Question / Comment -
Does the 'last
trump' relate to the 7th trumpet in the book of Revelation?
Hi, I enjoyed your thoughts on Pre-Trib. I also hold to that
point of view; however there are some passages of scripture that confuse me. I
want to know the truth of God’s word as most Christians do. Please explain
your thoughts on the (Last) trumpet that sounds in 1 Cor. 15:52. This is a
mystery (V 51); being different from the ( Last, or Seventh Trumpet) beginning to
sound by which the , (mystery) of God is accomplished. The Church itself is the
Mystery Col. 1: 26,27. Most Post-Trib. views have been satisfied as incorrect in
my mind by scripture that show good reason to believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture.
Please help me unravel these passages.
thanks for the email. Post-tribers do try to link the 'last
trump' of 1 Cor 15 with the 7th trumpet of Revelation as you mentioned but
this is more to try prop up their beliefs concerning the timing of the rapture
than anything. The fact is that Paul was writing to the Corinthians and he was
talking to them about something that they were familiar with, not something that
wasn't even revealed yet! (1 Cor was written approx 55 AD and Revelation not
until approx 96 AD so Paul wouldn't have been making a reference to
something they (and probably he) knew nothing about!)
So what was the reference to the 'last trump' about then? You
will notice that in Corinthians, Paul has been showing the connection between New
Testament truth and the Feasts of Israel. For example, in 1 Cor 5:6-8 he talks
about the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened bread and shows how this is fulfilled
in Jesus' death. In chapter 15:20-24 he speaks about the Feast of First
fruits and how this was fulfilled with Jesus' resurrection. Now, in 1 Cor
15:51 he talks about the 'last trump' and connects that with the
resurrection and rapture of the church. This is simply a fulfillment of another
Jewish feast - the Feast of Trumpets.
Arnold Fruchtenbaum, a Jewish believer in Jesus writes in 'The footsteps of
'It is evident from the fact that Paul used the definite article 'the
last trump' that he expected the Corinthians to know what he was talking
about. The only knowledge they would have of trumpets are those spoken of in the
Old Testament, especially those of the Feast of Trumpets. The last trump refers
to the Feast of Trumpets and the Jewish practice of blowing trumpets at this
feast each year. During the ceremony there are a series of short trumpet sounds
concluding with one long trumpet blast which is called the Tekiah Gedolah, the
great trumpet blast. This is what Paul means by the last trump. As such, it says
nothing concerning the timing of the rapture; only that the rapture, whenever it
occurs, will fulfil the feast of trumpets.'
In another article by Fructenbaum he writes:
"The seven holy seasons of Lev 23 are fulfilled in the order in which they
fall. What follows the feast of trumpets is the Day of Atonement, which was a day
of Israel's national atonement coupled with the affliction of the soul. The
Day of Atonement is to be fulfilled by the seven years of Tribulation , during
which Israel will suffer afflictions leading up to her national repentance and
restoration. And just as the feast of trumpets precedes the Day of Atonement, so
will the rapture precede the seven years of tribulation."
So I believe that will help. In makes perfect sense in it's context that
Paul was writing to the Corinthians about something that they were aware off and
that he was again speaking of the fulfillment of the Jewish feasts just as he had
earlier in the book.
One last thing... there are several 'mysteries' in the New Testament -
some of which you have mentioned. Remember that a mystery is something
'hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known.' (Rom
16:25-26) The mystery in 1 Cor 15:51-52 is that some believers will not die
(spoken of as 'sleep') but will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.
This is the truth not revealed before but now made known.
All the best