mystery of the shofar
The shofar is not primarily a musical instrument. Its purpose has to do with making a prophetic alarm – a proclamation of what was to follow.
There are two types of shofars used today: the small one is the ram’s horn, while the larger Yemenite shofar comes from an African antelope called the Kudu.
the shofar is sounded
As an instrument of proclamation,
announcing the presence or coming of the Lord.
To praise God.
As an early warning siren.
To assemble the people.
To assemble the troops.
To call God’s people to worship Him.
At the swearing of an oath to God.
In the midst of battle.
To announce the beginning of festivals.
NOTE: One of the Hebrew words for “trumpet” is also the
word for “jubilee.” The “Year of Jubilee” begins with
the sounding of the trumpet.
At the return of the Messiah.