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  • May the Lord God give a 'Sound of a Trumpet' in all the earth. May every nation under the sun be reached with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Great work, God bless.
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  • PLACE: DATE: TEXT: THEME: BLOW THE TRUMPET IN ZION. INTRODUCTION: READING:
  • After dividing the army into three companies of one hundred each, he armed each man with A trumpet . An earthenware pitcher. A lamp or torch inside . At the appointed signal they all blew the trumpets , broke the earthenware pitchers so that the light of the lamps would be visible, and cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” They were to conceal the torches within the open-topped pitchers until the last possible minute, when they would break the pitchers, wave the torches, and blow the trumpets, giving the enemy the impression that a great host was coming down upon them. The divine interpretation of this incident is given in 2 Corinthians 4:7. Our bodies are the earthen vessels. It is only as we are constantly delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake that the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ shines forth to others.
  • As a normal custom in those days, armies rarely fought at night (notice I Samuel 17 where the two armies re-engaged each other day after day but did not fight at night). When an army did engage in battle at night, only a minority of men carried torches in order to light up the battlefield. In addition, only a certain number of men would carry and blow trumpets during the conflict. Therefore, when the 135,000 awoke to the sight of three hundred torches and the sound of three hundred trumpets blaring at them from every conceivable direction, they could only assume that thousands upon thousands were attacking them. The awaking 135,000 assumed that the battle had already begun and that they were outnumbered. The battle cry, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon, would strike fear in the minds of the enemy.
  • The Bible presents the day of the Lord as a about to happen reality. It is not something that we are gradually moving toward; rather, it is ever ready to burst in on us. At any moment, the day that is “near” may become present. He says they should blow the trumpet and sound an alarm. It is important for us to understand the importance of the trumpet.. What is the importance of the blowing of the trumpet? Back in the Book of Numbers we learn that when the children of Israel started through the wilderness, God commanded them to make two silver trumpets. God used the trumpets to move them on the wilderness march. The first blowing of the trumpet was a signal that everybody should get ready to march. When the pillar of cloud would lift and move out, they would take down the tabernacle. Then immediately the trumpet would sound again, and Moses and Aaron would move up front ahead of the tribe of Judah, and the ark would go out ahead with them.
  • Now when we come to Revelation, the final book of the Bible, we find the blowing of the trumpets again. Although some expositors feel that this is in relation to the church, there is no blowing of the trumpet for the church. The sound of the trumpet at the time of the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16) will be the shout of Christ Himself: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God …”— His voice will be like a trumpet. Sound the alarm in Zion! The Lord is coming! Oh! To be faithful and busy for the Master! Rather then misuse the Master’s talents and lazy in our service to the King of Kings. Make me a servant oh Lord, a servant of all.
  • God held Ezekiel responsible for the house of Israel . The question arises for every believer: For whom will God hold us responsible? To whom shall we witness? Whom shall we warn? Our relatives, fellow workers, neighbours, friends? It is a solemn responsibility, and we do harm to our own soul if we do not fulfill it faithfully. The prophet’s ministry is likened unto that of a watchman, or sentry, observing the danger of a coming enemy and then warning his people. In like manner, he is a watchman to them in spiritual matters. If, as a prophet of God, he should fail to warn his people, he should be held accountable of spiritual manslaughter. Who will tell the lost Jesus and His plan of Salvation?
  • God had ordained Ezekiel to be a watchman, but now the people were to ordain their own watchmen in each area. The three key words are: The sword. The trumpet. The blood. When you see the sword coming, blow the trumpet and warn the people; otherwise, their blood will be on your hands ( Acts 20:26–27 ). A watchman’s failure was punishable by death. In the case of Ezekiel, punishment would come directly from God if he failed to report to the people the messages God gave him.
  • Where have we been? What have we been doing?
