Whatever your belief's are concerning the end times, the lyrics and song '"The Trumpet Child" by the group Rhine is very unique and thought provoking. The song has a jazz flavor ( in the style of Sting, ect. ) but I would love to see some of our network artists do their own thing and arrange and record this song! You can hear audio clips of the song or purchase an Mp3 download for .99 cents here!
Webster's Dictionary defines 'Eshcatology' as a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind : a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind ; specifically : any of various Christian doctrines concerning the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgment. Professor/Theologian James Merrick has posted a blog entitled:
Jesus’ Jazz: The Eschaton as a Deep
Groove of Renewal
Blog Posted June 17, 2008 by James Merrick
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Below is a very interesting blog by Kent Eilers in response to the lyrics of "The Trumpet Child".
It resonates with David Bentley Hart’s and Wolfhart Pannenberg’s vision for the eschaton.
D. B. Hart first:
“It is the promise of Christian faith that, eschatologically, the music of all creation will be restored not as a totality in which all the discords of evil necessarily participated, but as an accomplished harmony from which all such discords, along with their false profundities, have been exorcised by way of innumerable ‘tonal’ (or pneumatological) reconciliations” (The Beauty of the Infinite, p. 281).
“Christian eschatology does not presage the termination or ideally purged coda of creation’s music, but assures that the motile theme given in creation will be given ever anew, unfolded in the boundless generosity of its exposition; it is the promise neither of the knowing silence toward which speculation makes its ceaseless way nor of a concrescence of creation’s harmonies in the roar of the absolute, but of eternal music. The harmony of the kingdom is not the proper arrangement of essences, but a choral placing and yielding of voices; as Augustine says, it is the combination of the universe’s beauty in a great harmony, with God as the mighty composer (The Beauty of the Infinite, p. 400. Emphasis mine.).
“In the undivided present of eternity all that happens in creation becomes in this way a revelation of the love of the Creator and Reconciler of the world who by the power of the Spirit can change the dissonance of judgment into the peace of God’s kingdom and many-voiced harmony of the praise of God that will sound out from the mouth of renewed creation” (ST 3:630).
As Hart, Pannenberg, and Over the Rhyne demonstrate, the trope of music holds out great promise for proclaiming God’s eschatological “making right”.
Let the lyrics to this song encourage you to ponder and dig further about the ultimate destiny of mankind!