Is the Last trump of 1 Cor 15 the "seventh trumpet" of Rev 10-11?

I honestly don't know.  But here are some things to carefully consider regarding this idea.

First, the idea that the seventh trumpet gives the timing of the rapture was first put forth by those who believe in the "mid trib" rapture viewpoint.  Later, this position was adopted by some of the "post trib" viewpoint.  And now, more lately, this is the view of some in the "pre wrath" viewpoint.  The point here is that Rev 10-11 does not reliably and conclusively say exactly when the seventh trumpet is blown in relation to the tribulation.  For all I know from reading the text of Rev 10-11, perhaps the seventh trumpet is blown at the start of the tribulation, and therefore, if the rapture is at the seventh trumpet, the rapture is still before the tribulation.

Further, it is not only the seventh trumpet that is difficult to determine when it happens.  Any attempt to relate a specific order to the seals, trumpets & vials, results in impossibilities.  Some overlap, and are redundant.

Also, just because John saw things in a certain order in his vision, does not mean that the seals, trumpets, and vials will happen on earth in the same order.

Next to consider: When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 15, where he spoke about the "last trump", the Revelation was not yet given to mankind.  So, neither Paul, nor his audience, would have any way to know what the words "last trump" meant if they were referring to something in Revelation.  It is far more likely that Paul did know what he was talking about (he wrote as if he did), and it is far more likely that his audience would be able to understand what he was talking about (he wrote as if they could).  So, what would his audience have assumed Paul was talking about?  Well, there is a "Feast of Trumpets", known as Rosh Hashanna.  So, "last trump" most likely refers to this feast of trumpets.

Earlier in 1 Cor 15, Paul spoke of "firstfruits".  This also refers to another Feast of the Lord, the "Feast of Firstfruits".  Jesus was raised from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits, so it should be no difficulty to understand what Paul was talking about when he wrote:

1 Cor 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
In Chapter 15, Paul is making a comparison between Christ's resurrection and our resurrection.  That if Christ is not raised, then our hope is in vain.  What is our hope?  The resurrection and rapture.   Just as Christ was raised and become the "first fruits", so to will we be raised "at the last trump".  If the first reference, "firstfruits", is to a Feast of the Lord, then doesn't it stand to reason that the second reference, "the last trump" is also a reference to a Feast of the Lord?  I certainly think so, and so do millions of other Christians who have studied about Rosh Hashanna who call it the Feast of Trumpts.
1 Cor 15:52 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.
This evidence and argument does not mean the seventh trumpet of Revelation is NOT the rapture.   It certainly does not falsify that view.  The events of the seventh trumpet may occur on a Feast of Trumpets at the start of the tribulation, fulfilling scripture in that manner.  In fact, perhaps the seventh trumpet, Rev 10-11, teaches some themes of the Feast of Trumpets.

The reasons why the "last trump" is referring to the Feast of Trumpets is complex, and long, so I won't get into them too much, nor base arguments on them.  I think it has to do with the ram's horns when Issac was about to be sacrificed, the left horn and the right horn being the first and last trump or something.

Next, there are significant differences between the seventh trump and the last trump of the rapture.  There are several things which suggest the seventh trump describes events at the end of the millinnium.  Perhaps the seventh trumpet is a vision that is an overview of the entire millennium?  If so, and if the Day of the Lord is 1000 years long (from 2 Peter 3:8-10), and the Day of the Lord begins with the rapture as nearly all rapture views suggest because of such verses as (1 Thess 5:2-3), then it might well be perfectly fitting that the seventh trumpet teaches about the pre tribulation rapture.

My point here is that the "seventh trumpet" is first and foremost, a vision.  It is a vision given to John for the purposes of revealing things to him to record in the Revelation.  John did not "time travel" into the future and see events as they would occur, John was transformed in the spirit, and was given a series of complex visions, and each vision revealed a different picture about things to come.  Many of these visions give a slightly different perspective of the overall end time plan, revealing different aspects of what lies in the future.  The visions, as recorded in Revelation, as nearly everyone agrees, are not strictly chronological, but only loosely so.

