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August 2, 2003

Quite a Coincidence!

My family physician, Dr. Wesley Thomas, who is a good friend, and is of like faith and order, pointed out something to me this week I had failed to   notice.  It involved the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament, and similarities associated the blowing of a seventh trumpet in both the Old and New Testaments, as it relates to the Ark of the Covenant being a part of the scenario.  It also, in both cases, involved children of God possessing a kingdom or kingdoms of this world. Israel blew seven trumpets each day for seven days as they circled the kingdom city of Jericho.  And on the seventh day of the seven trumpets blowing, the walls of Jericho were to fall flat, and God’s children were to ascend straight up and take the kingdom of Jericho.

Joshua 6:1-7 – Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. [2] And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. [3] And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. [4] And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. [5] And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him. [6] And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord. [7] And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord.

Joshua 6:13-16 – And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the Lord, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. [14] And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. [15] And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. [16] And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.

So, on the seventh day of the blowing of seven trumpets, the children of God ascended up, and the Kingdom of Jericho became the Kingdom of God’s children.  Now, let take a look at a New Testament appearance of the Ark of the Covenant, and the blowing of a single seventh trumpet.

Revelation 11:15,18,19 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. [19]  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple THE ARK OF HIS TESTAMENT: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Is the last trump in I Corinthians 15:51,52 the last of seven trumpets that sounds in Revelation?  Does the seventh trumpet in Revelation finish the mystery that Paul showed in I Corinthians?  Is the voice of the Archangel with the trump of God in I Thessalonians the same angel in Revelation?

I Corinthians 15:51,52 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Thessalonians 4:16 – 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:

Revelation 10:7 – But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

There is something else about these coincidences worth mentioning.  The name Joshua in the New Testament is Jesus.  The children of God led by Joshua followed the instructions God gave them precisely, just as God gave them.  So, what happened?  They entered into the city God had told them he would give them,

Joshua 6:16 – And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.

They were already his children, so what would have happened if they had not followed his instructions?

There are many born again believers on this earth today who are failing to follow the teachings their leader Jesus gave them in the N. T.!  So what will happen if they do not follow his N.T. teachings?  Do they go to Hell?  No!  Where will they live in heaven? 

Revelation 21:23,24 – And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. [24] And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

What about those born again believers who do follow the N.T. teachings of Jesus?

Revelation 22:12-14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [13] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. [14] Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

II Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Regardless of whether or not this is by coincidence or design, they are certainly interesting parallels.