THE VOICE OF THE LORD IS A TRUMPET
The Voice of the Lord in Scripture is likened to the sound of a trumpet. Just as there were many purposes for the sounding of the trumpet in Old Testament times, so it is with the Voice of the Lord through prophecy today.
The voice of the Lord gathers the people together:
“When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain” (Exodus 19:13).
The voice of the Lord alerts the people for war:
“And it happened, when he arrived, that he blew the trumpet in the mountains of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mountains; and he led them. Then he said to them, “Follow me, for the LORD has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand” (Judges 3: 27 & 28).
The voice of the Lord lifts up the soul, bringing encouragement and strength for battle:
“When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!'” (Judges 7:18).
The voice of the Lord summons others for reinforcement:
“Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us” (Nehemiah 4:20).
The voice of the Lord declares God’s judgement:
“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1).
“Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed My covenant and rebelled against My law” (Hosea 8:1).
The voice of the Lord brings warnings from the prophets of God:
“Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, ‘We will not listen'” (Jeremiah 6:17).