The Power of the Trumpet – Shofar Blast!

I have pondered and observed that the Trumpet is linked to the VOICE of GOD.

I especially like how God shows us picture type parallels from the Old Testament through the patriarch’s lives, which are relevant for New Testament teaching for us today.

In Exodus 19:16 it says that the Israelites heard the VOICE of the TRUMPET and they trembled… it must have been so loud that they couldn’t help but take notice. God would have got their attention for sure!

In Revelation 1:10 John heard a GREAT VOICE behind him as of a TRUMPET too when God spoke to him. God was wanting to get John’s attention too!

Trumpets and shouting seem to go together all throughout scripture.  It is interesting that particularly in Exodus and Revelation the trumpet is referring to the “Voice of God“.  The trumpet being blown represents the words of God being trumpeted out, or shouted out for all to hear. In ancient times the Israelites blew the rams horn – or shofar/trumpet as a warning from God to their enemies but the shofar was also blown to announce the day of God’s rest.

In Judges 7:18 when Gideon and his men were to fight the Midianites, the men were commanded to break open their pitchers which surrounded their torches so that the light could easily be seen, blow the trumpets, and to shout out “the sword of the Lord and of Gideon”.  Now the sword is also likened to the word of God in the New Testament. Gideon and his men won the battle without ever actually using any regular weapons of war for fighting. The only weapons they used were the exposed light of their lamps, their trumpets and voices sounding and shouting out together what God had commanded them to say. We will win the battle today against the resistance of the enemy within people when we hold up and expose the Light of God in our lives for all to see, use the sword/word of God which is sharper than any two edged sword and speak out boldly ‘like a trumpet’ for Him so that the message of the good news of the gospel is noticed and can be heard by all people so that they may understand and enter into His Kingdom and rest! (Our lives should reflect the shofar blast which is sounded for warning and rest).

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

When Joshua and the priests and his men, conquered Jericho they were commanded to walk around the city with the ark of God (which represents God’s presence with them), to blow the trumpets, and to shout. They did what God commanded them to do and through these three simple steps God acted by miraculously breaking down the walls of Jericho before their very eyes without any weapons ever being used by them.  When we walk forward in the presence of God, speak out His words boldly like a trumpet, we watch on as God breaks down the walls of resistance that people have built up for themselves in their lives.

At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down on the people who were gathered together from different nations and languages and they spoke the words of God “as one” and could be understood by each other, breaking down the walls that had been built up from the time of Babel through the boundaries of differing languages and customs. Another interesting fact regarding Pentecost is that it took place on the 50th day after the resurrection. The number five represents redemption.  It is through the word of God being boldly spoken that redemption comes.  Faith comes by hearing.  Romans 10:17 so then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When the Israelites were rebuilding the walls for the temple of God in Nehemiah’s day, they were commanded to carry a sword with them and blow the trumpet.  It is no different for us today.  We are to carry the sword of God’s word with us and blow the trumpet of the Lord, speak out his word boldly in order to help rebuild the “walls of salvation” – or in other words “in order to help rebuild the walls of restoration and deliverance through His Holy Spirit for the Living Temple of God today so that He may dwell in us”. (It is interesting to note that brothers and sisters in Jewish tradition in the Old Testament were regarded as “strong fences or walls”. When we grow together we become strong)

Isaiah 26:1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah.  We have a strong city; God makes Salvation or (restoration and deliverance) its Walls/Strength and ramparts.

Ephesians 2:22 In Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord and in Him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in His Spirit 

God is in the business of gathering His people together
Zechariah 9 14- Then the LORD will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning; the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south. 16 On that day the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people; for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land. 17 For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty! Grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the young women. Paralleled in Matthew 24:31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Judges 6:34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and he blew a trumpet and ‘Abiezer’ was gathered after him.

Abiezer Means – My Father’s helps. Gideon blew the ‘trumpet of the Lord’ and he received the Father’s help.  We just have to be willing to be his messengers/angels and speak out the words of the Lord boldly like a trumpet as Gideon did and God will do the rest and gather in the harvest so then his flock of people will shine in their beauty like jewels in a crown and shine in his land. © D A Cleland.

The Kingdom of God and Childbirth

With Christmas just around the corner being the time that Christians remember the birth of Christ, I was reminded of a modern day parable (see below) written by Doctor Wayne Dyer regarding Life after the here and now.

