Q. On the page “Defending The Pre-Trib Rapture (Again)” you make this statement;
“Don’t try to use the trumpet reference in verse 52 to pin the timing down. There are several “Last Trumpets” in the Bible and in Jewish tradition. This verse just means it’s the last trumpet we’ll hear before we’re changed. ”
Could you provide some backup to this please?
A. The Last Trump was the trumpet blast that closed the Feast of Trumpets each year. It’s called “Teki’ah Gedolah” in Hebrew. It was blown by a priest in the Temple.
The 7th angel’s trumpet blast of Revelation 11:15 is sometimes referred to as the Last Trump, though it’s never called that in the Bible. In all of Scripture the actual phrase “Last Trump” appears only in 1 Cor. 15:52.
In 1 Thes 4:16 the reference to a trumpet is called “the trumpet call of God” a phrase used only there but which recalls Exodus 19:16 where God is said by Jewish commentators to have also blown the trumpet mentioned there. Some theologians say the two trumpets of God recall the two horns of the ram caught in the thicket when Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac. They call the Exodus Trumpet the left one, or First Trump, and say that God will call the Israelites back to the Land in the End Times by blowing the right one, or Last Trump. If this is the case then the Last Trump will most likely be blown at the close of the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39, placing the Rapture at the time of Ezekiel’s battle as I believe.
In any case these are trumpets blown by God, not by man, which would seem to eliminate Rosh Hashana as a possible rapture date. And there is neither Biblical nor traditional support for linking the 7th angel of Revelation 11 to the Last Trump mentioned by Paul.
All these opinions being frought with conjecture, I believe my view of the Last Trump as simply being the last one we’ll hear before being changed is the safest.