The Voice of Messiah
The Voice of Messiah is likened unto a shofar (Revelation 1:10) which gathers in the exiles (Isaiah 27:13). It is the Voice of the Good Shepherd calling the lost sheep home (John 10:3, 16, 27-28; Jeremiah 31:10). It is the Voice of Love that reconciles mankind back to the Father, not the voice of condemnation (John 3:15-18).
The Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah is an annual holy day (Leviticus 23:24) to remember the Voice of Messiah. The Feasts are shadow pictures which are designed to reveal Jesus the Messiah (Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:1-17). He is the Image of God (Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:15-16) who is love (1 John 4:8). Therefore all of the feasts are designed to reveal the love of God. From the Spring feasts which reveal the sacrifice of the Lord to redeem mankind to the Fall feasts which reveal the future gathering of the redeemed. They are all about the love of God for mankind and despite our wickedness, He still offers the path of reconciliation. It doesn’t come by our religious works (Ephesians 2:1-10) or our understanding of His will (1 Corinthians 2:16), it comes by His Voice (Psalm 95:7; Hebrews 4:7-10; John 10:16; Acts 22:14-16).
The Hebrew word for voice is קל ‘qol’ which literally means the voice of a shepherd that gathers his sheep. The Good Shepherd calls to His sheep in love (Isaiah 40:11), even when they are filthy and defiled, He still calls them home (Ezekiel 37:23-24). False shepherds scatter his sheep by their voices of condemnation and division and seek not to restore the lost to the fold (Jeremiah 23:2-4; Ezekiel 34:4-6; John 10:10; Isaiah 56:11; 2 Peter 2:1-3). What voice are we listening to? Even as believers our flesh is still defiled (Romans 7:18) and hates our fellow man (1 John 4:20). We can veil our hatred in religiosity but it is still hate. We can say we are watchman and we are just ‘warning’ the brethren but the Lord knows our hearts (Luke 16:15).
Do we point the finger of condemnation and accuse others or are we defending in love and reconciliation? The answer to this question reveals what fold you are abiding in and what shepherd you are following.
Messiah is the Good Shepherd, the Defender (1 John 2:1-2; Luke 22:31-32; Romans 8:31-34; Hebrews 2:14-18). Satan is the false shepherd (Zechariah 11:16-17), the accuser of mankind (Revelation 12:10-11).
If we truly want to keep the Feast of Trumpets in the Spirit of the Law (2 Corinthians 3:6) then we must be on the side of the Defender (Proverbs 12:6) forgiving others lest we slip into the sheepfold of the wicked one (2 Corthinians 2:10-11). Sharing the Good Shepherd’s voice of love, for love covers a multitude of sin (Proverbs 10:12; 17:9-11; 1 Corinthians 13:7, 12; 1 Peter 4:8).
There is joy in heaven when a lost sheep is brought back to the fold (Luke 15:6-7). So too, Yom Teruah is associated with ‘shouts of joy’ (Psalm 27:6; 33:3; 89:15; 98:5-6). How many verses in Scripture speak of joy in heaven over the sheep understanding religious doctrine? How many verses in Scripture speak of joy in heaven when we ‘convert’ another to our way of thinking? None!
The Shofar is also used during times of war (Jeremiah 4:5, 19). What is the origin of war? It traces back to the war between the two seeds in the beginning. The Seed of the woman, who is Messiah (Galatians 3:16) versus the seed of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). This war was won by the offering of Messiah at Calvary (Isaiah 40:2). This is the definition of love (John 3:16; 15:13).
What side are we going to choose? The side of love (Ephesians 5:2; 1 John 4:7-11) or the side of condemnation, hate and murder? (John 8:44; James 4:1-7; Isaiah 57:4).
The voice of Messiah resurrects the dead (John 5:25-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53). Death comes by sin in the beginning (Romans 5:12), the time in which this great war began. Scripture declares that all of mankind are as sheep that have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6). All deserve the penalty of death (Romans 3:9, 19,23) but yet, God in His infinite love desires us to be restored to Him (2 Corinthians 5:19-21) and be delivered from this penalty of sin (Galatians 3:22).
