Do You Hear the Sound of the Shofar Right Now?
For the Jewish people, the sound of the blast of God’s trumpet, the shofar, is a familiar sound of the Fall Feasts of the Lord. Every morning as the light dawns it is heard. It is an alarm, a call to action, a wake-up call, to return to God and His ways as the new year of Rosh Hashanah approaches and the High Holy Days are observed.
Historically the sound of the shofar announced the coronation of kings, the signal to gather as an assembly or sacred convocation, the call to worship and the blast sending warriors into battle. Many Christians today are discovering the significance of the shofar, the trumpet of God referred to in Joel 2:1 which says, “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.” GET YOUR OWN SHOFAR
It’s Time to Stand Up and Speak Up!
The Tekiah is the shofar sound that proclaims the crowning of a king. Satan has always wanted Jesus’ crown and His kingdom. He has coveted the thought that Jesus would bow down and worship him. In Matthew 4, Satan promised Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory if he would do one thing. He asked him to bow down and worship him. Jesus responded without hesitation in verse 10, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
When governments are trying to restrict prayer, worship and church services by believers around the world because of the COVID-19 virus, Satan is taking full advantage and using it to taunt believers. Interestingly enough, the name corona is translated as crown. Satan is still trying to grab the crown and usurp the authority Jesus has given each and every believer in His Name as joint-heirs in the Kingdom of God.
You Have the Advantage – Use It!
We must take our place, exercise our authority, be the conquerors we are and blow the shofar, sound the trumpet and announce that God is still on the throne and Jesus is seated next to Him at His right-hand making intercession for us. The Tekiah reminds us that there is only One True God, who IS the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Stepping up and into the battle is hard when chaos, destruction, despair and fear and are everywhere. Let me remind you that you and I have not be given the “…spirit of fear, but of love and power and a sound mind.” There is no doubt that we are in the middle of a battle. I have a word of encouragement for you.
Numbers 10 gives each of us an instruction and hope. Verses 9-10 declare,” “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.”
You Have What It Takes To Win the Battle
The Bible is clear. We have been called to warfare. It is part of our mission while we are here on Earth as an occupying force before the return of Jesus, our Messiah. 2 Timothy 2 calls us soldiers for Christ. The Apostle Paul, emphatically declares that we are more than conquerors. Right now, God is not looking for passive believers and a reticent Church. We are equipped for battle. Ephesians 6 tells us to, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
We do not fight spiritual battles with natural weapons. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God …” (1 Corinthians 10). Sound the alarm! Blow the trumpet. We are in a battle that we expect to win!
God Has A Breakthrough For You Right Now!
Why am I certain that victory is ours? Because God is faithful. He doesn’t change. His Word is true. You and I can stand on God’s promises. He will deliver us. As we sound the shofar, our enemies will be scattered, and a spiritual breakthrough will be released in our lives. The sound of the shevarim, another of the four major sounds of the shofar, means “breakings”. Do you need a breakthrough right now? Is a family member, friend, or co-worker needing circumstances to turnaround? Many are believing for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done in America. We desperately need a breakthrough, for things to turn around dramatically, and for the nation to return to her Judeo-Christian roots.
Now is the appointed time to return to God. This is the season of teshuvah. We need to gather the arsenal of weapons God has given us including: the armor of God, the shofar, prayer, and corporate repentance. 2 Chronicles 7:14 states, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. Our land needs healing and He promises that “whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 says, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” The sounding of the shofar is an alarm, a warning from God, to pay attention, get right with Him and prepare for what is coming. He is saying to you and to me, “Wake up! Pay attention to what is happening around you!”
Victory and Blessings Are On Their Way
We have to stand fast in faith. We have to armor up. We need to do our part. Paul tell us in I Corinthians 16:13, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” We only have one option, stand and continue to stand no matter what happens.
Victory is coming. Blessings are on their way. Hear the psalmist, “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:14) We are praying for you and agreeing with God’s Word that you will not grow weary in well doing for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up (Galatians 6:9). God has an abundant harvest prepared for you.
Go deeper, reconnect, realign yourself with God’s plan and be encouraged by the anointed teaching on the shofar and the Fall Feasts of the Lord. Enjoy the 40-day devotion Pastor Larry Huch has prepared for you to launch you into your destiny.