Has the first Trumpet of the Lord been sounded?

Simon Peter SutherlandSince around 2011 or 2012 reports from around the world have been declaring that loud horn sounds from the sky, “sky horns” have been heard by people around the globe. These “sky horns” are reportedly so loud that instances of earth shaking proportions have been observed.

YouTube is packed with videos of footage which have captured these moments. Likewise, neither news reporters, the press or critics are denying these events. The facts are that people all around the earth are hearing and being disturbed by loud ‘sky horn’ sounds which are also described as sounding like the earth is groaning. This complies with Romans 8: 19.

Christians of all generations have thought and believed they were living in the end times. This can be found throughout history, where ‘the signs of the times’ and the return of the days of “Sodom and Gomorrah” and so forth are somewhat seen. Many in history have been so convinced that Jesus was going to return soon, that I cannot but imagine the way they must have felt when they died a natural or unnatural death without seeing His return.

But we see a lot more Biblical prophecy come to pass today than previously. I think we are seeing the great delusion coming upon the world in the form of ‘Darwinian evolution’ which I think is spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2: 11. A theory which many leaders within Christianity now embrace as Gods way of doing things. Such, I think, is delusional in itself, since ‘natural selection’ needs no supernatural guide or it would not be ‘natural’.

Some claim the rebuilding of the third Temple is Jerusalem is a fulfilment of Biblical prophecy for the end times.

The interesting thing about the Bible is that it is unique and contains something that no other religion contains: Prophecy. At no time can prophecy be found in the Qur’an or Confucius or the writings of the major world religions, no, it is unique to the Bible. Now Biblical prophecy is not like the ambiguous writings of Nostradamus and so forth, it is quite detailed and precise, even at times giving the dates and hours for events yet to come.

I myself remain neutral when it comes to the prophetic texts of ‘eschatology’ and I think that all or most of those ‘theological’ positions from pre-millennial, post- millennial and a-millennial, preterist, idealist, dispensationalist, and so forth have ‘Truth’ within them and all have good points to show. But really, something is often lacking is all of them? However, theologians and Christian thinkers and preachers have for many centuries researched and wrestled with those complex doctrines and some have never found an absolute answer to all the riddles.

Speaking for myself, I do not believe the Bible teaches ‘the rapture’ theory, but I confess that more often than not many Spirit filled Christians follow that persuasion. Either way, if they are right and Christians are to be raptured I hope in Christ that I will be one of them.

But what strikes me about the YouTube videos and claims which are clearly evident is that something is going on with this planet. Views are mixed. Some say the governments are testing what is known as ‘Haarp’. Maybe it is? But what I will say is that many reports on this which mention that people believe these events are signs of Jesus’ return, do rule out the supernatural and assume that the supernatural is ‘irrational’. Such is an assumption in itself and a fallacy of our modern age, thus assuming that human rationality is rational and that rationality can lead us into absolute truth?

The problem I have is that as a musician, I know a lot about recording and musical instruments, I have been at it now for over 20 years. I know how to record musical instruments, I don’t think I need to prove that. However, when I listen to these videos and sound recordings, I know full well that a number of them are fake and some of them are recorded using a PA system in the area or house, with either a microphone or a keyboard or a woodwind instrument rigged up. Some of them defy the characteristics of camcorder recordings, but still, there are clearly a number of them which are not fake at all, but are genuine recordings of loud horn type sounds that appear to be coming from the sky. These sounds are uncannily like that of the ‘Shofar’ as used in Jerusalem in the Biblical era.

Now, I know the Bible speaks about the return of Jesus Christ with references to a loud trumpet of which will sound to signal the end of days. Some of the eschatological references to a trumpet can be found in the following passages of scripture;

Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed” 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52. NKJ

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first”. 1 Thessalonians 4: 16. NKJ

Matthew 24: 31 also refers to a trumpet and depending on how one interprets that passage, it refers to the second coming of Christ, of which the only way I know of someone interpreting that passage in an ancient context is to affirm what is known as ‘preterism’ or ‘hyper-preterism’. This view is of the persuasion that Jesus returned in His second coming in the 1st century.

