- Written by Carl Jones
The Holy Ancient Biblical Trumpet ~ Shofar ~Shofar - means = cornet, trumpet, curved horn Shafar - means = glisten Shefar - means = beautiful, acceptable, pleasing Shefer - means = good, beautiful Exodus 19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet (v’kol shofar) exceeding loud (chazak me’od); so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. Exo 19:19 And when the voice of the trumpet (kol ha’shofar) sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice. The Shofar is a powerful biblical instrument symbolic of the voice of God and is associated with the power of thunder and lightning. Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, King of the Universe, Whose Voice is Powerful like thunder and lightning! kol voice, sound, aloud, bleating, crackling, cry, noise, proclamation, thunder (-ing), yell. Exodus 20:18 And all the people experienced the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet (kol ha’shofar), and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. Joshua 6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns (shoferot ha’yovelim) : and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets (y’teqe-u ba’shofarot). תּקע - tâqa‛ ` taw-kah' to clatter, slap, clap, clang, to drive (a nail or tent pin); blow, blast ([a trumpet]), cast, fasten, pitch [tent], smite, sound, strike Joshua 6:5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him. Joshua 6:8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. Joshua 6:9 And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. Joshua 6:12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. Joshua 6:13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rear guard came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. Joshua 6:14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. Joshua 6:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. Joshua 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD has given you the city. Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. The Shofar is the Sound of Victory and Triumph! The Shofar precedes the shout of faith! The Shofar is the signal of a designated time! Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, our Father, King of the Universe, Who gives us Victory and causes us to Triumph! Judges 7:18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then you blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. Judges 7:19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. Judges 7:20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. Judges 7:21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. The Shofar is a Mighty Weapon of War! The Shofar is to gather and to scatter. Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, our Father, King of the Universe, Who gathers His people and scatters His enemies! 1Kings 1:34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. 2Kings 9:13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king. The Shofar was to announce a king. Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, King of the Universe, Who has given us Yeshua Ha’Moshiach, the King of Kings! 2Samuel 6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 1Chronicles 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps. The Shofar precedes the presence. Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, our Father, and Adonai Yeshua Ha Moshicach, King of the Universe, Who’s Presence dwells among His people! Job 39:25 He says among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting. The Shofar is the sound of battle and war. Psalm 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Elohim arises, ascends, exalts, gets up, lifts up, with (teruah) loud noise, battle cry, clangor and blowing of trumpets, alarm sound, and Adonai b’kol shofar. Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, our Father, King of the Universe, Who arises at the sound of the shofar! Psalm 81:3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. The Shofar is to notify, proclaim, declare and announce the new moon and special set apart times. Psa 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. Psa 150:3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: Hallelu-hu beteka shofar. Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, our Father, King of the Universe, Praise You with the sound of the Shofar! Joel 2:1 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 comes, for it is near at hand; Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, our Father, King of the Universe, Who’s Day is near and at hand! Matthew 24:31 And He (God) shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 1Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord (Yeshua) Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first: Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. Blessed are You, O LORD, our GOD, our Father, King of the Universe, Who will gather His elect and will raise up the dead in Messiah!
The Shofar is an ancient biblical instrument. It is used to worship the Almighty, to announce the arrival of a King, to gather armies for war, to gather an assembly for a sacred gathering or Feast Day and to announce a new moon / new month.
The Traditional Shofar Sounds
Tekiah – one blast
Shevarim – three blast
Teruah – nine blast
Tekiah Gedolah – one long blast held as long as possible
The word, SHOFAR, is mentioned 72 times in the Scriptures.
Meaning in the original sense of incising; a cornet (as giving a clear sound) or curved horn: - cornet, trumpet.
