THE MYSTERY OF THE LAST TRUMPET
By Lahry Sibley
1 Cor 15:51 Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed)
Let me say at the outset of this message, that I do not understand all prophecy given about end time events. I have never seen a doctrine so passionately divide people as this subject. So as I comment on this text, I would ask you to please be kind, patient, and prayerful. Do not divide over what is yet to be. Ask the Lord to show you these mysteries from His Word, not the voices of men. God bless you as you do.
Biblical doctrine can only be established by 2 or 3 witnesses. In other words, a doctrine must never be grounded on 1 verse. This is not wise, for the Bible clearly tells us
Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
and again in
2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Furthermore, as I understand it, Bible text must be taken as literal meaning. When it cannot possibly be taken literally, then figuratively or allegorically.
So with that said, in vs 51 above, Paul shows us a mystery. We know from vs 50 that flesh and blood cannot enter into the kingdom of God. So if there are those who are alive at some point in time who shall not die, then something has to happen to flesh and blood in order to make it acceptable before God from that point on. He says all shall not die or fall asleep, but we shall be changed or transformed. He is telling us of a point in time when something so dramatic is going to happen that it is a mystery as to how it will occur, yet he says it will occur. When? Good question. People have been asking that question for the past 2000 years. That is not a mystery, but we do know that it has not happened yet. Lets continue in Pauls text
1Co 15:52 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.
This is an unmistakable event that will trigger the transformation for those who do not die physically. The last trumpet sounds, and the dead will be raised. Alrighty then. So
. when does the last trumpet sound? Good question. So I ask you, where does the Bible speak about the last trumpet? Lets see
Rev 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Paul is telling us of an event that is described in the book of revelations. Now please understand, a comprehensive study of Biblical end times prophecy would take a book to cover. I dont want to get into all the details, but just give you a thin connective line, if I may please.
So here in Rev 8 we find that angels have been given seven trumpets. It is said that the number seven is Gods number of completion, derived from many illustrations of completion beginning with creation.
Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Now remember, the transformation and the raising of the dead occur when the seventh trumpet sounds. So lets continue to see what happens fast forwarding at times to get to the seventh trumpet.
Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Ask yourself, has this happened yet? I hope you say no. If you say yes, Ive missed something in history, or have sometimers worse than I suspected. What happens in vs 7 has not happened yet, and it must happen first, before the last trumpet blows and the transformation happens and dead are raised.
Now, the pre-trib rapture deception is based on a mysterious fly by unannounced and without any prior warning. Poof, snatched. Tim LaHaye and his co-deceiver have made millions and millions of dollars attempting to make this clear. I have yet to read a single page of the Left behind series, because I believe the Word of God clearly proves them, and those like them to be liars. Why would I want that trash in my vessel? Lets continue
Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Has this happened yet? Not to my knowledge. If Ive missed something, please be kind enough to tell me. Next verse
Rev 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
Has this happened yet? I think we can all agree that these things could not possibly happen unnoticed. Next verse
Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
Has this happened yet? Not to my knowledge. Next verse
Rev 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Keep this in mind as we go forward here. This is very important. Next verse
Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
The smoke that rises out of the bottomless pit will harm only men, but not those with the seal of God upon their foreheads. Lets continue. We are headed toward the last trumpet when dead will rise and some will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Now Im having to skip a lot here for the sake of brevity, but please read the omitted scriptures yourself
Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Only one more trumpet to go, and we will be to the last trumpet.
Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Can you believe that people would see all of these things happening before their very eyes and would not repent? Yet it is so. Remember these things have happened, and we are now only coming to the last trumpet. Have these things happened yet? Well, one could easily fit what happened above between verses 13 and 20 into modern warfare.
Remember John is attempting to describe events happening in this age and beyond, in a vocabulary of his day. Very difficult to do. Have they happened yet? Now dont get side tracked on me, we are headed for the last trumpet, remember?
Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Rev 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
The mystery of God should be finished. Wow!!! Is this powerful or what? Shocking? Yes. Has this happened already? NO! Is it coming? YES!!!! But according to the Word above, these things have not yet begun, as I understand it. But the seventh and final angel begins to sound the last trumpet and Gods mystery is about to be revealed.
Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Again, please read all the verses in between the verses given, and ponder these things. But what I wanted to make crystal clear to you is that all of these things must happen before the 7th trumpet sounds. This changing of men, and the resurrection of dead men will not be suddenly and without warning, no flyby of Jesus is mentioned here. These cataclysmic events simply cannot be overlooked or passed off or spiritualized. They must happen before men will be changed, flesh and blood will put on incorruption and the dead rise first. Would you not agree to these things? Now, I must ask you, dear saints, does this sound like the pre-trib rapture lie youve been told from pulpits ever since youve been in so called church????
REPENT!!!! Believe your Bible!!!! Search the scriptures daily, to see if these things be so. Dont let ignorant yet well intended and often well educated men sell you a LIE that cannot be supported by Scripture.
We will be talking more about this as time goes along, Lord willing. Im only addressing this now, because it came up in our text in sequence at the top of the page, working our way through 1 Corinthians. It will come up again as we seek Gods Word, line upon line. Glory to God.
What is about to happen, will stagger the mind and imagination. Yet all of those things which happened in the six trumpets dialog must happen BEFORE the SEVENTH and FINAL trumpet sounds. Then and only then will those alive saints be changed and the dead will rise. Selah (Pause and think about that). - Lahry