Art will make you think by asking the question "Have your ever considered what it would be like for the whole earth to worship and praise the Lord?" This statement is most powerful. Art address the issues of worship, revival, warfare, dispersion, and the return of the nations. There are terms that he uses in his books such as North, South, East, and To The Ends Of The Earth.
The "Shofar Manual" is to aid in growth for studying, reading, praying and seeking the Lord's face. The shofar is an instrument designed by God to be accepted in waging warfare in the heavenlies. This manual stress that time has run out for playing games and the whole entire world needs to get serious. You will see that the Shofar is a Holy Instrument and to blow the Shofar is a Holy Calling. Bro Art recommends that if a person is weak in heart, he would not recommend for them to purchase a Shofar to blow.
Art acknowledges his wife Gayle as his faithful friend, his father (who raised him as a Gentile man), D. Zangla, George Eller(who was a true Rabbi to him) and all his friends that help mold him.
I would like to share some insights on Brother George Eller. I was also priviledged to study under Bro George and my life will never be the same and this is where my heart became heavy and I fell in love with Israel. Brother George has travel over the substantial part of the World in order to access the most prestigious Institutions of Highest Learning.
I will say for the record there was another person that is not Jewish that shared with me to study Deuteronomy 8 and never forget it. This Christian spoke the Word of God to me like a prophet of Old.
We never know when God is sending someone by to deliver HIS Word to us.
When Art began writing this book, there was an urgency in his spirit to get it out and he would wake up in the morning hours to write. He understands more and more about the urgency of his writings.
There is a letter that Art shared on Wed August 15, 2001 (26 Av 5761) which was an appeal to people he knew to join in with him and blow for the repentance of the nations You may view the letter at "Hearts With Soul" entitled "El Shaddai". When I first saw Art's message I asked him would he give me his permission to share online with others because it caused a stirring in my spirit. Art's reply to me on August 16, 2001 was "The sooner the better. Remember there are 40 days before Yom Kippur, and repentance is the issue. When the Orthodox Jews, Conservative and Reformed, not to mention a whole slew of others go to repent, the air needs to be vibrant with repentance. If not, life will go on as usual and the people will continue to be lax and so on. There is an urgency that we don't let this pass us by and catch us unawares of things to come. Yes, I did submit to others to be published but it was not published by many.
Art stresses it is time for a revival to sweep the earth. He does use the Hebrew words "Yahweh" for "Lord" and "Elohoim" for "God".
Art explains that the "North" to him means Worship. Let's think on this point where do we consider the North; well he looks at the North being at the top. He let's us know how he sees the word "praise", and he shares that when he looks at the "p" he can see a bended knee.
He shares that when we come to Mount Sinai we will begin to understand the purpose of Worship. He shares from Hebrews, "they that come to Him must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him".
He shares with us "The Ark of The Covenant" and the importance it has with all of Israel. This is the single most important piece of furniture in the Tabernacle of Moses, the Tabernacle of David and the Temple of Solomon.
Just think on this did not John the Baptist, which was a Prophet of Yahweh call the people to repent. Today are we alerting the people? Are we warning the people?
He shares his insights on "The Priesthood". Who were the priests? If you read Leviticus 20:7-8 you will see the commandment for the priests. He shares in his book that David told the leaders of the Levities to appoint their brothers as singers with musical instruments and Berekiah and Elkanah were to be doorkeepers for the ARK. When I looked at doorkeepers my mind went on "Ushers" we need to look seriously how we conduct ourselves in God's Holy House. Am I an Usher? Yes, I am.
He shares that the current translations of the Bible refer to the "shofar" as a "trumpet." This is not the same instrument that Joshua and Gideon blew. They blew ram's horns. Think on this: "When the Shofar sounded, the people trembled, and Yahweh heard the sound."
We are now looking at the word "South." I will truly admit that we do have a need for revival. He sets the stage to share four keys of Revival: a. we need to realize that we are dry b. we need to have a Holy Desperation c. we must be Persistent d. we should look forward to Outpouring
One point that he brought out "He can not help but wonder how long we will put up with unrighteous priests who care more for their expensive home and fancy cars and jets. When was the last time you heard a priest get between the porch and the altar and plead for the people?"
Does dryness come because of a spirit of rebellion? Let's think about this.
Are you persistence? What does it mean to be persistence? He shares we have to pray and keep on praying until something happens. PUSH.
You might be thinking when are things going to get better? Why Lord are we still fearful? Let's think about the talmidim (disciples) just think if they felt like giving up when they were in the Upper Room. The disciples did not give up so that let's me know I have to keep praying myself.
We are now looking at the word "East." Let your mind think on Warfare. Well when you go into war you need to be prepared in order to stand and defeat the enemy. (Numbers 10:9)
He shares I Samuel 13:3 "And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. Then Saul blew the shofar throughout the land, saying, "Let the Hebrews hear." A great truth he wrote "We have more people in this day proclaiming freedom to financial bondage."
One thing for certain we are obedient to God or man each person must decide for themselves.
He shares that Gatekeepers have a very important function. They are better know as a watchman. He shares that many of the prophets were watchmen and gatekeepers. Watchmen give warnings to people and you may review some scriptures that speak of watchmen: Isaiah 62:6, Jeremiah 6:17, Jeremiah 51:12, and Isaiah 56:10-12. He shares that one of the famous gatekeepers was a female namely Deborah. Deborah was a prophetess and was leading Israel.
Now we will look at the word "West." We are looking at the "diaspora" of "off to the west". The Jewish people have been scattered to the four corners of the earth. The time of the Tower of Babel we saw a dispersion where the people were scattered.
My favorite books in the Bible are Psalms and Matthew. He shares that it is important to note that not only did King David fall short, but many of us fall short of our calling everyday.
This was most touching to me "If there was ever a need to blow the Shofar, it is now. Blow the Shofar and say, Father, we blow the Shofar over the youth in all of the lands. Please protect them."
Now we are looking at the words "To The Ends Of The Earth". In Hebrew, the tern "ends" literally means "wings". He shares in other words, it is to the wings of the earth. The scriptures plainly tells us that we are commissioned to go out and teach glad tidings to the people. This also reminds me of Mark 13:10.
Jesus/Yeshua(Hebrew name for Jesus which means Salvation) has commissioned us to go out and make disciples of all the nations. Jesus came for the redemption of mankind.
Art is reminding us in the manual now is the time to stand up and call the nations to repentance and blow the Shofar.
I myself would say that Art Wolfenson has been commissioned by Yeshua and I will never forget his message on August 15, 2001. Can you imagine how I felt on September 11, 2001 "I thought Noah told the people it was going to rain" and Art did speak but who really listened. I am most thankful for the Messianic Rabbi coming online on September 11, 2001 and told us to pray.