  • Trumpets Of God

    1. 1. Trumpets of God Sound the trumpet in Zion! By David Walters http:// www.slideshare.net/Gospelman/blow-the-trumpets-in-zion
    2. 2. <ul><li>In Judges 6:1 the Israelites have again found themselves dominated by people worshipping a false god. This seems to be a revolving door for Israel! Time & time again they fail God and He turns them over to be controlled by pagans. </li></ul><ul><li>Will they ever learn? </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>This time it is by their close relatives, the Midianites. Isaac & Midian were both sons of Abraham. These two nations have a long history. Joseph was sold to Midianites and taken to Egypt as a slave. </li></ul><ul><li>Moses was married to a Midianite named Zipporah. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>They were joined with Moab in desiring Balaam to curse Israel, and then in tempting Israel to whoredom and idolatry with </li></ul><ul><li>Baal Peor. (Fausset) </li></ul><ul><li>The influence of the Midianites, on the Israelites, was clearly most evil, and directly tended to lead them, from the injunctions of Moses. (Smith) </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Judges 6:1 NET The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight, so the LORD turned them over to Midian for seven years. 2 The Midianites overwhelmed Israel. Because of Midian the Israelites made shelters for themselves in the hills, as well as caves and strongholds. </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the people from the east would attack them. 4 They invaded the land and devoured its crops all the way to Gaza. They left nothing for the Israelites to eat, and they took away the sheep, oxen, and donkeys. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>5 When they invaded with their cattle and tents, they were as thick as locusts. Neither they nor their camels could be counted. They came to devour the land. 6 Israel was so severely weakened by Midian that the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help. </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>The chosen people of God are really hurting! STARVING! </li></ul><ul><li>The Midianite people are everywhere, as thick as locusts and like locust, devouring everything edible in their path . There were 135,000 fighting men according to Judges 8:10 . </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>7 When the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help because of Midian, 8 he sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said to them, &quot;This is what the LORD God of Israel says: 'I brought you up from Egypt and took you out of that place of slavery. </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>9 I rescued you from Egypt's power and from the power of all who oppressed you. I drove them out before you and gave their land to you. 10 I said to you, &quot;I am the LORD your God! Do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are now living!&quot; But you have disobeyed me.' &quot; </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>It seems the reason the Israelites find themselves in this predicament is, as usual, they have worshiped the false gods of the area they happen to be in. </li></ul><ul><li>11 The LORD's angelic messenger came and sat down under the oak tree in Ophrah owned by Joash the Abiezrite. </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>He arrived while Joash's son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress so he could hide it from the Midianites. 12 The LORD's messenger appeared and said to him, &quot;The LORD is with you, courageous warrior!&quot; </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>13 Gideon said to him, &quot;Pardon me, but if the LORD is with us, why has such disaster overtaken us? Where are all his miraculous deeds our ancestors told us about? They said, 'Did the LORD not bring us up from Egypt?' </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian.&quot; 14 Then the LORD himself turned to him and said, &quot;You have the strength. Deliver Israel from the power of the Midianites! Have I not sent you?&quot; </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>15 Gideon said to him, &quot;But Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Just look! My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my family.&quot; This is another way The Creator will show his power. Choosing the youngest , in a family from the weakest , of the clan s to claim victory. </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>16 The LORD said to him, “Ah, but I will be with you! You will strike down the whole Midianite army.