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As a kid, I enjoyed listening to Herb Alpert play the trumpet. It was light and entertaining. Here is the link to a cheesy Youtube video that provides a reminder to many of us of Alpert’s musical style.

But I’m going to enjoy the playing of another trumpet much more someday.

I’m talking about the trumpet blast announcing Christ’s return.

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

What an exciting time that will be!

I was reminded of this promise during my devotional reading this morning from Exodus 19. In a very intriguing instruction to Moses from God, the people of Israel camped at the base of Mt. Sinai were told to stay off the mountain while Moses was on the cloud-shrouded peak with God.

When the time of revelation was completed, though, then the people could ascend the mountain as instructed below:

“However, when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, then the people may go up on the mountain.” (Exodus 19:13)

Interestingly, there is another intriguing parallel between Exodus trumpet blast/call of God and the I Thessalonians trumpet blast/call of God.The Israelites could not go onto the mountain, though, if they had not washed their clothes (Exodus 19:14).

In both cases, the people have to be washed.

God told Moses to tell the people that they couldn’t go on the mountain unless their clothes were ceremonially washed.

The Book of Revelation says people cannot enter the throneroom of God unless their “robes” — i.e., their souls — are washed in the blood of the Lamb — (Revelation 7:13-14).

That means being covered in the blood of Jesus via verbal and baptismal confession.

Let’s make sure that we’re ready to enjoy the trumpet blast from heaven.

Let’s make sure that we can go to the mountain of God’s throne room.

Yes, listening to Herb Alpert’s Tiajuana Taxi number is fun for just over two minutes.

But when the trumpet blast of heaven is heard, our glorified fun will be forever — if we’ve chosen wisely.

As always, I love you

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