The Rapture and the Last Trumpet in Old and New Testament

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What is the Last Trumpet?
Is this when the Rapture occurs?
Let’s take a look at the key scriptures that mention this Last Trumpet.
And notice the timing of these events 
as they relate to the sound of the Last Trump.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 51 and 52 ( NASB )
we read,
Behold, I tell you a mystery; 
we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trumpet;
for the trumpet will sound,
and the dead will be raised imperishable,
and we will be changed.
In 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 16 and 17
we read,
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.
In Revelation chapter 11 and verse 15
We see The Seventh Trumpet and the announcement that
Christ’s Reign Begins
Then the seventh angel sounded
and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ;
and He will reign forever and ever.”
In Matthew 24:31
And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet 
and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, 
from one end of the sky to the other.
And here are some Old Testament verses
you might not have noticed or heard before:
Isaiah 18:3
All you inhabitants of the world,
you who dwell on the earth,
when a signal is raised on the mountains, look!
When a trumpet is blown, hear!
Isaiah 27:13
And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, 
and those who were lost in the land of Assyria 
and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt 
will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Joel 2:1

Blow a trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! 
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, 
For the day of the Lord is coming; 
Surely it is near,

Zechariah 9:14

Then the Lord will appear over them, 
And His arrow will go forth like lightning; 
And the Lord God will blow the trumpet, 
And will march in the storm winds of the south.
To me,
it looks like the Last Trumpet is when Jesus Christ returns to Earth.
We are united with Him at this Last Trump.
And it begins the Day of the Lord
when the Wrath of God will be poured out upon the unbelievers.
It is after the 7th or Last Trumpet is blown
that we see the 7 bowls of God’s Wrath
poured out upon the Earth.
Note: After the 6th bowl,
( Referencing Revelation chapter 16 verses 13 and 14 ) 
“unclean spirits go out to the kings of the Earth
to gather for the war
of the great day of God, the Almighty.”
One theory I’ve heard is that the reason
they assemble at Har-Magedon
( 91 km north of Jerusalem )
to try to stop Jesus from “taking over” the world,
since He has already returned to Earth with the saints prior to the 7 bowls of wrath. 
And we are told in scripture,
that His physical return will be at the Mount of Olivet 
( just outside Jerusalem ).
Referencing: Acts chapter 1 verses 11 and 12 
They also said,
 “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? 
This Jesus,
who has been taken up from you into heaven,
will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet,
which is near Jerusalem
a Sabbath day’s journey away.
Zechariah chapter 14 and verse 4
we read,
In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
which is in front of Jerusalem on the east;
and the Mount of Olives will be split
in its middle from east to west 
by a very large valley,
so that half of the mountain will move toward the north 
and the other half toward the south.
We know that the elect ( saints or believers ) 
are protected from the bowls of wrath, 
And this could be a result of them
being with Jesus, 
and having their glorified spirit bodies at this time.
Scripture tells us that we are not destined for wrath,
I Thessalonians 1:10 we read,
and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
and in 
I Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 9,
For God has not destined us for wrath, 
but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
This may all sound kind of strange to you,
because it is not what is commonly taught.
What has been taught and  “assumed”
is that everything happens at once 
or perhaps in only one day.
when looking at end times scriptures 
we see a lot of events that will take time to transpire.
Another theory I have recent heard suggested is:
The 7 bowls of wrath could occur over the 30 days “gap” 
referenced in Daniel chapter 12.
The book of Revelation clearly states 
the time that the antichrist will be in power 
( or have authority ) 
is 1260 days ( or 42 months ) 
see Revelation 13:5.
But in Daniel chapter 12; 
we have a reference to 1290 days 
as time for the final end ( or outcome ) of the events.
we are told that those who keep waiting until day 1,335
will be Blessed.
This implys that 
something will be going on 
before the Millennial Kingdom officially starts.
There are a lot of “hints” of various things that might be transpiring 
found in the words of the Old Testament Prophets.
Worthy of a post of their own.
For now, 
let me encourage you to keep studying and praying 
for a clear understanding from God.
And to be 
the coming of our Lord and Savior, 
Jesus Christ.

Saved by Grace,
Andrew Cross

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