominion over the thoughts of men's hearts, And let them not lead me astray from Thee, my God. And stablish Thou me and my seed for ever That we go not astray from henceforth and for evermore.' And he said, 'Shall I return unto Ur of the Chaldees who seek my face that I may return to them, am I to remain here in this place The right path before Thee prosper it in the hands of Thy servant that he may fulfil (it) and that I may not walk in the deceitfulness of my heart, O my God.'  And he made an end of speaking and praying, and behold the word of the Lord was sent to him through me, saying: 'Get thee up from thy country, and from thy kindred and from the house of thy father unto a land which I will show thee, and I shall make thee a great and numerous nation. And I will bless thee And I will make thy name great, And thou shalt be blessed in the earth, And in Thee shall all families of the earth be blessed, And I will bless them that bless thee, And curse them that curse thee.  And I will be a God to thee and thy son, and to thy son's son, and to all thy seed: fear not, from henceforth and unto all generations of the earth I am thy God.' And the Lord God said: 'Open his mouth and his ears, that he may hear and speak with his mouth, with the language which has been revealed'; for it had ceased from the mouths of all the children of men from the day of the overthrow (of Babel). And I opened his mouth, and his ears and his lips, and I began to speak with him in Hebrew in the tongue of the creation. And he took the books of his fathers, and these were written in Hebrew, and he transcribed them, and he began from henceforth to study them, and I made known to him that which he could not (understand), and he studied them during the six rainy months. And it came to pass in the seventh year of the sixth week that he spoke to his father and informed him, that he would leave Haran to go into the land of Canaan to see it and return to him. And Terah his father said unto him; Go in peace”  Jub 12:16-29

The first Feast of Trumpets was a call to Abraham to go to the ‘promised land’ of Canaan.

Exodus – Father Ho Theos Voice of the Trumpet

The first time that trumpets are mentioned our in our bible is when our Heavenly Father used the ‘voice of the trumpet’ as a signal for the Israelites to gather together and met HIM at Mount Sina.  They were told they would be hearing the trumpets on Pentecost and three days later they did hear the trumpets:

And the Lord said to Moses, Go down and solemnly charge the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments. And let them be ready against the third day, for on the third day the Lord will descend upon mount Sina before all the people. And thou shalt separate the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves that ye go not up into the mountain, nor touch any part of it: every one that touches the mountain shall surely die. A hand shall not touch it, for every one that touches shall be stoned with stones or shot through with a dart, whether beast or whether man, it shall not live: when the voices and trumpets and cloud depart from off the mountain, they shall come up on the mountain. And Moses went down from the mountain to the people, and sanctified them, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, Be ready: for three days come not near to a woman. And it came to pass on the third day, as the morning drew nigh, there were voices and lightnings and a dark cloud on mount Sina: the voice of the trumpet sounded loud, and all the people in the camp trembled. And Moses led the people forth out of the camp to meet God, and they stood by under the camp. The mount of Sina was altogether on a smoke, because God had descended upon it in fire; and the smoke went up as the smoke of a furnace, and the people were exceedingly amazed. And the sounds of the trumpet (σάλπιγγος– war trumpet or trumpet call) were waxing very much louder. Moses spoke, and God answered him with a voice. And the Lord [Theos] came down upon mount Sina on the top of the mountain; and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.”  Sep Exo 19:10-20  

After the 10 commandments were received the Israelites heard the voice of the trumpets again:

And all the people perceived the thundering, and the flashes, and the voice of the trumpet (σάλπιγγος– war trumpet or trumpet call), and the mountain smoking; and all the people feared and stood afar off, and said to Moses, Speak thou to us, and let not God speak to us, lest we die. And Moses says to them, Be of good courage, for God is come to you to try you, that his fear may be among you, that ye sin not.” Exo 20:18-20

Therefore our Heavenly Father used a trumpet call to signal HIS people and gather them to him.

Leviticus – Feast of Trumpets or Bugles

In Leviticus the Israelites were instructed to have a feast day where they are to remember the trumpets; however the actual Greek word used could mean a ‘military bugle’.

