A Golden Trumpet

The view that the Rapture will occur at the mid-point of the Tribulation is based upon 1 Corinthians 15:52 which states that the Rapture will occur at the blowing of “the last trumpet.” This Mid-Tribulation Rapture view then declares this trumpet to be the last of the seven trumpets in Revelation 11 that is blown at the mid-point of the Tribulation. Why of the 114 references to trumpets in the Scripture these two are identified as one and the same only defies sound Scriptural research! The context clearly shows the last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15 is blown for believers whereas the Seven Trumpets (of judgments) of Revelation 8, 9 and 11 are sounded for unbelievers. The Revelation trumpets, therefore, can have no relevance for the Church!   There are many trumpets mentioned in the bible, so let’s review this important topic now.

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What does Blowing a Trumpet mean?

Trumpets in Biblical times were either made from rams’ horns (shofars) or from silver, and could be blown by the priests and leaders. There were different sounds for different purposes:

  • Time to pack up camp and move on, when the Israelites were traveling in the desert
  • Time to gather the people and call an assembly
  • To mark a sacrifice on a feast day
  • A warning of war or danger
  • To praise
  • To declare a procession or feast
  • Proclaiming a king
  • Assembling the troops for battle
  • To be used in battle
  • To declare victory

It can be the sound of worship or a battle cry. A practical device for the twelve tribes on the march, and makers of special days and times of celebration.

The sound of the trumpet also has other connotations in the Bible:

  • God’s power to raise the dead (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • The proclamation of the gospel (Psalms 89:15)
  • The bold and faithful preaching of prophets (Isaiah 58:1, Hosea 8:1, Joel 2:1)
  • The latter day judgments (Revelation 8:2 and 13) (List by OFIM)

Shofar used in Exodus 19

Now back to As the word ‘trumpet’  is mentioned as the Hebrew word “Shofar” 48 times in the Old Testament. There is one time that it is not translated to “Shofar” but is translated as “jovial”!

vs. 13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet sounded long, they shall come up to the mount. (Exodus 19:13)  This is a type of Rapture in the Old Testament.

The very first time the word “trumpets” appears in the Scripture! It is not “Shofar” but “jovial”! Shofar is the Rams-horn or the antelope!  יוֹבֵל yôwbêl, yo-bale’; or יֹבֵל yôbêl; apparently from H2986; the blast of a horn (from its continuous sound); specifically, the signal of the silver trumpets; hence, the instrument itself and the festival thus introduced:—jubile, ram’s horn, trumpet.

Silver Trumpets Made for Jubilee

Silver trumpets are trumpets too. Jovial is the same Hebrew word for: “Jubilee”! The word jovial alludes to the ‘silver trumpets’, On the year of jubilee they blown ‘silver trumpets’! The prophetic picture of the ‘Rapture’ is Exodus 19. Yahweh came down on the mountain Sinai – Moses went up! There are trumpets involved in the “Rapture”! Exodus 19 is a foreshadow or picture  of the ‘rapture’ or ‘the great assembly’! When the trumpets sounds long, they shall come to the mount Sinai! In Moses’ time it was mount Sinai, now it is heavenly Mount Zion! But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (Hebrews 12:22)  An unmistakeable connection to bridge the Old Testament and New Testament.  English however doesn’t always convey some of the connections we are talking about here.  So we have painstakingly added a lot of scripture references and links to help your study.

Two Events, The Second Coming & The Rapture

Allow me a brief interjection here for me to point out a distinction the Apostle Paul made in responding to the Church in Thessalonica in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5  He points out that the Church thought they where in the Day of the LORD.  Paul reminds them what they had been taught by both Epistle and word (2 Thessalonaians 2:15)

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 2 Thessalonains 2:1-2

The Coming of Jesus

parousia and other passages

  1. presence

  2. the coming, arrival, advent

    1. the future visible return from heaven of Jesus, to raise the dead, hold the last judgment (Great White Throne Judgement), and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God

The Gathering Together

  1. a gathering together in one place

  2. the (religious) assembly (of Christians)

Strong’s Definitions (Strong’s Definitions Legend)
ἐπισυναγωγή episynagōgḗ, ep-ee-soon-ag-o-gay’; from G1996; a complete collection; especially a Christian meeting (for worship):—assembling (gathering) together.

See Scriptures of Holy Convocations Here.