The Shofar is made out of an animal’s horn. The inside of the horn is cleaned out. The tip of the horn is cut off and a hole is drilled down until it reached the empty cavity of the horn. Then a type of a mouth-piece is carved out to help make the sound when blowing. The dead horn then becomes an instrument of Y~H~V~H. Air is blow into the horn, aka breath or in Hebrew, Ruach, which also means, Spirit. The dead horn becomes a living breathing instrument for the esteem of Eloheem. Some say the sound of the Shofar reminds us of the sound of a sacrifice, which points us to the love of Eloheem, which points us to Yeshua Messiah. The Shofar is traditionally not made from a cow horn because of the reminder of the golden cow. The Shofar can be made from a sheep or ram’s horn, a kudu antelope horn, a gemsbok antelope horn, an eland antelope horn, a black-buck horn, an impala horn, a buffalo horn or a goat horn.
Psa 47:5 Elohim has gone up with a shout, Y~H~V~H with the sound of a shofar.
Psa 81:3 Blow the shofar at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
Psa 98:6 With shofars and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, Y~H~V~H!
Joe 2:1 Blow a shofar in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Y~H~V~H is coming; it is near,
Mat 24:31 And he will send out his angels with a loud shofar call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
1Th 4:16 For Adonai Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the shofar of Elohim. And the dead in Moshiach will rise first.
1Th 4:17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Adonai in the air, and so we will always be with Adonai.
Playing the Shofar takes practice. You have to buzz your lips, put a little pressure on the horn’s mouth piece and blow air into the mouth piece. Every horn is a little different. By adjusting the amount of pressure and the position of your lips you can develop different sounds. You use mouth muscles that you normally do not use and it takes time to strengthen, develop and train these muscles. Practicing your Shofar will help these muscles and help you to develop a better, cleaner and crisper sound. Do not play your Shofar right after you have just eaten. Try to have your teeth brushed before you play. If not, you could be blowing small food particles into the inside of your Shofar which will cause it to develop a bad odor. If your Shofar begins to stink, get you a cleaning brush, scrub the inside, rinse with water, you could use a little mouth wash on the brush and let the horn dry out. After this, you could use a little all natural peppermint oil to freshen the inside up a bit. An easy thing to do is to take a bottle of spray perfume or cologne and spray into both ends of the horn. The alcohol in the perfume helps to kill germs and the fragrance will sink into the pores of the horn leaving it smelling nice.
Traditional Prayer for Shofar:
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu
asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav
v’tzivanu lish’moa kol Shofar.
Blessed are You O Lord our God
King of the Universe
Who sanctifies us with Your Commandments
and has commanded us
to hear the sound of the shofar.
Josh 6:4 Seven priests shall bear seven shofars
of rams' horns before the ark.
On the seventh day you shall march
around the city seven times,
and the priests shall blow the shofars.
Josh 6:20 So the people shouted, and the shofars
were blown. As soon as the people heard
the sound of the shofar,
the people shouted a great shout,
and the wall fell down flat, so that the people
went up into the city, every man straight before him,
and they captured the city.
Jdg 7:8 So the people took provisions in their hands,
and their shofars. And he sent all the rest of Israel
every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men.
And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.
Jdg 7:18 When I blow the shofar, I and all who are with me,
then blow the shofars also on every side of all the camp
and shout, 'For HaShem and for Gideon.'"
Jdg 7:19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were
with him came to the outskirts of the camp
at the beginning of the middle watch, when they
had just set the watch.
And they blew the shofars and smashed
the jars that were in their hands.
Jdg 7:20 Then the three companies blew the shofars
and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches,
and in their right hands the shofars to blow.
And they cried out, "A sword for HaShem and for Gideon!"
Jdg 7:21 Every man stood in his place around the camp,
and all the army ran. They cried out and fled.
Jdg 7:22 When they blew the 300 shofars,
HaShem set every man's sword against his comrade
and against all the army. And the army fled as far as
Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border
of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.
1Ch 15:28 So all Israel brought up
the ark of the covenant of HaShem with shouting,
to the sound of the horn, shofars, and cymbals,
and made loud music on harps and lyres.
Psa 47:5 Elohim has gone up with a shout,
HaShem with the sound of a shofar.
article by Jones Carl Jones