This post is based on a message given at Wascana Fellowship on September 5, 2013. This service took place on the day the NIV version of the Bible translates as “a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.” (Scripture references in this post are from the New International Version.)
One of the ancient uses of trumpets in the Old Testament was to announce the coronation of a new king. Examples of coronations announced this way will appear below.
Many prophecies in the Bible speak of a time when God himself intervenes on behalf of his people by extending his dominion over the earth. For example, Daniel 7: 13-14 states, “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Another prophet who echoes this theme is Zechariah, who poetically describes the return of Israel’s true King, their own God, in passages like Zech 9:9-10, 14. Mixed in with the theme of God as their King is the sounding of a trumpet announcing his return, such as in verse 14, “Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south.”
There are also many psalms depicting God’s sovereignty over the earth. They include Psalm. 2, Psalm. 45, and Psalm 47 . Psalm 47 is considered an “enthronement psalm” and it joins a group of similar psalms between Psalm 93 and Psalm 99. A brief description can be found on this post. Ps. 47:6 associates God’s rule with trumpet blasts, “God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.”
According to Andre Hendricks there are 4 parts to coronation ceremony:
Source: Andre Hendricks on Youtube.
Revelation 5 introduces the worthy heavenly candidate for rulership of the earth as the Lamb of God who was slain. Note the acclamation by everyone in heaven and earth in verses 13 and 14.
Rev. 11:15-19 appears to present a scene of coronation of Jesus in the heavens, prior to coming to earth. At the end of the ceremony, the gates of heaven are opened and the heavenly throne-room is opened up to the earth. I believe this is the preliminary to Jesus’ return to take possession of his Kingdom on earth. Chapter 19 describes Jesus’ descent and the war of conquest he wins to take over his rightful territory. This is followed by what seems to be a coronation ceremony and throne-taking (and sharing!) in Chapter 20:1-6.
The blast of trumpets in ancient Israel at the Feast of Trumpets seems to have symbolized many things that point ahead to the time of the return of Jesus Christ. One of the symbols I am greatly looking forward to seeing fulfilled “on earth as it is in heaven” is the Royal Coronation of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!