Sound the Shofar!
Upcoming Shofar Events:
May-September 2019 Ministry Across USA (17+ States)
(Shofar Sounding, ShofarWorkshops, and Sounding the Shofar over First Responders across Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C.)
9/6/19 Sounding Shofar for First Shabbat Services @ Gateway Church, Southlake, TX
9/29/19 Sounding Shofar at Gateway First Conference (eve of Rosh Hashanah) Southlake, TX
Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Conferences and Events TBA-TBD
10/4/19 Sounding Shofar for First Shabbat Services @ Gateway Church, Southlake, TX
11/1/19 Sounding Shofar for First Shabbat Services @ Gateway Church, Southlake, TX
12/6/19 Sounding Shofar for First Shabbat Services @ Gateway Church, Southlake, T
The shofar 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 monthly SHABBAT Services (Held in Southlake or Dallas Campuses) as well as across the country in churches, at 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 G-d is like the sound of a trumpet (Shofar). The sounding of the Shofar represents G-d's Voice going forth in to the world. The Sound of the Shofar changes the atmosphere as the holy spirit comes and ministers, heals, transforms, triumphs, and announces the return of the king.
Invite James to Speak/Teach/Sound the Shofar at your Church, Event, Conference
James teaches on the Shofar (the history, biblical background and traditional and contemporary use). He also teaches the Shofar in Private and Group Lesson formats. He can come to your church, fellowship, or bible study and teach the essentials and coach people on proper use and technique on the Shofar.
His background as a professional trumpet player and accomplished brass instrument teacher give him the ability to help the beginner, novice, or aspiring Shofar artist to grow in ability, knowledge, and musicality. James is the Shofar sounder at Gateway Church based in Southlake, Texas with six other campuses in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Gateway Jewish Ministry has one of the largest congregations of Messianic Jews in the USA.
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 & 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 Yeshua returns as King when we who are saved receive new bodies and we are all healed. Also used to call upon G-d. 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 G-d's provision of a ram as a substitute (Genesis 22:13)
Gather G-d'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)
AnnounceS beginning of 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 G-d (1 Chronicles 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; EzekiEl 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 G-d 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
Past Shofar Events:
4/18/19 Shofar @ Maundy Thursday Service @ Park Cities Presbyterian Church Dallas, TX
4/14/19 Sounding Shofar at Palm Sunday Services @ White’s Chapel UMC, Southlake, TX
3/19/19 Sounding Shofar Private Wedding Ceremony @ Gleneagle Country Club, Plano, TX
Shofar/Worship Team at Gateway Church, Southlake Texas for monthly First Shabbat services:
Passover 2017+2018+2019 ✦ Rosh Hashanah 2017+2018 ✦ Hanukah 2017✦2018 ✦ Purim 2018+2019 ✦ Sukkot 2017+2018
2018 Maundy Thursday Service Sounding Shofar@ Park Cities Presbyterian Church Dallas, TX
Fall of 2018 Teaching Shofar Blowing Workshop @ Gateway Church Southlake, TX
Presenter & Shofar Sounder at Regather Conference Dallas 2019