“And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” ~ Revelation 8:2
The word “angel” in the original Greek means “messenger”. Most of the time the angel messengers referred to are people, and not just heavenly beings that only have a spirit. They are preachers full of the fire of the Holy Spirit in the message they deliver.
- “Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire” ~ Psalm 104:4
- “The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.” ~ Psalms 103:19-21
Specifically in the book of Revelation they are identified as men.
“And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” ~ Revelation 21:17
A man who’s message from God would be so profound, that even an Apostle would be moved towards glorifying that man. But a true man of God will not allow anyone to worship him. He will direct them to only worship God!
“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” ~ Revelation 21:8-9
Now in Bible times trumpets were used primarily for two purposes:
- A call to gather together as one to worship God
- A warning call to gather the people together as one for a battle
In Revelation the trumpets are used for both purposes, because in order to successfully gather together for spiritual battles, we must also be gathered together as one in worship! This is how the Israelites won many of their battles. As an example, consider the worship that king Hezekiah set in order as they faced the enemy in battle:
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord ; for his mercy endureth for ever.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:21
There are many Old Testament scriptural accounts of trumpets being used to call the people together for worship, and as part of the worship:
- “…And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations…” ~ Numbers 10:1-10
- “So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.” ~ 2 Samuel 6:15
- “Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.” ~ 1 Chronicles 16:6
- “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord ; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord , saying , For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord” ~ 2 Chronicles 5:13
- “And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.” ~ 2 Chronicles 29:28
- “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.” ~ Psalm 150:3
The way we win our battles is with God’s presence with us, so it is only natural that the same trumpet used for worship should also be used as a call to battle. There are many examples of this also in the Bible:
“And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.” ~ Numbers 31:6
Joshua was instructed of the Lord in a very specific and orderly manner in how to use trumpets in the battle against Jericho (read Joshua chapter 6).
Gideon used a trumpet to gather the people, and his 300 chosen men used trumpets and lamps to defeat the huge army of Midian. (Read Judges chapters 6 – 8.)
In addition, there are many prophetic warnings and callings together within the Bible: Isaiah 18:3, Isaiah 27:13, Isaiah 58:1, Jeremiah 6:17, Ezekiel 33:3-5, Joel 2:1, Matthew 24:31
But the sound of the true gospel trumpet must be clear and in agreement with both the Word of God and the Spirit of God: or else it will only produce confusion!
“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:8
The clear sound of the gospel trumpet will gather the true and faithful together to worship in Spirit and in truth.
“For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect” ~ Hebrews 12:18-23
Have you answered the call of the trumpets of God? Today God still has a true ministry. They may be few and hard to find, but again they need to humbly prepare themselves at one altar of sacrifice and in true worship and unity, so that they may be anointed of God to sound the gospel trumpets with authority!