Trumpets

We’ve made mention of them in the past; that the bugle is an offshoot of the trumpet by our past U.S. Calvary of the western era; and we’ve also made mention that much of what exists over here, also exists on the other side. When did the trumpet make its appearance on this fleshly plane? Prior to Israel breaking camp for the first time in the Wilderness, Father commanded Moses to make two trumpets of silver and of hammered work.

Numbers 10:1-13 “Two Silver Trumpets: The LORD spoke to Moses: 2 “Make two trumpets of hammered silver to summon the community and have the camps set out. When both are sounded in long blasts, the entire community is to gather before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. However, if one is sounded, only the leaders, the heads of Israel’s clans, are to gather before you. “When you sound short blasts, the camps pitched on the east are to set out. When you sound short blasts a second time, the camps pitched on the south are to set out. Short blasts are to be sounded for them to set out. When calling the assembly together, you are to sound long blasts, not short ones. The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to sound the trumpets. Your use of these is a permanent statute throughout your generations.

“When you enter into battle in your land against an adversary who is attacking you, sound short blasts on the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God and be delivered from your enemies. You are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and your fellowship sacrifices and on your joyous occasions, your appointed festivals, and the beginning of each of your months. They will serve as a reminder for you before your God: I am the LORD your God. ”

“From Sinai to Paran: During the second year, in the second month on the twentieth [day] of the month, the cloud was lifted up above the tabernacle of the testimony. The Israelites traveled on from the Wilderness of Sinai, moving from one place to the next until the cloud stopped in the Wilderness of Paran. They set out for the first time according to the LORD’s command through Moses.”

Coins circulated during the time of the Maccabees, and a relief on the Arch of Titus picture the trumpets as being approximately 18 inches to 3 feet in length, made straight and ending in a bell shape; Josephus stated there was a slight expansion near the mouthpiece, and that the bore was only wider than a flute, which would produce a shrill high tone sound; at the inauguration of Solomon’s Temple, 120 trumpets were sounded.

2 Chronicles 5:12 “the Levitical singers of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, and of their sons and their relatives, dressed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, were standing east of the altar, and with them were 120 priests blowing trumpets.”

There are 3 signals described, employing two methods of sounding the trumpets; one, is that blowing both trumpets called all the representative men of the whole assembly of Israel to the tent of meeting; the second signal, was blowing one trumpet, which would summon only the chieftains who were the heads over thousands; and the 3rd, was blowing of short blasts that then signaled the breaking up of camp; when calling assembly, long blasts were to be sounded – not short blasts.

Numbers 10:3-7 “When both are sounded in long blasts, the entire community is to gather before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. However, if one is sounded, only the leaders, the heads of Israel’s clans, are to gather before you. When you sound short blasts, the camps pitched on the east are to set out. 6 When you sound short blasts a second time, the camps pitched on the south are to set out. Short blasts are to be sounded for them to set out. When calling the assembly together, you are to sound long blasts, not short ones.”

Father further directed that in times of battle, the trumpets should sound a war call.

Numbers 10:9 “When you enter into battle in your land against an adversary who is attacking you, sound short blasts on the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God and be delivered from your enemies.”

This was performed thereafter by the priest accompanying the troops of Israel.

Numbers 31:6 “Moses sent 1,000 from each tribe to war. They went with Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest, in whose cares were the holy objects and signal trumpets.”

Abijah of Judah, when seeking to avert war with Jeroboam of Israel, noted that these trumpets were for sounding the battle alearm as a divine assurance of victory in warfare for Judah; and when Jeroboam stubbornly persisted in his agression, his forces were defeated by a Judean army that had been greatly encouraged by the priests loudly sounding the trumpets.

2 Chronicles 13:12-15 “Look, God and His priests are with us at our head. The trumpets are ready to sound the charge against you.

Israelites, don’t fight against the LORD God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed.”

Now Jeroboam had sent an ambush around to advance from behind them. So they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind

them. Judah turned and discovered that the battle was in front of them and behind them, so they cried out to the LORD. Then the priests blew the trumpets, and the men of Judah raised the battle cry. When the men of Judah raised the battle cry, God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. “Look, God and His priests are with us at our head. The trumpets are ready to sound the charge against you. Israelites, don’t fight against the LORD God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed.” Now Jeroboam had sent an ambush around to advance from behind them. So they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. Judah turned and discovered that the battle was in front of them and behind them, so they cried out to the LORD. Then the priests blew the trumpets, and the men of Judah raised the battle cry. When the men of Judah raised the battle cry, God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.”

From the above, you see that from within Father’s own family, war can occur; Israelite against Israelite.

Trumpets were also included among the musical instruments in the temple.

2 Chronicles 5:11-13 “When the priests came out of the holy place—for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves regardless of their tour of duty [a] — the Levitical singers of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, and of their sons and their relatives, dressed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, were standing east of the altar, and with them were 120 priests blowing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the LORD with one voice. They raised [their] voices, accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and musical instruments, in praise to the LORD: For He is good; His faithful love endures forever; the temple, the LORD’s temple, was filled with a cloud.”

The trumpeters were sons of Aaron, the Priest.

Numbers 10:8 “The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to sound the trumpets. Your use of these is a permanent statute throughout your generations.”

2 Chronicles 29:26 “The Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.”

Ezra 3:10 “When the builders had laid the foundation of the LORD’s temple, the priests, dressed in their robes and holding trumpets, and the Levites descended from Asaph, holding cymbals, took their positions to praise the LORD, as King David of Israel had instructed.”

Nehemiah 12:40-42 “The two thanksgiving processions stood in the house of God. So [did] I and half of the officials accompanying me, as

well as the priests: Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah, with trumpets; and Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. Then the singers sang, with Jezrahiah as the leader.”

In every account where the trumpets are mentioned without the priests being clearly identified as the players, is an event of national importance of when the presence of the priests would be expected to attend, and therefore marks them as the ones Father commanded to sound the trumpets.

2 Chronicles 15:14 “They took an oath to the LORD in a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets, and with rams’ horns.”

2 Chronicles 20:28 “So they came into Jerusalem to the LORD’s temple with harps, lyres, and trumpets.”

2 Chronicles 23:13 “As she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance. The commanders and the trumpeters were by the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets while the singers with musical instruments were leading the praise. Athaliah tore her clothes and screamed, “Treason, treason!”

1 Chronicles 15:24-28 “The priests, Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, were to blow trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were also to be gatekeepers for the ark. David, the elders of Israel, and the commanders of the thousands went with rejoicing to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom. And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. Now David was dressed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, as well as the singers and Chenaniah, the music leader of the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. So all Israel was bringing the ark of the covenant of the LORD up with shouts, the sound of the ram’s horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and the playing of harps and lyres.”

With what was said above about the priests having the duty of sounding the trumpets, there was also a variety of other trumpets that existed, and they were in the possession of non-priests, but all official soundings of trumpets that concerned Father’s family of Israel were sounded by the priests.

When on Earth, Jesus Christ told his audience not to blow a trumpet to attract attention to one’s act of charity in imitation of the hypocrites.

Matthew 6:2 “So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!”

If you seek your reward from being praised by mankind in general, then you’ll receive no reward from Father; do not seek gratification from mankind; look for your reward from Father; let go of your pride and desire of recognition from this world, or you’ll lose out on the promise of the Kingdom invitation. Jesus was using the notation of the trumpet as metaphoric, knowing that the study of the parchments of the Word of previous writings had been studied concerning the trumpets; he was warning against a display of self-righteousness in making gifts of mercy, so as to gain approval from those that are peers, or people in general that learned of the contribution of charity.

 

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