Sound the Shofar!
The shofar is an ancient musical instrument. It is made from the horn of a ram (called a Ram's Horn Shofar) or from an African Kudu (called a Yemenite Shofar).
James sounds the shofar at his home church Gateway Church (Dallas-Fort Worth) at the Messainic Services as well as across the country in churches, temple, events, celebrations, and conventions as he shares the story, history, and relevance of the shofar in biblical history and prophecy.
The word Shofar appears more than seventy times in the Holy Bible. When you see the word trumpet, trumpets, or coronet in the Bible it usually means Shofar.
Many people have shared that something seems to happen when the Shofar is sounded. In the book of Revelation 1:10 and 4:1 the Bible says that the Voice of God is like the sound of a trumpet (Shofar). The sounding of the Shofar is like God's Voice going forth in to the world.
If you would like James to come to your church/event to sound the shofar and share the history and contemporary relevance please contact him HERE
The Sounds of the Shofar
TE'KI'AH - This is a long blast with one or two notes and represents Praise/Worship
SH’VA'RIM - This has 3 medium blasts, two tones each and represents Repent /Brokenness
TE'RU'AH - This has 9 short/rapid staccato blasts and represents Warfare & Victory
TE'KI'AH GE'DO'LAH- This is 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. Giving thanks for his Mercy /Goodness/Redemption.
Sounding the Shofar
With prayer shawl (Tallit) at Gateway Church
biblical examples of how the shofar was used:
The ram's horn, the shofar, is a reminder of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac and God's provision of a ram as a substitute (Genesis 22:13)
Gather God's people at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 9:16-17)
The Law (Torah) was given to Israel with the sound of the shofar from heaven (Exodus 19:19)
Proclaim the start of the year on Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) (Leviticus 23:24)
Proclaim liberty-year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:9)
Announce the beginning of the festivals (Numbers 10:10)
Israel won the battle of Jericho with the blast of the Shofar (Joshua 6:20)
Confused and scattered the enemy with the Shofar (Judges 7:15-22)
Rally the people for war (1 Samuel 13:3)
Declare victory in war (1 Samuel 13:3)
Halt fighting (2 Samuel 2:28)
Announce the Ark of the Lord (2 Samuel 6:15)
Seven Shofars were blown before the ark of God (1Chronicles. 15:24)
They took an oath before the Lord…..with trumpets and rams’ horns (2 Chronicles. 5:14)
Bring the song of the Lord (2 Chronicles 29:26-27)
Warn of judgement for sin (Isaiah 58:1; Ezekial 33:3-4)
Shofar is Blown as a warning (Ezekiel 33:3-6, Numbers 10:9, Isaiah 18:3)
Announce/Coronation of kings (1 Kings 1:34; 2 Kings 11:12,14)
Rejoice and give thanks (Numbers 10:10; Nehemiah 12:35)
Gather people to worship (Isaiah 7:13)
The blowing of the shofar is a signal for the call to repentance (Isaiah 58:1, Hosea 8:1)
The blowing of the Shofar ushers in the day of the Lord (Joel 2:1)
Overcome the enemy (Amos 2:2; Judges 7:19)
Herald the Lord's return (Zechariah 9:14-16)
The Shofar is a reminder that God is sovereign (Psalm 47:5)
The Shofar was blown to celebrate the new moon each month (Psalm 81:1-3)
The Shofar was used to accompany other musical instruments during temple ceremonies in Jerusalem & in praise and worship (Psalm 98:6, 150:3-6)
The Shofar is sounded at the resurrection of the dead (I Thessalonians 4:16)
The Shofar (trumpet) is the sound of Yaweh’s voice (Revelation 1:10)
John was taken up to Heaven in the Book of Revelation by the sound of the Shofar (Revelation 4:1)
Shofar in Chicago
Sounding the Shofar over the city of Chicago in 2017----call to repentance and healing.
Gateway Messianic Jewish Ministry