However, I don’t agree with the preterist view neither am I, I confess, very open to it. But what I do know is that the New Testament affirms quite clearly, that when Jesus returns, and previous to that event, angels of God wills sound those trumpets and people will hear them.

What intrigues me about St Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52 is that he refers to the “last trumpet” which implies there will be previous trumpet blasts. If the interpretation of the relevant passages of the book of Revelation are indeed related, then there will be 7 trumpets.

The first trumpet found in Revelation 8: 7 speaks of hail and fire, the burning of trees, and the grass. The second trumpet found in Revelation 8: 8-9 speaks of a burning mountain which plunges into the sea. The third trumpet found in Revelation 8: 10-11 speaks of the poisoning of fresh water where people die through drinking it. The fourth trumpet found in Revelation 8: 12 speaks of the darkening of the sun and moon. The fifth trumpet found in Revelation 9: 1-12 speaks of a fallen star and the opening of the bottomless pit, where creatures come to earth and torment people for five months. The sixth trumpet found in Revelation 9: 13-21 speaks of 200 million troops who wipe out a third of the earth’s population. The seventh trumpet found in Revelation 11: 15-19 speaks of the return of Christ, likely as spoken of by St Paul in 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52.

Obviously people differ on their interpretations of these passages, but what is clear is that they signal the return of Christ and the use of a loud trumpet. This Biblical trumpet as used in scripture is a ‘horn’ it is actually named the ‘Shofar’ which is made of a horn, by tradition of a Ram. This long horn was and is turned up at the end and was the national trumpet of ancient Israel. It was used for two purposes, Military and Religious, always to summon the people.

Jesus uses this practice in Matthew 24: 31 “and He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to another

The previous verse 30 makes it quite clear that this event is speaking concerning the second coming of Christ. And in this context, Jesus is referring to the use of the ‘Shofar’ trumpet which was used to announce an event. Joshua 6: 4, Judges 3: 27, 1 Samuel 8: 3 employ the ‘Shofar’ to signify the coming of a war. Leviticus 25: 9 uses the ‘Shofar’ to announce the ‘Year of Jubilee’.

This instrument is also referred to in Exodus 19: 16, where the Lord appeared on Sinai with thick clouds.

Thus, it certainly fits the Biblical criteria for a signal of the return of Christ and although the events themselves may well be what is known as ‘Haarp’ which is a “High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme” which was shut down in May 2013, the events are still quite stimulating.

Thus, from a personal level, at the very thought of Christ returning soon with signs other than the moral decline of societies and the messy Church, I was immediately convicted of my sin and sloth. And if these ‘sky horns’ are merely governmental research programmes, then the Lord certainly moves in mysterious ways, for now, I feel closer to the reality of His return than I did yesterday. And although my hearts desire is to see Church reform in both England and America, if Christ were to return tomorrow, I would still push for reform tonight.


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  1. #1 by Elizabeth J. Sutherland on September 13, 2013 - 7:13 PM

    Thank you always for your dedication Simon….It is a God-send to us all:)

  2. #2 by Simon Peter Sutherland on September 13, 2013 - 11:29 PM

  3. #3 by Simon Peter Sutherland on September 13, 2013 - 11:31 PM

  4. #4 by dabbles on September 15, 2013 - 12:26 AM

    Reminds me of the story of the li’l ol’ lady caught up in the fervour of a sermon by Ian Paisley, who thundered on about fire and brimstone and such and then came to the ‘gnashing of teeth’!!

    She jumps up in distress and declares:- ‘But Reverend Paisley, I don’t have any teef!’
    …and quick as a flash Paisley shot back: “TEETH WILL BE PRO-VIDED!!”

    • #5 by Simon Peter Sutherland on September 15, 2013 - 8:34 AM

      The Biblical narrative at no point says that ‘everyone’s teeth will knash, on the contrary, it only says ‘there will be weeping and nashing of teeth’. That is not quite the same thing, so nothing said in this post reminds me of that!

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