Summary: Watchman blow the trumpet and warn the people that judgment is on the way. For judgment must begin at tghe house of God.
THE TRUMPET HAS SOUNDED
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
EZEKIEL 33:1-5: “Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword (judgment) upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman (pastor) If when he seeth the sword (judgment) come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword (judgment) come, and take him (the people) away, his blood shall be upon his own head He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman (pastor) see the sword (judgment) come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword (judgment) come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman (pastor) unto the house of Israel (AGC); therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Therefore, O thou son of man (Mel), speak unto the house of Israel (People of AGC); Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? ”.
Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand”.
“The Trumpet has Sounded”
OPENING:- The trumpet is a symbol of considerable consequence in the Old and New Testaments. Every time the trumpet sounded something happened. The trumpet can signify an alarm of war, a call to assemble, a command to march or a warning that judgment was on the way.
Various end-time prophecies show that a trumpet precedes the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1; Zechariah 9:14-16), when Jesus Christ returns as King of kings and overthrows the nations of this world, establishing the Kingdom of God on earth.
The book of Revelation tells of seven trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:2—11:15) that when each one is blown another part of God’s wrath is poured out on the people. When the last one sounds, "the kingdoms of this world now have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15), indicating He has returned.