“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). That’s what Jesus said. I believe it, that he will come again. Do you? That’s about the only thing we do know, really—he’s coming again. The how of it? Well, there are all kinds of possibilities. The trumpet sounds . What does that mean? It seems clear. But is it?
The Trumpet Sounds
Both the books of Corinthians and Thessalonians reference trumpet sounds in connection with Jesus’ second coming. Much has been written about that, including Handel’s beautiful and timeless piece, “The Trumpet Shall Sound.” Doubtless more will be written. I will not be writing about it a specific way, because, you see, this blog post is not so much about the second coming per se. Yes, you will see the phrase, “trumpet sounds” as a term for Jesus’ second coming. However, the post really is about how we live between the cross, that is, between Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the trumpet sounds, Jesus’ second coming.
It’s kind of interesting that even though Jesus did not spend a lot of time on this issue, many people do. Indeed they build a lot around it. This is so especially now when we’re confronted with many “signs.” People point to the many wars and natural disasters as signs to predict when the trumpet will sound. What does it all mean? What should you do?
What to Do Before the Trumpet Sounds
These are important questions because it’s about how you live and ultimately how you pray. The truth of the matter is, regardless of what anyone tells you, nobody knows when Jesus Christ will come again. Nobody. If you live as Jesus lived and taught you to live, in full surrender to God, you’ll be fine when the trumpet sounds. You don’t need to get strung up on signs. Just live now and live well. Love God with everything you have, and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:29—31). Keep praying and rejoicing in God’s love and goodness.
What happens with your life before the trumpet sounds? Be living and praying with joy.
Experience God more fully through honest, surrendered heart praying and live with greater clarity and peace.
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