Sounding the shofar
What makes a person successful? What causes someone to accomplish and succeed in great things? How does a Christian overcome the attacks of the adversary?
There are many principles and guidelines in the Bible we could point.
God has a powerful faith-building and devil-defeating Word for every circumstance!
What God has to say about the shofar – the ram’s horn – is a powerful revelation in the bible on how to walk in the blessing, peace, joy, and victory in every area of life!
The shofar, which is commonly known as the trumpet of God has been hidden from most Christians. It’s taken nearly 2,000 years to rediscover its blessings and benefits.
Sounding the shofar you will release God’s anointing and power to accomplish many amazing things including:
- Being awakened from any spiritual slumber and out of any spiritual sluggish
- Breaking the power of any deception so spiritually you begin to see clearly
- Defeating the enemies that have been coming against you
- Reminding you that God’s appointed time for a blessing is approaching
- Get you back on track with loving God and loving people
The foundation for this teaching comes from Numbers 10:9,10;
“When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.
Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the LORD your God.”
As we pray and sounding the shofar in our homes and over our families God promises you will be remembered and you will be saved from your enemies.
What a powerful way for you to pull down every stronghold and defeat every enemy.
If you’re ready to go to a whole new level of faith and victory you need to add the shofar to the weapons of your warfare.
This may all be new to you but remember God said His ways are not our ways. In other words, not everything in the Bible fits nicely into a traditional religious package or your preconceived notions.
The Apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 10:4: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. . .
What he’s showing you and me is that the way we fight our battles, the way we release His blessing and the way we achieve victory is supernatural. It’s not by might, nor by power, but by the spirit of the Lord.
Now, let us go a bit deeper into this teaching. It says in Psalm 89:15; Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. NKJV
Without the knowledge of our Jewish roots, Christians would never know that the “joyful sound” King David is speaking about is the sounding of the shofar.
The Lord is showing us that there is a blessing to those individuals and even to a nation that hears the blowing of the shofar.
The second part of this scripture is another amazing promise. God will cause those who hear the shofar to walk in the light of His presence.
This speaks to living at a new, higher level of wisdom and revelation knowledge. It assures us we will be ushered into God’s presence.
The Hebrew translation gives us even more insight into how this happens – “Praises to the people who know the teruah…” The teruah is a loud shofar blast divided into nine rapid-fire notes.
It’s meant to resemble an alarm clock and is intended to awaken us from any spiritual sleep and slumber.
The Lord uses this “joyful sound” to bring us into a place of spiritual clarity and divine focus – and that’s a blessing!
Even the traditional Hebrew blessing recited as you blow the shofar gives you more understanding of the spiritual power and dominion that’s involved with this trumpet of the Lord.
This blessing is a way to give thanks and praise to the Lord for this extraordinary spiritual weapon and for the supernatural benefits it releases.
“Blessed are You Lord our God, King of the Universe who sanctifies us with His commandments and who commands us to hear the sound of the shofar.
What you don’t want to miss is what this blessing doesn’t say. It’s not ‘Blessed are You Lord our God ….who commanded us to blow the shofar.’
This shows us another part of the great blessing associated with the shofar. It’s a call to hear … and to hear with more than our physical hearing. God is calling us to hear with our spiritual ears.
Just like God blew the breath of life into Adam – our breath into the shofar will bring an abundance of spiritual life!
The shofar is particularly emphasized during the Hebrew month of Elul, which is always in the fall. It starts a special 40-day biblical season of blowing the shofar.
Elul means, “searching” and connects us to the revelation that what we should be searching for is wrapped up in our pursuit of God, His Word, and His people.
Ancient biblical tradition teaches we sound the shofar for a full 40 day period beginning the 1st of the Hebrew month of Elul through the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Amazingly, in Leviticus 23 God instructed Israel to blow the trumpet on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which is also called the Feast of Trumpets or Shofars.
Many biblical scholars believe Rosh Hashanah is a divine rehearsal for the coming rapture. The prophet Joel connects the sounding of the shofar with the Day of the Lord – Judgment Day.
Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand: Joel 2:1
This relates to Paul’s teaching in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. One day the final trumpet or shofar will sound and we will be caught up to heaven and forever be with the Lord!
This is the ultimate reward of our salvation. However what happens if the Lord does not return this year? The good news is that God still intends to bring you a reward!
While it’s not an eternal reward – it is an annual blessing.
The size of the blessing is dependent on how much of a blessing we have been to others and what we’ve invested into the kingdom of God.
This is why God put a “season of return” or a season of Teshuvah on the biblical calendar.” He has an appointed time to return to Him and return to our first love.
It’s a reminder not to get so busy with life that we forget to serve the Lord with all our heart. It’s also a call to return to being a blessing to God’s people.
Maimonides the great Jewish Rabbi once wrote: “There is a hidden message we are supposed to infer by listening to the shofar.
It suggests saying: ‘Sleeping ones! Awaken from your sleep! Slumbering ones! Awaken from your slumber! Examine your deeds. Remember your Creator and do teshuva…”
If you’ve become indifferent and lukewarm recently, you need to let the sound of the shofar serve as a wake-up call for you. God is about to do some amazing things.
He’s about to release signs, wonders, and miracles. . . and He doesn’t want you to miss out on the blessing!
It’s fascinating to dig into this amazing subject, isn’t it!?
Another aspect of this teaching is found in the question: Why did the Lord choose 40 days between Elul 1 and Yom Kippur?
Ancient biblical wisdom teaches that 40 is the biblical number for cleansing, purification, and dedication.
40 represents the concept of renewal ― a new beginning!
- Noah’s rain lasted 40 days
- Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness
- Moses and Jesus fasted 40 days
- The Mikveh (baptismal) needs a minimum of 40 measures of water
- 40 days after receiving the 2nd set of tablets Moses returned on first Yom Kippur
Many biblical experts believe that Jesus launched His ministry during Elul. We know that according to Matthew 4 Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness and He then overcame the devil.
After those 40 days – which very likely was from Elul to Yom Kippur – Jesus preached His very first sermon.
Notice the theme of that message – ‘Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand’ Amplified: Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life. Matthew 4:17
To repent means to change.
And during this very special and powerful appointed time on God’s divine calendar the Lord is going to help you become more like Christ!
As you respond to this revelation you can be sure the Lord will do something very special in your life. So get ready because your best is yet to come!
Let the sound of the shofar begin to speak to you today and reconnect you to God’s plans, purposes and priorities.
As Christians, we have to realize that God is going to judge us on whether or not we spent our time making this world a better place.
Because He wants to judge us favorably He sounds the shofar for 40 days so nobody misses out.
It’s why these 40 days are honored by returning to good deeds – Tzedakah.
To help you in this amazing 40-day journey, Pastor Larry Huch has produced 40 unique and anointing teachings on the shofar and this extraordinary 40-day season.