May 18, 1997: Nuremberg (Germany)

Photos: VFB

Setting: A total of 85 active and retired Apostles from Europe had assembled in the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg. The service was transmitted by satellite to 240,000 participants in 1,440 congregations around Europe, as well as to Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, where it reached a total of 500,000 participants in 86 congregations. This was the first ever transmission of a digital satellite signal.

Pentecost greeting: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet” (1 Corinthians 15: 51-52).

Core thoughts: “What sort of melody is likely emanating from this last trumpet? Is it a melody from the past? […] The melody of the last trumpet in our days is the melody of the golden present, during which we must make use of the time of grace. The sound of our marvellous future is becoming audible, namely of the glory of the Father with His own.”