The Use Of Shofars In Modern Worship

There is an increasing trend not only in the United States, but throughout the world to blend the blowing of shofars with modern praise and worship music. In our opinion, this mixing of the ancient and modern can make for a very powerful worship experience.

One example of this use of the shofar is posted below. This YouTube video is of Paul Wilbur and his band performing the song entitled “Let God Arise”. The song is introduced by a number of men clothed in prayer shawls blowing their shofars with all of their might. What is your opinion about this use of the shofar? In our opinion it really adds something extra…..

Should Christians Celebrate Passover Or Easter?

Should Christians celebrate Passover or should they celebrate Easter?  The answer may seem quite obvious to some of you, but in reality this question has become quite a controversy in the Christian community over the past several years.  As Christians have learned more about the history of each holiday, an increasing number of Christians have been choosing to celebrate Passover rather than Easter.

But why would that be?

After all, isn’t Passover a “Jewish” holiday and Easter a “Christian” holiday?

Well, that is not really the case.

In fact, the earliest Christians did not celebrate a holiday called “Easter” at all.

Rather, they all celebrated Passover.

Even after the original generation of apostles died off, many of the early church leaders still continued to observe Passover as described in the Torah, but other early church leaders of that next generation slowly started to move the celebration of Passover to Sunday.

In a letter to the head of the church of Rome, Irenaeus mentioned the controversy that took place when Polycarp tried to persuade Anicetus (a previous bishop of Rome) that the celebration of Passover should not be moved to Sunday…..

And when the blessed Polycarp was sojourning in Rome in the time of Anicetus, although a slight controversy had arisen among them as to certain other points, they were at once well inclined towards each other [with regard to the matter in hand], not willing that any quarrel should arise between them upon this head. For neither could Anicetus persuade Polycarp to forego the observance [in his own way], inasmuch as these things had been always [so] observed by John the disciple of our Lord, and by other apostles with whom he had been conversant; nor, on the other hand, could Polycarp succeed in persuading Anicetusto keep [the observance in his way], for he maintained that he was bound to adhere to the usage of the presbyters who preceded him. And in this state of affairs they held fellowship with each other; and Anicetus conceded to Polycarp in the Church the celebration of the Eucharist, by way of showing him respect; so that they parted in peace one from the other, maintaining peace withthe whole Church, both those who did observe [this custom] and those who did not.

You see, Polycarp was one of the greatest leaders of the “2nd generation” of the early church. He had been a disciple of the apostle John himself, and Polycarp insisted that the church should continue to celebrate Passover on the 14th day of the Jewish calendar as the apostles had always done.

In fact, the church historian Eusebius wrote that Polycarp observed Passover this way because “he had always observed it with John the disciple of our Lord, and the rest of the apostles, with whom he associated” (Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, 1995, pp. 210-211).

After Polycarp, another early church leader named Polycrates argued with Victor, the bishop of Rome, over this same issue.

The following are some excerpts from what Eusebius recorded regarding what Polycrates had to say to Victor:

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“There was a considerable discussion raised about this time, in consequence of a difference of opinion respecting the observance of the paschal season. The churches of all Asia, guided by a remoter tradition, supposed that they ought to keep the fourteenth day of the moon for the festival of the Saviour’s passover, in which day the Jews were commanded to kill the paschal lamb”

“The bishops … of Asia, persevering in observing the custom handed down to them from their fathers, were headed by Polycrates. He, indeed, had also set forth the tradition handed down to them, in a letter which he addressed to Victor and the church of Rome. ‘We,’ said he, ‘therefore, observe the genuine day; neither adding thereto nor taking therefrom. For in Asia great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again the day of the Lord’s appearing, in which he will come with glory from heaven, and will raise up all the saints”

“Moreover, John, who rested upon the bosom of our Lord; … also Polycarpof Smyrna, both bishop and martyr. Thraseas, … Sagaris, … Papirius; and Melito … All these observed the fourteenthday of the passover according to the gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith. Moreover, I, Polycrates, who am the least of all of you, according to the tradition of my relatives, some of whom I have followed. For there were seven, my relatives [who were] bishops, andI am the eighth; and my relatives always observed the day when the people (i.e., the Jews) threw away the leaven.

“I, therefore, brethren, am now sixty-five years in the Lord, who having conferred with the brethren throughout the world, and having studied the whole of the sacred Scriptures, am not at all alarmed at those things with which I am threatened, to intimidate me. For they who are greater than I, have said, ‘we ought to obey God rather than men’”

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So although there was an effort by the church of Rome to move the celebration of Passover to Sundays, those who were determined on practicing it as the first apostles had could not be moved off of the original observance.

