Wednesday, 21 November 2012
The Last Trumpet at The Second Coming of Messiah
In last week's Blog, I asked the question, 'Why did John the Baptist ask Jesus a very strange question: 'Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?'.
John asked the question because he was expecting the Messiah of His Second Coming ....and he was not expecting the Messiah of His First Coming when He came 'to save His people from their sins'.
So...following the answer to John's strange question....when will Jesus our Messiah return at His Second Coming?
In order to arrive at the answer, we must follow the 'rules', the method, the process, of studying the Bible. This process requires us to assemble ALL the Biblical passages that refer to a particular subject, from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. We must avoid the temptation to 'cherry pick' specific verses, and ignore the main body of the passages.
The Biblical passages about the events immediately before, during, and after His Second Coming are not in one clear, coordinated, chronological narrative. They are in various books of both the Old and New Testaments including Isaiah, Micah, Joel, Zechariah, Matthew, Luke, Corinthians, Thessalonians, and Revelation.....and there are lots of them!
However, before we look at the whole body of passages, let's go straight to the answer and then work backwards to answer the questions of detail.
When will Jesus our Messiah return at His Second Coming?
The answer is that Jesus will return at His Second Coming at the Biblical Feast of Rosh HaShanah. The conclusive evidence for this answer is based on the key Hebrew phrase 'The Last Trumpet.'
'The Last Trumpet’ is a Hebrew phrase that specifically refers to the Tekiah Gedolah, the last of the one hundred blasts that are blown on the shofar on Rosh HaShanah.
The Shofar is a trumpet made from a ram's horn. There are 4 distinct types of Shofar notes that are blown on Rosh HaShanah:
1. Tekiah. This is one long, sharp 'blast' (tekiah) that is sustained for three seconds.
2. Shevarim. These are three one second staccato, 'broken' (shevarim) sounds that rise in tone.
3. Teruah. These are a series of nine quick 'blowings' (teruah) in short succession that extend over a period of about three seconds.
Leviticus 23.24 In the seventh month,(Tishri) on the first day of the month, (Rosh HaShanah) you shall have a Sabbath rest , a memorial of blowing of trumpets, (Teruah)
4. Tekiah Gedolah. This sounds the same as a Tekiah, but it is a triple Tekiah that extends for three consecutive tekiyot , for a minimum of nine seconds.
The Tekiah Gedolah (The Great Blast) is known as 'The Last Trumpet’ because it is the final 'blast' of the one hundred 'blasts' that are blown on Rosh HaShanah.
The same Hebrew phrase that specifically refers to the Tekiah Gedolah, is used in:
Isaiah 27.13, The Great Trumpet,
Matthew 24.31, a Great sound of a Trumpet,
1Corinthians 15.51-52, The Last Trumpet, The Trumpet will sound, and
1Thessalonians 4.16, The Trumpet of God.
Isaiah 27.13: It shall come to pass in That Day that the LORD will thresh, from the channel of the River to the Brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered one by one, O you Children of Israel. So it shall be in That Day: The Great Trumpet (Tekiah Gedolah) will be blown.
Matthew 24.31 He will send His angels with a Great sound of a Trumpet, (Tekiah Gedolah), and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
1 Corinthians 15.51-53 We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at The Last Trumpet,(Tekiah Gedolah) for The Trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Thessalonians 4.16 For the LORD Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with The Trumpet of God, (Tekiah Gedolah). And the dead in Christ will 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.
1Thessalonians 4.16 describes what will happen when 'The Last Trumpet', 'The Trumpet of God' sounds: the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. This is confirmed by Revelation 20.4:
Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is The First Resurrection.
‘The First Resurrection’ events described in Matthew 24, 1Corinthians 15, 1Thessalonians 4, and Revelation 20, ALL happen at the same time....immediately following 'The Last Trumpet' on Rosh HaShanah, when the LORD Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with The Trumpet of God.....at His Second Coming.
The evidence is clear when we put together the relevant passages. But, of course, there are many additional questions....some of which we will address in next week's Blog.....
For example, we read in Matthew 24.3:
As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your Coming, and of the end of the age?"
There are 3 separate questions in this verse:
1. when will these things be?
2. And what will be the sign of Your Coming?
3. and of the end of the age?’
Until next week....