The "last trumpet" in Revelation is not the seventh trumpet anyway, the last trumpet written about is a trumpet in Rev. 18:22, and it's also associated with missing people.  So why isn't there a legion of false prophets all claiming dogmatically that Rev 18:22 is the rapture because it's the "last trump" in Revelation?

Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
Now, the seventh trumpet in Revelation (if it is blown during the tribulation) is also not the "last trumpet" to ever be blown.  There will be trumpets blown well into the millinnium.  The Feast of Tabernacles (which is a description of all the fall feasts; Trumpets, Atonement & Tabernacles) is celebrated by the nations yearly during the millennium, and if they do not celebrate it, upon them there will be no rain, Zechariah 14:16-17.
Zec 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
And in order to "keep the feast of tabernacles", people will have to be blowing trumpets!

So, the seventh trumpet of Revelation is neither the "last trump" in the book of Revelation, nor is it the "last trump" ever blown.

We must be careful when comparing scripture with scripture, making sure we are comparing right things.

Here's some more to consider about the "last trump":

The English word "last" is found 74 times in the King James New Testament.
The Greek word is "eschatos" appears 54 times in the King James.  Hmm... guess where we get the word "eschatalogy" from, which is a study of the "last days" or end-time theology.

Perhaps the eschatos, or "end-times" trump signals the very end of this age?  I believe the millennium reign of Christ will begin a new age, and that the millennium begins with rapture and the 7 year tribulation.



Here is an example of how difficult it might be to compare things sometimes, and how you can be misled if you put blinders on and compare only two scriptures:  Read 1 Cor 15:54, which describes the rapture, and tell me when "there will be no more death", as described in Rev 21:4.
1 Cor 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Does the phrase, "Death is swallowed up in victory" actually mean, "there will be no more death"? The phrases certainly seem similar, but it is a right comparison?  Will there be death after the rapture or not?  Perhaps the phrase "Death is swallowed up in victory" means that this is true only for some people starting at the time of the rapture, and so there still will be death after the rapture?  Here are two other scriptures which help to answer these questions:

From Isaiah 65, we see that people still die during the millinnium.

Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
From Rev 20, we see there is still a resurrection of the unjust at the end of the millinnium, and a final rebellion when people die after the millinnium.
Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

These two scriptures, Isaiah 65 and Rev 20, prove that death still exists for some people during and after the millennium reign of Christ.  The verse I left out, Rev 20:6, proves my initial point, that at the rapture, death is ended only for some people:
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
But eventually, we do know that death itself will be wiped out, and nobody will ever die again, and here are three proofs of that:
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1Co 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

From the three verses above, we see that Jesus will reign (1 Co 15:25) for the 1000 years (Rev 20:7), and after that, death will be destroyed (1 Cor 15:26, Rev 20:14), and there will be no more death (Rev 21:4), and all things will be restored (1Co 15:28) as it were in the Garden of Eden, when "God may be all in all". (1Co 15:28)

So, the point of all this is that just as we shouldn't hastily conclude that the rapture of 1 Cor 15 must be after the millinnium during Rev. 21:5 when "there shall be no more death", we shouldn't hastily conclude that the last trump is the seventh trumpet of Revelation 11.  You can't just line up things that look similar, and make a hasty conclusion about when things happen, you have to consider all the teachings of the Bible, and put on the whole armor of God, in order to detect false prophesy.


Speaking of things that are "last", there is a curious phrase repeated several times in the gospels, and the topics preceeding the phrase are the kingdom, and who goes in.

Topics preceeding:  Man & Wife one flesh; Speaking of the kingdom, children coming near, forsaking everything, & receiving 100 fold:  Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Topics preceeding:  Man & Wife one flesh; Speaking of the kingdom, children coming near, forsaking everything, & receiving 100 fold:  Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Topics preceeding:   Matt 1-15: Parable of men in vineyard, all receive a penny, no matter how hard they work, followed by Jesus entering Jerusalem:  Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Topics preceeding:  Straight gate, door shut, "say Lord, Lord," workers of iniquity, gnashing of teeth, followed by Jesus being told to leave Jerusalem:  Luke 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
 

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