Summary: As we approach the coming Day of the Lord can we expect to hear audible sounds from the heavens? From the pages of Scripture we find some remarkable (even if overlooked) accounts of sounds from the heavens that surround decisive historical events.
Are The Trumpets of Judgement Warming Up?
I Whose making all that Noise?
A As we approach the coming Day of the Lord can we expect to hear audible sounds from the heavens?
1 From the pages of Scripture we find some remarkable (even if overlooked) accounts of sounds from the heavens that surround decisive historical events.
a David’s victory over the Philistines is a very good example.
aa After the Philistines had heard that David had been anointed as King of Israel, they launched an attack on him/Israel before David has sufficient time to solidify his power among God’s people. (1 Chron. 14.8)
bb The enemies of God always try to abort a fresh move of God/or new birth before it has had time to mature. (Moses, Jesus)
b Unlike David’s predecessor (King Saul) who “inquired” the witch of Endor (1 Sam. 28.7), David “inquired” of the Lord what to do to defeat the Philistines.1 Chron. 14.10).
aa The Philistines were defeat, 1Chron. 14.12 tells us that they abandoned their idols/false gods, symbolic of their importance before YHWH.
bb David demands the idols to be burned per Mosaic Law (Deut. 7.5; 12.3), as compared to parading them through the streets. (Dvd was a man after God’s own heart. . . He was after the heart of God.)
cc You go after the heart of God . . . the enemy attacks again!
c 13 The Philistines made yet another raid in the valley. 14 David inquired again of God, and God said to him, "You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. 15 It shall be when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines." 16 David did just as God had commanded him, and they struck down the army of the Philistines from Gibeon even as far as Gezer. 1 Chron 14:13-16
aa God tells David that the divine signal to entrap/defeat/overcome the Philistines will come as “sound” coming from above.
bb The noise was probably the sounded like soldiers marching to war (trumpets, cadence of drums, turning of wheels, clanking of body armor); SOUNDS OF WAR/BATTLE.
cc I believe the sound did two things: confused/struck terror into the hearts of the enemy & encouraged the King’s army.
2 The prophet Jeremiah tells us about a “Day of the Lord” prophecy that in no uncertain terms that will be supernatural sounds from on high that are associated with the Lord’s judgement.
a 29 For behold, I am beginning to work calamity in this city which is called by My name, and shall you be completely free from punishment? You will not be free from punishment; for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth," declares the Lord of hosts.'30 "Therefore you shall prophesy against them all these words, and you shall say to them, 'The Lord will roar from on high , And utter His voice from His holy habitation; He will roar mightily against His fold. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, Against all the inhabitants of the earth. 31 'A clamor has come to the end of the earth, Because the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh; As for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,' declares the Lord."
32 Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Behold, evil is going forth From nation to nation, And a great storm is being stirred up From the remotest parts of the earth. 33 "Those slain by the Lord on that day will be from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be lamented, gathered or buried; they will be like dung on the face of the ground. Jer 25:29-33 (NASB)
b “Clamor” in the original text means “roar, roaring, big noise”; v. 31 (KJV, NIV, NCV), A loud noise will be heard all over the world!
3 At the giving of the Law (The decalogue), the Lord came down upon the top of Mt. Horeb with the event being marked with His voice, which sounded as a gigantic trumpet.
a 10 The Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and have them spend today and tomorrow preparing themselves. They must wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the day after tomorrow. On that day I, the Lord, will come down on Mount Sinai, and all the people will see me. 12 But you must set a limit around the mountain that the people are not to cross. Tell them not to go up on the mountain and not to touch the foot of it. Anyone who touches the mountain must be put to death 13 with stones or shot with arrows. No one is allowed to touch him. Whether it is a person or an animal, he will not live. But the trumpet will make a long blast, and only then may the people go up on the mountain.“ 14 After Moses went down from the mountain to the people, he made them prepare themselves for service to God, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then Moses said to the people, “Be ready in three days. Do not have sexual relations during this time.“ 16 On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning with a thick cloud on the mountain. There was a very loud blast from a trumpet, and all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord came down on it in fire. The smoke rose from the mountain like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook wildly. 19 The sound from the trumpet became louder. Then Moses spoke, and the voice of God answered him. Ex 19:10-19 (NCV)