Sound the Shofars - Biblical Uses of the Jewish Shofars and Silver Trumpets
by Richard Aaron Honorof
This paper shows the main Scriptures on the shofar, one of the most special sacred Jewish instruments of the bible for worship and warfare. I have listed several Scriptures on the ram’s horn shofar and also a few on the silver trumpets. The Aaronic Priests were the ones who first sounded the silver trumpets. However, all true believers in God Yeshua are Priests in God’s Priesthood, in the Order of Melchi-Zedek, with full authority from the God of Israel to sound both shofars and silver trumpets. This means that both men and women are God’s trumpeters!
I have chosen to show the more important Scriptures on the shofar. Our English bible uses the word trumpet, however, most of the time this is referring to the ram’s horn, but in some cases this refers to the long silver trumpet. Today, the silver trumpet is being used once again; but the ram’s horn and Yemonite shofar are more commonly used. The longer Yemonite shofar comes from the African antelope, called the Kudu. Both ram horns and kudu horns are used in Israel.
(A) The shofar carries tremendous Power because Yeshua is the Shofar Blower of the bible; this truth is found ten places in Scripture.
(B) The shofar is ‘the Voice of God’! Exodus 19 and Revelation 1:10; 4:1. (C) We, believers in Yeshua, are part of God’s Body; we are His priests!
The shofar has many uses in the Scriptures, such as: Announcing
the Coming of the LORD; Warning the people; Praise and worship; Announcing the Feasts; Warfare Victory in battle; Assembling the congregation or the nation; Coronation of the King; etc. Shofars are blown by the religious Jewish community mainly from Yom Teruah (Rosh HaShanah) to Yom Kippur. They can also be used on all the other major Feasts of God found in Leviticus 23. [see Numbers 10:10]
And the LORD said to Moses... ‘on the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai ...when the Jubal (Jubilee) sounds long, they shall come up to the mount.’ ...the Voice of the shofar exceedingly Loud ...the people...trembled. Exodus 19:13,16
I was in the Spirit on the LORD’s Day, and heard behind me a Great Voice, like a Trumpet, saying: ‘I Am the Aleph and the Tav, the First and the Last.’ Revelation 1:10,11; 4:1
...two trumpets of silver ... and they shall be to you for the Calling of the congregation, and for causing the camps to set forward. And when they shall blow with them, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the door of the Tent of Meeting. And when you blow an alarm... And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the silver trumpets; and these shall be to you as a statute forever throughout your generations. Also in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons, and in your new moons, you shall blow with the silver trumpets over your burnt-offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; and they shall be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God. Numbers 10:2-8, 10
And when you go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the silver trumpets; and you shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. Numbers 10:9
And King David said to them: Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as King over Israel; and blow with the shofar, and say: ‘Long live King Solomon!’ And Zadok the priest took the horn of oil out of the Tent, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the shofar; and all the people said: ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 1 Kings 1:33,34,38,39 [In Jerusalem, in the City of David, the King of Glory, Lord Yeshua was annointed King of Israel, on Rosh HaShanah, 2000, in the waters of the Gihon Springs, by the priest/prophet, using the same biblical pattern as above, to announce Yeshua’s Coming! Also the birthing of ‘the Succah of David’ was announced at this Gihon Springs location!]
Sing praises to the LORD ...with silver trumpets and the sound of the shofar... Psalm 98:5,6 Praise the LORD! Praise Him with the sound of the shofar. Psalm 150:1,3
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying: ‘Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: When I bring the sword upon the land, if the people of the land take a man from among them, and set him for their watchman; if, when he sees the sword come upon the land, he blows the ram’s horn (shofar), and warns the people; then whosoever hears the sound of the ram’s horn, and doesn’t take warning, if the sword comes, and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head... if he had taken warning, he would have delivered his soul. But if the watchman sees the sword come, and does not blow the ram’s horn...’ Ezekiel 33:1-5,6
Blow the ram’s horn (shofar) 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 at hand! Joel 2:1
And the LORD shall be seen over them, [when He returns to earth on Yom Kippur], and His arrow shall go forth as the lightning; and the Lord GOD shall blow the shofar. Zechariah 9:14
For the LORD Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet (the shofar) of God. And the dead in Messiah will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And thus we shall always be with the LORD. First Thessalonians 4:16,17
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great Glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, * [the shofar gadol] * and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:27-31
(see similar Scripture in Mark 13:24-27)
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD will beat off [His fruit] from the flood of the River to the Brook of Egypt, and you shall be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great shofar [Shofar Gadol] shall be blown; And they shall come that were lost in the land of Assyria, and they that were dispersed in the land of Egypt; and they shall worship the LORD in the Holy Mountain at Jerusalem. Isaiah 27:12,13
And you shall number seven sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years; and there shall be to you the days of seven sabbaths of years, even forty and nine years. Then you shall make proclamation with the blast of the ram’s horn on the tenth day of the seventh month; in the Day of Atonement [Yom Kippur] shall you make proclamation with the ram’s horn throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man his possession, and you shall return every man his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; ...it shall be holy to you; Leviticus 25:8-11,12