Trumpets, the voice of God speaking, is sounding throughout the earth while shouting out a call concerning the present-tense condition of this world. Meanwhile, these trumpets, while revealing truth in their sound, are mostly ignored by the populace. However, among the population as a whole, there is a small remnant that are, in the seriousness of the present hour, awakening and hearing God’s sounding voice. Meanwhile, most people are ignoring or refusing to listen so they remain blind to the true conditions within every existing arena. But, among all this a remnant of people are aware of this truth, they know that the world’s condition with all its corrupted perversions among the political, economic, educational, medical, entertainment, and carnal religious arenas are the results of certain forces working to destroy any degree of God and Jesus Christ, which remain man’s only hope and savior.
It is often asked by many, why do such perverted and evil conditions exist when most of humanity lives in a self-survival mind-set? Note that the truth, while spoken, most do not accept it because God’s truth sounds non-essential where the carnal mind is concerned. Truth nevertheless sounds out to reveal the fault and error within these arenas. The truth is that most of Christianity has succumbed to the mind-set of carnal religious ideals instead of maintaining an active participation in God’s prescribed ways. Religion, carnal in its works and concepts, has never been God’s purpose for His people. The activities of men, as manufactured though the restricted concepts and ideals of natural thinking, have the tendency to separate men from the spiritual laws (Gods nature) and His divine order.
Man’s reasoning is to incorporate and preserve their own philosophies which are conjured up by the selfish carnal mind. A selfish mind remains one that endeavors to fulfill only the desires of self. This also speaks of a people who serve God in only a form, including their own ideals of God, while refusing to accept any type of relationship that puts the true God as God over their lives. Spirituality, in the hands of carnal men becomes but a belief in human conduct and rituals. This creates a system of worship involving a code of ethics and a philosophy of carnal practices that become but a system of humanistic manifestations. Where is a true relationship with God in all those humanistic and philosophical activities?
The results of the above-mentioned activities are that which must now give an answer for its failure. This failure is a world full of that which God opposes, thus, a need for judgment to come from God. This judgment is that which separates what the carnal mind births from that which God births from within receiving men. Who and what then is at fault. Can God put any blame upon today’s visible church? Having at its disposal is the Word of God, the promises of God and the Holy Spirits power. This available power that God is willing to give to the church is to enable it to become His light to a darkened world. But in this, the carnal church has lost the light of God because of rebellion and stubbornness concerning His true Word. They have forgotten or forsaken God’s promises and have departed from the leadership of God’s sent Holy Spirit. This results in a world of corruptible darkness.
Rom. 1:18-25, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
Who and what opened the door for such rebellion and stubbornness against God’s ways, those many things which permeate the visible carnal church of today? Does their message flow out into the world as a church that has lost the witness God purposed for them to reveal to the world? 2 Peter 2:1-3, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time, their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.” Thus, the immediate need is for a people to turn back to God’s ways while allowing faith to exercise itself in bringing forth the fullness of God’s promises.
What are these promises and what kind of fruit are they to bring forth? Eph. 1:19-23, “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him on His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Here God is speaking of a people, His true church coming forth without spot or blemish to become that for which He purposed through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Thus, a need to humble ourselves before God that His true people might be lifted unto Him and revealed before the world. Eph. 2:1-6, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
This is the birthing of God’s remnant people, His man-child company becoming the visible expression of an invisible God. This is the first-fruits remnant arising to become a loud sounding trumpet heralding and manifesting the appearing of the Christ. Are you hearing today’s sounding trumpet? Unto those who have an ear to hear, the sound is gathering the first-fruits remnant as they stand upon their feet. The trumpet sounds, and the Word of God fulfills its purpose as these first-fruits become a sounding manifesting word bringing judgment to the apostate church. A sound for the need of repentance, which releases the word and work needed to complete God’s purpose. 2 Tim. 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Being equipped for every good work releases the first-fruits to minister judgment to the apostate church. 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” Judgment brought through these first-fruits shall affect and cause some in the apostate church to repent and come into a realm of life which identifies them with the Garden of Eden. However, unto those who reject this sounding trumpet they shall remain in a wilderness of bondage, a life of carnality and death.
This sounding trumpet is the voice of God releasing revelation concerning the true Christ as He appears. How does He first appear except through His army of first-fruits? These first-fruits have become dead to a self-life that others might see the Christ in them. These shall come as clouds of witnesses as the apostate church begins to see God’s glory manifesting in and through them. God’s glory speaks of the Christ-in-us and is to be seen by the world through us. Note that Jesus Himself speaks to us of His glory purposed to be seen in these saints. John 17:10, “And all mine [Christ] are yours [God], and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them [saints].”
