Further to my recent post on blowing the shofar.
As I posted earlier [Rams’ Horns], there is an increasing anointing on the sound of these instruments, these trumpets of old, and each sounding or blowing releases over us spiritually a new aspect of God through His Holy Spirit.
Here are each of the four Shofar sounds are blown on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and what they each mean:
This is the first call made by the shofar blower is called Teruah, and involves a sequence of nine or more rapid fire, or staccato, blows.
Think of Teruah as traditionally a wake up call. It is also used to warn of enemy approaching, even attacking. It is an alarm call to arms.
The next type of sound made with the shofar is called Shevarim. It is a sequence of three, short to medium length sounds.
Some scholars believe that Shevarim is our tears of sadness, or joy, at another year passing.
It’s more usual meaning is as a call to repentance — perhaps hence the reference to tears of sadness, or tears of repentance.
The Tekiah is a single blow. It’s a long, loud blast.
If you’ve ever seen a knight or court messenger play a horn or blow a long sound to call attention to a king in a movie, Tekiah, is kind of like that.
When Tekiah sounds, it brings everyone to attention. Traditionally it is a victory shout!
The three sounds above are played all throughout the Rosh Hashanah service.
And during the final combination, the shofar player concludes with Tekiah Gedolah, the great blast, one last, very long Tekiah to wrap up.
I now understand that we are to use the sequence Teruah, Shevarim, Tekiah, and maybe Tekiah Gedolah, when planting stakes to reclaim territory for The Kingdom of God.
This sequence is mostly used at Rosh Hashanah to celebrate the passing of the old (year) and the beginning of the new (year).
However, I also hear from The Holy Spirit that I should use one or more of them, as prompted by Holy Spirit, at other times — like healing or deliverance, or even at moments of ‘trouble’!
I find it all fascinating. Fascinating to me anyway!
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.