The Trumpet Keepers Voice

English: Photo by Gila Brand. Judaica - candle...NOTE from the author: The whole reason I am looking into the word trumpet and trumpets is because of one single scripture:

Hebrews 10:1 ¶ For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Many folks do not know that the word law is Torah, pronounced to-raw,  in Hebrew.

The author of the book of Hebrews is telling us that the Torah has a shadow of good things to come. We know from seeing our own shadow, that a shadow is the image of an original thing. However, the author is saying here that the Torah has in it,  a shadow of the good things to come, but not the actual manifestation (or image) of the original. So this tells us that the actual manifestation of the original is something that is still to come. So if we understand this correctly, then there is so much more to be un-folded of Yahwey’s work in our future, just as equally as there was in History.

For instance, we see that the Passover shortly after the children of Israel made their exodus from Egypt, showed us a shadow in the future of a time when Yahushua would offer His life and become our Passover.  The word Passover in Hebrew is pecach, pronounced peh’-sakh meaning offering. He sacrificed Himself in our stead so that we are forgiven of our transgression against the law of Yahwey.  The Passover in the time of the Exodus was only a shadow of the actual manifestation of the real thing. When folks celebrate the Passover now, they are looking back in memoriam to what He has done and because it is commanded that we do so.

1st Corinthians 5:7 ¶ Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because I know that there are only two times in scripture when Yahwey Himself sends forth the sound of a trumpet from the heavenlies, I wanted to study the meaning of the trumpets and what they were used for elsewhere. The first time Yahwey used the sound of the trumpet was on Mt Sinai when He gave the law (Torah, Teachings of Yah) to the people.  The next time we hear this sound from the heavenlies will be when we hear the ‘last trump’, when all the dead shall rise up out of the grave on the day of Resurrection.

1st Corinthians 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.

A second verse regarding the same subject is what I call a second witness:

1st Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Ergo my reasoning to study the voice or sound of the trumpet throughout scripture.

To begin, in Exodus, chapter 19, the house of Jacob and the children of Israel, become a nation under Yahwey. (Vs. 3)  Yahwey told the people that if they would obey His voice and keep covenant with Him that they would be a peculiar people unto Him.  The people would be to Him a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Vs. 6)  All the people agreed by saying, “All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.”  And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Yah told Moshe that when the trumpet sounded long that they could come up to meet with Him.  (Vs. 13) The word trumpet in this verse is yowbel pronounced yo-bale’  or yobel {yob-ale’}; apparently from 2986; the blast of a horn (from its continuous sound); specifically, the signal of the silver trumpets; hence, the instrument itself and the festival thus introduced:–jubile, ram’s horn, trumpet. So just like in our future, we will hear the sound of the trumpet and we can go meet Him too.

A shofar (Hebrew: שופר‎) is a horn used for Je...

A shofar (Hebrew: שופר‎) is a horn used for Jewish religious purposes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the third day after they had washed and sanctified themselves in preparation to meet with Him, they hear the sound; the voice of the trumpet was exceedingly loud amongst thunders and lightning.  Then appeared a thick cloud that covered the top of the mountain. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. (Vs. 19)  This was the first time that Yahwey ever allowed the people to hear the voice of the trumpet and His personal voice. The word trumpet in this scripture is showphar,  sho-far’ or shophar {sho-far’}; from 8231 in the original sense of incising; a cornet (as giving a clear sound) or curved horn:–cornet, trumpet.

It was on this day on Mt Sinai that Moshe received the ten utterances or what we most often call the Ten Commandments.

And all the people saw the thundering’s, and the lightnings, and they heard the noise of the trumpet (showphar), and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. (Vs. 18).  The people were so alarmed that they became fearful and said to Moses, “Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue,...

English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yahwey began to teach Moses the law and how He expected the people to live. These have come to be known as the Teachings of Yah or in short, Torah. I already shared that the word Towrah, pronounced to-raw’ is the word law in Hebrew. This word extends from the primitive root word yarah, pronounced yaw-raw’; properly, to flow as water (i.e. to rain); transitively, to lay or throw (especially an arrow, i.e. to shoot); figuratively, to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach :–(+) archer, cast, direct, inform, instruct, lay, shew, shoot, teach (-er,-ing), through.

