Let us begin to face this fact and it is an exceedingly solemn fact... nothing profound about it, but it's an exceedingly solemn fact that the trumpet is sounding, that is, that GOD is speaking.
GOD is in the world making known His mind for you, for all men.
GOD is not silent. GOD has not stopped speaking. He is speaking very loudly today and very widely.
Some of us are wondering whether GOD is not speaking as He is today for the last time.
We believe that the LORD Jesus is coming back. We believe that His coming is drawing near.
We believe that the end of this dispensation can almost be seen.
We in this country are not so alive, sensitive to this as they are in some places.
I was saying (I think it was today, the days seem so long, I'm not sure if it was today or yesterday...) what I discovered on the other side of America only a week or two ago, is that there, right up and down that west side of the United States, a large number of houses on a day like this are up for sale and to let.
And living amongst many of them and seeing all these boards up, I asked my friend with whom I was staying, "Why?
There is such shortage, why here in these salubrious parts are people wanting to leave their houses?"
Oh, he said, You know everybody over here are living as on the edge of a volcano.
They're scared for their lives of these atomic bombs that they believe are coming at any time and they want to get right away from populated areas, they think that they're safer out in the desert.
Anywhere, but here. And just living like that... and you feel the tension and you know that it is so and everybody speaks about it.
I don't know that it is not justified to some measure, at any rate they know over there all about it.
You see, I went out into the city of Los Angeles in a car one day and I found that my eyes were beginning to get so painful, I could hardly keep them open, and my throat becoming so dry that I couldn't understand it.
It created difficulty for speaking. And I explained this to my friend and he said, "Well, you know they exploded a bomb yesterday, it's blowing it up here."
Just a little taste, well I'm not a scaremonger, I'm not trying to scare you into anything.
But we think we see that the end is not far off and men's hearts are failing them for fear.
You find it out there, and Scripture says it, men's hearts failing them for fear of the things which are coming upon the earth.
That Scripture is verily being fulfilled and it is said to be a sign of the last times. Well, maybe. We leave it that it might be.
Supposing that time is getting short toward the end of this dispensation, people are getting nervy about it.
Supposing...May it not be that this great sovereign thing of GOD because it is sovereign, we can't see any other explanation of what is happening.
In this great campaign [?] for instance, and the main figure in this campaign there in Glasgow was here in London last year and himself said, There's nothing to account for it but GOD, and I'm no preacher.
And everybody who listens knows that.
If you're looking for a wonderful sermon well, you don't find it there, if you're looking for a great discourse on theology you don't find it there.
It's from the very simplest. And you wonder, you wonder how that can have the effect that it has.
Certainly it's not beating the intellect, and really it's not beating the emotions for everybody says no, this is not a great emotional thing.
GOD is sovereignly doing something surely.
And how widely flung this is, we've only heard this evening of it being talked about there up in Nairobi, ungodly people talking about it, they've heard the reports of what's going on.
Is GOD sounding the trumpet for the last time?
Is He sovereignly letting it be known that redemption is in Christ Jesus for all men?
I put it in the form of a question, but if the question is permissible, allowable, it's a very solemn thing isn't it?
You, dear friends, if you're not in Christ, are hearing the trumpet sound, are, yes verily tonight, hearing it announced that GOD has provided redemption for you in His Son Jesus Christ.
You can never before GOD in time or eternity say, "I never knew, I never heard, I never had a chance!"
Well, GOD has equally, sovereignly perhaps, brought you to hear as He has also sovereignly ordained that it is to be said. That's something to think about.
It's a very, very serious thing to have heard the Gospel of the grace of GOD, to have been told of this wonderful redemption.
We put our hearts into it this evening when we sound it. Believe it, oh sinner, believe it!
Receive the glad message, it's true, it's true, it's true. GOD is calling you.
GOD is calling you to Himself just as those trumpets called the people to Moses, to gather together unto him.
And a greater than Moses is here, the LORD Jesus by this sounding forth of the message tonight is calling you to Himself.
Jesus is tenderly, but loudly and definitely, calling today, and the word is, "Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart...".
It is a call of love, a call of mercy, a call of entreaty, but it's a call of warning.
~T. Austin Sparks~