Kleptes, Alan, These are good points and also relate to what's been mentioned elsewhere with regards to how when God spoke from heaven there were those who heard the voice and others who thought it was thunder. This would seem to indicate there were those present who had ears to hear and those which were hardened so they couldn't hear. If there is a shout from heaven calling all saved folks (dead and alive) to meet the Lord it would stand to reason only the saved would hear the call. The lost may hear something when the call is made but to them it will likely be as loud thunder or some sound other than the voice calling for the saved. In contrast to that, it seems in Revelation 14 when the angels speak forth the people can hear them.
This is similar to something our pastor has spoken on. To us time has a past, present and future, but to God, who created time, the past, present and future are virtually one and the same. God knows the beginning from the end. God has perfect knowledge and understanding of all things past, present and future at the same time so that time as we understand it basically doesn't exist for God. God is outside "time". God has always been, always is and always will be. There is no timeline with God, He's eternal. Naturally our pastor explains it much better than this, but hopefully you get the gist of what I'm trying to convey; especially as it relates to your statements to which I'm adding this in agreement.
I agree it's very important that we know the overall context and "flow" of Scripture. This is one of the main values of reading the Bible through. Even after we have read the Bible through many times and may move on to other aspects of reading and study, it's good to come back from time to time and read through the Bible to keep the context and flow in perspective. It can be very easy to get caught up in one book, portion, topic or subject and lose sight of the overall picture. It's always very important to know how each part fits into the overall picture. The year I spent reading the NT several times rather than reading the whole Bible through I still made sure to get at least an overview of the OT through listening to the OT Bible on MP3 and doing a study in Psalms. My morning reading is mostly a matter of reading through the Bible to have the overall perspective and refresh what I've read before. In the afternoon I focus on reading and studying a book of the Bible or a particular subject or topic. I also try to read from some devotionals through the day which adds more variety to what I'm taking in each day. The main thing is to be in the Word daily. It's sad how many Christians, even those who have been saved for years or even decades, don't read their Bibles or only occasionally will read a small bit.
While this verse is "controversial" among some, there are those who believe it means just what it says; that the stars were singing (as we now know they do). "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38:7