See Scriptures for Trumpets in New Testament

STRONGS NT 4536: σάλπιγξ

σάλπιγξσάλπιγγοςa trumpetMatthew 24:31 (cf. Buttmann, 161 (141); 343 (295)); 1 Corinthians 14:8Hebrews 12:19Revelation 1:10Revelation 4:1Revelation 8:2613Revelation 9:14ἐν σάλπιγγι Θεοῦ, a trumpet which sounds at God’s command (Winer‘s Grammar, § 36, 3 b.), 1 Thessalonians 4:16ἐν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ σάλπιγγι, the trumpet which will sound at the last day, 1 Corinthians 15:52 (4 (2) Esdr. 2 Esdras 6:23; see commentaries on 1 Thessalonians as above). (From Homer down; the Sept. for שׁופָר and חֲצֹצְרָה.)  (Source Greek Lexicon BLB)

Trumpet Uses in Bible

Vines Study Notes on Trumpets 

Trump, Trumpet:

is used

(1) of the natural instrument, 1Cr 14:8;

(2) of the supernatural accompaniment of Divine interpositions,

(a) at Sinai, Hbr 12:19;

(b) of the acts of angels at the Second Advent of Christ, Mat 24:31;

(c) of their acts in the period of Divine judgments preceding this, Rev 8:26139:14;

(d) of a summons to John to the presence of God, Rev 1:104:1;

(e) of the act of the Lord in raising from the dead the saints who have fallen asleep and changing the bodies of those who are living, at the Rapture of all to meet Him in the air, 1Cr 15:52, where “the last trump” is a military allusion, familiar to Greek readers, and has no connection with the series in Rev 8:6 to 11:15; there is a possible allusion to Num 10:2-6, with reference to the same event, 1Th 4:16, “the (lit., a) trump of God” (the absence of the article suggests the meaning “a trumpet such as is used in God’s service”).

The Blowing of Trumpets for Wake Up Call

By blowing one set of trumpets and its wakes the people up and get them lined up. By blowing the ‘next’ trumpet and they start marching. If Apostle Paul said the dead will rise up by the last trumpet, then also there have to be a first!  One trumpet will “wake” you up and when the next one would sound you are “going” up! You are going to meet the Lord in the air! You can find every clue of the future hidden find in the Old Testament! -See 64 Versus on Trumpets at bottom of the page.  Ram, ram’s horn, trumpet, cornet ram (only in combination) ram’s horn, trumpet jubilee year (marked by the blowing of cornets) (meton) Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend) יוֹבֵל yôwbêl, yo-bale’; or יֹבֵל yôbêl; apparently from H2986; the blast of a horn (from its continuous sound); specifically, the signal of the silver trumpets; hence, the instrument itself and the festival thus introduced:—jubile, ram’s horn, trumpet.

Biblical Uses of Trumpets Listed People, Places & Events

Below are articles from the following dictionary:

The General Assembly

The general assembly of the Church of the Firstfruits. You shall make your two silver trumpets for the calling of the assembly. The first meaning is the ‘camp’ of Israel, second meaning, the trumpets are going to sound to gather an assembly on the Mount of God; Mount Zion. Specific with the Trump of God: In the Scriptures, there are places when the trumpet sounded, it was actually God’s voice! For the voice of the Lord is as a trumpet! The great assembly being an event that happens every 7 years in Israel in the ancient times where the temple was. And because on that 7-th year the king showed up, the king would blow a golden trumpet.

Never was the golden trumpet been used at Yom Kippur. The golden trumpet was only used by the ‘7-yearly – great assembly’!  Silver refers to or is a middle to redemption; Gold always refers to the Divinity of God! I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, (Revelation 1:10) After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1)

There is a Priest, who is a King, Who is worthy…!

The very God Himself is involved in the great assembly of the first fruit saints/ first born righteous saints! (Rapture) There is a trumpet that God has; it is a solid gold trumpet. When the silver trumpets been sound we as the great assembly of the first fruit saints/ first born righteous saints are going to be up to meet the Lord in the air! The great assembly occurred every 7 years! Including men, women and children have participation in it. When the crowd arrived ‘the king’ would ascend the “bema” (Apostle Paul refers this to that all we have to appear before the Judgment seat of Christ) He brought the Torah-scroll to the Synagogue-priest; he then gave it to the High-Priest; he then past it to ‘the king’ who stood and received the Scroll! ……Also likewise in Revelation described the King opened the 7-sealed scroll and read from it…!

The “Rapture” should be called: “The great assembly” likewise what happened in ancient time every 7 years by the Hebrew people. At the rapture He is coming for His righteous first-fruit saints, to meet them in the air and bring them in the Temple in Heaven. With His Kingdom at His second coming is with His saints, from Heaven.

Could it be Mid-Tribulation with the Seven Trumpets?

The view that the Rapture will occur at the mid-point of the Tribulation is based upon 1 Corinthians 15:52 which states that the Rapture will occur at the blowing of “the last trumpet.” This Mid-Tribulation Rapture views then declares this trumpet to be the last of the seven trumpets in Revelation 11 that is blown at the mid-point of the Tribulation. Why of the 114 references to trumpets in the Scripture these two are identified as one and the same only defies sound Scriptural research! The context clearly shows the last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15 is blown for believers whereas the seven trumpets (of judgments) of Revelation 8, 9 and 11 are sounded for unbelievers. The Revelation trumpets, therefore, can have no relevance for the Church!

