Sound the Shofar!

  Sounding the Shofar at the Gateway Church Dallas Hannukah Service December 2017

Sounding the Shofar at the Gateway Church Dallas Hannukah Service December 2017

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 monthly Messianic Jewish Services 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. 

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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.

  Sounding the Shofar during Sukkot Service at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX on October 6, 2017

Sounding the Shofar during Sukkot Service at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX on October 6, 2017

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.

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 & 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.

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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)

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 G-d  (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 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)

 Here is James Sounding a Fully Polished Yemenite Shofar from a Greater Kudu Antelope

Here is James Sounding a Fully Polished Yemenite Shofar from a Greater Kudu Antelope

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Shofar in Chicago

Sounding the Shofar over the city of Chicago in 2017----call to repentance and healing.

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Sounding Shofar

Gateway Messianic Jewish Ministry

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