The Blowing of Trumpets (Shofars) were used in the ancient Israel to warn about certain events like war, celebrations and the calling of assemblies.
However the use of the shofar is not just ancient history. You can even hear sermons today speaking about Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets), Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets.
It is literally amazing what is happening in many churches these days. If one would go back 20 years or so, you just didn’t see many churches or their leaders who were taking this feast very seriously.
I was speaking to Ulysses Reed, the ex Razorback Basketball great who thrilled most all Arkansans during his stint in Fayetteville. In fact his now famous long shot was shown over and over during this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Mr. Reed is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus (Yeshua) and what I call both a teacher and student of the Ancient Hebrew and Hebrew traditions. He is loaded with a lot of knowledge of how these so-called Jewish traditions relate to modern Christianity.
“Not too many years ago, a lot of ministers were down right hostile to any thing” Jewish, said Mr. Reed, who still lives in Pine Bluff Arkansas. “They would say things like, you still messing with that Jewish stuff?” Many apparently could not readily see an important relationship between Christ and his Jewish roots and instructions. That is if it has traditionally been called strictly Jewish, like God’s Feast days have been. It has not seemed to matter that Jesus said that salvation was of the Jews and that the Christian Apostle Paul said that the Oracles (Word) of God) was committed into their (The Jews) hands. The Christian world in general had turned to the feasts of the pagans but now, after hundreds of years that is changing.
The Feast of trumpets comes from the command given to Moses. YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. ‘You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to YHVH.’” Leviticus 23:23-25
Before this God had called the whole assembly of Israel together by a long blast of a trumpet (Shofar) and made the First covenant between himself and the people. God blew the Shofar and it became louder and louder and remained a long time. All the people had come to the mountain as God had commanded Moses to have them do.
Many Messianic and now more and more other Christians believe that since this was just the 3rd Month after they came out of Egypt’s tribulation and bondage, this event is a type or foreshadowing of the long seventh trumpet blast at the coming of Christ and the gathering of his people from all over the world. (Continue to part 2)