What is the Tekyiah Gadollah!

There is a 4-th blast called the Tekyiah Gadollah (Great Tekyiah). Some consider a fourth sound but it is simply a Tekyiah held as long as breath lasts or is appropriate. Some Shofar blowers can hold a note for over a minute! (which also will occur at the Rapture!?)

There is a difference of opinion in the Talmud as to whether the Teruah or the Shevarim was sounded in the Temple. As usual, the Rabbis compromised and both were considered valid. On Rosh Hashanah, the Shofar is sounded 100 times with all the traditional forms. This is done to make sure that the Shofar is blown often enough and with the proper sounds to satisfy God!  How easy to be caught up in legalisms! Be sensitive to the inspiration of the Ruach (Spirit) and use the horn as you would use your voice as an instrument of praise! (See more at web-page of Shofars)

Shofar Sounded at the Coronation of The King!

Rosh Hashanah is also the coronation of the king; Shofar/Trumpets are sounded at a coronation and G-D is hailed as King on this day! The Shofar is a ram’s horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the Shofar in the synagogue. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day. There are four different types of Shofar notes: tekiah, a 3 second sustained note; shevarim, three 1-second notes rising in tone, teruah, a series of short, staccato notes extending over a period of about 3 seconds; and tekiah gedolah (literally, “big tekiah”), the final blast in a set, which lasts (I think) 10 seconds minimum. The Scripture does not indicate a specific reason for this practice. One that has been suggested is that the Shofar’s sound is a call to repentance!

The Feast of Trumpets & the Rapture!

There is a strong connection with the Feast of Trumpets (season of the Fall Feasts of the Lord) and the Rapture!

Firstly, let’s take an annual look at the Feast of Trumpets or the Feast of Shofar-blowing as the Hebrew calls it. More commonly the day is referred to as Rosh Ha Shana, the Head of the Year – the New Year. According to the Biblical instruction we are to have a holy convocation on the 1st day of the 10th month.

Say to the Israelites, On the first day of the seventh month [almost October], you shall observe a day of solemn [sabbatical] rest, a memorial day announced by blowing of trumpets (Shofar blowing), a holy [called] assembly. (Leviticus 23:24)

How can the 1st day of the 10th month be the New Year?  Furthermore, the Lord says that Passover time in April is the beginning of the year for Israel.  This month shall be to you the beginning of months, the first month of the year to you. (Exodus 12:2)

Reasons for Blowing The Shofar

One of the reasons the Feast of Shofar Blowing (Yom ah Truah)  is now celebrated as Rosh Ha Shana, is that the enemy wants to conceal or mask the true relevance of this Holy Feast of the Lord.  Concerning the Feasts, G-D calls them His Feasts – His appointed times!  We believe that the Feasts of the Lord prophetically show the Lord’s plan of redemption for Israel, and those who are grafted into Israel by the Blood of Yeshua, to form the One New Man: Therefore if any person is [in grafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh {and} new has come! (2  Corinthians 5:17; Also in Ephesians 2:15)   Every major New Testament event thus far has been precisely fulfilled on an Old Testament festival!  The next event we are waiting for is the “Rapture” or the “catching away” of the Body of Messiah! (The righteous saints)  There are people out there who don’t believe in the Rapture, but it clearly in scripture!  Many Bible teachers who have a degree of understanding about the relevance of the Feasts, believe that the Rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets (when you hear the last trumpet – the trumpet of God and the shout of the Arch-angel). We don’t know the year, but I believe we can know the day by knowing about the Feasts. That is to recommend you do take the time to study the Feasts of the Lord!

The Rapture is a glorious event which God has promised to the Church. The promise is that someday very soon, at the blowing of a trumpet and the shout of an archangel, Yeshua will appear in the sky and take up His Church, living and dead, to Heaven. The concept of the Rapture was not revealed to the Old Testament prophets because it is a promise to the New Testament Church and not to the saints of God who lived before the establishment of the Church.

“…and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,  “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:20-21)

The 7 days of creation, represent also the 7 years that believers are going to be in Heaven. The Church has been living at the Feast of Pentecost. The next Feast is “Trumpets”! 100 Trumpets are sounded on the “Feast of Trumpets”! It’s called Rosh Hashanah (Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year) Jewish New Year celebration in the fall of the year, the month of Tishri.) (The Scripture refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the Shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.)

Rosh Hashanah is also the coronation of the king; (Trumpets/Shofars are sounded at a coronation and G-D is hailed as King on this day!) and it means also: “the wedding of the King”;  “the resurrection of the dead”; by Jewish people. It shows here that there is an ‘image’ thereof the rapture; the coming of Yeshua/Christ; as being in Heaven as being linked to this particular Feast! We (The Church) are now in the dispensation of the grace of God!  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: (Ephesians 3:2 KJV)
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