Q. I was reading your article on a pre-trib rapture. You mention that the “last trumpet” in 1Cor. 15:52 was simply one of many references to “last trumpets” in the Bible. I would very much like to know the other references that you are referring to when you made this statement. I did a search and found that the only reference in the entire Bible to the “last trumpet” was in the above verse. If I am wrong please show me. If you are wrong I hope that you will make a correction on your web page and that perhaps you will ask yourself if your view stands up to scrutiny in light of the fact that there can’t be a trumpet sound after the last trumpet. This being the case how would you interpret the gathering of the elect at the trumpet sound in Matt. 24:29-31? It would have to come before the last trumpet if it was not indeed the same trumpet that was also being mentioned in 1Cor.15:52.
A. I assume you’re referring to my article entitled “Defending the Pre-Trib Rapture, Again”. What I actually said there was that “There are several “Last Trumpets” in the Bible and in Jewish tradition.” The others are in Jewish Tradition, but I can now see how the way I worded it could cause confusion. Therefore I’ve edited out the word “in” before the phrase Jewish tradition, so that it now reads, “There are several “Last Trumpets” in the Bible and Jewish tradition.” Thank you for calling this to my attention.
As I stated in the article, there really isn’t any connection between the trumpets of Matt. 24:31 and 1 Cor. 15:52 because if you read each passage carefully you’ll see that the one in Matt 24:31 is calling the elect from one end of Heaven to the other, while the one in 1 Cor. 15:52 is calling the dead to come out of their graves on Earth.
The Trumpet in 1 Cor. 15:52 compares to the one in 1 Thes. 4:16. At the sound of that trumpet the dead will be raised, the living changed, and both will go to meet the Lord in the air. Then at least 7 years later, the trumpet of Matt 24:31 will call them together from all over heaven to return to Earth with the Lord at the end of the Great Tribulation. This is confirmed by John in Rev. 17:14 and 19:14.
I don’t agree with your view that there can’t be a trumpet sound after the Last Trumpet. As I’ve stated before, the final trumpet blast in the Feast of Trumpets is called the Last Trumpet, but all of the many trumpet blasts in that feast including the last one are repeated every year.