At the End, Where and When?

Wilbur Washington

READ : Revelation 8:7, Revelation 7:9-13


Usually death came early in the slave quarters. For the owner, death meant the loss of valuable property. For the slaves, it meant the loss of a fellow sufferer. For the one who died, it could have and did have a variety of meanings.

For the slaves who were simply slaves, without God there was no hope. Some believed death was the means to return to Africa. There was no evidence to support this belief, but it was a notion that made death tolerable.

On the other hand, one sounded a question filled with the promise of the gospel: “Where shall I be when the first trumpet sounds?” This is no fatalistic query. This is a biblically inspired song,

I’m gwine to try on my robe
When that first trumpet sounds.

Friend, that robe is the property of those who, according to John on Patmos, have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.

Very few of us want to choose the way of suffering, but the bearers of God’s righteousness do suffer. As a result, they are lifted above the war of destruction between heaven and earth.

Death will come, but a person who has died in Christ will be received on the day of victory when the FIRST trumpet sounds.


We thank You, God, that nothing, not even death, can separate us from Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.