We most emphatically believe and proclaim that we are living in the time of the “breaking of silence” (Rev. 8:1) and the sounding forth of the seventh trumpet (Rev. 11:15-19), the last in the series of seven trumpets in Revelation. We rejoice because the truth of this “evening time” is again being sounded forth clearly in all its purity and power to gather to God His glorious, blood-bought bride, the church of God. It is time for every one of God’s children to hear and obey, in fullness, God’s precious Word.
We are thankful for the faithfulness of Bro. D.S. Warner and our pioneer brethren to “cry aloud and spare not.” They lifted up a great trumpet sound. This was the sixth trumpet and signs and wonders followed the message. These pioneers are no longer among us to do this mighty work, and since the early 1900’s we have seen a “toning down” of the message of the church of God, a drift to worldliness and man-rule, a decline in deep spirituality, a spiritual deadness and insensitivity, a loss of evangelistic zeal, and an increasing dependence on the intellectual understanding of the doctrine, even dependence on heritage and tradition to give credibility as being the true church of God.
We want to say here that God chose Bro. Warner and others of his time to be reformers. He gave them the gospel, in purity, as He did to the church in apostolic times. We appreciate the same truth–Justification, entire sanctification (with a cleansing), divine physical healing, unity of God’s people in one body, separation from the world and Babylon, no outward worldly adornment, no double marriage, the ordinances, holy living, eternal judgment, heaven and the lake of fire.
Let us be plain–the sounding forth of this seventh trumpet is not changing the message or doctrine of the church of God. It is sounding forth with Holy Ghost power the same message of the apostolic time and the same message preached with so much power and conviction in the beginning of this “evening time.” It is necessary that it be thus, for we know there has been a great falling away, a great “silence” and that the love of many is cold. It must needs be that there is a stirring message from heaven for our time, the closing moments of this world, and the seventh trumpet message is the message.
God no longer tolerates the dark conditions that have been so common around and among us and is calling for a Holy Ghost enlivening and awakening; a time of sounding forth His judgment now, in this present time.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” Rom. 1:18.
He is calling on us to be the church of God in the apostolic sense, not in name only, but in reality and power. The sounding forth of the seventh trumpet will accomplish this.
Let the scriptures settle the matter. God is not coming for a defeated, divided, powerless, spiritually ragged church. He is coming for a glorious church, “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but . . . holy and without blemish.” See Eph. 5:26-27. “When the Lord shall build up Zion [His church], he shall appear in his glory.” Psa. 102:16. If you are associating with a limp, spotted group as described above, it is time to flee the ruins. When we, individually and collectively, return to Pentecost to find and obtain there the power source of the church of God, we will begin to be what God has made it our responsibility to be and ready ourselves for His soon-coming.
We hear some say that we cannot expect God to work in this evil and dark day as He did formerly. To such we say that although this is a dark day of the sinner and apostate, it is a bright and powerful day for those who walk with and fellowship God in this evening time light and truth. Truly, “He is just the same today.”
There are individuals that insist that the seventh trumpet and the last trump (which will sound at the coming of Christ) are identical. This cannot be. There is nothing whatsoever in the scriptures to unite these two trumpets. Yes, we do believe in the sounding of the last trump, but we most emphatically deny that the last trump is all the same and one with the seventh trumpet spoken of in Revelation, which completes the series in the last book of the New Testament.
Let us reason together, the last trump signals the immediate end of the earth, when time shall be no more. “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.” I Thess. 4:15-17. At this time even the elements shall melt and time shall be no more. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” II Pet. 3:10.
Contrast Revelation 11:15-19 where the seventh trumpet is prophesied.
15. “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.
16. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God.
17. 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.
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.
19. 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.”
Notice after the seventh trumpet sounds, there are (vs 19) lightnings, voices, thunderings, an earthquake and great hail. If the seventh trumpet is the last trump of I Thess. 4:16 and the earth is already melted (II Pet. 3:10), along with the elements, where are we to see this lightning, hear the thunder, feel this great earthquake, or experience this great hail? We recognize that there will surely be no need of these phenomenon in heaven or the lake of fire. We recognize also that the book of Revelation is a book of symbols and that these symbols just mentioned represent the impartation and reception of divine truth in this preliminary judgment time, before the final judgment. This is the time of the spiritually dead (vs 18) that they should be judged. Saints are receiving rich rewards in their spiritual faithfulness and many “nations” are angry (vs 18) because their true spiritual condition is exposed. The temple (church) of God is again revealed (vs 19) with glory. The “ark of the testament” is His spiritual law, life, food and presence revealed in her.
Perhaps the spiritual symbols of Revelation 11:19 will need explanation. Again, when the temple of God (church of God) was opened in heaven (or simply, revealed), there were voices. These are the voices spoken of in Isa. 58:1, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” We also see the symbol “lightning.” This simply means the revelation of spiritual light. Psalm 97:4 says, “His lightnings enlightened the world.” Next the symbol of thunderings. This is simply the sounding forth or prophesying of prophecies. Revelation 6:1 says, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” Also, we see the symbol of the earthquake. This simply means spiritual shaking (Heb. 12:25-28) or awakening, as at Pentecost. Also we have the symbol of hail. We know that water is often used in the scriptures to signify the Word of God. Here we have it in solid form (the solid Word of God) descending from heaven. In Isa. 28:17 we read, “Hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies.”
It is lies, deceit and Babylonian drift that the light, thunderings and hail are uncovering and revealing in this seventh trumpet blast. We are very thankful for the present gathering of God’s people, the sounding forth of His divine message of truth in this time, and the glorious power of God being manifest in the midst of His body.
Let us be faithful to sound aloud the trumpet in the spirit of God until every sinful, slothful, apostate, dead Babylonian spirit stands revealed and trembling in the awful, wonderful trumpet blast of judgment of God’s eternal Word, which gathers, perfects and purifies His glorious bride for His soon-coming. Hear the sound of the trumpet!