This is the message of the Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah. This is the message of the Gospel. Love. Love that breaks down the barriers and walls which man has set up to divide (Ephesians 2:1-22; 1 Corinthians 12:13). Love that breaks down the wall of sin which has separated man from God (Isaiah 59:2; John 3:16; 12:32; Isaiah 49:6; Revelation 5:9). This love is revealed in our actions towards our fellow man, not in our intellectual proclamations. All of us see through a glass darkly which keeps us from seeing eye to eye (1 Corinthians 13:12). The only remedy for this is love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 1 John 4:7-21). Love and patience towards one another until the Lord returns and His salvation is fully revealed (Isaiah 52:7-10). Love allows man to understand that we can have differences of opinions but ultimately if we abide in love we can dwell in peace and unity (Ephesians 4:2-16, 32; 5:1-2; Colossians 3:9-17).
We are resurrected by His voice, into His image. This is the hope that purifies us (1 John 3:1-3). Our understanding of doctrine doesn’t save us, only our hope that we will hear His Voice on that Last Day. If our hope is to hear His voice of love on that day, why not focus on that voice of love now as opposed to the voice of condemnation that dulls our ears from His love (John 8:43-44; 10:1-21)?
The Shofar was used by watchman in ancient times to warn the people of danger (Jeremiah 6:17). What is the message of a Biblical watchman? The Voice of Love. The message of repentance towards God (Ezekiel 33:8-9, 11; Isaiah 52:7-8). The watchman did not send forth the voice of condemnation but the message of repentance unto restoration (Ezekiel 18:32). So many times, believers veil the hatred in their hearts towards others by saying they are merely being watchman. If your message of exposing darkness is not tempered with the message of reconciliation and the path thereunto, then you are not delivering the voice of the Good Shepherd. You are delivering the voice of the accuser of the brethren.
The shofar was also used in the Jubilees. The time in which man was set free and restored to his family (Leviticus 25:9-10). When we look at our family members who are not walking in faith towards God, do we pray that He would open up their hearts and restore them? Do we pray that He would be patient with them until they come to faith? Or do we pray to God that He would condemn them and cast them into hell? If we are believers and have the love of Messiah in our hearts, we pray for the former. If then we pray that God would restore our close family members, why do we point the finger of condemnation at our distant family members?
Do we not understand that all of mankind has the same Father (Acts 17:26-29; Ephesians 3:15)? Or do we justify our hatred for others in the same way that the deceived of ancient times did (Luke 10:29; 18:9; Matthew 5:43-48)?
The next time the finger of condemnation raises on our hands, even in the guise of being watchmen, may we remember that the accused is our family member and a child of God (Romans 3:29; Jeremiah 32:27; John 1:9; Numbers 16:22; 27:16). Just because a person has a different understanding of God doesn’t mean they are despised in His sight. He is abundantly patient and desires all of mankind to be restored to Him (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:1-6). Are we really so arrogant to think that we have perfect knowledge of God and those who don’t agree are to be condemned (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)?
If one wants to correct another in love (Leviticus 19:17; Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 4:2), let it be done in an edifying way, not in condemnation (Ephesians 4:12-32; 1 Timothy 1:4).
Pointing the finger in condemnation at others because they don’t see God as you do will never lead anyone to the truth. The only way to lead others to the Good Shepherd is to let His love be revealed through you (1 Peter 2:21-25; 5:2-4; John 15:1-11; Colossians 1:27-28; Colossians 3:11-14).
The call of Messiah to take the Gospel to the world is in essence, taking His Voice of love to the world (Romans 10:17). Believers are given this ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). The shofar call which brings forth light out of darkness (Psalm 89:15; 2 Corinthians 4:6), life from the dead (Ephesians 5:14).