Paul knew nothing of Revelation’s Seventh Trumpet when he wrote 1 Corinthians 15:52. John’s vision was not yet recorded.
This it is said makes a great disconnect between the trumpet spoken of in each passage. This argument is used by men who do not believe that the Bible is inspired by men, but they believe in a Scripture that has been inspired by God’s Holy Spirit and is without error. Why then do they have the nerve to use such an argument. Does not God’s Holy Spirit teach us here a little there a little. When Paul uses last and John uses Seventh which proves itself to be the last, there is no reason not to at least consider if they are related or not. Are they in fact one and the same?
If we were to believe this argument which these men present against this being the case, then we would need to discount all prophetic words given by the Holy Spirit through chosen men of God’s own choosing in the Old Testament Scriptures, concerning Jesus own first coming. None of the scriptures were written by men who did know exact details and sequences of events about which they were writing. Daniel wrote of the resurrection long before Jesus came to make way for the resurrection which is still even now future.
So why do I and others believe that the two trumpets are the same?
The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly. Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “ The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
Revelation 11:14-17 NASB
What occurs with the seventh trumpet is the beginning of the reign of Christ. His reign is believed most by all premillennialists to be a millennial reign. And this description certainly allows it to qualify to be that reign. Additionally there is definitely the need for our resurrection to have taken place at this very time:
And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Revelation 11:18 NASB
We need to first remember that in the NASB translation the Greek word translated here as bond servant was used by the apostles and by John himself to describe themselves and us to whom the Revelation was written. So what makes these two trumpet events the same?
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
1 Corinthians 15:22-26 NASB
The beginning of the reign of Christ will come at a given moment in time. That time will involve the resurrection, and the rewarding of the saints. It will be announced with a trumpet.
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:52 NASB
but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “ The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 10:7,11:15 NASB
So why is this event not more clearly portrayed in the Seventh and last trumpet than it is in Revelation 4:1?
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “ Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”
Revelation 4:1 NASB
So what is the difference? First let’s consider this chapter 4 verse 1 trumpet which in fact doesn’t even exist. This is a voice like the sound of a trumpet. Strong’s Definition
Perhaps from G4535 (through the idea of quavering or reverberation); a trumpet: – trump (-et). A quavering or reverberating voice like a trumpet. But Paul speaks of an actual trumpet to announce the Lords coming to resurrect and rapture the final saints on earth. In fact he says that all those who are dead in Christ will rise first, and then the catching up or rapture will follow this miraculous event. Men who believe the literalness of the word of God and ridicule others for not so doing, in fact, too often do not teach what the literal word so clearly states.
God bless you as you continue your study.