The four traditional Sounds are:
- Tekiah Godolah
In the dispensation of the Church age, there is a different sound coming from the shofar. As disciples of Jesus, we have the advantage of being baptized in the Holy Spirit and are no longer under the law of the shofar and, therefore, have much more liberty with its use. That is, we are no longer limited to only the traditional soundings but are free to blow the notes’ as led by the Holy Spirit. It is important to stay in communion with the Lord and simply allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Today the Lord is empowering us to “sing to Him a new song” (Psalm 33:3). It is a new way in which God is speaking to His people. And yet it is not totally new. It is very similar to the system He instructed Moses to employ as the Israelites moved through the wilderness (Numbers 10:1-10). He called for distinct soundings to be blown as a means of maintaining order while the multitude of His people followed the Glory Cloud and other soundings for raising the alarm when going to battle. I am convinced that the day of the Lord is at hand and God is again using the sounds of the shofar as one way among many to direct the movements of His Church.
While I was first learning to produce the different soundings of the shofar, I began to realize that distinct tones and patterns of rhythm may have meaning in the spiritual realm. These patterns of pitches or ‘notes’ may be prophetic in nature and are sometimes even understood by those gifted in interpretation. As you blow the sounds given by the Holy Spirit, it is similar to praying in the spirit; we don’t always understand just what we’re uttering but it has great effect.
I have personally witnessed people coming and being willing to talk about God after hearing the Shofar, in ways and numbers that I have never seen in 27+ years of street evangelizing. Does the shofar itself serve as an icebreaker? Sure! but I think it is something more … I have to believe the sounds of the shofar are opening doors in the human heart and clearing the atmosphere of demonic influence.
Of course, when blowing the shofar it is very important to be led by the Holy Spirit. Simply making noise with the shofar accomplishes nothing and may even be repulsive to God. First of all, just making noises, not being led by the Spirit, it just that, noise. Anytime that we’re not being led by Spirit then we are in the flesh and, as
Rom 8:8 “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
1 Cor 14:8 “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”
This means that we should not rely on our natural ears to discern whether it be of the Lord or our flesh. We must always rely on a witness with our spirit and the fruit it produces. In fact, I have several friends and fellow intercessors that blow the shofar with very powerful results but the sounds to the natural ear are not always so pleasant and occasionally even lack tonal quality. So it is not a pleasant sound or a quality of tone that is effective in the spiritual realm and/or pleasing to God, but rather our obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The Shofar was blown historically for a variety of reasons.
- call for fasting and prayer,
- praise and worship,
- rally troops,
- for God’s intercession when going to battle the enemy,
- and for sounding a memorial to God.
Many people in the Bible used the shofar, from priest to shepherds of the field and the watchman on the walls. It was not just used in religious ceremony. The words watchman, sentinel and shepherd are linked together in meaning by the vigil that they take upon themselves. Vigil means an act of praying and standing watch for someone or something, guarding that person or thing, waiting for however long as necessary for the safety of the one watched over. These three, the watchman, sentinel and shepherd will stand the vigil and sound the alarm, attack the enemy, or cry out to God for mercy when necessary. I have no doubt that the greatest call for the shofar today is its use in the hands of the mighty prayer warrior, the intercessor.
Evangelist Dick Reuben has produced a videotape, “Sound the Shofar,” in which he teaches on the biblical patterns and relevancy of the Shofar. They are having great success with deliverance, healing, and intercessory prayer through its sounds. Reuben shares that one of the reasons the shofar is so effective is that the sound pierces the air, thereby penetrating the realm of the enemy (the prince of the air). This causes the enemy confusion just as it did for the troops of Gideon. At Gideon’s command, 300 men went into battle blowing their shofars, and the enemy, confused, destroyed themselves. By this penetration of the air, our praise, prayer, and worship are sent directly to the third heaven unimpeded. This video is rich in spiritual teaching and is a valuable resource for further study.
The overall use of the Shofar as an effective tool for breaking down spiritual walls, snapping the chains of bondage, facilitating worship, and empowering intercessory prayer can be best understood when one realizes the significance of its penetrating tones in the spirit realm. As previously noted, our Lord and Savior, Jesus, will return to its sound. His return signifies the end of Satan and his principalities and powers. It is easy to understand the fear and confusion it causes the enemy when it’s played. When he hears the sound, he doesn’t know if the time has come for his end or if it is just a reminder of his ultimate finish. Either way, he surely must hate it.
The sounding of the shofar can also call sinners to repentance for the same reason though they may not actually understand why they seem to be so troubled by its sound. It is useful for opening the soul of man to the conviction and drawing of the Holy Spirit. However, the soul of the right standing believer is reassured and made glad at its sound because we welcome the return of our Lord and Savior while, at the same time, the sound brings us into a place of reverence at the awesome-ness of Almighty God.
One very simple analogy is to imagine being robbed and beaten. You are in fear of your very life! Suddenly you hear a siren. When the robber hears the sound, he knows the authorities are on the way; he is immediately struck with fear and flees. For you, the siren brings a great feeling of relief and gratefulness because you realize you have finally been rescued yet at the same time you have an increased understanding and awe of just how vulnerable and dependent you are on this lifesaving authority.
The sound of the shofar also speaks to us in another way. It calls us together in unity, encouraging us and causing our faith to arise. Standing together, the strength of our faith is multiplied many times greater. This voice of corporate faith penetrates the air just as does the sounds of the shofar. God not only hears us, but He willingly responds to our faith with all His Power and Glory. (quoted from http://watchmanshofar.tripod.com/id4.html)