This is the introduction to my next book to be released, Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa!
Thank you for your interest in “Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa.” I pray it can be used as a daily devotional or a short teaching guide for biblical studies. I also hope that the added prophetic pieces are eye opening and get you digging for more and more buried treasure found in His Word.
The word “Trumpet” seems to be in the spotlight this year. Author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Harper Lee, published her first book to come out since 1960’s To Kill a Mockingbird and she gave it a title that came straight from the book of Isaiah, “Go Set a Watchmen.” The watchmen’s job was to blow the trumpet and sound the alarm.
We also have a well-known presidential candidate by the name of Donald “Trump.” Many in Christendom are proclaiming that God is going to use his voice as a trumpet. But what I am getting ready to tell you is quite phenomenal. Earlier in the year, I heard a shofar blowing loudly. I told my husband about the incident and pondered it in my heart. We live in the middle of the woods far away from anyone. The sound of it was so loud it resonated in my soul. I wondered what it could mean. Later I discovered that I was not the only one who heard it. This trumpet herald made world news. These sounds of the shofar or trumpet blast were given names such as “strange sounds from the sky” and “apocalyptic blast.” Not only were these noises heard in America and Canada but also in Germany and Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, England, the Ukraine and France. You can look these “Strange Sounds in the sky” up on youtube and listen. Many Scientists have tried to explain the noises away, but I believe all of these similarities and messages are being spoken for such a time as this.
Prophets or Nabi in the Hebrew were men and women in the Bible who spoke with authority the Word of Yahweh. Unfortunately, the Greek mindset of a prophet has filtered in and many believe prophets to be some sort of fortune tellers who can give you a word for the day or tell you a future event. Prophets were given authority to instruct and admonish the people and at times, yes, they gave future events, but this is not what a prophet is. Their wisdom and anointing came from the Holy Spirit and The Word of Yahweh.
As my husband and I searched for the right title to use for the book, I decided to do a play or pun on words by using Yahweh’s Word and my pen name “Tekoa.”
“Flee for safety, O sons of Benjamin, From the midst of Jerusalem! Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa And raise a signal over Beth-haccerem; For evil looks down from the north, And a great destruction.” Jeremiah 6:1 NASB.
Tekoa is a city of Judah, whose hills stretch forth by Hebron and eastward towards the Dead Sea. The mighty prophet Jeremiah was warning the people of great danger and telling them to blow the shofar and flee for safety. Another prophet named Amos was from Tekoa.
“This message was given to Amos, a shepherd from the town of Tekoa in Judah. He received this message in visions two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash, was king of Israel.” Amos 1:1 NLT. Interesting enough, that same earthquake is mentioned again and is compared to the one that will happen when Yeshua’s feet stand on the Mount. Let’s look at this.
“Behold, a day is coming for the LORD when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. That day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!” Zechariah 14:1-5 NASB.
The watchmen had a job to blow the trumpet (Shofar) to warn the people of danger. The prophet also has a job to warn the people as well. Most prophets were not taken seriously and many were mocked by family and friends or even murdered. Today, there are some who want the fame or title of prophetic watchmen, but that is only due to their ignorance concerning such a calling. When you begin to study the major and Minor Prophets, you will learn that they were quite frightened by Yah’s instructions. The Lord told Jeremiah this.
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah answers him in verse 6 with an exclamation of,
“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” Jeremiah 1:5-6 NLT. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. He was told to never marry or have children due to the idolatry of Israel. His life was a continuous cry for the people to repent and turn from their wickedness but his cries went unheeded and his life was filled with mockery, pain, and anguish. Not only was it a lonely existence, but he was placed in prison, and then a dungeon. He was starved and almost died at one point. The reason why? He spoke the truth and warned the people that The Lord was going to punish them for their wickedness.
Amos, on the other hand, was speaking to the Northern kingdom and often informed the people that he wasn’t a prophet, but a farmer, until Yahweh called him to warn the people of the destruction that was coming upon them due to their sins.
Moses argued with HaShem at least 7 times when he received the call to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Most of the time the call was met with fear, not only for a Holy God but for their very lives and yet today the title is paraded around for accolades.
Amos 3:7 NASB says, “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.” The people of Tekoa tried to drive Amos out of his hometown. They did not want to hear the long sound of the shofar, the warning cries of his prophetic pleas.
What is a prophet’s job? At times, it is to blow a trumpet in Tekoa. At times, it may even be a voice such as Jeremiah’s for the nations. One of the reasons why I like the title for this particular book is due to what a shofar represents for God’s people. The very word shofar in Hebrew comes from a root word meaning beauty. When the trumpet (shofar) was blown the people knew it meant one of several things, war, danger, preparation, death, Shabbat (sabbath) or a High Holy Day. The sound said, “The High Holy Days are coming!”
Many of the prophetic teachings in this book are a long mournful cry for all of us to turn back to Yahweh and to heed his commandments and look at our own reflection so we can come up higher. Other topics are for healing, refreshing and ultimately to draw one closer to HIM.
I pray the sound of the trumpet on the pages of this book arouses and awakens you to a new walk and understanding of the truth. I pray the beauty of the “Teki’ah”, a burst and long blast of triumph, joy, and gladness ignites your hearts. The sound of Teki’ah announced the coming KING and today we are closer than we have ever been to His arrival.
“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land TREMBLE, FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS COMING. It is close at hand—“Joel 2:1.
Awaken! Blow a trumpet in Tekoa!