Sound the alarm!


 
Yom Teruah – Sound the Alarm!
Have we been complacent in our lives? Have we seemed to have lost purpose and/or vision? Are we really walking in the life that we were called into? It’s time for the alarm to sound! It’s time for the saints of YHWH to rise up and be what they have been called to be! ONE NEW MAN in Yeshua the Messiah! Let’s consider the following passage;
Matthew 25:1-13
(1)  "The Kingdom of Heaven at that time will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.
(2)  Five of them were foolish and five were sensible.
(3)  The foolish ones took lamps with them but no oil,
(4)  whereas the others took flasks of oil with their lamps.
(5)  Now the bridegroom was late, so they all went to sleep.
(6)  It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, 'The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him!'
(7)  The girls all woke up and prepared their lamps for lighting.
(8)  The foolish ones said to the sensible ones, 'Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.'
(9)  'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both you and us. Go to the oil dealers and buy some for yourselves.'
(10)  But as they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.
(11)  Later, the other bridesmaids came. 'Sir! Sir!' they cried, 'Let us in!'
(12)  But he answered, 'Indeed! I tell you, I don't know you!'
(13)  So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.

Upon reading these Scriptures we often focus on the part of having or not having the oil for our lamps. I want to draw attention to the fact that ALL of them were asleep when the bridegroom came!  This analogy is much like the time frame between the Spring and Fall festivals. Are we in a slow and complacent time of “summer”?


Looking at Leviticus 23 you have the Spring Feasts, then the Summer. The time of Summer is not mentioned in Leviticus 23 but there is a lot that can be learned by looking at it. During the Summer it’s HOT! We think it’s a good time for some R&R, Vacations, Rest, Relax some, Take summer naps, Summer makes us…

•    Lethargic, Slow and Lazy it’s now time to WAKE UP!
YHWH is calling His people to WAKE UP and hear the sound of the shofar TODAY!

Enter the festival of “Yom Teruah”

Leviticus 23:1-4
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. (3) Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (4) These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Concerning the feasts of the LORD, they are called Moedim. The singular of the word is Moed. The Strong’s concordance lists the word Moed as H4150 מועד - mô‛êd

an appointment, a fixed time or season; an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); a signal (as appointed beforehand): appointed sign or time, appointed season, set time

Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Holy convocations is defined as H4744 מקרא miqrâ' - something called out, a public meeting; also a rehearsal: assembly, calling, convocation, reading.

Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

To proclaim is the Hebrew word Kara, H7121 קרא qârâ' - to call out to ( properly address by name):call for or upon), cry unto, mention or give name, preach, make proclamation, pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say.

Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

(notice not in our convenience)

To quickly recap, The festivals are the appointed times of YHWH. They were appointed for certain times and seasons. These times were a calling out and public gatherings that were to be proclaimed in their proper seasons.


Now we go down to verse 23,

Leviticus 23:23-25
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (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. (25) Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

On the first day of the seventh month there is to be a memorial. One of the things involved in this memorial is the blowing of the trumpets. The Hebrew word for memorial (H2146 זכרון zikrôn) is from the word Zakar which means to to mark (so as to be recognized), to remember; to mention; be mindful, recount, record, remember, make to be remembered, bring (call, come, keep, put) to (in) remembrance, still think on.


As we remember, we are to be marked. So, what about the trumpets?

Leviticus 23:23-25
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,(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. (25) Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

The blowing of the trumpet is the word H8643 תּרוּעה teru‛̂âh From H7321; acclamation of joy or a battle cry; an alarm, blowing of the trumpets, joy, jubile, loud noise, rejoicing, shouting, (high, joyful) sound.


Which is from the word H7321 רוּע rûa‛ which means to mar (especially by breaking to split the ears with sound, shout (for alarm or joy: blow an alarm, cry aloud, make a joyful noise, shout for joy, sound an alarm, triumph.


We need to be waiting, watching & Listening. One problem is, there are many voices out there we must be sure that we are listening to the right voice.


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


The call or sound that a shofar makes is called a “voice.” While in the wilderness, the children of Israel were to listen for the sound of the trumpets. Certain sounds or voices were to tell the people what direction or action they were to take. Certain calls were calls to battle, others were for worship, some were to call the people to assemble. In order for the people to know what to do, they had to discern the voice that they were hearing.  


