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The Blast Of The Trumpet

By Don Loftis | 10.17.12

Below is a guest post this week from Charles Poston, one of our Elders…

There’s just something chilling about the sound of an ambulance siren.  Maybe it’s the fact that it’s unannounced, not expected, and comes without warning.  Perhaps, it’s the loudness.  Ambulance sirens reach 120 decibels while normal conversation is 60 decibels.  Regardless of the reason, I find the siren of an emergency vehicle chilling.

Read I Thessalonians 4:16 if you want to be chilled:  “With a loud command and with the shout of the chief angel and a blast of God’s trumpet, the Lord will return from heaven.” (CEV).  Paul is announcing Christ’s return…with a loud command, with the shout of the chief angel, with the blast of God’s trumpet.  Now how chilling will that be?  I can’t imagine the decibels that will have.  It will overpower any sounds made on earth…jackhammers, power saws, bulldozers…you name it.  The magnitude of that sound will overpower anything.

But regardless of how chilling, how loud, or how unexpected it may be, what a joyous sound it will be for Christians, dead or alive.  Just like the sound of an ambulance siren, we know this sound announces that help is on the way.  It may be chilling, but it brings us a welcome relief from worldly suffering, heartache, sorrow.  It announces to Christians everywhere that it is time to come home, our heavenly home.  What a day that will be!




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