(For better understanding, first read the post titled, “THE TWO RETURNS OF JESUS AND THE TWO HARVESTS OF THE EARTH”)
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
51 Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The above verse is directly related to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
These passages are referring to what some people reference as the rapture. When will this take place? Is the “last trump” mentioned in the 1 Corinthians passage above and the seventh trumpet blown in Revelation one-in-the-same? If they are, then Christians will need to be prepared to experience a sizeable portion of the days of distress.
Some people believe that the last trump in the Corinthians verses is the last trumpet in a different set of trumpets than the seven blown in Revelation. They believe that the set that the 1 Corinthians passage is referring to happens before the first seal is opened. Their belief is that Christians will be taken away and not have to experience any of the havoc revealed in the last book of the Bible. Then they maintain that they will face judgment and will be ushered into the marriage supper of the Lamb, which they assume will be going on during the time of great trouble. (https://www.gotquestions.org/marriage-supper-Lamb.html) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAHjUV5ky5g). There are several things that their belief is based on, but one of the main ideas comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:9. We are not appointed to suffer God’s wrath, so it is assumed by this segment of society that God’s wrath begins with the beginning of the days of tribulation. Let’s compare what the scriptures say happens at the time that the 7th trumpet in Revelation is blown and compare it to what the pre-tribulationists say will happen when they are raptured up before the days of tribulation.
Revelation 11: 15,18 (KJV)
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 forever and ever.
18 And the nations were angry, and
THY WRATH IS COME, and the
TIME OF THE DEAD, that
THEY SHOULD BE JUDGED, and that thou shouldest
GIVE REWARDS UNTO THY SERVANTS AND THE
PROPHETS, AND TO THE SAINTS, and them that fear
thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them.
Revelation 11:18 tells us of 4 things that will happen at the last trumpet.
1. HIS WRATH HAS COME
Who’s wrath is this verse talking about? It’s God’s wrath. The vials (or bowls) are going to be poured out. There are two verses that clearly state that the seven last plagues are filled with God’s wrath.
Revelation 15:1 (KJV)
15 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
Revelation 16:1 (KJV)
16 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
The 7th trumpet of Revelation begins the pouring out of God’s wrath on all of mankind. We definitely will NOT have to suffer His wrath as promised!
2. It is the time of the dead
Compare this with 1 Corinthians 15:52.
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.
See the similarity? This is the one thing that convinces me that the trump in 1 Corinthians is the same as the seventh trumpet of Revelation. The “dead being raised incorruptible” certainly is the “time of the dead”.
3. It’s a time of judgment
At this time, the dead shall be judged. As you heard if you watched the referenced video previously mentioned in this post, some people believe that Christians will be taken off of the earth before the first seal in Revelation is opened. They also believe that the judgment seat of Christ will happen at that time too. If the rapture happens before the tribulation and there is a judgment, and then there is one at the seventh trumpet, as is plainly stated in the printed scriptures, and yet another judgment at the great white throne (Revelation 20:11-15), then that would mean there would be three times of judgment.
4. Rewards will be given
One thing is very clear, rewards will be given here at the 7th trumpet, and as we covered in a previous post, we find in this same time period that Jesus does return to the earth. There is also a harvest of the earth (see my previous post, THE TWO RETURNS OF JESUS AND THE TWO HARVESTS OF THE EARTH )during this time, so if we are gathered to our Savior before the tribulation period, we still have to wait until this point to receive any rewards that will be given. When comparing the two trumpets of the two Biblical books, it appears that it is very probable that they are the same event. If they are, then the seventh trumpet is when we will be raptured up to be with our Lord.
At what point will the seventh trumpet happen during the tribulation? How soon after it is blown will Jesus make His triumphal entry on the white horse? That is not clearly spelled out, but it will probably be very near the end because the last seven plagues are catastrophic. When the second and third bowls (or vials in some versions) are poured out all the water in the world is turned to blood, and the fourth bowl contains intense heat. Without water to drink, it will not take long for humans to perish. (see more about this in my post “What exactly happens during the tribulation period?”)
Are you ready?
John 14:6 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.