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After the Exodus from Egypt, Israel traveled in the wilderness. The twelve tribes included a vast multitude of people.The army numbered 603,550 men above 20 years of age (Num. 1:46). Plus the women and children and the uncounted Levite tribe. It could number in the millions. How could this vast multitude be controlled without confusion? The solution was a trumpet that could be heard to relay certain commands throughout the tribes. There were two trumpets, a costly silver trumpet or a common trumpet (shofar) from the horn of a ram. The shofar was used because of easy availability and access. Trumpets were used by priests, tribe leaders, soldiers, and watchmen. Without the trumpet, there would be confusion, chaos, and lack of control. All the people were always aware and alert for certain trumpet sounds and blasts. A Jewish missionary told me that one loud, long blast was to alertthe people, then a different sound or blast made them awareof different commands. “They blew a long blast then the walls fell flat (Josh. 6:5). Trumpet blasts were used to signal wait or walk (Num. 10:4), warn (Ezk. 33:3), war (2 Sam. 2:28), welcome (Lev. 25:9), and worship (Ex. 19:19). Trumpets alerted them to step or stop in one accord with the cloudor the fire (Num. 9:16-21). Trumpets sounded for night rest (taps) and morning risings (reveille). Trumpets made distinct certain sounds. Uncertain sounds cause confusion (I Cor. 14:6-8). Today, there are many uncertain sounds of the “coming” of the Lord. Be alertand awareof uncertain false trumpet sounds.

Only God knows when the last trumpet will finally sound (Matt. 24:36). As Israel, we also need to always be alert and awarefor the sound of the heavenly trumpet. “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: Then we which are alive (in Christ)…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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1Thess. 4:16-18).

There will be a distinct trumpet soundthat will call all in” Christ to be caught up together with Him forever! Could the Lord come today? Before you answer, remember this verse, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matt.24:44). Don’t look for signs but look for the Son and listen for the trumpet. Note: Only those in” Christ are removed. Those “without Christ will remain. Are you “in” Christ? If so, you can shout, “Even so, Lord Jesus, Come quickly”(Rev. 22:20).

Be aware and alert. Look and listen for the trumpet! Perhaps Today!

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