Day 219: Matthew 24:31

The great trumpet will sound, and he will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other.

 [This is the one of 15 scriptures in which Jesus provides his disciples with some details about the Second Coming of Christ.  For more on the Second Coming see Day 150.  For more on the Messiah see Day 145.  For more on the End of the Age see Day 128.]

Clue #14: There will be trumpets and angels and people will be gathered.

Sometimes I can’t help get sidetracked.  This time it’s trumpets.  Did you know that trumpets are one of the oldest musical instruments, dating back to at least 1500 BC?  Before that, similar natural instruments like shells were used back as far as the Neolithic Age.  Here is some Wikipedia information on primitive trumpets:

The simplest – and presumably the earliest – type of trumpet was made from the hollowed-out horn or shell of an animal, into the end of which a hole was bored for the mouth. This “trumpet” had neither a mouthpiece nor a bell, and was not so much a musical instrument as a megaphone into which one spoke, sang, or shouted. The intention was to distort the voice and produce a harsh, unnatural sound to ward off evil spirits or disconcert one’s enemies. Only later was the trumpet used to invoke friendly gods or to encourage one’s own warriors on the battlefield.

Primitive trumpets were mainly used in religious ceremonies and magic rituals. As they were played only by men, they probably acquired strong phallic overtones; among certain aboriginal tribes, for example, it was a capital offense for a woman to look at a trumpet. The tradition of playing trumpet or bugle fanfares at sunrise (Reveille), sunset (Last Post), and at funerals (Taps), probably evolved from these ancient rituals.

Trumpets have a long and illustrious history of being used to get people’s attention.  In this story from Exodus, God summoned the people to meet him on Mt. Sinai with a God-sized trumpet blast.  Unfortunately it scared away everyone except Moses.

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud appeared on the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast was heard. All the people in the camp trembled with fear.  Moses led them out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.  All of Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord had come down on it in fire. The smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and all the people trembled violently.  The sound of the trumpet became louder and louder. Moses spoke, and God answered him with thunder.  The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. Moses went up (Exodus 19:16-20).

Throughout the Bible and all of human history trumpets are used to get people’s attention for one reason or another.   Yesterday (Day 127) Jesus has said that there will be an apparition in the sky and that he will then descend out of the clouds and everyone will weep with remorse.  Now today we learn there will be a great trumpet blast.  Yes, I would say that before Jesus returns, God will get everyone’s attention.  Everyone will definitely know that something is up.

Hopefully it won’t be like it was when he tried to call the people up Mt. Sinai when God’s powerful trumpet caused everyone to be paralyzed everyone with fear.  Or, maybe God learned from the experience at Sinai, so that’s why he plans to send his angels out to gather people up.

And who will be gathered up?  The scripture says it will be his chosen people.”   The Christians, right?  Well, in the Bible the “chosen people” are the Jews:

Do this because you belong to the Lord your God. From all the peoples on earth he chose you to be his own special people. The Lord did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth. But the Lord loved you and wanted to keep the promise that he made to your ancestors. That is why he saved you by his great might and set you free from slavery to the king of Egypt. Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his commands, (Deuteronomy 7:6-9)

“To the Lord belong even the highest heavens; the earth is his also, and everything on it.  But the Lord’s love for your ancestors was so strong that he chose you instead of any other people, and you are still his chosen people.” (Deuteronomy 10:14-15).

God doesn’t just say this once.  He says it lots of times. The Jews are the chosen people.

This concept of being gathered up together harkens back to Day 211 when Jesus says, And this Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people; and then the end will come.”  It goes back to that Jewish belief that before the Messiah (and the End of the Age) comes, everyone must convert to Judaism (from www.jewfaq.org): In the Olam Ha-Ba (The Messianic Age), the whole world will recognize the Jewish G-d as the only true G-d, and the Jewish religion as the only true religion (Isaiah 2:3; 11:10; Micah 4:2-3; Zechariah 14:9).  The Messiah can’t come until everyone is a Jew.  So if you are a Christian you may not be among those assembled.  Either you won’t hear the trumpet or you won’t know what to do.

So what we learn here is that God will sound the trumpet, and the Jews will be gathered together.  Or maybe the Jews and everyone who follows the God of the Jews.  Or maybe everyone will be a Jew by then.  Or maybe he is just referring to the Jews that accept his teachings.  Who knows?  Only God.  The one thing we know for sure is that before the Messiah and the End of the Age come, God will surely have everyone’s attention.  Apparitions, heavenly trumpets, and angels transporting Jews.  It will be a sight to behold.  YouTube will be swamped.

What does this scripture say to you?

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