But eventually, during the time of Constantine, the leaders of the institutional church were strong-armed into observing Passover on a Sunday.

Later this celebration came to be known as “Easter”.

But why should Christians celebrate Easter?

After all, when did Yahshua die on the cross? (On the eve of Passover)

When did Yahshua rise from the dead? (On First Fruits During the Feast of Unleavened Bread)

What holiday foreshadowed the sacrifice of the lamb of God for hundreds of years before it happened? (Passover)

So why do Christians celebrate a holiday known as Easter?

In fact, do you even know what the word “Easter” means?

Have you ever wondered where the word Easter originated?

The truth might just shock you.

Many of the old reference books actually contained the truth.

The Britannica Encyclopedia (1934) defined Easter this way:

“EASTER (es’ter). Ostara, or Eastre, was the goddess of Spring in the religion of the ancient Angles andSaxons. Every April a festival was celebrated in her honor. With the beginnings of Christianity, the old gods were put aside. From then on the festival was celebrated in honor of the resurrection of Christ, but was still known as Easter after the old goddess.”

So if this is the case, then why do Christians celebrate “Easter”?

Well, the truth is that the story goes back a long way – all the way back to the ancient Middle East.

Perhaps you have heard of “Isis” or “Ishtar” or “Ashtoreth” or “Asherah”.  They are ancient names for the same pagan fertility goddess. In fact, if you trace the various pagan fertility goddesses back far enough, they all trace back to Semiramis of ancient Babylon.

Over time, “Ashtoreth” and “Asherah” became “Ishtar” which eventually became “Eastre” and then finally “Easter”.

Some other names of “Easter” over the centuries included Aphrodite from ancient Cyprus, Astarte from ancient Greece, Demeter from Mycenae, Kali from India and Ostara, a Norse goddess of fertility.

In fact, pagans and Wiccans celebrate a holiday called “Ostara”to this very day.  In fact, “Ostara” was celebrated on March 20th in 2009.

Well what about Easter eggs and Easter bunnies?

Easter “eggs” and Easter bunnies are pagan fertility symbols that celebrate this pagan fertility goddess, and they have been used as symbols for her for thousands of years.

The truth is stunning, eh?

You see, “Easter” has nothing to do with Yahshua (Jesus).

Yahshua (Jesus) died on the eve of Passover.

In fact, the festival of Passover was a stunning prophetic picture of what would happen to the Messiah.

In the “Old Testament”, God had His people go up to Jerusalem three times per year. One of those times was for Passover.

During the very first Passover, God had the Jews take the blood of a lamb and put it on their doorposts so that the death angel would pass over their houses.

But why the doorposts?

What are doorposts most commonly made of?

Wood.

Where does wood come from?

From a tree.

So the message of that very first Passover was that the blood of the lamb on the tree covers us from the wrath of God.

Does that sound familiar?

It should.

It is the message of the cross – the blood of the lamb on the tree covers us from the wrath of God!

So for centuries upon centuries, God had His people gather in the exact city where Christ would die, at the exact time of the year when He would die, and He had them celebrate a holiday that perfectly foreshadowed the sacrifice of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah.

So why have Christians rejected the festival of Passover?

After all, it is a fact that Jesus celebrated Passover.  The Last Supper was actually a Passover meal (just look it up in the Scriptures).

During the Last Supper Jesus said that from now on we were to celebrate that meal in memory of Him.

And all of humanity will celebrate the Passover during the 1000 year reign of Yahshua. If you don’t believe this, just read Ezekiel chapters 45 and 46 which describe what life will be like during the 1000 year reign of the Messiah.

But instead of celebrating Passover, most Christians today celebrate “Easter” just as ancient civilizations such as the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, and the Philistines did.  In fact, ritual pagan sex acts were often involved with the celebration of “Easter” in ancient times.  That doesn’t sound like much of a Christian holiday.

So why have Christians forsaken a holiday which predicted the sacrifice of Jesus, which is full of symbolism about Jesus, which is during the precise time when Jesus died and rose again and which God tells us in the Scriptures to remember?

Why have Christians instead been celebrating a pagan fertility festival that is named after a pagan fertility goddess and is filled with pagan symbols and traditions?

For more information on the pagan origins of Easter, we would encourage you to check out this YouTube video that we produced…..

We hope that this article has been very eye opening for you.  The reality is that there is a lot more to the holidays that we have been celebrating than we have ever been taught.

