Making and comparing a list of events for the "Last Trumpet," "Seventh Trumpet," "Trump of God." Including "A great sound of a Trumpet" & "Great Trumpet."
There are some people, and some doctrines, which believe and teach that these are different trumpets, or that these trumpets signify different events.
The way to clarify this is to compare all of the events described by the trumpets which seem to indicate End Time events.
Before asking if the Seventh Trumpet, the Last trumpet and the Trump of God are the same trumpet, we should ask "When" the trumpets will be sounded. We are certain we cannot know the day or hour, so in asking "when" we are asking, "When in the sequence of end time events will the trumpets sound?"
Actually, Jesus has already answered that Question for us:
Read Matthew 24:8-10, 15, 21, 29-31.
Compare Luke 21:25-27.
As recorded by Matthew in 24:7-10, 15, 21, 29-31, Jesus gave the sequence of end time events.
First the beginning of sorrows. "All these are the beginning of Sorrows."
Next, The Affliction. "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." (Mat 24:9-13)
Next, The Abomination. "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet." (Dan 9:27) The Abomination brings Great Tribulation. "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
Then, The End. "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:"
30 "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Beginning of Sorrows...
Immediately after the tribulation
The sun darkened, and
The moon shall not give her light, and
The stars shall fall from heaven, and
The powers of the heavens shall be shaken
Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and
Then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and
They shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory
Then... "He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet... and they shall gather together his elect."
This "gathering of The Elect" is also described in Rev 11:11-19, 1 Cor 15:50-54 and 1 Thes 4:13-17.
Read 1 Cor 15:51-54.
We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed
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
This corruptible must put on incorruption, and
this mortal must put on immortality
Death is swallowed up in victory.
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
Read 1 Thes 4:13-17.
Concerning them which are asleep which sleep in Jesus
Will God bring with him
By the word of the Lord
We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (go ahead of, precede) them which are asleep
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 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
Since Paul wrote both Corinthians and Thessalonians, I expect he would not contradict himself: and he does not.
In Thessalonians he describes the trumpet as "the Last Trump" and in Corinthians he describes the trumpet as "the trump of God."
In both accounts Paul notes that the Church will be here when the Lord returns by saying:
"We shall not all sleep," and
"We which are alive and remain"
("We" are God's People, the Church.)
In both accounts Paul describes the resurrection:
"The dead shall be raised incorruptible," and
"The dead in Christ shall rise first."
He goes on to say that we who remain and are transformed from corruptible to incorruptible; and those who are resurrected, will rise together to be with the Lord.
Since both "The Last Trump" and "The Trump of God" describe the same events, then they are the same Trumpet.
Both accounts name some events as being simultaneous:
The Transformation of those who are alive and remain, and
The Resurrection of the dead, and
The Ascension of Transformed and Resurrected
To be with the Lord
In Corinthians, he adds,
"Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
So therefore, the defeat of Death occurs at the "Last Trump" -- which is the same as the "Trump of God."
In Corinthians he states that, "the Lord himself shall descend from heaven," although he did not say that in Thessalonians, Matthew does: Mat 24:29-31.
However, since both accounts describe the Transformation of those who remain; the resurrection of the dead and our ascension together, then they are the same event.
Therefore, the Lord's descent from heaven occurs at the Last Trump, which is the Trump of God. Therefore Paul describe the same Trumpet by different names.
In both Thessalonians and Corinthians; Paul listed,
The transformation of those who remain, and
Resurrection of the dead, and that
Both ascend to be with the Lord, at
The Last Trumpet, the Trump of God,
In Thessalonians he said,
"The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout"
Matthew recorded Jesus' words:
"A great sound of a trumpet," and
"The Son of man coming," and
Gather His Elect.
Therefore, Since the Lord comes and His elect are gathered, then "a great sound of a Trumpet" is the same as, (or is the sound made by,) the "Last Trumpet" and the "Trump of God."
Therefore, the events described by Paul in Thessalonians and Corinthians, and by Matthew, are the same event.
Then Matthew adds;
The sun be darkened, and
The moon shall not give her light, and
The stars shall fall from heaven, and
The powers of the heavens shall be shaken...
And Luke adds;
Signs in the sun, and
In the moon, and
In the stars; and
Upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity
The sea and the waves roaring
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for
Looking after those things which are coming on the earth, for
The powers of heaven shall be shaken
So far we have a list of events which occur at the
"Last Trump," the "Trump of God" and
"A great sound of a trumpet" which include:
The Lord Comes,
We who are alive and remain are transformed,
The dead are resurrected
The Elect are gathered (rise, ascend) to be with Him.
As Paul described the coming of the Lord, and the Last Trump and the Last Trumpet, he described only things which affect The Lord's People, His Elect, The Church.
Matthew and Luke have added a list of events which affect the whole world.
Both Matthew and Luke describe the events which occur at the coming of the Lord, and Matthew has added "a great sound of a Trumpet."
Read Rev 11:15-18
The seventh angel sounded;
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 worshiped 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,
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.
Among the many things which are described as occurring when the Seventh Trumpet is sounded, is-- a) Thy wrath is come, and
b) The time of the dead, that they should be judged
This Wrath is not that which was poured out in the seven vials, but is the wrath of judgment. "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." Eph 5:6
"But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God." Rom 2:5
c) That thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and
To the saints, and
Them that fear thy name, small and great
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
d) Shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
Mal 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts
It is clear, then, that "the time of the dead" to be punished or rewarded is the Resurrection: For the ungodly are resurrected for judgment and The Elect are resurrected and gathered to be with Him.
Since John describes these events with the seventh Trumpet, and Paul described them as the Last Trumpet, then the Seventh Trumpet is the Last Trumpet.
Since The Seventh Trumpet is when He will "destroy them which destroy the earth:" Then, (3 Peter 3:3-12) That Day, The day of The Lord and The Day of God are the same day, the day of the Great Trumpet, The Last Day.
That Day the Great Trumpet... Isa 27:13 "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt...
Isa 2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
Isa 52:6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Eze 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
Hos 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
Hos 2:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
Joe 3:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
Zep 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Zec 14:6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
Zec 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
Zec 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." 1 Thes 5:4
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition..." 2 Thes 2:3"As you see the day approaching..." Heb 10:25