How do we know that the Feast of Trumpets is related to Christ’s second coming? In ancient Israel, a trumpet or shofar was blown for a variety of reasons, to call an assembly for a festival or to gather the people together in the presence of the Lord. When God descended onto Mount Sinai and gave Israel the law, trumpets were blown to announce the arrival of God’s presence.
Trumpets were also sounded in alarm and to call troops to battle, at the coronation of a king, and to declare the Jubilee during which slaves were freed. Arrival, war, regime change, and liberation; all aspects of the prophesies pertaining to Christ’s second coming: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first,” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). For more prophecies, see also Zechariah 14:1-3 and Revelation 11:15.
Equally compelling are the fulfilled prophecies pertaining to Christ’s first coming: “…They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots” (Psalm 22:16-18). The evidence is clear for those who believe that Bible prophecy is true. The four gospel eye-witness accounts that detail Christ’s crucifixion make these prophecies profoundly clear. Since accurate predictions were fulfilled about Christ’s first coming, we can be confident that the fulfillment of Christ’s second coming is certain. Christ will return to earth in great glory amidst shouts and trumpets.
Christ’s return completes what is a prolonged period of violence and destruction worldwide. Billions will suffer and die. Accepting that reality requires a change in perspective. How we behave, and who we are at the time of Christ’s return, will affect our outcome (Luke 21:34-36). But more than our personal salvation, we have an obligation to have empathy for others knowing that God does not want any to perish: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9).