This verse below from the book of John in the Bible is where Nicodemus approaches Jesus and he is confronted with Jesus impressing upon him, that to enter the ‘kingdom of God’ a man must  be ‘born again”. Many in this world today cannot comprehend this mystery so I am hoping Dr Dyer’s parable might help in some small way to explain just what being ‘born again’ means.

From the Bible: John 3:2 – 6 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews he came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know You are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” 4“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born? Jesus answered “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh is born of flesh, but Spirit is born of the Spirit.

A Conversation in the Womb – A modern day parable of life after delivery by Dr Wayne Dyer:

In a mother’s womb were two babies.

One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?

”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.

This is so true, the mother literally surrounds her baby and the mother’s voice does speak from above the womb, even though life outside the womb cannot be comprehended in a true sense by the baby within……

But there is a bigger picture than that spiritually.

Our Father in Heaven calls out from above as well and he surrounds us with his love here on earth and provides us spiritually and physically with everything we need to sustain us and bring us life. We are his offspring. Acts 17:28 for in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘we are his offspring.’

We see evidence of who God is through creation but because he is not seen He is hard for us to comprehend.

Babies are born from the darkness of their mother’s womb/from flesh into the light of the Sun.

In a spiritual sense by the Holy Spirit we are delivered from the darkness of this world into the light of the Son, ‘From Flesh to Spirit’;    as Jesus said in John 3:4 Flesh is born of flesh, but Spirit is born of the Spirit.

At the moment of birth the mother finally sets her eyes on her fully matured child that was within her womb, then she presents her child to its father!

In a spiritual sense through ‘faith in Christ’ we are ‘born of the Spirit’, and are nourished by Him and will be fully matured to full completion (Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ) and then at last, when the time is right, we will be delivered/born from the darkness of this world into the brightness of the Kingdom of God where at last Christ will present us ‘the children of faith by the Spirit’ to His Father in Heaven.

Phil 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself, will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body.…

John 14:2-3 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

The Old life will pass away and the New Life in Heaven will come.

The name Elijah and its meaning

The Message revealed in the Old Testament prophet Elijah’s name.

The word אל (El) in Elijah, is the common abbreviation of Elohim, often used of “God” in the Hebrew.
The word יהו (Jah), in Elijah is Yahu and translates as “He is God”.
The two sections of the Elijah’s name both testify and reveal God. The full name of Elijah translates as
“My God is YHWH”

In the Old Testament the Prophet Elijah’s life demonstrated and revealed the power of God to the people of his time.

In the New Testament it was prophesied of John the Baptist that he would come in the Spirit of Elijah and prepare the way of the Lord and that he would restore all things.

Luke 1: 16-17 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.17 And he shall go before him in the “spirit and power of Elijah”, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Matthew 17: 11-13 Jesus replied “Elijah” does indeed come, and he will restore all things but I tell you that Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that He was speaking to them about John the Baptist. (Jesus was to suffer as John the Baptist did by being killed).

But there is more to it than that, the common unspoken name of God/YHWH displayed in Elijah’s name also brings a very powerful message and “reveals” God’s plan for mankind through Jesus.

When John the Baptist first laid eyes on Jesus he said these words

John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

The Four letters that make up the Name of God/YHWH in the Hebrew are.
יהוה (Yood, Hey, Vav, Hey)

The first letter which is read from right to the left is the letter Yood in the Palio Hebrew (or ancient Hebrew language) and it was a symbol or sign of a hand.

The second and fourth letters are the same and are the letter Hey. The Palio Hebrew letter for Hey was a picture of a window – (a window “reveals” – when we look through a window it reveals the outside to us, and also it is said that our eyes are the windows of our soul which reveal who we are).
The third letter is the Vav and in the Palio Hebrew was a picture of a wooden peg or nail which was used to bind things together.

The Palio Hebrew meaning of the word YHWH is –

“The Hand Revealed the Nail Revealed”.

The name of God pictures the nails in Jesus hands.  It is through the sacrifice of Jesus the Lamb of God that all things can be restored as John the Baptist prophesied before he baptised Jesus. There is so much prophesied in the name of Elijah and he surely does reveal the name of God and His plan of restoration for mankind.

These words of Jesus in Matthew 17 seem like a bit of a riddle
“Elijah” does indeed come first, and he will restore all things but I tell you that he has already come and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.

Is Jesus doing a play on words here and speaking also of himself and how he will restore all things through the Name of YHWH and that he would suffer and we would see

The Hand Revealed and The Nail Revealed

I wonder……..?