“According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians
). They are referred to over and over again in worship as a means to praise God (2 Chronicles
). All these uses of trumpets are awe inspiring and dramatic, but none so much as when the trumpet is used to signal the presence of God (Exodus 19, 20).
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Our God shows Himself to us is such real ways. He knew that using an actual physical sound, like that of a trumpet, would be real and relatable to His people in the Old Testament. He instructed them to use it to signify His presence on the mountain, in worship, and even in battle. God does the same for us today–He allows us to see, touch, and taste His presence in Holy Communion. He allows us to actually feel the waters of baptism on our head and hold in our hands His written Word. He gives us real, physical assurance of His continued presence in our life in many other ways as well. The healing touch of a friend when we are hurting, the sound of the spoken absolution after we have confessed our sin, and the sound of trumpets on Easter Sunday to signify victory over death and eternal presence with us.
Trumpets not only play a part in our Biblical past and musical present, they will play a role in our future.
We read a number of times in Scripture that trumpets will signify the return of Christ, the defeat of death and the eternal kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16). God uses the sound of trumpets to help us understand the joy and glory of His return. He doesn’t compare His return to that of a mellow clarinet, soft violin, or melodic piano…no, He will return in a very real way to the sound of the blaring, blasting, sounding trumpet! Life, power, and glory! Our King will return in all His power and take us home. No sin, death, or demon can stop Him. Our hope is sure! Our hope is as real and concrete as the sounding of trumpets.