Supernatural and Eschatological References to Music

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

References to music occur in New Testament texts that are concerned with the raising of the dead or with the Lord's return.

The bulk of supernatural and eschatological references to music have to do with the trumpet sound of the Lord at the raising of the dead (1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16) or the gathering of the elect (Matt. 24:31). They are extensions of the many associations of musical sounds accompanying specific acts of God that appear throughout the Old Testament. The ultimate instances...


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