The Confusion Mystery

If you believe the word of God is inspired, and I do. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

And even ever jot and tittle is important, and I do as Jesus explained in Matthew 5. Then it stands to reason that every word God chose to be recorded in his word matters.  Need an example? The word day.

Scripture mentions several different days. When you start tracking the different days mentioned you discover there is a diffence. Example:

The Lord’s day – do you know what the Lord’s day is? The Lord’s day is not the same as the day of the Lord. Then we have “that day”. When we read “that day” in scripture we have to identify what “that day” means. What day is God talking about?

Then look at the word trump (not Donald). In 1 Corinthians 15 God uses the word trump and trumpet in the same verse. Why? Why didn’t God use trumpet both times?  1 Corinthians 15:52 KJV  “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.”

The best that I can see, the word trump is used twice in the scriptures. Both times in Paul’s letters. Both times are directed at believers Paul was addressing, the church. Strongs Concordance list 4 times for the word trump but when you look up Jeremiah 4:19 and Hosea 5:8 you see it is not the word “trump” in those verses, but trumpet. The two times the word “trump” is used, is Paul’s epistles, 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

But in 1 Corinthians 15:52, both words, trump and trumpet are used. Why? And why is Paul the only one using the word trump? We know what a trumpet is and the sound a trumpet makes. But what does trump mean? If you look the word trump up in the 1828 Webster Dictionary you see several references to the word trumpet. When you read through all the definitions of the word trump and get towards the end of the definition, one stands out. The definition?  To seek and collect from every quarter.

That would explain a few things. If one of the definitions of the word trump means to seek and collect from every quarter, that would explain why God used both words, trump and trumpet in 1 Corinthians 15:52. It would also explain why only Paul uses the word trump. And it would explain why only Paul uses the word trump with the church.

Regardless of your point of view, God chose to use both words, trump and trumpet, in that one verse. “Newer” translations of God’s word most likely leave that distinction out and use the same word ( trumpet ) twice which would change the meaning of the verse all together.

And isn’t it interesting that the president elect for America is a Trump? And if you believe Proverbs 8: 15, then God is the one who put Trump in a position of president. And let me make this very clear, I am not saying God has Trump in position for seeking and collecting believers. It is interesting however, that Trump wants to gather Americans to promote America. He wants to gather companies to stay in America and some other points. That is not my focus but I thought in light of the definition of the word trump, it was interesting.

The phrases like – the Lord’s day, the day of the Lord, that day all have specific meanings laid out in scripture. When you understand what each phrase means, then when you are reading and studying scripture and come across that phrase, you have a clearer understanding of what scripture is saying.

So if you put the meaning of – the day of the Lord,  into a verse about the Lord’s day, you do not have “sound doctrine” , sound teaching. Just as God chose to use the words trump and trumpet in the same verse for a reason, God uses the day of the Lord and  “that day”  for specific reasons. And we will pick it up next time.

Until next time.

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