The Last Trumpet Rapture

Ya gotta ask yourself what truth do you follow, Scripture or speculation.  Sure that last trumpet spoken of in 1 Cor. 15:51,52 could be speaking of a particular feast time. However, the support to show that is grounded in speculation.

Those who follow the pretrib doctrine tell us that to suggest that the last trumpet is the 7th trumpet is also speculation.  If that is the case then there would be no more supporting Scriptures, but that is not the case. There are several.

To begin Paul tells us a mystery that the Rapture happens at the last trumpet… 1 Cor. 15:51,52.  Prior to the 7th trumpet, the angel declares to John that at the 7the trumpet the mystery of God is finished…Rev. 10:7.  So at this point we have the only two verses in the Scripture that speak of a trumpet and a mystery, but that could only be coincidence, Right?

Jesus informs us that when He comes that His reward is with Him… Rev. 22:12.  We are further told that He rewards everyone according to their work, good or bad.  So we are here by made to understand that the rapture and the time of being rewarded are simultaneous.  At the 7th trumpet several things are recorded to happen.  Jesus rules and reigns forevermore, God judges the dead, and the righteous are rewarded…. Rev. 11:15-18.  So if Jesus rewards when He comes as we are told in Rev. 22:12 and the reward is given out at the 7th trumpet as we are told in Rev. 11:18, then Jesus comes at the 7th trumpet.

But the Scriptural support doesn’t end there.  There is more.  Of course, if you do not like the Word of God, then there is plenty of man’s speculation available to accommodate you.

In the context of the angel speaking to John about the 7th trumpet in Rev. 10:7-11, John is told to eat the little book.  This little book has a message that enables John to “prophesy again” (see verse 11).

The message surrounding the 7th trumpet shows a lot of closure and finished work.  The angel swears that “time is no more” (Rev.10:6 KJV).  Jesus rules and reigns forevermore…Rev. 11:15.  The dead and the righteous are rewarded or judged….Rev. 11:18.  The mystery of God is finished… Rev. 10:7.  All of these events show a finished work.  In other words the end of time as the angel declared.  The angel also declares a dual prophesy… Rev. 10:11, “you will prophesy again…”  The fact is that if Jesus rules and reigns at this point on, the devil, or beast cannot ruling and creating havoc after that.  Therefore, the havoc that is recorded after this time must be a second prophesy, as the angel declared in Rev. 10:11.

Therefore we are to understand that the prophesy of the 7 trumpets that is just concluded in Rev. 11 and the prophesy of 7 bowls or vials are one in the same event… “you will prophesy again…” Rev. 10:11.  Let’s take a look…

At the 2nd and 3rd trumpet and bowl the seas made fowl.

At the 4th trumpet and bowl the sun is effected, trumpet experience darkness, while bowl get scorched by the sun… (Possible pole shift of the Earth.  The bible records the sun standing still in the OT, the Earth is not flat, one side is dark while the other is full of light)

At the 5th trumpet and bowl there is from the pit of darkness evil that causes severe pain.

At the 6th trumpet and bowl, Euphrates river mentioned which causes a great war and loss of lives.

The seventh trumpet and bowl is the rapture…

—trumpet 1 Cor. 15:51,52, “at the last trumpet, a trumpet will sound…” Rev. 10:6,7, 11:15-18,22:12,

—bowl.. Rev. 16:15, “.Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”  This is recorded right before the 7th bowl. WOW, Jesus is STILL coming!  The pretrib doctrine believes this verse is misplaced… hmm.

Paul declares it at the last trumpet. Jesus declares it at the last bowl, and the angel tells John that there is a dual prophesy.  The bowls and trumpets show the likeness of the dual prophesy.

So here we see that there are multiple Scriptures to show that the last trumpet and the 7th trumpet are one in the same.  There is no support, other than speculation to suggest otherwise.

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The Bible tells the Timing of the Rapture

Although the Bible tells us that no man knows the day or the hour… Matt. 24:36 and that Jesus will come as a thief in the night…Matt. 24:42,43, 2 Thess. 5:2, 2 Peter 3:10, Rev. 16:15.  The Scripture also gives a very big clue and tells us when.  In 1 Cor. 15:51,52 Paul tells us that it is “at the last trumpet”
[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

Often this fact doesn’t fit several doctrines so those who believe those doctrines immediately dismiss this fact.  However, Rev. 10:7 and 1 Cor. 15:52 are the only two verses in Scripture that discuss the revealed mystery at the last trumpet. Take a look at Rev. 10:5-7

[5] And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven

[6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
[7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Now lets take the actual event of the last trumpet:   Rev. 11

[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 for ever and ever.
[16] And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
[17] Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
[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 reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
[19] And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail

Take a look at some of the list of happens at the last trumpet..

1)  Time is no more…. Rev. 10:6

2)  The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of Christ… Rev. 11:15

3)  Christ rules forevermore… Rev. 11:15

4)  Not only does Christ have the power….  He uses it… He HAS reigned at this moment in time/7th trumpet!   Rev. 11:17

5)  God pours out His wrath on the dead… Rev.11:18

6)  He rewards His people (see list)… Rev. 11:18

7)  People can no longer destroy the earth… Rev. 11:18

8)  The rapture…. at the last trumpet…. 1 Cor 15:52

9)  The mystery of God is finished… Rev. 10:6

Notice that Christ rewards His people… Point number 6….  At this point the reward is given out

Rev. 22:12

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be

Rev. 22:12 implies that the reward is handed out at the time of His return.