Again, take note that God speaks of an army that He sends forth at the day of the Lord’s appearing. This army, now a sounding trumpet, are those who manifest God’s glory from within, a great people who are strong with the fire of God going before them. These great people speak of those who have died to self while having the Christ-life manifesting in and through them. Fire speaks of the perfecting power of God’s word consuming all that is the wood, hay, and stubble of carnality while purifying the gold, His nature within man.
Joel 2:1-3, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand: A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come [God’s army – His first-fruits], great and strong, the like of whom has never been; nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations. A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is like the Garden of Eden before them [their vision and purpose], and behind them a desolate wilderness [all corruption is left desolate]; surely nothing shall escape them.”
Who are these elect, this people called Joel’s army? Are these not those who have heard the revelation trumpets of Christ and now live it? These are those whom God has prepared and spiritually matured to be His manifested sons, those whom creation has travailed for and is now awaiting their appearance. Rom. 8:19, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” How can these things be when the church, for the most part, remains apostate and wars against such manifestations from God? They follow the traditions and carnal doctrines of men which seek to rob God and His people by establishing their own “little man” inspired kingdoms.
Malachi 3:6-9, “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore, you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers, you have gone away from my ordinances and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you said, in what way shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, in what way have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation.” Robbing God is more than cheating in the arena of money, but men robs God when refusing to allow the Christ life to be lived in and through them. Remember, that God’s creative purpose is for a people to become His likeness and image, His dwelling place.
What is God’s purpose for this remnant? Are they not a people called to become His special purpose on earth, the reflection and givers of His light to all those willing to receive. Deut. 14:2, “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
Again, we ask, how can these things be? How is it that a people can suddenly hear words from God when a shroud of mystery and blindness rest upon them? In this, we should understand God’s purpose for the hour and day in which we live. That is, things once hidden as a mystery are, with a clear sound giving understanding as trumpeted, even as God gives a hearing ear to those who desire God’s way above the ways of men. Isa. 55:6-9, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Certain ways of God have been reserved until the proper time purposed for their fulfilling. Then, in its time, hungry and thirsty vessels begin to hear a new sound, a sound ringing forth with great understanding. Col. 1:26-27, “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Herein, we must consider the failure of the Christian community and her need as to God’s purpose. The complacency of the people has formed a mind-set that refuses to entertain a God of the now. This complacent attitude always puts God far off into the future, an attitude that removes them from any obligation in becoming all that God has spoken concerning the now. Heb. 5:12-14, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Obligation requires for a people the need to overcome. Even as God spoke to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, a like-kind requirement is facing the church today. That requirement is the need to overcome all that perverts and corrupts God’s Word, His purpose, and His people. A need to return to God’s pure Word and escape from the proverb as spoken in 2 Peter 2:22, “But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to his own vomit, and a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
For this cause, a need remains for the sanctifying of the church. Sanctifying is increasingly needed because the sixth day of God is now running its course. This sixth day speaks of a need to know purification, pointing to a time for Joel’s army to come forth and complete the purpose of God’s sixth day of preparation, the preparing of the bride. In this, we see the need and the answer. Matt. 17:1-5, “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, Hear Him!”
From the scriptures above, we should note that the event, as it took place then, is pointing to a greater fulfillment purposed for our time. Note that after six days a remnant (Peter, James, and John), were chosen and brought aside for the greater purpose. The greater purpose was to see Jesus in a greater light, a mountain top experience that reveals the true Christ in seeing Him face to face. This experience brings forth the transfigured Christ to know fulfillment within the remnant man-child of God, His purpose for today.
These man-child first-fruits are to be dressed in Christ’ robe of righteousness. That is, a transfigured people sent forth bringing righteousness to the corrupt church. A people, a bright cloud of witnesses dressed in God’s glory, with all speaking with a common voice having one mind and being of one accord. Becoming the kingdom of God revealed to the world. Matt. 24:14, “And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Herein the trumpet sounds throughout the land as the church receives the judgment of purification as ministered through Joel’s army. This army marches as they hear God’s voice leading them. Joel 2:11, “The Lord gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; who can endure it?”
Note the results of God’s marching orders. A word of judgment, leaving behind them the desolate wilderness because repentance brings change, a removal of all corruption, with the realm of the Garden of Eden set before them. (Note Joel 2:1-3 above again). This speaks of purification that brings restoration to the hungry desirous folks still within the apostate church. Bringing forth Gods church without spot or blemish in preparing the bride church to welcome the marriage supper of the Lamb. Are you hearing todays trumpet sounding out? If so, how are you responding? Your requirement, from God, is to leave behind all that perverts, corrupts, and deceives. In this departure, an open heaven reveals to this people the fullness of God’s purpose that they might become. Hear, God’s trumpet is sounding out the time of His appearing in the earth. God’s people are becoming strong in the power of His might, which manifest His nature and glory before all nations.