Listening for the 7th Trumpet Tuesday, Jan 28 2014 

I am listening for the Seventh trumpet.

It is amazing to me how this number seven is associated with nearly everything sacred.

Through out the Bible, the scriptures rest upon it with peculiar emphasis.

It was on the seventh day that God ceased his work of creation and hallowed a rest, which has made the counting of time by septenaries of days the common and universal method from that day until now.

Seven days were given to Noah to gather in the tenants of the ark; and with him came over the flood seven persons, and sevens of all the clean animals. On the seventh month the ark rested On the earth again, and on the seventh day the dove was sent out.

Seven years of plenty and seven of famine were sent upon Egypt, as the Lord signified through Joseph.

Seven priests, with seven trumpets, were to encompass the walls of Jericho seven successive days, and the seventh day it fell into the hands of Israel.

Seven days were the Jews to celebrate many of their feasts; seven days were their priests to be in course of consecration; seven days were their unclean to be in cleansing; and seven animals were required in many of their sacrifices.

Seven days did Job’s friends sit with him, and seven bullocks were to be offered for their sins.

Seven years was Solomon’s temple in building; seven days was the feast of its dedication;

Seventy years was Israel captive at Babylon.

Seven years was Nebuchadnezzar degraded as a brute, and seventy weeks were determined until Messiah should be cut off.

Enoch, whom God translated, and the first man ever exempted from death, was the seventh from Adam;

According to Luke, Jesus was the seventy-seventh descendant of Adam.

Seven hours did Jesus hang upon the cross; seven times did he speak while hanging there;

Seven times did he show himself after his resurrection; and seven days after his ascension was the Holy Ghost poured out.

Seventy was the number of disciples whom he first commissioned.

Seven petitions are contained in the prayer which he taught his followers.

Seven lamps were in the Tabernacle.

Seven Churches of Asia;

In Revelation there are seven seals, seven vials, seven angels, seven Spirits of God.

And now we are waiting for the sounding of the seventh trumpet.

Leviticus 25:8-9 (KJV) 
8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. 
9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.

The Gospel is a trump of gladness, proclaiming liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison-doors to them that are bound.

Our great High-priest is still within the veil sprinkling the atoning blood. Sinners without are still afflicting their souls and waiting for his reappearance to pronounce upon them the life-giving benediction.

Bonds, trials, heavy sorrows, and pain still afflict the saints. Even the holiest Christians have not yet come to the fulness of their rest. The very martyrs, who laid down their lives for the testimony of Jesus, are represented as waiting and crying, “O Lord, how long!”

With all our peace in Christ Jesus, our lives are still connected with dust and tears.

The final Jubilee, therefore, is yet to come. Our priest must first come forth from the Holy of holies, where he has gone, and close the reconciliation day.

Then will our perfect rest rightly begin.

Jesus must first appear the second time, before our final release and salvation shall be complete.

Many a time have we heard the sounding trumpets of the Gospel. Long and loud has the summons to repentance been ringing in the ears of a drowsy world.

Many have listened, believed, and experienced the glad earnest of the appointed Jubilee; but there is another trumpet, “the great trumpet”,”the trump of God”, which yet remains to be sounded.

It is a trumpet which shall never be heard but once in all the the ages; a trumpet whose blast shall thrill worlds, and startle up the very patriarchs from their long-lost graves, and transmute time itself into eternity.

A trumpet which shall be blown throughout all the earth the moment our High-priest shall have appeared again. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise.”

“For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” And that trumpet is the true trumpet of the true Jubilee. When it sounds, the great Sabbath of the ages begins.

I am waiting for the 7th trumpet to sound!

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The Apostle Paul’s Epiphany Friday, Jan 3 2014 

An epiphany is a sudden, intuitive perception of, or insight into the meaning of something, usually initiated by a commonplace occurrence or experience.

It seems to me that the Apostle Paul always traveled with companions, with one exception. We find him with Barnabas on his first journey. Silas is his traveling companion on his second journey. Then there is Luke, Timothy, Titus, Demas, and others at various times.

The only time I remember him tackling a city alone is when he scaled the heights of Athens. For whatever reason, he went there alone.

I present for your consideration this possibility: had Paul reached the place he felt he could handle it? Had his successes puffed him up to the point he felt, “I got this one boys”? Did he feel confident in his education and past success?

It seems to me this was out of his modus operandi. I cannot find any other place where he went one on one solo on a city. I wonder if he had gotten confident in himself?

One thing is sure, Athens handed Paul his “head in his hand” so to speak. He left Athens broken and defeated and discouraged.

Somewhere in the next 50 miles of road toward Corinth, his Athens experience changed him forever.

At his next location he is first of all surrounded with the greatest collection of names mentioned in his lifetime. Second he has his greatest revival in the history of the world. Is this a coincidence?

I offer for your consideration Paul had an epiphany at Athens!

He realized my success has not been in my ability, but in God. My education is laughable when placed next to God’s wisdom! My education may trump some earthly peers, but compared to God, I know nothing.

Paul the man, with only his ability, against Athens equals abject failure. Paul in humility with help from brethren, at Corinth equals world’s greatest revival!

It was after this epiphany at Athens that he wrote “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men”.

Paul learned the most important lesson of his ministry at Athens! He learned by myself I can do nothing. Through Christ I can do all things!

May God help all of us in 2014 to use his lesson so we avoid enduring the same fate when we believe “I got this one”.

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