What is this trumpet?

Arno Froese

In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us” (Nehemiah 4:20).

Interestingly, it does not say “get ready to fight,” “move out to meet the enemy,” or “get your weapons ready.” That would be the most logical action, but not so for the people of Israel. They had to go in a certain direction based on their hearing of the sound of the trumpet. When they gathered under the sound of the trumpet, something else happened, which is most important: “…our God shall fight for us.” That is how Israel took possession of the Promised Land in olden days, when they came out of the land of Egypt. Reliance upon God was the prerequisite for victory. Under the sound of the trumpet, there is security.

What is this trumpet? It’s the Word of God. When John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, we read in Revelation 1:10: “I…heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” In the next verse, we learn the identification of the trumpet: “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.” In the last chapter of our Bible, we again read: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13).

Iron Dome Trumpet
This is not the voice of God, nor the trump of God, but a manmade product. It has been known for some time that Israel leads the world in innovation.

The website Israel21c.org reveals how a military defense product can be helpful when detecting natural disasters.

Typhoons, floods, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires—the frequency and intensity of natural disasters across the globe are worsening, and these deadly events could continue plaguing the planet as a result of climate change.

Hoping to minimize disruption of essential services in disaster zones, government and utility officials are seeking better solutions for preparation and management of catastrophic weather events.

One new solution is a sophisticated product from mPrest Systems, the private Israeli company that famously developed the command-and-control software inside Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system.

Natan Barak, founder and CEO of mPrest, explains that the Major Event Management Application (MEMA) automatically forecasts the extent, location and progress of damage via a network of sensors and systems that jointly gather and analyze current weather and other relevant data using advanced algorithms.

Let’s imagine, for example, that an earthquake is anticipated in a city like San Francisco.

First of all, MEMA would enable local utilities to develop simulation tools for a disaster plan by leveraging historical data from previous disasters.

Then, based on data from hundreds of thousands of sensors, the application would pinpoint high-risk areas where resources should concentrate in order to mitigate potential damage.

Once the quake hits, MEMA would automatically notify the utility, in real time, of incidents and continuously gather data from its sensors and systems—including satellite and drone imagery—to provide information on rising temperatures, rising wind levels, unusual ground motion, and more.

“Based on the earthquake’s epicenter, ground movement and more, the application can help identify power and utility infrastructure—lines, transformers, breakers, etc.—as well as critical facilities—schools, hospitals, etc.—that are in the event’s path,” Barak tells ISRAEL21c.
-5 March 2019

In Israel, when projectiles are detected from Gaza in the south or Lebanon in the north, the modern “trumpets”—the sirens—release their penetrating, nerve-shattering sound, to tell Israelis to quickly find a secure place. And they do. What a nation! It is incomparable to any other throughout human history. We, in our generation, have the privilege to watch the development in Israel and, from that perspective, the rest of the world.

Christians, born again of the Spirit of God, are eternal beings. We reside temporarily in the flesh here on earth, but that will change in one 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” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Midnight Call - 05/2019

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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