Taps and Reveille

Dr. Ted Camp Founder, Overseer

Tt seems there is one family (Adam & Eve Gen. 3:20). but two groups 0f people: (1) Those “without Christ” who have no hope. “Concerning them which are asleep (dead), that ye (who are alive) sorrow not, even as others which have no hope” (I Thess.4:13; Eph.2:12). (2) Those “In Christ” who have hope. Only those in Christ” have eternal hope (Titus 2:13; 3:7). Only Christianity has a risen Saviour. Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with Christ. Once you are saved He is forever with you. The Lord promises never to leave or forsake you (Heb.13:5). “Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord’ (2 Cor. 5:8). We are promised that after death He is still with us. We have the blessed hope in Christ (Titus 2:13). “Winston Churchill planned his own funeral down to the last detail. He died January 24, 1965. His funeral was in Saint Paul’s Cathedral with an eloquent liturgy. It included many great hymns. At his direction, following the benediction, a bugler positioned high in the dome of the church. First played “Taps,” the universal signal that the day is over and ended. Then, right after Tapsfrom the other side of the great dome, another bugler played Reveille”: The universal signal for a new day beginning. It’s time to get up in the morning.” (HolyTrinity.net). At death taps may be played here, but reveille will instantly be played there.”We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent (taps) from the body, and to be present (reveille) with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). Christian have hope, you will not hear taps” but you will hear reveille.” So do not fret about “taps” but listen and focus on reveille.” So do not dread death. Also the Lord promises to return. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:16-18). Christians never say, “Good-bye.” At the grave side you have hope and you can whisper, I’ll see you again.”  Therefore comfort one another with these words. So don’t dread death! Taps may play here,” but we will have reveille there.” So listen for the reveille” trumpet. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).


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