Don’t just take “holidays” for granted.  Learn where they came from and why you celebrate them.  Learn what the first Christians did and why they did it.

Perhaps there are reasons why we don’t see the same type of power and miracles that the early Christians did.

Perhaps it is time to try to recapture the faith and practices of those early Christians.

December 25th Was Baal's Birthday Before It Was Celebrated As Christmas

In a previous post we mentioned the pagan origins of Christmas, but we wanted to go into quite a bit more detail about the historical facts regarding December 25th.  Most Christians get quite offended when you try to tell them that December 25th is not a Christian holiday.  They just don’t understand.  The truth is that it is a very ancient pagan holiday, and most of the Christmas traditions of today can be directly traced back to pagan practices.

For example, have you ever heard of a story where a heroic supernatural figure visits an evergreen tree on December 25th to leave gifts?

Does that sound familiar?

Does the name Santa Claus ring a bell?

Well, the reality is that it goes back a lot farther than that.

It actually goes all the way back to ancient Babylon.

According to ancient Babylonian tradition, Semiramis (who eventually became known as the goddess Asherah/Ashtoreth/Isis/Ishtar/Easter in other religions) claimed that her son Nimrod had been reincarnated in the form of a full grown evergreen tree that sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump.  Semiramis also claimed that Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts each year on the anniversary of his birth, which just happened to be on December 25th.  Yes, this story seems a bit weird and contradictory, but that is often the case with ancient pagan religions.

Out of this story came the tradition for pagans to go out to the holy “groves” and leave gifts for Nimrod (who was later worshipped as “Baal”) at an evergreen tree.

Does that sound “Christian” to you?

In fact, have you ever wondered where the word Christmas actually comes from?

The word “Christmas” is actually not found anywhere in the Bible.

In fact, the word “Christmas” was not even invented until the Middle Ages.

The Catholic Encyclopedia makes this stunning admission: “The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038.”

That means that the word “Christmas” did not even exist until more than a thousand years after the death of Yahshua (Jesus).

Yet most American Christians will gather around “the Christmas tree” on December 25th without having any idea why they keep this tradition or where it originally came from. The truth is that the Christmas tree and the decorations that they put on the Christmas tree have ancient roots in pagan fertility traditions.

In ancient times, the goddess Asherah/Ashtoreth was known as the “Queen of Heaven”.  She was worshipped by many ancient civilizations throughout the Middle East.

One of the symbols most closely associated with Asherah/Ashtoreth was a tree. The ancient Canaanites and Phoenicians viewed the tree as a symbol of fertility.

A symbol of male fertility.

This is not a joke.  Sadly this is all very real.

The purpose of the fertility tree in ancient times was to display the symbols of fertility.

The pole, balls, and tinsel (phallus, testes, semen) represented various aspects of male fertility, while wreaths were always made in a circle to represent female fertility.

That sure puts a different spin on things, now doesn’t it?

But isn’t all of this supposed to be “Christian”?

The truth is that the Bible does not say a thing about a “Christmas tree”, but it does warn God’s people against putting up trees like the other pagan nations were doing.

In Jeremiah 10:1-4 we read this:

Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.”

The truth can be shocking, eh?

But most people simply do not know these things.

Most people believe that December 25th first became a holiday when Catholics decided to make that day the celebration of the birth of Christ. But that is simply not true. Long before Christmas was ever invented, December 25th was known as “the birthday of the unconquered sun” and it was celebrated as the birthday of pagan gods such as Baal, Mithras, Attis, Sol, Jupiter, Dionysus and others.

When the Catholics came along and decided to make it a Christian holiday in the fourth century, they simply adopted a pagan holiday and kept many of the same pagan practices.

Another ancient name for the late December holiday is Yule.

Yule is the name of a major pagan holiday that is still celebrated today by huge numbers of people around the world.

In fact, a major U.K. newspaper ran this headline last winter: Ancient Yule festivals lie behind much of our British Christmas.

Yule was celebrated by the pagans of northern Europe from late December through early January for centuries. When you offer “yuletide” greetings you are acknowledging this pagan celebration. Yule logs were traditionally lit to honor the horrible pagan god “Thor”. The holiday would continue until the Yule log burned out, which could take as long as twelve days.  This is where we get the so-called “12 days of Christmas”. Even an early form of Santa Claus can all be traced back to ancient Yule celebrations.

