Upon careful examination, the “fabric” of the Bible can be seen to be “threadlike,” with each term perhaps being used in various contexts, but suggesting that particular attention be given to the connotation that gives the higher meaning in each passage. This suggestion has particular force for the term “Trumpet(s).”1 The fact that our modern Bibles use it for a variety of different Hebrew words in the Old Testament2 does not seem to materially affect its meaning for our present purposes.

Discussing Rev 8,6, 38 AB 132 (“Revelation”) makes the following observation:

Originally the trumpet was not so much a musical instrument as an alarm. It was sounded to gather the people together, to signal, to indicate the breaking of camp, and such. Later it became a priestly instrument sounded during the liturgy.

Although I do not wholeheartedly concur with all of this observation, it may help in distinguishing various passages, but one should bear in mind that liturgy takes its validity by representing something more substantive and ultimate, as is suggested by such considerations as the phrase “As Above, So Below.”

In any event, we should look for the highest meaning and key off that. Beyond question, the clearest exposition of this meaning is in Steiner’s lecture cycle on Revelation, The Apocalypse of St. John (ASJ). Let us bear in mind his assertion that Lazarus/John was indeed the author of the Gospel of John, the Apocalypse of (Revelation to) St. John and the Johannine Epistles.3 Steiner identifies John’s Gospel as the most spiritually exalted writing ever given to humanity. While the citation for such assertion is presently beyond me, he clearly identifies that Gospel as the highest of the four canonical Gospels (see The Gospel of St. John [GSJ], Lect. 1). The reasons for Lazarus/John’s high spiritual vision are given in “Three Days’ Journey,” where it is also noted (in the penultimate paragraph) that Paul’s initiation by Christ raised his level of spiritual knowledge to a comparable plane. His rough equivalence in that respect to Lazarus/John does not necessarily raise his writings to the same height, because their missions were entirely different. Paul’s high knowledge emerges in his epistles rather as “flashes” whose meanings have largely escaped humanity’s knowledge prior to the revelations by Steiner, as more fully set out throughout this work. Paul’s usage of Trumpet and Last Trumpet can be seen, in the light of Steiner’s lectures on Revelation, to disclose a depth of spiritual knowledge far greater than could otherwise be detected from the mere literal content of his writings.

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