Who’s Going to Hear the Trumpet?
In 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul wrote:
First of all, as we consider this passage, it is true that Paul’s emphasis is on the righteous, but much of what he says is true of both the saved and the lost. Notice in the preceding verses Paul contrasted the “natural body” with the “spiritual body” and the “first” man, a “man of dust” with the “second” man, “from heaven.” Consider also what Jesus said in John 5:28-28, that both those who have “done good” and those who have “done evil” will be resurrected.
Now, a few questions and answers about this passage:
Now another question, one with three possible answers: Who is going to hear the trumpet?
Now it is true that there is a passage that speaks of the dead hearing the voice of God (John 5:25, 28-29), but there is no passage that states that only the dead will hear the voice of God or the last trumpet. Certainly 1 Corinthians 15 does not state that only the dead will hear the last trumpet. What justification is there in 1 Corinthians 15 for saying that the living will not hear the last trumpet? Is there anything—anything at all—in the text that even hints that only the dead will hear the trumpet? The text certainly does not state that only the dead will hear the trumpet, so the contention that only the dead will hear the trumpet is a conclusion that some have drawn. But is it the right conclusion? Is there any evidence—or even suggestion—in the text that only the dead will hear the trumpet? No, there is absolutely nothing in the text that even suggests that only the dead will hear the trumpet. So why would anyone argue that only the dead will hear the trumpet? The only reason anyone would argue that only the dead will hear the trumpet is because they approach the passage with preconceived ideas. They are trying to force an interpretation on the passage that agrees with their preconceived ideas.
Again, everyone, both the living and the dead, will be changed at the last trumpet. That much is stated. That everyone will hear the last trumpet is a reasonable conclusion. That only the dead will hear the last trumpet has no basis in fact whatsoever. It is merely an assertion.
Another thing—does the text say “last trumpet”? Yes, it does.
By the way, when Jesus comes “with the clouds,” won’t “every eye” see him, even “those who pierced him”? You may disagree with John the apostle, but that’s what he says.
The point is, we need to be ready when Jesus comes again, because there won’t be any second chances. Our Lord is not going to come and secretly take the righteous home to heaven and leave the wicked here on earth to face tribulation and to be given a second chance to become children of God.
We all need to be ready now.