What are the main traditional shofar sounds?

• Tekiah: The "blast". One long blast with a clear tone. Signifies Rejoicing and Hope
• Shevarim: A "broken" sound of 3 short calls. Like the sighing. It is a reminder that we need to be broken before a coming King who will judge the earth.
• Teruach: An "alarm". A rapid series of 9 or more staccatoo notes. Like crying. It is a reminder to plead for mercy before the King who has come to judge the living and the dead
• Tekiah Gedolah: A single unbroken blast held as long as possible. A reminder that at the sound of the last great trumpet sound, the King will be back with power and glory to rule forever.

Numbers 10:1-2 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: (2) 'Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them; and they shall be unto thee for the calling of the congregation, and for causing the camps to set forward.


Numbers 10:9-10 And when ye go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresseth you, then ye shall sound an alarm (ruah) with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered (zakar) before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. (10) Also in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons (moedim), and in your new moons, ye shall blow (taka) with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; and they shall be to you

for a memorial(zikron) before your God: I am the LORD your God.'

As we sound the trumpets, we will be remembered before YHWH our God.

In the “Teruah”
 We are given teruah as a joyous sound of victory!
 We are reminded that in the battle it is YHWH that goes before us to fight
 We must remember YHWH has called out his people into a life of repentance that leads to victory
 It is YHWH calling us out
 and leading us to repentance
 Giving us the overcoming life in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)

Another remembrance for Yom Teruah is, it is time to repent – Yom Kippur is coming!

The King is coming and He is going to judge, have you been atoned for?
Yom Teruah gives us an alarm to repent – the kingdom of YHWH is at hand! The day of covering is coming – has come for those in Messiah but there is still the gathering on the last day and the great judgment. This alarm is an alarm to wake out of our slumber, open our eyes and repent
It’s time to awake as Matthew 25 tells us to.
Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

Isaiah 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.


Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.


Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.


AN ANCIENT SAGE, MAIMONIDES EXPLAINED THE SOUND OF THE SHOFAR AS FOLLOWS

Awake, ye sleepers from your slumber and rouse you from your lethargy. Scrutinize your deeds and return in repentance. Remember your Creator, ye who forget eternal truth is the trifles of the hour, who go astray all your years after vain illusions which can neither profit nor deliver. Look well into your souls and mend your ways and your actions; let each one of you forsake his evil path and his unworthy purpose and return to God so that He may have mercy upon you.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.


Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.


There is a time coming when YHWH Himself will sound the shofar over His people!

Zechariah 9:11-16
(11) As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
(12) Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
(13) When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
(14) 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.
(15) The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
(16) And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

The shofar is used to gather the people, as well as a call to war.

Nehemiah 4:19-20
(19) And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another. (20) In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.
Psalms 98:6
With trumpets and sound of the ram's horn, make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.

Joel 2:1

Blow the shofar in Tziyon, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD comes, for it is close at hand:

Psalms 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound (TERUAH): they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.


The shofar reminds us that our God reigns and He is the King on high!

The shofar was sounded at the anointing of King Solomon (1 Kings 1:34)

Messiah Yeshua will be revealed when He returns by the shout of the Trumpet!

Isaiah 18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.


Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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.


Psalms 98:1-9  is a good theme for Yom Teruah.

O sing unto the LORD a new song; for He hath done marvellous things; His right hand, and His holy arm, hath wrought salvation for Him.
(2) The LORD hath made known His salvation; His righteousness hath He revealed in the sight of the nations.
(3) He hath remembered His mercy and His faithfulness toward the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
(4) Shout unto the LORD, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy, yea, sing praises.
(5) Sing praises unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp and the voice of melody.
(6 – yom Teruah) With (THE SILVER) trumpets
 and sound of the horn (SHOFAR)
 shout ( RUAH) ye before the King, the LORD.
(7) Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein;
(8) Let the floods clap their hands; let the mountains sing for joy together;
•    Before the LORD,
•    for He is come to judge the earth (yom Kippur); He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.