Isaiah 27: 12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
This is about a promise given to Israel by the Lord. They were backsliding as a nation. By and large they were forgetting scripture and the Lord. Their relationship with God was a religion as they held hands with the pagan ways. You cannot mix religion with Christianity. That’s what is happening today. Water and oil don’t mix. Truth and lie won’t blend together. Religions of this world are darkness. The Lord is light. Walk in that light. The Lord saved us and lit a fire igniting something never felt before. To be saved is a precious possession. May it never lose its thrill and excitement. The people then were bored with the Lord and didn’t appreciate their heritage. If they had stayed true to God he would have blessed them.
What the devil offers is counterfeit and he wants Christianity to appear dull and boring. All the while, religion has enslaved people to the prince of darkness, the devil. Regardless of how it appears, God is with us. He hadn’t turned his back on Israel either. In order to meet the Lord we need to pay heed to the trumpets that blow through this wilderness.
In those days trumpets were necessary to Israel. It was a ram’s horn broken off to become a trumpet. Designated trumpeters signaled different things. One and a half million people couldn’t be yelled at to know what to do so each tribe had a trumpeter. A certain sound indicated it was time to pack up and move on. That night after the death angel came through Egypt a trumpet signaled them to move out. Aren’t you glad for the time Jesus knocked on your door and moved you out of Egypt? Gabriel has the great trumpet and he’ll blow it one day and move us out of here.
The trumpet of the gospel sounded our way; we found salvation and release. We can walk on our own two feet because of the man who walked on water. It’s not just a preacher’s job to blow the gospel trumpet. Every saved person should be blowing the gospel. Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is coming back for us one day soon. We need to blow the trumpet!
There were trumpets to stop the camp. They were led by a cloud and fire while in their wilderness wanderings. The trumpet signaled them to rest. Even in enemy territory they rested. We can too. We need rest and peace right now. The time to rest is but for a while, then we move on. We’re not seeing much movement by God’s people. God gave Israel all they needed in Israel but at a certain time they moved on.
God is still blowing. Don’t worry if others are moving or not. Are you moving? We can move as easy as we did years ago. I can’t move as easy physically but there is no reason my soul has to be slow. We ought to be moving in our voice to glorify God and blow the trumpet. There was an alert trumpet. I didn’t know a ram’s horn could make so many different noises. God will warn us of dangers we don’t even realize. We can see how close we are but the warnings are there to be ready. Make preparations. Time is of essence. The danger is closer and closer. The devil is playing his tune leading people away from God. We’re not children of the piper; we’re not to follow him. Follow the trumpets. Do what they signal. Israel did and they made it to their Promised Land. Jericho fell flat when the people obeyed God and blew the trumpets.
Want to send the devil running? Blow the trumpet. We have heard the joyful sound. Jesus saves! Jesus saves! If we follow the trumpets now, we’ll hear the great trumpet when it sounds. Paul spoke about it. He said 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. The Psalms tell us blessed are the people who know the joyful sound.
God’s trumpets are blowing. Heed them. When the great one blows we’ll be gathered home. Let’s be ready by obeying what the trumpets signal to us today.