Trumpets in the New Testament
General use of trumpets.
- Used for music - Revelation 18:22. (There will be no more
trumpet music in "Babylon," after God's judgment.)
- Used to get attention - Matthew 6:2. (Don't do it, when
you are giving to the needy.)
- Used as a signal - 1 Corinthians 14:8. (It must be clearly
understood or the desired results will not occur.)
(when the Law was given)
- Hebrews 12:19.
(See the context. Many other terrifying things also occurred.)
The sound of a trumpet that accompanied God's presence
on Mt. Sinai
The trumpet-like voice that John heard
- John is commissioned to write about what he sees -
- John is told to "come up here," to see what
would happen in the future - Revelation 4:1.
(See the NOTE at the end of this outline.)
Trumpets related to the dead being raised or to the
elect being gathered.
- The elect will be gathered - Matthew 24:31. (Angels will
be sent, accompanied by a loud trumpet call.)
- The dead will be raised - 1 Corinthians 15:52. (At the
sounding of the last trumpet.)
- The dead in Christ will rise first - 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
(With God's trumpet call; then the saved who are still alive will be
caught-up together with them, to be with Jesus.)
NOTE at the end of this outline.)
The seven trumpet judgments.
- The trumpet judgments introduced - Revelation 8:2, 6.
- Trumpet #1 - hail and fire, mixed with blood, being hurled
down upon the earth - Revelation 8:7.
- Trumpet #2 - a fiery mountain thrown into the sea -
- Trumpet #3 - a fiery star falling from the sky -
- Trumpet #4 - darkness (judgments affecting the sun, moon
and stars) - Revelation 8:12.
- A warning about the last three trumpet judgments - they
will be even worse -Revelation 8:13.
- Trumpet #5 - a fallen "star" who has a key to
the abyss - Revelation 9:1.
- Trumpet #6 - four angels released at the Euphrates river -
Revelation 9:13-14. (They were originally bound there.)
- Special note about Trumpet #7: When the seventh angel is
about to sound his trumpet, the "mystery of God" will be
fulfilled - Revelation 10:7. (This refers to certain things God
announced to the prophets, in the past.)
- Trumpet #7 - God takes over the world's kingdoms -
The exact relationship between the
seven trumpet judgments and the trumpets associated with the dead
being raised (or the elect being gathered) is not explicitly shown.
- The seventh trumpet in Revelation 11:15: This trumpet announces major changes in
the relationship between God and the world's kingdoms. It does not
necessarily indicate the exact time that people will rise from the
dead (or that the elect will be gathered). The "last trumpet
call," mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:52, is not necessarily the
seventh trumpet call, mentioned in Revelation. (There may be other
trumpet calls, not mentioned in Revelation.)
- The trumpet call in Matthew 24:31: There is some debate over whether the trumpet call mentioned in
Matthew is the same as the one mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1
Thessalonians 4:16. (Most tend to agree that the verses in 1 Corinthians
and 1 Thessalonians both refer to the same event.) To a great extent,
one's perspective on whether or not the church will be taken out of
the world prior to the end will strongly influence one's
view on the relationship between these verses. (People who believe
that the church will be taken out need to make a distinction
between the Matthew passage and the other two verses.)
Dennis Hinks © 2001