The Old Testament prescribed four similar functions for a trumpet: to call together people for a meeting, to call together people for battle, to direct movement of the camp, and to signal a special occasion.
Numbers 10: 2-4, “Make two silver trumpets …. you shall use them for calling the assembly and for directing movement of the camps.” More specifically, blowing both trumpets meant everyone should gather at the tabernacle; blowing one trumpet meant leaders should gather at the tabernacle.
Verse 5 Sounding “the advance” meant the journey should begin. I assume “the advance” was a known, distinctive arrangement of notes, like reveille or taps.
Verse 9 “When you go to war … then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets ….” This use is referred to in I Corinthians 14: 8, “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?”
Verse 10 “Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months ….”
I suggest that the familiar uses of the trumpet are relevant to the “trumpet of God” that marks the rapture (I Thessalonians 4:16). At the rapture believers are gathered – “caught up together.” Certainly this is a special occasion. A climatic journey takes place: the dead rise, all meet the Lord in the air; and henceforth all shall be with the Lord. The “day of the Lord” (5:2) battle begins.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.