Shofar blowers sought for Aug. 11 ceremony

Monday, August 2, 2004

All persons with a shofar are asked to help "confuse the prince of the air" on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Christ of the Ozarks statue at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, according to Al Pryor, pastor of Remnant of Praise in Berryville.

Shofar translates from the Hebrew as "trumpet," and is the horn of a ram or antelope blown to call an assembly, blown during the coronation of kings ---- and including the inauguration of President George W. Bush ---- blown in praise and worship, and blown to confuse, disburse and defeat an enemy.

Pryor asks that only shofars be blown at the Aug. 11 event, and that all other horns not be used.

A shofar is a weapon, he said, as demonstrated in Judges 7:7-23 in which Gideon won and battle when the enemy ran and was slain when they heard 300 shofars being blown, and in Joshua 6, when seven priests of God blew shofars at the battle of Jericho, and the walls of the city collapsed.

"The battle was won for God not by might of sword but by obeying God and sounding the shofar," Pryor said.

He continued, "What this means is that the sound of the shofar blown into the air caused confusion and destruction in the spiritual realm of Satan. His leadership among the Midianites and his walls of strength in Jericho were destroyed with the blast of the trumpet and a shout by the obedient people of God."

Pryor says that most Christians are unaware of the high esteem God places on the shofar. He notes that the voice of God is as a shofar in Revelation 1, and in Zechariah 9:14 God blows the shofar. In 1 Thessalonians, it says that Jesus will return and the dead in Christ shall rise with the sound of the trump, or shofar.

"All this and much more in God's word shows us that God holds the shofar in high esteem," Pryor said. "Its use in the defeat of evil and the enemy of God is well recorded in the Bible.

"The purpose of this gathering is to blow the shofar is support of our fighting troops in Iraq and the Godly leadership that is required to defeat the evil that our country finds itself at war with, and, if it be the will of God, to bring about an immediate end to the conflict," he continued. "God's word says you have not because you ask not, so in the name of Jesus we will ask this of God."

All persons with family and friends in military service are encouraged to attend the Aug. 11 event, and write their name, at which time a blast of the shofar shall be trumpeted. Once all names have been trumpeted, a prayer will offered, and all shofars will be sounded together in a long blast with a shout at the devil, Pryor said.

The event is non-denominational. For more information, telephone Al or Margo Pryor at (870) 423-5348.

Remnant Praise Fellowship meets in the facilities of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located one-half mile west of Maverick Supply, west of Berryville.

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