Isaiah 27:12-13 Listening for the Trumpet

In the middle of Isaiah trying to correct the people he begins having an end time vision for his people and the world. The end time vision that Isaiah has is one where the final battle takes place and depending on your view of the end times it will determine how you interpret this passage along with the other passages in scripture. Although some of these prophecies are difficult to understand they have been given to us for us to study and watch for what God is going to do when the end of time comes. Many people avoid the difficult teachings because they either believe they are too difficult to understand, or they do not think they are worth the time and effort. Everything has been revealed to us but we should look into the things God has given us and not become lazy because it is difficult to understand or the fact that many Christians do not agree on how it will end. These two verses will show us what will happen when Jesus returns to reign on earth.

Isaiah 27:12-13 In that day from the river Euphrates[a] to the Brook of Egypt the Lord will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

1)   Trumpets Acknowledge Activity

“In that Day a Great Trumpet shall be sounded” In that day is an indication that Isaiah is talking about future events. The Trumpet was a Rams Horn that was not for making a melody but for a signal by making a distinctive blaring sound. We have horns that go off for many reasons and depending on the reason it could bring you joy, panic or concern. InHockey when the buzzer sounds it’s the end of the period and when there isTornadic activity sirens go off it’s to warn you of danger. So just like different alarms sound for different reasons so the sound of a Rams horn was sounded for various reasons.

Rams Horns were sounded for several reasons.

  1. A Call to Battle (Judges 6:34)
  2. A Call to come to the Temple to worship (Leviticus 25:9; Joel 2:1,15)
  3. Announce the beginning of a feast or new moon celebration (Leviticus 23:23-25; 25:9)
  4. Announce a new King (1 Kings 1:39; 2 Kings 9:13)
  5. To signal the beginning of God’s final battle against evil. (Zechariah 9:14)

In each instance it was to signal something special was happening. This special event that Isaiah is talking about is when God will gather Israelites from all over the world to come to Jerusalem and worship Him. In the Book of Revelation you will find seven trumpets sounded that will be a part of God pouring out His wrath upon the earth for the purpose of people repenting and turning to Him.

2)   The Trumpet will be for God’s People

Although there are many trumpets sounded throughout the Bible this trumpet will be for God’s children calling them to come and worship Him in Jerusalem. From the River Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt (These are the boundaries of the promise Land given to Abraham in Genesis 15:18) God is talking about a Harvest that will focus on the promise land and One by One God will look for those who belong to Him like one who harvest olives.

Ezekiel 20:34-38  I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. 36 As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the Lord God. 37 I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. 38 I will purge out the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against me. I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

Matthew 13:24-30 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds[c] among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants[d] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

At the end of time God will separate out those who belong to Him and those who do not. These passages complement one another in what they are saying about how it will look in the end times. I personally believe that after the Rapture of the Church and during the tribulation people will turn and give their lives to Christ and those who do not will be separated out.

Matthew 24:39-41 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

3) The Trumpet will indicate a time of worship.

“They will worship Yahweh on the Holy Mountain” Remember one of the purposes of the trumpet blast is a call to worship and so the call will be made for the time of worship to begin. In Acts 1 Jesus is on the Mount of Olivet and He ascended into the Heavens and the Disciples watched. One day He will return according to Zechariah 14 and this time He will come to rule in what we know as the millennial reign of Christ.

We worship because of all that Jesus has done and so as we meet together we are preparing ourselves for Heaven where will we worship God together forever.

“The Bible has a built-in-hymnal, the book of Psalms, comprised of 150 songs, written over a period of fifteen hundred years.  … There are more than five hundred references to singing in the Bible and more than fifty direct commands to sing. Scripture couldn’t be more clear. The God we worship delights in the sung praises of His people. “ (Doxology and Theology, Matt Boswell, Pg 176)

Singing to God is not something we will do when we get to Heaven it is something we should do now as we grow in our understanding of His grace and mercy that he has given us. He is worthy of our worship and our praise.

4)   The Trumpet we should be prepared for

A distinction must be made between those who belong to what we call the church age and the Jewish Nation. Many people have assigned Christians and even America to passages of scripture that pertain to Israel which is God’s chosen nation to bring the truth about Himself to the world.  If you are Pre Tribulation, meaning that you believe the Christians will be raptured before the great tribulation then you believe this Trumpet will sound and we will be raptured up to Jesus without Jesus coming to the earth.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

The word “Caught up” is from the Greek (harpazo) which means to snatch, to seize or to take suddenly. (Reference to Jesus being taken up in Acts 1) The difference from this passage and the passage in Isaiah 27 is that the Lord will descend but not touch the earth where in Isaiah Jesus will come and be in Jerusalem. The Trumpetwe will hear will be the one where God will summon those who belong to Him home and the rest will be left to go through the tribulation.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

It has been said that blinking is the quickest movement in the human body, and this is how quickly the rapture of the church will take place. The reason it is called a mystery is because it was not made known to previous generations according to Ephesians 3:5 (See also Colossians 1:26) 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 calls the trumpet the trumpet of God while those in the book of Revelation are called angelic trumpets. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 says Jesus will come like a thief in the night while people will be saying peace and security. Christians should not be surprised because we are called to be awake and sober and watchful of the events that are taking place. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 says we should actively look for the return of the Lord. The return of Christ to earth will be preceded by signs and wonders but the rapture has no indications or signs. If Jesus will come like a thief in the night then there will be no indications of when that is and that is why I believe in a pre- tribulation rapture.

We prepare for this Trumpet:

  1. By accepting the free gift of Salvation given to us by Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Do you think your works or good actions qualify you to be in the presence of a Holy God?

  • By Cleansing ourselves as we prepare for His return like a bride prepares for her wedding day

The Bible compares believers to a bride. (Revelation 21:9; Ephesians 5:25-27; John 3:29) and many verses about us being married to God. It is our job to prepare for this day by disciplining ourselves by removing sins from our lives.

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

How will you be found when Jesus comes again?

  • By telling others about Jesus and getting them prepared for this day.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God

Many people still have not put their trust in Jesus Christ and are relying on their own works to qualify themselves to be in the presence of a Holy God. We must tell them.

  • By doing the work of the Lord

Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’

One day a trumpet will sound, and Christians will stand face to face with Christ and the question we will have is if we will we be found faithful. Will we regret not warning people we love? We cannot live like the rest of the world, but we must live as if the trumpet will blast at any second. May we be encouraged that all the things we do God sees and may we be encouraged that in a blink of an eye we can be with our Savior.

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