“ </li></ul><ul><li>NOW! The scene is set for The Almighty to again show His people, and the world, who is in control. </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>GOD’S ARMY </li></ul><ul><li>The Midianites would have to be conquered. The Israelites would have to destroy them, but how? We read the Midianites were as thick as locusts . An army of 135,000 . But they weren’t the real danger. </li></ul><ul><li>The really dangerous enemies were within the hearts of Gideon’s soldiers. </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Fear was one of them, and it sent 22,000 men home. </li></ul><ul><li>Judges 7:1 NET Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and his men got up the next morning and camped near the spring of Harod. The Midianites were camped north of them near the hill of Moreh in the valley. </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>2 The LORD said to Gideon, &quot;You have too many men for me to hand Midian over to you. Israel might brag, 'Our own strength has delivered us.' 3 Now, announce to the men, 'Whoever is shaking with fear may turn around and leave Mount Gilead.' &quot; Twenty-two thousand men went home; ten thousand remained. </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Overconfidence was </li></ul><ul><li>another enemy </li></ul><ul><li>Judges 7:4 NET The LORD spoke to Gideon again, &quot;There are still too many men. Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. When I say, 'This one should go with you,' pick him to go; when I say, 'This one should not go with you,' do not take him.&quot; </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>5 So he brought the men down to the water. Then the LORD said to Gideon, &quot;Separate those who lap the water as a dog laps from those who kneel to drink.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>6 Three hundred men lapped; the rest of the men kneeled to drink water. </li></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>7 The LORD said to Gideon, &quot;With the three hundred men who lapped I will deliver the whole army and I will hand Midian over to you. The rest of the men should go home.&quot; 8 The men who were chosen took supplies and their trumpets. </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Gideon sent all the men of Israel back to their homes; he kept only three hundred men. Now the Midianites were camped down below in the valley. </li></ul><ul><li>God cut down the ranks from 10,000 to 300 so that the “army” had to trust completely in God. </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><li>Imagine 300 Israelites facing an army of 135,000, but it was the kind of situation that the Lord uses to glorify His name. When God is on your side, the size of the enemy is of no great concern, so keep your eyes on Him. </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>When God strips away your resources, it is not to impoverish your life, </li></ul><ul><li>but to enrich your faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Thus assured of victory, Gideon returned to the camp of Israel and summoned his men to war. Let’s look at the trumpets. </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>1 Corinthians 14:8 NET If, for example, the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will get ready for battle? </li></ul><ul><li>This speaks of the testimony and witness of believers. The testimony and witness of believers must be </li></ul><ul><li>certain and clear. </li></ul>
    27. 27. <ul><li>Judges 7:16 NET He divided the three hundred men into three units. He gave them all trumpets and empty jars with torches inside them. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the record given of Gideon’s plan. He divides his three hundred men into three groups and gives each of them three things: </li></ul><ul><li>1. trumpets 2. empty jars </li></ul><ul><li>3. torches </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Judges 7:17 NET He said to them, &quot;Watch me and do as I do. Watch closely! I am going to the edge of the camp. Do as I do! 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, you also blow your trumpets all around the camp. Then say, 'For the LORD and for Gideon!' &quot; </li></ul>
    29. 29. <ul><li>The interesting thing is the </li></ul><ul><li>scriptures do not say if </li></ul><ul><li>Gideon or the three hundred </li></ul><ul><li>men had swords. </li></ul><ul><li>After dividing the army into </li></ul><ul><li>three companies he armed </li></ul><ul><li>each man with </li></ul><ul><li>1. A trumpet </li></ul><ul><li>2. A jar (with) </li></ul><ul><li>3. A torch inside </li></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>At the appointed signal they all blew the trumpets, broke the clay jars so that the light of the lamps would be visible, and cried, </li></ul><ul><li>“ For the LORD </li></ul><ul><li>and for Gideon! ” </li></ul>
    31. 31. <ul><li>They were to conceal the torches within the jars until, following Gideon’s lead, they would break the jars, wave the torches, and blow the trumpets, giving the enemy the impression that a great host was coming down upon them. </li></ul>
    32. 32. <ul><li>The divine interpretation of this incident is given in: </li></ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 4:5 NET For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said &quot;Let light shine out of darkness,&quot; is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ. </li></ul>