 “And the Lord [κύριος -Cyrios] spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a rest, a memorial of trumpets (σάλπιγγα -sálpinga- military bugle): it shall be to you a holy convocation (κλητή- klētikós - 'calling out’) [to κύριος -Cyrios]. Ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall offer a whole-burnt-offering (ολοκαύτωμα- Olokáftoma - holocaust, whole burnt) to the Lord [κύριος -Cyrios].” Sep Lev 23:23-25

The Latin Vulgate of 382 AD also reflects a holy calling out; however it reflects the use of a tuba.

“loquere filiis Israhel (obsolete spelling of Israel) mense septimo prima die mensis erit vobis sabbatum memorabile clangentibus (clanging)  tubis (plural of tuba; which is a long trumpet) et vocabitur sanctum omne opus servile non facietis in eo et offeretis holocaustum Domino.”  Latin Vulgate 23:24-25

The Israelites instructions were to not perform their normal work or labor.  They were to have a feast and where they were to do a holy calling out to κύριος Cyrios our Heavenly Father with the trumpet or military bugle.  They were to have a burnt offering which is very similar to having a barbecue. 

Numbers – Make Two Silver Trumpets or Bugles

Our Heavenly Father instructed the Israelites to make two silver trumpets (or military bugles) to be used the following purposes:

·         for calling the assembly
·         removing the camps
·         to gather at the door of the tabernacle
·         to gather the rulers of Israel together
·         to sound an alarm
·         whenever they all meet together
·         whenever they went to war
·         at the start of a new month
·         on feast days

 “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Make to thyself two silver trumpets (σάλπιγγας - military bugles) : thou shalt make them of beaten work; and they shall be to thee for the purpose of calling the assembly, and of removing the camps.  And thou shalt sound with them, and all the congregation shall be gathered to the door of the tabernacle of witness.  And if they shall sound with one, all the rulers even the princes of Israel shall come to thee.  And ye shall sound an alarm, and the camps pitched eastward shall begin to move. And ye shall sound a second alarm, and the camps pitched southward shall move; and ye shall sound a third alarm, and the camps pitched westward shall move forward; and ye shall sound a fourth alarm, and they that encamp toward the north shall move forward: they shall sound an alarm at their departure.  And whenever ye shall gather the assembly, ye shall sound, but not an alarm.  And the priests the sons of Aaron shall sound with the trumpets; and it shall be a perpetual ordinance for you throughout your generationsAnd if ye shall go forth to war in your land against your enemies that are opposed to you, then shall ye sound with the trumpets; and ye shall be had in remembrance before the Lord, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. And in the days of your gladness, and in your feasts, and in your new moons (months), ye shall sound with the trumpets at your whole-burnt-offerings, and at the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; and there shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.” Sep Num 10:1-10 

Therefore the trumpet or bugle was used as a signal and for Holy communication. 

The bugle was used in the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War to signal the troops for various reasons.  They used the bugle as commanded here in Numbers 10.

America War Bugle and Trumpet History

Here are links that reflect the history of the bugles and trumpets in America’s military history:
Bugles in the American Revolutionary War https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/bugle.htm
US Military Bugle Call https://youtu.be/tJLMiJoRgCA

Militia Trumpets, Bugles, & Parades

Here are old newspaper articles that reflect that the militia had trumpets and buglers that paraded.  The militia did understand the importance of the Numbers chapter 10 promises above. 

Our military has forgotten the original purpose of blowing the Trumpet!

Numbers – Feast of Trumpets/Bugles Offerings

Here in the Book of Numbers we are told what the offerings should be on the 1st day of the Seventh month which is the Feast of Trumpets according to Leviticus above.  The words ‘blowing the trumpets’ is not actually in the Greek text, this has been inserted as shown in the interlinear below.

