John, in the vision he received on the Isle of Patmos, spoke of the voice of the Lord as a trumpet: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” (Revelation 1:10).
Shortly after hearing the Lord’s voice like a trumpet, John wrote: “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter” (Revelation 4:1). The Lord’s voice, still sounding like a trumpet, called John to heaven.
Let’s go back to the Old Testament: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). That is the prophetic voice. Not only does the Lord’s voice sound like a trumpet, but His prophets on earth sound like a trumpet, as well.
I believe we are hearing the prophetic voice again all over the world. There are preparations for war. There are calls for God’s people to get ready for the next great move. The prophetic voice is being spoken loudly.
Hosea 8:1 declares: “Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.”
The prophetic voices are rising as a trumpet so the Lord will come and deal mercifully with His people. Today we are hearing the voices more than ever. These prophetic trumpets are sounding, “Repent! Return to God.”
We must not ignore these voices. We are moving quickly to the time of the prophetic Feast of Trumpets. The voice of the prophets are crying out. The trumpet and prophecy go hand in hand.
I have felt such a personal calling to sound the trumpet for God’s people to pray, even as we seek to spread the Gospel through every means possible during the time remaining that we have available.
We aren’t just praying to pray. We are praying to defend, to build walls, to raise up hedges of protection. The prophetic voice is not complicated or confusing. It is a clear message. If we pray and obey, we are safe. If we don’t, we will not be protected. Our world is facing a dangerous hour. That’s why we must pray. God Almighty is revealing to His prophets His plans. What the governments do not know, we know in the Spirit. Humans must search human intelligence, yet in prayer, we can hear from heaven.
When God speaks, we can be certain. We can then speak with clarity, as a trumpet. We can say that the Rapture is coming soon because the voices of the prophets are being heard as never before.
We are closer than we’ve ever been. The forces of hell are pushing to get rid of every vestige of righteousness. Unless God holds back the clock, unless He sends His mighty angels to hold the nations from doing what they want to do, we will see warfare and annihilation as never dreamed possible, even during the world wars of the past century. God is restraining Satan’s influence.
Recall the story of Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah. The angel of the Lord told Lot to escape because until he left for the city of Zoar, the angel could not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah: “Run there quickly, because I can’t do anything until you get there” (Genesis 19:22, GW). We are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). We preserve and illuminate as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But the day will come when the church will be removed. When the trumpets sound, you and I will be gone in the rapture of the church. At the same time, God will remove the restraining force. Judgment will fall instantly, and God will turn His attention to the children of Israel.