May 2020

Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

 VIEW FROM THE PULPIT               May 2020

The Last Trump

Donald J Trump is the first president of the United States with that surname and possibly the last!  His comment about injecting oneself with disinfectant may have trumped his re-election possibilities later in the year.  The global pandemic of COVID 19 is having its effect upon all peoples of the world, whether politicians, economists, scientists or medics.  Since December 2019 planet earth has experienced an unprecedented disruption of life and for thousands of people the virus has been fatal.  The president may have been sarcastic in offering a remedy for the virus, but in so doing placed himself amongst hundreds of others who similarly have not got the answer as yet to this killer disease. 

May 8th was deemed a bank holiday for the UK to celebrate Victory in Europe that happened 75 years ago.  Street parties observing social distancing were held throughout the land, many of them had a lone trumpeter play the last post in their street.  BBC news showed a celebration in one street where a 7-year-old boy played the last post on his trumpet and did so beautifully and sensitively, and this seemed to reflect the spirit in all the street parties of their thankfulness for the hundreds of thousands of allied military personnel who lost their lives in the 6-year conflict.  The writer was a young 10-year-old boy when the street parties took place after Churchill’s announcement that Germany had surrendered and peace had been won by the bravery and gallantry of the allied forces. The overall memory of those street parties is one of relief and joy and hearing the last post played by a single trumpeter still causes one to be grateful for the securing of peace in our time.

In Numbers ch 10 God instructed Moses to make two silver trumpets. 

“10 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God”.

The sounding of the trumpets was to firstly assemble the elders and the leaders of the tribes to the door of the tabernacle in the wilderness to order the dismantling of the tabernacle and to get things established in order for the camp to move on.  The second sounding of the trumpets was to call and assemble the tribes in their correct place ready to move.  The third sounding of the trumpet was the command for the company numbering over 2 million people to begin to march.  There was a secondary purpose for the trumpets to be sounded as an alarm if war was to be engaged in and thirdly they were to be blown on the first day of each of the seven feasts celebrated through the year.  Directing your attention to the mention of “the last Trump” in the new testament we read in 1 Corinthians 15 v 51 & 52 “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”.   The whole of this chapter outlines the resurrection of the dead from v 20 – 23 we read “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”

The expression “in his own order” is a regimental term describing the orderly movement of a large company of people.  The resurrection of Christians who have died and the changing of the living believers will happen in a moment of time, at the last trump.  This world will experience (but not see) a movement of millions of people snatched away from earth to meet the Lord in the air.  I Thessalonians ch 4 v 16 says  “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;” both references, the trump of God and the last trump describe the call of the third trumpet, for the company to be “on the move”. 

Covid 19 is not a judgement from God but could relate to the first trumpet as a “wake up call” to be ready, because the Church will soon be on the move, being called to heaven.   Are you ready?

God bless,     

 

Stan Burditt