    33. 33. <ul><li>7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. Our bodies are the clay jars. It is as we proclaim…Jesus Christ as Lord that the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ shines forth to others. </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>At a certain time they blew their trumpets and broke the jars so that the light shone out. </li></ul><ul><li>It is as we </li></ul><ul><li>proclaim…Jesus Christ as Lord that our clay jars , our bodies, are broken and Lets the light of Jesus shine out of darkness . </li></ul>
    35. 35. <ul><li>Some of us are not broken and, as a result, the light does not shine through. It is not our light that we should shine, but the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. </li></ul>
    36. 36. <ul><li>As a normal custom in those days, armies rarely fought at night. When an army did engage in battle at night, only a minority of men carried torches in order to light up the battlefield. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, only a certain number of men would carry and blow trumpets during the conflict. </li></ul>
    37. 37. <ul><li>Therefore, when the 135,000 Midianites, as thick as locusts , awoke to the sight of three hundred torches and the sound of three hundred trumpets blaring at them from every direction, they could only assume that thousands upon thousands were attacking them. </li></ul>
    38. 38. <ul><li>The awaking 135,000 Midianites, assumed that the battle had already begun and that they were outnumbered. </li></ul><ul><li>The battle cry, “ For the LORD and for Gideon! ” would strike fear in the minds of the enemy. </li></ul>
    39. 39. <ul><li>GOD’S PEOPLE </li></ul><ul><li>Joel 2:1 NET Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the LORD </li></ul><ul><li>is about to come. </li></ul><ul><li>Indeed, it is near! </li></ul>
    40. 40. <ul><li>Zion in our day is Christ’s Church. Hebrews 12:22 NET But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly 23 and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, </li></ul>
    41. 41. <ul><li>and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel's does. When these verses are read in context it becomes clear Christians are being compared to the Children of Israel. </li></ul>
    42. 42. <ul><li>The day of the Lord is an “about to happen” reality. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not something that we are slowly moving toward, it is always ready to burst in on us. At any moment, the day that is “near” </li></ul><ul><li>will become </li></ul><ul><li>PRESENT ! </li></ul><ul><li>The trumpet should be blown sounding an alarm. </li></ul>
    43. 43. <ul><li>It is crucial for us to understand the importance of sounding the trumpet. </li></ul><ul><li>The Book of Numbers </li></ul><ul><li>shows us that different trumpet calls meant certain definite things. They were a way of giving instructions to Israel. </li></ul>
    44. 44. <ul><li>Numbers 10:2 NET &quot;Make two trumpets of silver; you are to make them from a single hammered piece. You will use them for assembling the community and for directing the traveling of the camps. 3 When they blow them both, all the community must come to you to the entrance of the tent of meeting. </li></ul>
    45. 45. <ul><li>4 “But if they blow with one trumpet, then the leaders, the heads of the thousands of Israel, must come to you. 5 When you blow an alarm, then the camps that are located on the east side must begin to travel. </li></ul>
    46. 46. <ul><li>6 And when you blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that are located on the south side must begin to travel. An alarm must be sounded for their journeys. 7 But when you assemble the community, you must blow, but you must not sound an alarm. </li></ul>
    47. 47. <ul><li>9 If you go to war in your land against an adversary who opposes you, then you must sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. </li></ul>
    48. 48. <ul><li>The trumpet, or ram’s horn, </li></ul><ul><li>was used in ancient times </li></ul><ul><li>to signal danger or warn of </li></ul><ul><li>a military attack. God demonstrated His grace by </li></ul><ul><li>warning His people </li></ul><ul><li>beforehand and providing </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity for repentance before He brought His judgment upon them. </li></ul>
    49. 49. <ul><li>The blowing of the trumpet today is to warn the Church of the coming of the Lord, soon the day of harvest will be over. It is time to </li></ul><ul><li>move forward now! </li></ul><ul><li>The King is coming! </li></ul><ul><li>Sound a alarm in Zion! </li></ul><ul><li>The Lord is coming! </li></ul>
    50. 50. <ul><li>Who will win the lost </li></ul><ul><li>for Christ then? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will point men and women to Christ then? </li></ul><ul><li>If not us, who? </li></ul><ul><li>If not now, why? </li></ul><ul><li>WE ARE AT WAR! </li></ul><ul><li>SOUND THE TRUMPET! </li></ul>
    51. 51. <ul><li>In Revelations we find the blowing of the trumpets again. </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation 8:2 NET Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation 8:6 NET Now the seven angels holding the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. </li></ul>