And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, there shall be to you a holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work: it shall be to you a day of blowing the trumpets.  And ye shall offer whole-burnt-offerings for a sweet savour to the Lord, one calf of the herd, one ram, seven lambs of a year old without blemish. Their meat-offering shall be fine flour mingled with oil; three tenth deals for one calf, and two tenth deals for one ram: a tenth deal for each several ram, for the seven lambs.  And one kid of the goats for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you.  Beside the whole-burnt-offerings for the new moon [month], and their meat-offerings, and their drink-offerings, and their perpetual whole-burnt-offering; and their meat-offerings and their drink-offerings according to their ordinance for a sweet-smelling savour to the Lord.” Sep Num 29:1-6

Above and below the Greek word νουμηνίας  was translated to the word ‘new moon’.  The root word is actually μηνίας which means month.  The Greek word "σελήνη - selḗnē" which means moon is not shown in the actual text.    Therefore the text actually should say ‘new month’.

In verse one above, the Greek word "σημασίας - sēmasíā" means to give a command or signal.   The Greek root word is “σημαία - simaía” which means flag, banner or symbol.  The root word can be further identified as "σῆμᾰ - sêma"  means a mark, sign or token that can be used to verify someone’s identity.   Therefore, this could be interrupted as a day to signal our Father Cyrios with trumpets, bugles, and banners.  This sounds like a parade where they carry banners and flags and play instruments.

1944 US Army Band  Carrying their banners and playing trumpets & bugles.

 The Latin version is very close to the original Greek version.  The Latin words further clarify that it is a celebration of a new month and not new moon.

Mensis (month) etiam septimi (from septem meaning seven) prima dies (day or daytime) venerabilis (worship or reverence)et sancta erit vobis omne opus servile non facietis in ea quia dies clangoris (clang, blast or sound) est et tubarum (tuba) offeretisque holocaustum in odorem suavissimum Domino vitulum (bull calf) de Armento (herd of cattle) unum (one) arietem (aries or battering ram) unum agnos anniculos inmaculatos septem et in sacrificiis eorum similae oleo conspersae tres decimas per singulos vitulos duas decimas per arietem (aries) unam decimam per agnum qui simul sunt agni septem (VII or seven) et hircum pro peccato qui offertur in expiationem populi praeter holocaustum kalendarum (pural of kalenda or calendar) (reference to first day)cum sacrificiis suis et holocaustum sempiternum cum libationibus solitis hisdem caerimoniis offeretis in odorem suavissimum incensum Domino.”  Latin Vulgate Num 29:1-6

The food offering prepared that day for the Feast of Trumpets was:
Number of
Flour Portion
Bull calf (male)
Ram (male sheep)
Lambs a year old without blemish
1/10 each for a total of 7/10
He goat for sin offering

Most feast days require 7 lambs a year old each; this might represent one lamb for every thousand years since Adam was formed until Jesus’ return.

The laws below apply to all feast days:

“And no offerings for sin, of whose blood there shall be brought any into the tabernacle of witness to make atonement in the holy place, shall be eaten: they shall be burned with fire.” Sep Lev 6:30 

“Every one that eats fat off the beasts, from which he will bring a burnt-offering to the Lord--that soul shall perish from his people.” Sep Lev 7:15 

At every feast, whole burnt offerings were to include wine as drink-offering.  A hin is about a half of a quart.

Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, When ye are come into the land of your habitation, which I give to you, and thou wilt offer whole-burnt-offerings to the Lord, a whole-burnt-offering or a meat-offering to perform a vow, or a free-will offering, or to offer in your feasts a sacrifice of sweet savour to the Lord, whether of the herd or the flock:  then he that offers his gift to the Lord shall bring a meat-offering of fine flour, a tenth part of an ephah mingled with oil, even with the fourth part of a hin. And for a drink-offering ye shall offer the fourth part of a hin on the whole-burnt-offering, or on the meat-offering: for every lamb thou shalt offer so much, as a sacrifice, a smell of sweet savour to the Lord. And for a ram, when ye offer it as a whole-burnt-offering or as a sacrifice, thou shalt prepare as a meat-offering two tenths of fine flour mingled with oil, the third part of a hin. And ye shall offer for a smell of sweet savour to the Lord wine for a drink-offering, the third part of a hin. And if ye sacrifice a bullock from the herd for a whole-burnt-offering or for a sacrifice, to perform a vow or a peace-offering to the Lord, then the worshipper shall offer upon the calf a meat-offering, three tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, even the half of a hin. And wine for a drink-offering the half of a hin, a sacrifice for a smell of sweet savour to the Lord.” Sep Num 15:2-10

