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Greetings in the Name of Jesus!

The recent events in this ol' world in these rather crazy days we're living in can understandably be a bit disconcerting to you and me.

So yesterday I was once again so very, very blessed to be with the Brothers and Sisters gathering together in the amphitheater for the singular purpose of turning our eyes upon the One who indeed causes "the things of earth to grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."

For me, the Service is about so much more than simply the teaching I am sharing there.

I find the Breaking of Bread (communion) and the Praying of His Prayer and the Readings of Scripture and the Baptism Invitation and the Proclamation of Blessing and the Common Meal and the Bible Teaching to all be integral, essential, and equivalent components of our time together.

I say that to say if you have been viewing only the "teaching" part of our Gathering, you may be blessed in discovering the blessing of the "full meal deal" by watching the entire service.

Now if you are so inclined, you can do just that by clicking on the link provided here below:

Sunday Service - September 18, 2016

And if any of you wish to take in the whole Sunday Services in the future, we will be making that option available on the SearchLight website.

Thank you for being a part of our SearchLight family.

And Thank You once again for your most encouraging feedback, faithful giving and remembering us as you pray. It means a lot to us and makes the difference for us. Thank You!!!

With love and appreciation,

Jon


Daily Devotional
September 25
 
Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.
Numbers 10:10
 
One reason the trumpets were to sound was for the purpose of celebration, to signal the feasts and festivals, as well as the solemn days.

Everything in the Old Testament is an illustration of New Testament truth, and the trumpets made of silver, the metal of redemption, are no exception, for they give us understanding about that which Paul called a mystery . . .

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a 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 15:51–52

The idea of being changed is that of being metamorphosed, like caterpillars miraculously changed into butterflies. Paul says the same thing is true concerning people. We’re not all going to die. But we’re all going to be metamorphosed. When? At the last trumpet.

Here in Numbers 10, we see two trumpets. So too, although the Bible is filled with trumpets, there are only two trumpets of God: the first trump and the last trump. The first trump was sounded in Exodus 19 when God gathered His people at the base of Mount Sinai and gave them the Ten Commandments. It was during that convocation that Israel became a nation.

But there is a second trumpet, called the last trump. And it has not yet been heard. When it is, even as Numbers 10 illustrates, it will signal a grand convocation as the dead in Christ shall rise, and we who are alive will be caught up - or raptured - to meet the Lord in the air.

This leads us to mobilization, the second reason the trumpets were sounded here in Numbers 10. When the last trumpet sounds, we’ll leave the snares and entanglements of this world behind as we pull up stakes, pack up our tents, and move on to Heaven. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

This leads us to the third reason the trumpets were sounded, for war also is part of the equation. After we are reunited and taken on our journey to our new home in Heaven, Revelation 6–19 describes the war that will break out on earth during the horrendous seven-year period of the tribulation.

But this leads to celebration, the last reason the trumpet was to sound. At the end of seven years, when Jesus comes back to the earth and we come back with Him, the earth enters into a new day, a day of unparalleled peace and prosperity.

As I read Numbers 10, I realize that these folks in the wilderness were instructed to keep their ears tuned toward the sound of the trumpet. And I need to do the same in the wilderness I’m in. So do you. We need to remind others to do the same, to keep focused on eternity, to keep their ears tuned for the final trumpet which will sound on a day I believe is not far away.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.  If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store