1 Corinthians 15:50-54 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
First of all; Paul reveals that the resurrection is needful because flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; which reveals that the kingdom in view there is Christ's post-resurrection kingdom which He sets up at His return. (That is certified in that Paul made a resurrection necessary in order to participate in such.) (See also 1 Corinthians 15:22-28 which further establishes the Millennial context.) Furthermore the verse being referred to concerning; 'death being swallowed up in victory' is also found in context with regard to the 'first resurrection' and the Millennium itself.
Isaiah 25:5-9 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Therefore the passages situated both before and after the mention of a 'last trump' place that trump at the very start of the Millennium. That 'last trump' cannot be separated from the 'first resurrection' at the 'last day' without completely ignoring the context and doing violence to the actual passage with respect to its proper context, which amounts to radically altering Paul's doctrine with respect to both the timing and the setting with regard to the 'last trump'. Paul does not distinguish this 'last trump' from the trumpet which sounds at Jesus' visible return in glory, and so there is no biblical reason to maintain that Paul was referring to anything else.
Matthew 24:30-31 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Here we have the Lord's return in glory and the 'first resurrection' wherein the Lord's elect are gathered; which fits perfectly with Paul's account for this gathering is also found at the beginning of the Millennium. The Lord says nothing to the effect that the elect mentioned there are anything other than His disciples and members of the Church, (And that is who is being addressed there.) and so there is no biblical reason to believe otherwise; and especially so when the only elect Jews must be Christians who accepted Christ as Saviour; for Moses plainly declared that those Jews who didn't heed Jesus' words would be cut off from the hope of Israel and condemned of God.
The elect to be the 'elect' must be the saved, and only those who receive Christ as Saviour can be saved. Any other doctrine is blatant heresy and is condemned of the Lord; for to maintain that there is redemption apart from being in Christ makes both the cross and Christ totally unnecessary with regard to redemption. It is not possible for anyone to have their name in the book of life without their having received the Spirit of Christ; for until then they simply do not belong to the Lord. In Daniel (Daniel 12:1) the only Jews delivered are those whose names are in the book of life therefore they must be born of God, and therefore members of the Church.
Romans 8:8-9 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Revelation 21:23-27 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
John 15:20-23 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
And lets look at other passages concerning the resurrection of the NT saints.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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 first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Here we have a trump which is called the, 'trump of God' which is obviously the same as the 'last trump' mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:52, and so the 'trump of God' is the 'last trump' which Paul previously mentioned with regard to Christ's future Millennial kingdom as established after the resurrection of the just. Now lets look at the seventh trump in Revelation.
Revelation 10:5-7 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Here we have a solemn proclamation by an angel that the age has ended; and that profound announcement is tied in with the seventh angel sounding which also coincides with the mystery of God being finished which signifies that this trump is indeed the 'trump of God'. And here we have more details concerning the events taking place in conjunction with the 'last trump' in Revelation.
Revelation 11:15-19 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Here we have the beginning of the Millennium for the nations of the world are placed under the rule of Jesus Christ. Note also that the saints are rewarded at that time, and that the wrath of God has arrived with regard to the unsaved. And here in Daniel we have an overview of this situation.
Daniel 7:8-14 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Suffice to say the last trump in Revelation marks the end of the present age and the beginning of Jesus Christ's absolute rule over the entire earth. These facts accord with the Millennial context of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 15:52 which place the 'last trump' at Jesus' return in glory. Furthermore the rewarding of the saints is set at that time and not before; there being absolutely no scripture to signify that the saints' eternal reward is given beforehand. None whatsoever!
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. See also: Luke 14:14
The 'last trump'; and the 'trump of God'; and the 'trump of the seventh angel' are one and the same.
Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Luke 17:22-24 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
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