In fact, pagan, Wiccans and witches still celebrate Yule to this day.  They laugh and laugh at Christians who use the pagan word Yule.  The following was taken from a website on witchcraft:

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Birthday of the Twins:

Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) holy day. Birthday of the Twins, Heru Sa Aset and Bast, children of Aset [Isis]. Origin of Yule and Christmas. On Winter Solstice Asar [Osiris] dies. Aset [Isis] with the magick help of Nebt Het [Nephthys] creates a Djed Pillar [artificial penis] for Her husband and impregnates Herself. For three full days (December 22-24) Asar lies dead and the Twins grow in Aset’s belly. On this day (December 25th) the Twins are born, the reincarnation or resurrection of Their Father. The green tree is a symbol of the green-skinned Asar, God of fertility and vegetation. The colored lights are symbols of Aset, Goddess of magick and divine light. Red, green, and white are the traditional candle colors of Bast (this was Her birthday alone for several thousand years of early Kemetic history), later being adapted to red for Aset (the color of the Mother’s menstrual flow), green for Asar (the color of vegetation), and white for the Twins (the color of pure light).

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Another one of the pre-Christian pagan festivals of late December was called Saturnalia.

Saturnalia was a holiday during which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of their god Saturn.  This festival began on the 17th of December and it would last for a whole week until the 23rd of December.

Green ivy and holly were common symbols of “Saturn”, the Roman deity.

So why do Christians put them up in their houses?

Later on, the Romans also started holding a festival on December 25th called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means “the birthday of the unconquered sun.”  It was held to honor the birth of the sun god.

In the year 350 A.D., Pope Julius I declared that “Christ’s birth” would be celebrated on December 25th from then on.  As we discussed earlier, Christians incorporated many of the previously existing pagan practices and traditions into their new holiday.

Apparently the Pope’s rationale at the time was that he was trying to make it easier for pagan Romans to convert to Christianity.

But the historical Jesus was not born on December 25th.

It simply would have been far too cold for shepherds to be out with their sheep at night during that time.

So when was Jesus actually born.

Well, according to the information we have in the Bible, it appears that it is most likely that He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles.  For more information on this, please refer to this article:

http://shofarhorn.com/archives/was-jesus-born-during-the-feast-of-tabernacles-and-not-on-christmas

For more information on the pagan origins of Christmas, please watch this video we put together on the topic…..

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Was Jesus Born During The Feast Of Tabernacles And Not On Christmas?

In a previous article we alluded to the fact that Yahshua (Jesus) was almost certainly born during the Feast of  Tabernacles.  But is there any evidence for this?  Is there any evidence that Jesus was not born on December 25th? The truth is that the vast majority of both Christians and non-Christians are shocked when you tell them that Yahshua (Jesus) was not born anywhere near December 25th. In fact, the word “Christmas” is not anywhere in the Bible, and neither are “Christmas trees” or “Christmas presents”.

So what does the Bible say about when Yahshua (Jesus) was born?

Well, our research has uncovered some stunning truths about Christmas, and we have presented those findings in a short YouTube video entitled: “Proof That Jesus Christ Was NOT Born On December 25th”. The video is embedded at the end of this post, and we hope that you will watch it and send it to others as well.

Our YouTube video examines the following questions:

*Wouldn’t it have been way too cold for the shepherds to be out with their flocks at night in late December?

*Can we prove from the Scriptures that Yahshua (Jesus) was NOT born during the winter?

*Do the Scriptures give us any information about when Yahshua (Jesus) actually was born?

*Was there a real historical reason why the inns were full when Mary and Joseph were looking for a place to stay?

*Was there a festival that was instituted by the Lord God over a thousand years before Yahshua(Jesus) was born that prophetically foreshadowed the circumstances and timing of His birth?

The truth is that there is a whole lot about the birth of Yahshua (Jesus) that you were never taught in church.

So if Yahshua (Jesus) was not born on December 25th, then why do Christians celebrate that day?

The truth might shock you.

The reality is that there was a late December pagan holiday that was celebrated for centuries before Yahshua(Jesus) was ever born.  This pagan holiday that commemorated the birth of various pagan “gods” was celebrated throughout the Roman Empire in different forms.  In fact, many of the “Christmas traditions” of today can be directly traced to pagan religious practices that pre-date Christ.

The Roman Catholics decided to “christianize” this pagan holiday starting in 336 A.D. and turn it into a celebration of the birth of Christ.  But they also kept many of the same traditions and practices from the pagan festivals.

You can find out much more about the pagan roots of Christmas by watching our other video on this topic entitled “The Christmas Conspiracy: The Pagan Origins Of Christmas”.  If you do not know about these things yet, then it will REALLY open your eyes.

