The Month of Elul

The shofar is to be sounded every morning during the month of Elul.

The shofar or ram’s horn, has always held a prominent role in the history of G-d’s people in the Bible:

The Torah was given to Israel with the sound of the shofar (Exodus [Shemot] 19:19).
Israel conquered in the battle of Jericho with the blast of the shofar (Joshua 6:20).
Israel will be advised of the advent of the Messiah with the sound of the shofar (Zechariah 9:14,16).
The shofar will be blown at the time of the ingathering of the exiles of Israel to their place (Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 27:13).
The shofar was blown to signal the assembly of the Israelites during war (Judges [Shoftim] 3:27; 2 Samuel 20:1).
The watchman who stood upon Jerusalem’s walls blew the shofar (Ezekiel [Yechezekel] 33:3-6).
The shofar was blown at the start of the Jubilee year (Leviticus [Vayikra] 25:9).
The shofar is a reminder that G-d is sovereign (Psalm [Tehillim] 47:5).
The ram’s horn, the shofar, is a reminder of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac and God’s provision of a ram as a substitute (Genesis [Bereishit] 22:13).
The shofar was blown to announce the beginning of festivals (Numbers [Bamidbar] 10:10). The shofar was blown to celebrate the new moon on Rosh HaShanah (Psalm 81:1-3).
The blowing of the shofar is a signal for the call to repentance (Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 58:1).
The blowing of the shofar ushers in the day of the L-rd (Joel 2:1).
The blowing of the shofar is sounded at the rapture of the believers and the resurrection of the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
John was taken up to Heaven in the Book of Revelation by the sound of the shofar (Revelation 4:1).
Seven shofarim are sounded when G-d judges the earth during the tribulation (Revelation 8-9).
The shofar was used for the coronation of kings (1 Kings [Melachim] 1:34,39).

There are three Fall Festivals which will begin with the Preparation month of Elul:

1. Yom Teruah (sometimes called Rosh HaShanah, New Years Day, or Feast of Trumpets)
begins on the first day of Tishrei, which begins the evening of September 17, 2001.

2. Yom Kippur, (follows in ten days, and is the Day of Atonemen) is the holiest day of
Judaism. We can praise God that Y’shua is the Lamb of God – our atonement. (at-one-ment)

3. Sukkot, (or Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles) comes on the night of the full moon. Many of us believe Y’shua was born in a sukkah (booth or stable) on the first day of this eight day
festival.

See Leviticus 23 for information on these Fall Feasts. You are strongly encouraged to celebrate them this year!

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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