Basically the teachings of Yah are what help mankind meet the mark.  The aim was always pointing towards the mark and the mark is always Yahushua who would come in the flesh and magnify the spoken word of Yah that He gave to Moshe. In other words, Yahwey is the teacher who brings us to Yahushua that we might be justified by faith.

When Yah first commanded Moses to have some trumpets created, He gave the instructions to build two that were to be made of silver. These two trumpets were to be used for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. These trumpets were to be blown by the sons of Aaron, the priests.  (Numbers 10:2, 8)

On or about the same time that Yahwey commanded the trumpets to be created, He also told Moshe that in the day of their gladness, and in their solemn days, and in the beginnings of their months, they were to blow with the trumpets over their burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of their peace offerings; that they were to be for them as a memorial before their Elohim. (Numbers 10:10)

When they were blown, all the assembly was commanded to assemble themselves at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation to find out the reason for their blowing.  This sound would not be a sound of alarm, but a sound to gather.  One day we will be called to gather when we hear the voice of the trumpet.

If only one trumpet was blown the princes were to gather at the door to find out what Moses was to tell them.  If the sound was heard a second time, this meant that the camps on the south side of the tabernacle were to begin their journey because this was the sound of the alarm.  When this sound caught the attention of Yah, they were remembered before the LORD and He promised that they would be saved from their enemies. (Numbers 10:9)

1st Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

It is imperative that one know the sound of the trumpet so that they would know for instance;  if they were to prepare for battle or if they were hearing the sound of a King being crowned.

When Yah commanded that the priests were to be the ones to blow the silver trumpets, Yah said that they were to be for them an ordinance forever throughout their generations.

Numbers 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

The word ‘ordinance’ is defined at dictionary.com as: an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command. The word trumpets here in this verse is chatsots@rah, pronounced khats-o-tser-aw’, by reduplication from 2690; a trumpet (from its sundered or quavering note):–trumpet (-er). The word ordinance in Hebrew is chuqqah, pronounced khook-kaw’ and meaning substantially the same:–appointed, custom, manner, ordinance, site, statute.

The next time we hear of Yahwey commanding a trumpet to be sounded is on the Day of Atonement which Yahushua would fulfill.

Leviticus 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, in the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

By the way for those of you who do not know what ‘convocation’ means, that word in the Hebrew is miqra’, pronounced mik-raw’      meaning a rehearsal  or to re-hear. ( From 7121; something called out, i.e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal:–assembly, calling, convocation, reading)

This feast seems to have been instituted on the first day of the seventh month because the civil new year began at that time.  This was a time of new beginnings and in my opinion,  this memorial sound especially represents the joyful news, the preaching of the gospel, by which men are called to repent of sin, and accept the Atonement of Messiah.  What better reason could there be than to announce glad tidings to all men?

English: Blowing the Trumpet at the Feast of t...
This particular commandment was to be as a memorial whose blowing was to remind them of the many feasts that were in that month.  This day is one of the days of gladness called the Feast of Trumpets that would herald in the fall feast days of the Lord.  This word blowing is t@ruw`ah, pronounced ter-oo-aw’ is from 7321; clamor, i.e. acclamation of joy or a battle-cry; especially clangor of trumpets, as an alarm:–alarm, blow (- ing) (of, the) (trumpets), joy, jubilee, loud noise, rejoicing, shout (-ing), (high, joyful) sound (-ing).   The Feast of Trumpets is therefore a day of gladness and yet another one of those days that is a shadow of something to come.

Psalm 89:15-18 ¶ Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

Psalm 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

Some believe too that the sounding of the trumpets on this day is a memorial of the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, which was also attended with the sound of the trumpet.  Some also believe that it was a memorial of the Creation of the world.   No matter, for any reason other than the fact that Yahwey commanded it as a day of gladness, the Feast of Trumpets is indeed the day on which the people were solemnly called upon, to rejoice in a grateful remembrance of all Yahwey’s benefits to them, throughout the last year, as well as to mark and rejoice in His blessing upon them for the coming year; ergo the thirteen sacrifices offered on this day that equate to His blessings. This sound also was a reminder of preparing the people for the approaching solemn fast on the Day of Atonement.