But first, please watch our YouTube video that shows why Yahshua (Jesus) was NOT born on December 25th…..

The Shofar, Rosh Hashanah And The Return Of Jesus Christ

The vast majority of Jews and the vast majority of Christians have no idea that there is a connection between the shofar, Rosh Hashanah and the return of Jesus Christ to this earth.  The truth is that there is a reason why God commands that the shofar be blown on Rosh Hashanah – it is because the blast of the trumpet is connected to the ultimate prophetic fulfillment of that festival.

You see, God almost always does the “big things” on His festival days.  Yahshua (Jesus) was almost certainly born during the Feast of Tabernacles, He was crucified on the eve of Passover when the Passover lambs were also being slaughtered, He rose from the dead on First Fruits and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early apostles during the Feast of Pentecost.

The reality is all of the Biblical festivals are prophetic.  So what is prophetic about Rosh Hashanah and the blowing of the shofar?

Well, we are glad that you asked.

There are several primary scriptures that describe the return of Yahshua (Jesus) to this earth, and in those scriptures a blast from a trumpet repeatedly shows up.

For example, consider 1 Corinthians 15:51-52…..

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

This scripture tells us precisely when the second coming of Jesus will be.

It is marked in red for you.

This passage tells us that the second coming of Jesus will take place at the last trumpet.

So when will that be?

Well, hold on to that for a minute and let’s take a look at the next passage.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, once again we see the timing of the second coming of Christ coincides with the trumpet call of God…..

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

There is that trumpet again.

But just when is this “last trumpet” going to be?

Fortunately, Yahshua (Jesus) gave us the answer to that question. In Matthew chapter 24, Yahshua (Jesus) tells his disciples about many of the events that will occur during the Tribulation period, and then in verses 29 to 31 Jesus describes the moment of His second coming to earth at the end of the Tribulation period.

Please notice that once again, the events of Matthew 24:29-31 coincide with the trumpet call of God…..

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 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.

Now, as we saw earlier, the second coming of Yahshua (Jesus) is clearly supposed to take place at the “last trumpet”.

In Matthew 24, Jesus tells us that His final return to this earth will coincide with a great trumpet blast.

Is there any other trumpet blast after that one?

No.

So that is the last trumpet.

The reality is that I Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4 and Matthew 24 are all talking about the exact same event – the second coming of the Messiah to this earth.

So we can clearly see that the scriptures clearly link the return of Yahshua (Jesus) with a trumpet blast.

We have also noted that God almost always does the “big things” on His festival days.

So what do you think the odds are that God will have the return of the Messiah fall on the festival day that has been celebrated by trumpet blasts for thousands of years?

But most Christians and Jews have never been taught to these kinds of depths.

Once certain keys in the Bible are pointed out to you, all kinds of other things begin to open up.

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How To Blow A Shofar

When most new shofar owners first get a shofar they quickly figure out that it is not quite as easy to blow a shofar as they may have thought. The truth is that it is not easy, but it is not that hard to learn how to blow a shofar either. A few quick tips is usually all it takes for someone to learn how to blow a shofar effectively.

Posted below is a very short YouTube video from a shofar maker from Belgium about how to blow a shofar. If you will apply the basic tips that he gives, then you will be blowing your shofar before you know it…..

Picture Originally uploaded by matthewray

Psalm 98:5-6

make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

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Welcome To Our New Site About Shofars

ShofarWelcome to ShofarHorn.com!  We are very excited that you have decided to visit out little site about shofars.  We hope to not only provide basic information about what a shofar is and how to use it, but also to examine the mysteries that are connected to shofars in the Scriptures.

So just what is a shofar?  Well, a shofar is most commonly known as a horn that is used during Jewish religious services.  In particular, the shofar takes a place of significant prominence during services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Traditionally, a shofar may be made from the horn of any animal except that of a cow, although a ram has always been regarded as preferable.  Shofars come in varying lengths.  You can find some that are very short, but you can also find some of extraordinary length.  In fact, it is not rare to find shofars that are four feet long or more.

The use of the shofar can be traced back to the book of Exodus, but it was in the Lord’s commandments regarding the feast days that established their use for centuries to come.  In particular, the Torah really links the shofar with the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) in Leviticus 23…..

Leviticus 23:23-25

The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.’ “

If you go over to Israel during Rosh Hashanah you will hear the sounding of shofars all over the place. However, there is a lot of prophetic significance to the shofar that both Jews and Christians simply do not realize. In future articles we will get into that prophetic significance, along with unlocking a lot of other Biblical secrets that both Jews and Christians should find quite fascinating.

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