In addition to the Feast of Trumpets offering they were required to provide a new month offerings, as follows:

And at the new moons [months]  ye shall bring a whole-burnt-offering to the Lord, two calves of the herd, and one ram, seven lambs of a year old without blemish.  Three tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil for one calf, and two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil for one ram. A tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for each lamb, as a meat-offering, a sweet-smelling savour, a burnt-offering to the Lord.  Their drink-offering shall be the half of a hin for one calf; and the third of a hin for one ram; and the fourth part of a hin of wine for one lamb: this is the whole-burnt-offering monthly throughout the months of the year.   And he shall offer one kid of the goats for a sin-offering to the Lord; it shall be offered beside the continual whole-burnt-offering and its drink-offering.” Sep Num 28:11-15

Therefore the Feast of Trumpets would be day to gather and have a very large barbecue, with grain (corn), oil and wine.

Joshua - The Fall of Jericho with Trumpets or Bugles

The story of the fall of Jericho is similar to the seven trumps of Revelation.   Our Heavenly Father explains here how to win the city.  Instead of seven angels in the Revelation it is seven priests that blow the trumpets.  Trumpets used in the fall of Jericho were actually holy σάλπιγγα - sálpinga which might actually be military bugles.  On the seventh day of blowing the trumpets the walls of Jericho fell.

Now Jericho was closely shut up and besieged, and none went out of it, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, Behold, I deliver Jericho into thy power, and its king in it, and its mighty men.  And do thou set the men of war round about it. And it shall be that when ye shall sound with the trumpet [bugles], all the people shall shout together. And when they have shouted, the walls of the city shall fall of themselves; and all the people shall enter, each one rushing direct into the city. And Joshua the son of Naue went in to the priests, and spoke to them, saying, And let seven priests having seven sacred trumpets [bugles] proceed thus before the Lord, and let them sound loudly; and let the ark of the covenant of the Lord follow. Charge the people to go round, and encompass the city; and let your men of war pass on armed before the Lord. And let the men of war proceed before, and the priests bringing up the rear behind the ark of the covenant of the Lord proceed sounding the trumpets [bugles]. And Joshua commanded the people, saying, Cry not out, nor let any one hear your voice, until he himself declare to you the time to cry out, and then ye shall cry out. And the ark of the covenant of God having gone round immediately returned into the camp, and lodged there. And on the second day Joshua rose up in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the covenant of the Lord. And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets went on before the Lord; and afterwards the men of war went on, and the remainder of the multitude went after the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. And all the rest of the multitude compassed the city six times from within a short distance, and went back again into the camp; this they did six days. And on the seventh day they rose up early, and compassed the city on that day seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh circuit the priests blew the trumpets; and Joshua said to the children of Israel, Shout, for the Lord has given you the city. And the city shall be devoted, it and all things that are in it, to the Lord of Hosts: only do ye save Raab the harlot, and all things in her house. But keep yourselves strictly from the accursed thing, lest ye set your mind upon and take of the accursed thing, and ye make the camp of the children of Israel and accursed thing, and destroy us. And all the silver, or gold, or brass, or iron, shall be holy to the Lord; it shall be carried into the treasury of the Lord. And the priests sounded with the trumpets: and when the people heard the trumpets, all the people shouted at once with a loud and strong shout; and all the wall fell round about, and all the people went up into the city: and Joshua devoted it to destruction, and all things that were in the city, man and woman, young man and old, and calf and ass, with the edge of the sword. And Joshua said to the two young men who had acted a spies, Go into the house of the woman, and bring her out thence, and all that she has. And the two young men who had spied out the city entered into the house of the woman, and brought out Raab the harlot, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and her kindred, and all that she had; and they set her without the camp of Israel. And the city was burnt with fire with all things that were in it; only of the silver, and gold, and brass, and iron, they gave to be brought into the treasury of the Lord. Sep Jos 6:1-24

Therefore we are to blow trumpets or bugles at a time of war to signal our Father, Ho Theos, to our aid against our enemies.

