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Why Christians blew a trumpet within the parliamentary chambers

Over a hundred and thirty pentecostal Christians in the Parliamentary Chambers for prayer on 6th October, 2017. Courtesy Photo.

Over a hundred and thirty pentecostal Christians led by Pastor Julius Oyet of Life Line Ministries stormed Parliament on Friday, a rare move that certainly came as a shock to the nation.

The group sought audience with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to propose changes in the way legislatures seek to handle the con­tro­ver­sial Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment Bill 2017 that seeks to re­move the age limit for Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates cur­rently capped at 75.

Pastor Julius Oyet said Church was displeased when confusion and disorder hit Parliament during the September 26 and 27 sessions, where lawmakers brawled within the chambers, one group in protest of the move widely seen as an effort by President Museveni to extend his rule.

MPs shouted, shoved, threw punches and lobbed documents in a fight between ruling party politicians, Opposition and plain-clothed officers from the Special Forces Command (SFC). SFC had stormed Parliament to evict MPs the Speaker suspended over claims that they obstructed proceedings in a riotous session the day before.

Live footage, which went viral moments later across the world, from the legislative chamber showed some opposition members of parliament being physically manhandled and dragged out. The behaviour was no more decorous outside parliament.

Blowing the Trumpet

After speaking to Speaker Kadaga from the conference hall, Pastor Oyet and group had the opportunity of assessing the chambers where the fight broke out. This is where the Christians prayed.

Moments later, they blew a trumpet and also laid their hands upon Kadaga.

“Honourable Speaker, …when we watch them misbehave, allow me come back and blow the trumpet up and cast out the evil spirits and all the drugs and all the alcohol from those Honorable members of Parliament.”

There are over 57 bible verses about the Trumpet in the bible.

The Trumpet, often affiliated to a Shofar is used as an instrument of spiritual warfare –  Numbers 10:9 says;  When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies.

In biblical times, it was also used to sound alarm for the camp of Israel, to convene assemblies and announce the new moon and Jubilee year (Num 10:5).  It was used when Joshua waged war against Jericho (Joshua 6:4-20)

The sound of the Shofar also called Christians to return to the Lord in repentance, seek his face, and prepare for His return.

Various end-time prophecies show that a trumpet precedes the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1; Zechariah 9:14-16), when Jesus Christ returns as King of kings, establishing the Kingdom of God on earth.

The resurrection from the dead is also connected to a mighty trumpet blast (I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:16).

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