The Shofar

Have you heard the mighty call of the shofar? There is an excellent teaching on it at http://www.shofarcall.com/teaching—how—when–where.html much of this post is from that site.

The mighty shofar, Adonai’s trumpet

When blown it causes confusion in the enemy’s camp. In these last days there is a growing interest worldwide in the use and sounds of the Shofar. The word trumpet(s) is mentioned over 70 times in the bible. Some scriptures are below:
Directions of when it is to be used can be found in scripture.
The word Sho’far is Hebrew and in our modern bibles it is mostly called a trumpet.

PSALM 150:3…”Praise him with the “BLAST” of the “SHOFAR”. The Shofar is always associated with a powerful move of God.(WORSHIP)
ISAIAH 58:1; Hosea 8:1; Joel 2:1… Repentance – a broken, moaning, and crying sound, signifying that we are broken before the Lord.(REPENTANCE)
GIDEON…brought such complete confusion to the camp of the enemy (the Midianites) with the sounding of 300 SHOFARS that they began to kill one another in their retreat from 300 of Gideon’s men armed with only a Shofar, a torch and a clay pitcher. (WARFARE) Judges 7:15-22
JOSHUA…with the shout and the blowing of the Shofars caused the 25- foot thick, heavily fortified walls of the ancient city of Jericho to crumble and fall to the ground like dust. (WARFARE) Joshua 6

The Shofar is a voice as of God. Exodus 19:19, Rev. 1:10; 4:1
In the tradition of early Judaism: when a bridegroom went to claim his bride, the attendants would announce the coming of the bridegroom with the blowing of the Shofar and a proclamation, “Behold the Bridegroom cometh”. This happens again at the return of Christ, Our Bridegroom. (The Ultimate Healing)

BABYLONIAN TALMUD (Tractate Rosh Ha-Shana, 16b)…Rabbi Isaac says “If the Shofar is not sounded at the beginning of the New Year, evil will befall at the end of it. Why so? Because the “Accuser” (Satan) has not been confused…”

In general there are many sounds made on the shofar, The sounds can vary and some psalmist play several notes to music, hymns and other songs. Also with much practice some shofarim play two horns at once. In the Jewish tradition there are four different sounds made on the Shofar. What these different sounds mean:

TE’KI’AH – a long blast with one or two notes. Praise/Worship
SH’VA’RIM – 3 medium blasts, two tones each. Repent /Broken
TE’RU’AH – 9 short, staccato blasts. Warfare & Victory
TE’KI’AH GE’DO’LAH : an extra long single blast.It is the jubilee note extended as long as one can … and represents the great last trumpet sound when the Lord returns as King when we who are saved receive new bodies and we are all healed. Also used to call upon God.

This video has the varied blasts and some explanations of the sounds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJwfsYxDgJ4

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