Sound the Trumpet for a new king of Israel

The House of Israel and Judah has had a long standing tradition of blowing the trumpet for a new king to be anointed.  At King Solomon’s coronation, the trumpet was blown:

 “And there let Sadoc the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him to be king over Israel, and do ye sound the trumpet, and ye shall say, Let king Solomon live. And he shall sit upon my throne, and reign in my stead: and I have given charge that he should be for a prince over Israel and Juda. And Banaeas the son of Jodae answered the king and said, So let it be: may the Lord God of my lord the king confirm it. As the Lord was with my lord the king, so let him be with Solomon, and let him exalt his throne beyond the throne of my lord king David. And Sadoc the priest went down, and Nathan the prophet, and Banaeas son of Jodae, and the Cherethite, and the Phelethite, and they mounted Solomon upon the mule of king David, and led him away to Gion. And Sadoc the priest took the horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon, and blew the trumpet; and all the people said, Let king Solomon live.” 1Kings 1:34-39

When Queen Elizabeth was anointed Queen they continued the tradition and blew the trumpets.  They played the song Holst Jupiter.

When Jesus returns and formally takes HIS place as our High Priest and King the Trumpets will sound loudly to make this announcement.

Isaiah –A Trumpet or Bugle Call to Gather HIS People to Holy Salem

Prophecy shows the trumpets will blow and HIS people will go to HIS holy mount Zion where Jerusalem (Hierosalem -Holy Salem) is located.

And it shall come to pass in that day that God shall fence men off from the channel of the river as far as Rhinocorura; but do ye gather one by one the children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day that they shall blow the great trumpet, and the lost ones in the land of the Assyrians shall come, and the lost ones in Egypt, and shall worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.” Sep Isa 27:12-13 

A trumpet or bugle will be used to call HIS people to the Holy Mountain where Holy Salem is located.

Ezekiel – Sound the Bugle the Day of Wrath is Coming

Below Ezekiel is prophesying about the upcoming day of wrath or judgement.  Ezekiel states that the bugles should be blown in order to signal our Father, Ho Theos so that HE will save them.  Ezekiel is reminding Israel of the promise made in Numbers chapter 10 regarding the use of the bugle.

 “Sound ye the trumpet (σάλπιγγα-sálpinga, military bugle) and pass sentence on all together. There shall be war with the sword without, and famine and pestilence within: he that is in the field shall die by the sword; and famine and pestilence shall destroy them that are in the city. But they that escape of them shall be delivered, and shall be upon the mountains: and I will slay all the rest, every one for his iniquities.” Sep Eze 7:14-16 

Remember to blow the trumpet at times of war so that you will have our Heavenly Father’s protection.

Zephaniah – Ho Theos Sounds the Trumpet of Judgement

Zephaniah prophesies about the day of the war-trumpet which will be judgment against the house of Israel in the strong cities and the high towers.  Zephaniah is also referring to the same trumpets of Revelation chapter 11.  It will be a day of judgement and wrath against the house of Israel because of their sin.  Since they agreed to follow the laws of Moses, they will be judged first.

For the great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and very speedy; the sound of the day of the Lord is made bitter and harsh. A mighty day of wrath is that day, a day of affliction and distress, a day of desolation and destruction, a day of gloominess and darkness, a day of cloud and vapour, a day of the trumpet (σάλπιγγος-sálpinx, war-trumpet) and cry against the strong cities, and against the high towers. And I will greatly afflict the men, and they shall walk as blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; therefore he shall pour out their blood as dust, and their flesh as dung. And their silver and their gold shall in nowise be able to rescue them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealously; for he will bring a speedy destruction on all them that inhabit the land.” Sep Zep 1:14-18

Zacharias – Our Father Ho Theos Blows the Bugle

Zacharias also prophecies regarding the use of a trumpet; however this is our Heavenly Father blowing the military bugle and protecting the house of Israel against their enemies.

