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Yom Teruah, 2020

I have celebrated the Feast of Trumpets in so many places over the years from Denver to Philadelphia to Chappell, Nebraska to Whitecourt, Alberta in campgrounds, backyards, churches at different lakes, rivers, and even large rain puddles, but I never expected to celebrate along the Kenai River in Alaska, never. But God.

Answered Prayer

The day before Yom Teruah the weather was horrendous in Cooper Landing with high winds and torrential rains. Kenai Lake looked like a churning ocean and I waited to see a whale breech out of the whitecaps. The Bible study women prayed for good weather for our celebration with hope and faith. We all rejoiced and praised Yeshua for what he gave us on Tishri 1 in Alaska, a phenomenal sunset.

Sunset on the Kenai River

In His faithfulness, God brought together a group of people to listen to and learn the sounds of the shofar as each of us prepare for the coming of Messiah Yeshua. In these days, it seems as though the signs of his return in clouds of glory is closer than ever and to know those shofar blasts is not only necessary, but have prophetic importance and vision. The tekiah calls his people together, the teruah convicts his people of their sins, the shevarim prepares them for war, and the tekiah gadolah, the final one, is a reminder of the one who is Immortal is returning with the shofar blast and will transform the saints from mortal to immortality.

““I will gather those of yours who grieve over the appointed feasts and bear the burden of reproach [because they cannot keep them]” (Zephaniah 3:18).

As Yeshua’s shadow looms over us we can see evidence of prophecies coming to pass – the separation of the sheep and goats – especially with the growing lawlessness around the world. Even in Isra’el the holy days were halted causing grief to everyone worldwide who understands the severity of such a decision even IF there is a pandemic. In these end times, we each have to choose whether to obey God’s commandments or man’s deceptions. We each have to choose whether to remain in the world or ‘come out from among them and be separate’ (2 Corinthians 6:17). We each have to choose to purify ourselves from all the burdens of sin that stain our wedding gowns and become a pure, spotless Bride for Messiah Yeshua.

Our day of remembering and blowing the shofar was filled with autumn leaves, young children, and a group of faithful believers who desire to understand the ‘appointed times’ of our God. The Ruach blew through a conche shell toward the north, south, east, and west to remind sleeping virgins to put oil in their lamps before the Bridegroom comes and closes the door.

Tekiah, Teruah, Shevarim, Tekiah Gadolah
Teaching by the Kenai River

Tashlich – Casting Away

No Feast of Trumpets would be complete without Tashlich or the ‘casting away’ of our sins. Everyone collected and threw stones into the turquoise river as a reminder that our sins through the blood of Messiah have been ‘cast’ into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19) and are as far away as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). The children, too, threw stones that had sins written on them: disobedience, jealousy, anger, envy, and idolatry. All the same sins that we adults should have been throwing into the depths of the sea along with guilt, lashon hara, and so much more with thanksgiving to Yeshua for taking on these burdens that can weigh on us like stones or heavy rocks.

L’Shana Tova 5781

Every ‘appointed time’ of Yahweh, except Yom Kippur, has food and fellowship. With Yom Teruah also being Rosh Hashana, the beginning of the civil new year for crowning kings, we had a lot of sweet food for a sweet new year. And, of course everyone learned some Hebrew by shouting ‘LaShana Tova!’

Chag Sameach, L’Shana Tova and Bo Mashiach Yeshua. Happy Holiday, Happy New Year and Come Messiah Yeshua!

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A Shofar Test: Recognize the Sounds

For many of us if we hear a bugle call – Revele or Taps – (or me the sound of the steam engine passing by our house) we immediately recognize the sound and know its purpose.  Do we know and understand the Sounds of Yom Teruah as acutely?  Here is a  ‘test’ of your knowledge of shofar blasts.   Read each verse and decide which sound should be blown.  It is our hope that after you do this little exercise, whenever you read about the trumpet in the Scriptures or you hear the blast of a shofar , you will have ‘ears to hear’ the voice of Yahweh in a new way.

The Tekiah Gadolah

Here are the types of blasts:

Tekiah – Medium length blast with low to high pitch transition. Hard, short push on low pitch, slight sustain on high pitch, sometimes ended with a short, pushing higher pitched burst; Worship

Shevarim – Short broken blasts with a low to high pitch; Repentance

Teruah – Rapid, staccato blasts repeated at least nine times; Battle Cry

Tekiah Gadolah – To blast as long as the breath can hold out ending with a high-pitched blast at the end; The Great Shofar

“And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:31).

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“Oh, my anguish, my anguish!  I writhe in pain.  Oh, the agony of my heart!  My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent.  For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry” (Jeremiah 4:19).

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“Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8).

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“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a shofar.  Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins”  (Isaiah 58:1).

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“But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets” (Revelation 10:7).

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“All you people of the world, you who live on the earth, when a banner is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet sounds, you will hear it” (Isaiah 18:3).

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“Put the shofar to your lips!  An eagle is over the house of Yahweh because the people have broken my covenant and rebelled against my Torah” (Hosea 8:1).

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“So the Levites stood ready with David’s instruments, and the priests with their trumpets. Hezekiah gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering on the altar.  As the offering began, singing to Yahweh began also, accompanied by trumpets and the instruments of David, King of Israel” (2 Chronicles 29:26-27).

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“Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly” (Joel 2:15).

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“I have not come to call the ‘righteous’, but rather to call sinners to turn to God from their sins” (Luke 5:32).

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“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Yahweh, wearing a linen ritual vest.  So David and all of the house of Israel brought up the Ark of Yahweh with shouting and the sound of the shofar” (2 Samuel 6:14-16).

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“Look, I will tell you a secret – not all of us will die!  But we will all be changed!  It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar.  For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).   _________________________________________

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