Could the fact that God wrath is poured out on the dead mean anything different than putting them into an eternal Hell?

Digging still deeper into the Word.  Rev 10 tells us that John eats the scroll or little book that gives him a bitter stomach.  Is this not the climax of the chapter?  This brings about the result of God giving him another word to release to the people…  Rev. 10:11

[11] And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings

John wrote the Book of Revelation in his 90s if he were relatively the same age as Jesus.  Some say it was written in 92 Ad others 95 during his exile to the island of Patmos when he recorded it.  It is believed that he was released and lived the remainder of his days in Ephesus where he completed the finished copies of Revelation and John.

So the question is when did he prophesy AGAIN.  John isn’t known historically as a prophet.  He is known as John the revelator because of the book of Revelations.

The obvious conclusion is that the seventh trumpet is the END of the first prophesy.  The angel had declared that “time is no longer” at the last trumpet just prior to giving John the little book,  You simply cannot have the big long list of accomplished events such as Christ ruling and reigning forevermore and then events in the next prophesy such as the antichrist reigning a couple of chapters later and think that the events are sequential.  The fact is that the first prophesy is finished at the 7th trumpet, and John is about to prophesy again.

In Rev. 12 the second prophesy begins and it is sequential through chapter 16.   Note the absence of any angel leading John through this passage.  The absence would would give opportunity for the presentation of the little book’s second prophesy.  Chapter 17 and 18 are explanatory chapters of that prophesy where the angel returns to explain them.

There must be two prophesies, because that would be the only way for the angel to swear correctly, and for Christ to rule and reign forevermore.  The the second prophesy is complementary of the first.  Therefore the trumpets and the vials/bowls are one in the same.   Note the announcement of the Rapture right before the 7the vial/bowl….

Rev. 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame

Here again we have doctrines that dismiss this verse or tell us it is misplaced, but is it?  If the trumpets and the bowls are one in the same, this placement of this verse absolutely complements the fact that Jesus comes at the last (7th) trumpet.

1 Cor. 15;51,52 The Last Trumpet Has a lot of Depth

Often those who don’t believe in the pretrib view point at the last trumpet  in 1 Cor. 15:51,52, and say, “Look God tells us exactly when the rapture is.”  Those who believe in the pretrib view look at the last trumpet and say, “that could mean anything, there are a lot of last trumpets”.

The last trumpet issue isn’t just a surface, flippant reference.  There is a lot to it.   Let’s take a look:

Paul tells us when the rapture (1 Thess. 4:17 catching up) takes place (1 Thess 5:3, as a thief in the night).  Peter tells us when it takes place in the timeline (2 Peter 3:10, as a thief in the night).  Paul also tells us when the rapture takes place 1 Cor. 15:51,52.  “I tell you a mystery… at the last trumpet.”  John writes in Rev. 10:7, when the seventh trumpet is sounded, “the mystery of God will be finished, as He as declared to His servants the prophets.”  this is the only time that the word mystery is used in light of end time events in the New Testament. But it doesn’t end there…

At the last trumpet, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our God, and He rules and reigns forevermore Rev. 11.  this is the end of the first prophesy that John was told about when he was told he would ‘prophesy again’… Rev. 10:11.  The first prophesy ends at the end of chapter 11.  You can’t have Jesus ruling and reigning forevermore and then the beast ruling in the next chapters.  There are two separate prophesies.  Let’s look deeper.   Have you had the pleasure of seeing the documentary video called, “The star of Bethlehem”?  It’s a very popular around Christmas and is shown in many denominations.  It is a well done video concerning the star and shows the signs in the heavens and how the wise men followed the star and knew what to look for.  Although it is exclusively about the star of Bethlehem, (you can get it on amazon for around 6-10 bucks).  It shows that the sign in the heaven Rev. 12:1 is one in the same as the star of Bethlehem.  The woman clothed in the sun with the moon at her feet… The second prophesy that John writes in Rev (Rev. 12-16). is an overlay of the first  (Rev. 6-11).  It give us the exact beginning, the star of Bethlehem.  These signs in the heavens do not repeat themselves unless you actually believe the Earth is millions and millions of years old.  So to understand the overlay of the two prophesies the trumpets and bowls are one in the same.  Yes one gives amounts concerning an event, and the other just lists the event, but overlay them and you will see the similarities.  The 5th seal martyrs are one in the same as those who don’t take the mark of the beast.  You can now see the clear separation between the judgments (trumpet and bowl) commonly thought of as the wrath of God and the tribulation (wrath of man).  This clear distinction also brings light and clarifies the confusion that the great tribulation and God’s wrath cannot be one in the same.

So in understanding this we understand that the trumpets and the bowls are one in the same and that the last trumpet in not in the middle, but the end, we see the exact same placement of the rapture declared by Paul;  at the last trumpet, and at the last bowl, Rev. 16:15 “I come as a thief”.  So you see, “at the last trumpet which is the 7th trumpet is the rapture and it’s not the only verse that declares it.  We see this declared In Rev. 16:15 at the parallel sister prophesy of the bowls, “I come as a thief…” at the same timing.  Even if 1 Cor. 15:51,52 hadn’t declared the timing of the mystery of the last trumpet, the bowls prophesy declares the exact timing anyways.