And the Lord shall be over them, and his arrow shall go forth as lightning: and the Lord Almighty shall blow with the trumpet (σάλπιγγα-sálpinga, military bugle) and shall proceed with the tumult of his threatening. The Lord Almighty shall protect them, and they shall destroy them, and overwhelm them with sling-stones; and they shall swallow them down as wine, and fill the bowls as the altar. And the Lord their God shall save them in that day, even his people as a flock; for holy stones are rolled upon his land. For if he has anything good, and if he has anything fair, the young men shall have corn, and there shall be fragrant wine to the virgins.”  Sep Zec 9:14-17

The Gospel of Matthew – Trumpet to Gather HIS Elect

Matthew explains that after the great tribulation, Jesus will manifest himself to us in the cloud.  After the Exodus, Ho Theos manifested himself as a cloud by day to lead the Israelites to safety and this maybe the way HE manifests himself again (Exodus 13:21).  When HE manifests himself to us, the angels will sound the war-trumpet as a signal to HIS elect that HE is here on earth with us.

For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be. And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say to you: Lo here is Christ, or there, do not believe him. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. Behold I have told it to you, beforehand. If therefore they shall say to you: Behold he is in the desert, go ye not out: Behold he is in the closets, believe it not. For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even into the west: so shall the coming of the Son of man be. Wheresoever the body shall be, there shall the eagles also be gathered together. And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be moved: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all tribes of the earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty.  And he shall send his angels with a trumpet (σάλπιγγος-sálpinx, war-trumpet), and a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them.”  DR Matthew 24:21-31

The Apostle Paul’s Letters – Bugle Sound to Raise the Dead

In Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and the Thessalonians he explains that a military bugle will sound and the dead in Christ (anointed ones) will raise first.

Therefore as we have borne the image of the earthly, let us bear also the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet (σάλπιγγα-sálpinga, military bugle)  shall sound, and the dead shall rise again incorruptible: and we shall be changed.” DR 1 Corth 15:49-52

For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet (σάλπιγγα-sálpinga, military bugle) of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord.” 1 Thes 4:15-16

Revelation – Jesus’ Voice like a Trumpet

When John received the ‘revelation’ from Jesus, he said HIS voice was like a trumpet:

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet (σάλπιγγος-sálpinx, war-trumpet) saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."  Rev 1:10

Trumpets in John’s Revelation

The angels blow trumpets in Revelation and the ‘sealed orders’ were given by Jesus in heaven.  In other words the ‘seven seals’ are instructions for the ‘seven trumpets’.  I believe that one of the goals of these trumps is for Jesus to gather HIS people to mount Zion since Number chapter 10 (above) states that the trumpets are to be used to assemble the troops and gather them to the tabernacle.

“When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.  And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.  Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.  Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.” Rev 8:1-6

“The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.” Rev 8:7

“The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.  A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” Rev 8:8-9

“The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.” Rev 8:10 (Note:  most of our water is not of good quality today.)

“The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night. Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!"  Rev 8:12-13

“And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless (“depth of the sea”) pit (well of water).” Rev 9:1

“Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind.” Rev 9:13-15

“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."  And the twenty- four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,  saying, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,  who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.   The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth."  Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.” Rev 11:15-19

Here are the ‘sealed’ instructions given for the seventh trumpet:

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour. And I saw seven angels standing in the presence of God; and there were given to them seven trumpets. And another angel came, and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God. And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel. And the angel took the censer [Lev 16:11-13, Day of Atonement Lev 16:29], and filled it with the fire of the altar, and cast it on the earth, and there were thunders and voices and lightnings, and a great earthquake. And the seven angels, who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves to sound the trumpet.” Rev 8:1-6

The ‘seventh seal’ and ‘seventh trumpet’ are a fulfillment of the Day of Atonement laws that have not been fulfilled yet. (Information about the Day of Atonement here.)