English: Fruit bowl - containing pomegranate, ...This particular fall feast is also represented by a new moon that also falls in the same season when all the fruits of the earth are gathered.

Psalm 81:3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

Right around the corner, nine days later on the tenth of the month is one of those solemn days that is mentioned in verse 10 of the tenth chapter of Numbers called the Day of Atonement which is Yom Kippur in Hebrew.  It is on this day that ‘all’ the children of Israel are commanded to afflict their souls.  This is a time to take inventory, forsake our evil way, repent of any known or unknown thought, promise or deed because we all know that our thoughts are not good.

Leviticus 16:29 ¶ And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:

This day is not a feast day but is thought to be a fast day because of the time later when Ezra called the people to fast on this same day, seeking a right way. Yahwey alone provides through the power of His Spirit that we have a good year and live a right way, according to His Teachings.

Ezra 8:21 ¶ Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

With this set Day of Atonement, there is also a command that the trumpet would be blown every fiftieth year on the same day, however this celebration was a setting free of debts; called the Jubilee.

Leviticus 25:9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet (showphar) of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.

This particular trumpet was called ‘the trumpet of the jubilee’ in which case this particular trumpet was to proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: Yah said, “It shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”

If the people observed as is recorded, they would dwell safely in the land. (Leviticus 25:10-18)

This trumpet of the Jubilee was to be blown in the fiftieth year. It was a time of remembrance when the people were excited in their thankfulness for Yahwey’s blessing in all that He had provided for in the last year, and to direct them in the management of their civil affairs to forgive all debts, return land back to the original owner and or to set slaves free if they were seeking freedom. In any case, all civil contracts and transactions would be brought to their completion.

English: Dead Sea Scroll - part of Isaiah Scro...Some folks believe and I am one of them that holds this same opinion,  that the year that Yahushua read the scrolls of Isaiah,  and the year that He died,  was a  fiftieth year of Jubilee. Only Yahwey would have still been keeping track.  Everyone else had long forgotten to honor the fiftieth year of Jubilee.

The next time in the scriptures that we know of a recorded word about the blowing of trumpets is during the time of Joshua when they marched around the great walled city of Jericho. It was on the seventh day of their marching around this city that the people were commanded to shout with a great shout after the people heard the priest blow the trumpets; that the walls of Jericho fell. It was then that the people overcame this strong hold and destroyed all that was in the city, except for those in the household of a Canaanite Gentile woman named Rahab, whose name means ’making a promise upon His name“.  It was this woman Rahab who Rahab had entertained the spies out of her regard to Israel and Israel’s God.

It was this woman who later married Salmon who is the great grandfather of King David, son of Jessee, son of Boaz, son of Salmon.  It was also this same woman who was justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way.

The next time we hear of a sound of a trumpet being blown was in the time of the judges, when Eglon the king of Moab was given charge of the children of Israel because they had done evil in the site of the LORD. The children of Israel served under this king for eighteen years until a time when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite. Ehud placed a dagger somehow on his right thigh, beneath his clothing.  He went in and made arrangements to meet with the king alone in order to present him with a gift.  He made the claims that he had a message from Yahwey to reveal to the king and the attendants to the king left the two of them alone.  Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly, killing the king.  Ehud escaped and when he had come to the mountain of Ephraim, he blew a trumpet and the children of Israel went down and met with him.  He called the people to follow him into Moab where they slew at that time about ten thousand men.  The children of Israel lived in peace thereafter and their land had rest for the next eighty years.

The next adventure in the time of the judges was when Gideon placed trumpets (Shophars) in the hands of all three hundred of his fighting men. As they advanced on the Midianite camp, Gideon first blew his shofar and then all the men followed suit announcing themselves saying, “The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.” All the Midianites in the camp fled in fear when they saw all three hundred lamps, heard the breaking of the pots, and the alarming sound of those three hundred shofars.

