The Spiritual Gift that Discerns the Hidden Sounds:
In ancient days, the trumpet would be sounded before the start of a battle. By the sound of the trumpet the soldiers knew that war was imminent, and they would have time to prepare. 1 Corinthians 14:8 says, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” A person who is not saved will not discern the sound of the trumpet. It will be to them as a sound of far- away thunder. But a spiritual person who is anointed can distinguish the hidden sound of the trumpet.
Perhaps this will be easier to understand if I illustrate with an example. Daniel 5:1-4 says that Belshazzar the King commanded to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem as drinking vessels for his wives and concubines. They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. In the same hour, the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote on the wall of the King’s palace. The king saw the part of the hand that wrote, but could not discern the message. Even the Chaldeans and the soothsayers could not understand. But then came the man of God, Daniel, anointed with the gift of prophecy. He was able to give the interpretation. Daniel was able to explain to the king that the words written were “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin”. The interpretation of “Mene” was that God had numbered his kingdom and fnished it. “Tekel” signi ed that the king was weighed in the balances and found wanting. “Peres” meant that the kingdom would be divided and given to the Medes and Persians. (Daniel 5:25-28)
A man of God can understand the words that are concealed in the sound of the trumpet. On the island of Patmos, John heard the sound like that of a trumpet. From that sound there came a loud voice that said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last… What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
A little later on John hears the voice in Revelation 4:1, “After these things, I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’”