    52. 52. <ul><li>At the sounding of the first six trumpets there is death and destruction. I believe much of the earth and what it contains will be unrecognizable. At the seventh trumpet’s sound completion will be acknowledged. </li></ul>
    53. 53. <ul><li>Revelation 10:7 NET But in the days when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, just as he has proclaimed to his servants the prophets.&quot; </li></ul>
    54. 54. <ul><li>Revelation 11:15 NET </li></ul><ul><li>Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: &quot;The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.&quot; </li></ul>
    55. 55. <ul><li>The sound of the trumpet at the time of Jesus’ </li></ul><ul><li>“ 2nd Coming” will be accompanied </li></ul><ul><li>by the shout from </li></ul><ul><li>the Lord Himself </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>the archangel ! </li></ul>
    56. 56. <ul><li>1 Thessalonians 4:16 NET </li></ul><ul><li>For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. </li></ul>
    57. 57. <ul><li>His voice will be like a shout of command. The trumpet will raise the dead in Christ. Sound the alarm in Zion! The Lord is coming! </li></ul><ul><li>Oh! To be faithful and busy for the Master! Rather than misuse the Master’s talents and be lazy in our service to the King of Kings. </li></ul><ul><li>Make me a servant oh Lord, a servant of all. </li></ul>
    58. 58. <ul><li>GOD’S WATCHMEN </li></ul><ul><li>Ezekiel 33:6 NET But suppose the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people. Then the sword comes and takes one of their lives. He is swept away for his iniquity, but I will hold the watchman accountable for that person's death.' </li></ul>
    59. 59. <ul><li>This noun results from the verb meaning “to watch in eagerness.” Watchman was an official military position. They were stationed on the towers of a city and were responsible for spotting approaching armies and sounding the alarm to warn the city. </li></ul>
    60. 60. <ul><li>The image behind the watchman is much like that of the shepherd, though watchman as a symbolic title was limited to the office of a prophet. </li></ul><ul><li>Compare also the responsibility of the elders of the church in the New Testament to “watch.” </li></ul>
    61. 61. <ul><li>Acts 20:31 NET Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 13:17 NET Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you. </li></ul>
    62. 62. <ul><li>1 Peter 5:1 NET So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ's sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you: 2 Give a shepherd's care to God's flock among you, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under God's direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly. </li></ul>
    63. 63. <ul><li>3 And do not lord it over those entrusted to you, but be examples to the flock. </li></ul><ul><li>4 Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away. </li></ul>
    64. 64. If he warns the people faithfully, but they do not hear, then they will be responsible for their own destruction. If he fails to warn the people, and they perish, God will require their blood at the watchman’s hand.
    65. 65. <ul><li>God held Ezekiel responsible for the house of Israel. The question arises for every believer: For whom will God hold us responsible? </li></ul><ul><li>To whom shall we witness? </li></ul><ul><li>Whom shall we warn? </li></ul><ul><li>Our relatives, co-workers, neighbors, friends? </li></ul>
    66. 66. <ul><li>It is a solemn responsibility, and we do harm to our own soul if we do not fulfill it faithfully. </li></ul><ul><li>The prophet’s ministry is likened unto that of a watchman, or sentry, observing the danger of a coming enemy and then warning his people. In like manner, he is a watchman to them in spiritual matters. </li></ul>
    67. 67. <ul><li>If, as a prophet of God, he should fail to warn his people, he should be held accountable of spiritual manslaughter. </li></ul><ul><li>Who will tell the lost about Jesus and His plan of Salvation? </li></ul>
    68. 68. Now the people are going to be judged for their sin, but the watchman will be held responsible if he does not warn them. God had ordained Ezekiel to be a watchman, but now the people are to ordain their own watchmen in each Church.
    69. 69. <ul><li>The three key words are: </li></ul><ul><li>The sword </li></ul><ul><li>The trumpet </li></ul><ul><li>The blood </li></ul><ul><li>When you see the sword coming, blow the trumpet and warn the people; otherwise, their blood will be on your hands. </li></ul>
    70. 70. <ul><li>Acts 20:26 NET Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. 27 For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. </li></ul>
    71. 71. <ul><li>A watchman’s failure was punishable by death. </li></ul><ul><li>In the case of Ezekiel, punishment would come directly from God if he failed to report to the people the messages God gave him. </li></ul>
    72. 72. Trumpets of God <ul><li>Sound the trumpet in Zion! </li></ul><ul><li>Where have we been? </li></ul><ul><li>What have we been doing? Will someone else’s blood be on our hands? </li></ul>

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