There were many times when the trumpets were sounded throughout the Old Testament such as when Samuel called the people together and anointed Solomon as King, that the trumpets were sounded.

1st Kings 1:39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

When King David brought up the ark of Yahwey from the house of Obededom into the city of David, all the house of Israel shouted with gladness and the sound of the trumpet was heard. After Solomon finished the building of the House of the LORD He spoke the most beautiful prayer and 120 priest‘s came out from the holy place where they had been sanctified and began to sound their trumpets.

It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of Yahwey. This all took place, just before the Feast of Tabernacles. (Chapter 6 & 7 of 2nd Chronicles)

Another time the trumpets sounded is when Jehu was declared king.  The priests also sounded with the trumpets when Yahwey smote Jeroboam. (2nd Chronicles 13)

Another time trumpets were heard was when King Hezekiah began to reign, after he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them, he made a covenant from with-in his heart to wholly serve Elohim. The priest’s got together and cleansed the House of the LORD. On the sixteenth day of the first month they finished.  King Hezekiah rose early and commanded the priest’s to offer the specified offerings and they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.  When the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel and the atonement for the kingdom, the sanctuary and for Judah was presented on that day. (2nd Chronicles chapter 29)

Psalm 150:3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp.

Psalm 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

We learn in Ezekiel that a trumpet is blown to give alarm in the case of danger.

Ezekiel 33:2-6 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:  If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

The prophet Joel boldly and faithfully prophesied of a time at the end when the trumpet would sound announcing the day of the LORD.

Joel 2:1 Blow ye 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 cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Staying true to the prophecy of Joel,   seven prophetic trumpets compose the “seventh seal” of the scroll that are sealed with seven seals.  These seals once removed, reveal the understanding of end time events to unfold on earth that lead to the return of Yahushua when He shall return to earth with His Kingdom.

Shofar at demonstration for Izrael in Prague, ...

Shofar at demonstration for Izrael in Prague, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lord Yahushua, our Messiah is prophesied to return “at the LAST TRUMP” according to the writings of the Apostle Paul, written both in 1st Corinthians 15:52 & 1st Thessalonians 4:16 that I quoted at the beginning of this study. Just as a reminder, many of the prophets spoke of this as well as the apostle.

The shofar, in Hebrew it means ‘rams horn’.  It is said to be sounded 100 times on Rosh-HaShanna , Hebrew for ‘Head of the Year’.  Some also refer to this day as Yom Teruah meaning ‘day of shouting/raising a noise.

The shofar has multiple symbolism, including Yah’s great creation and kingship,  His revelation at Sinai, prophetic warning, repentance, alertness, battle, Abraham’s offering of Isaac (And its connection with Yah’s mercy), the ingathering of Yah’s people in exile, final judgment and of course the resurrection. It is believed that shofars will also announce the resurrection process, with Zechariah 9:14 as a proof text and mixing that with knowing there is a last trump sounded.

And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

Close to the return and arrival of Yahushua, there is a time when two witnesses (Living men) are given an allotted time to witness and give testimony.  At some point, they are literally killed and seen in the streets dead.  After three and a half days,  these two men are resurrected to life and ascend into the clouds to meet Lord Yahushua in the air with the rest of the “dead in Christ”… as it is then that the “seventh and LAST TRUMP is sounded”.

This sounding of the last trump is illustrative to us of Yahwey’s power to raise the dead. Whenever I think of this sound coming from the heaven lies, I am reminded of the sound so loud at Mt Sinai that the people asked Moses to tell Yahwey that they wanted Him to speak to Moses and never directly to Him.  This sound must have been such an alarming sound to have made them come to this decision.

This sound will be so loud that even the dead will hear it even though they are clearly dead. This sound will not raise everyone that has died.  It will only raise those who are dead in Christ.  (First Resurrection)  Those who died, believing in and had lived their lives, according to His word.

1st Corinthians 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.

English: Sunrise on Mt. Sinai in Egypt

English: Sunrise on Mt. Sinai in Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1st Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Psalm 89:15 ¶ Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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