“And Aaron shall bring the calf for his sin, and he shall make atonement for himself and for his house, and he shall kill the calf for his sin-offering. And he shall take his censer full of coals of fire off the altar, which is before the Lord; and he shall fill his hands with fine compound incense, and shall bring it within the veil. And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, and the smoke of the incense shall cover the mercy-seat over the tables of testimony, and he shall not die.” Sep Lev 16:11-13

The Seventh and Final Trumpet is when the dead of the house of Israel will be judged and it will be on the Day of Atonement. Be ready at the sound of the last trump and be sure you have repented of sin.

Trumpets for Regathering the Tribes of Israel to Zion

The trumpets of Revelation will gather us back to Zion.  There are many verses that state we will be gathered back to Mount Sion or Zion:

And I beheld, and lo a lamb stood upon mount Sion [Zion], and with him an hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the noise of many waters, and as the voice of great thunder; and the voice which I heard, was as the voice of harpers, harping on their harps. And they sung as it were a new canticle, before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the ancients; and no man could say the canticle, but those hundred forty-four thousand, who were purchased from the earth [purchased at the Unleavened Bread Feast]. These were purchased from among men, the firstfruits to God and to the Lamb: And in their mouth there was found no lie; for they are without spot before the throne of God. DR Rev 14:1-4

And I saw a great white throne, and one sitting upon it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away, and there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” DR Rev 20:11-12

Hear the words of the Lord, ye nations, and proclaim them to the islands afar off; say, He that scattered Israel will also gather him, and keep him as one that feeds his flock. For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, he has rescued him out of the hand of them that were stronger than he. And they shall come, and shall rejoice in the mount of Sion, and shall come to the good things of the Lord, even to a land of corn, and wine, and fruits, and cattle, and sheep: and their soul shall be as a fruitful tree; and they shall hunger no more. Then shall the virgins rejoice in the assembly of youth, and the old men shall rejoice; and I will turn their mourning into joy, and will make them merry.” Jer 38:10-13

In that day, saith the Lord, I will gather her that is bruised, and will receive her that is cast out, and those whom I rejected. And I will make her that was bruised a remnant, and her that was rejected a mighty nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Sion from henceforth, even for ever.”  Sep Mic 4:6-7 

Blow ye the trumpet in Sion, sound an alarm in my holy mountain, let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: because the day of the Lord cometh, because it is nigh at hand, A day of darkness, and of gloominess, a day of clouds and whirlwinds: a numerous and strong people as the morning spread upon the mountains: the like to it hath not been from the beginning, nor shall be after it even to the years of generation and generation.” DR Joel 2:1-2

And I will lead forth the seed that came of Jacob and of Juda, and they shall inherit my holy mountain: and mine elect and my servants shall inherit it, and shall dwell there.” Sep Isa 65:9 

Then wolves and lambs shall feed together, and the lion shall eat chaff like the ox, and the serpent earth as bread. They shall not injure nor destroy in my holy mountain, saith the Lord.” Sep Isa 65:25 

Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I am returned to Sion, and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called The city of truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, The sanctified mountain.” Zec 8:3

But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of many thousands of angels, And to the church of the firstborn, who are written in the heavens, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel.” DR Heb 12:22-24

Since HIS people will be gathered to Mount Zion it will be critical to know which Mount Zion to go to when the call comes.  There are two Mount Zions.

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Our Father in Heaven wants us to remember the trumpets.  He gave us the law of the trumpets and bugles in Numbers chapter 10 so that we would be prepared for HIS return.  He gave us the Feast of Trumpets so that we would remember the trumpets and so that we would be remembering to listen and watch for the trump in Revelation.  I believe the first trump will be the signal to gather the tribes of Israel to Mount Zion. The last trump will signal the start of the Day of Atonement.

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