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When I first gave birth to Polishing Jade and Walter the Homeless Man it was an exciting time for me. Many family and friends were great cheerleaders and took the time to read my books. I was even able to fly out to Washington and Texas and hand deliver two books to some women in my life who encouraged and helped me. One of these women bought shadow boxes and hung my books on her wall. She had displayed them like you would display photos of your children you’re proud of. What a blessing that time was for me. I’m once again excited about books, a new release, and a very vivid dream.

The beauty of writing books is you can say whatever you want. Matter a fact, some writers of the past had words so powerful many burned their books and banned them. I wouldn’t place myself in that category, but I will tell you I write real life stories. I write about alcoholism, drugs, abuse, rape, teen pregnancy, violence, and death, and I don’t sugar coat it with a Christian “darn” “dang’ “dadgummit,” attitude. I also don’t sugar coat the lies that I was fed by well-meaning pastors, so it’s possible I could rouse some folks. I often receive letters from women who have read Polishing Jade. They open up about being raped, molested, or becoming pregnant at an early age and how Jade helped them heal. Their stories are a great blessing to me.

But back to what I am excited about… I have three amazing sons in the natural, but a womb full of books as well. I had a dream the other night and in my dream, my husband and I were working in a laboratory. There were deep sinks used in biology labs, tables for dissecting, and places to look under microscopes. Each area had a baby at it and they were all ours.  At one point in the dream, my husband came up to me holding a beautiful olive-skinned baby boy with a head full of dark curls. He had the biggest brown eyes and he looked up at me with a look I will never forget. My husband held him up to me and said, “Here change him he’s soiled.” We both had agreed that the “all caps” I had used in portions of Doctrines of Demons came across wrong, and the typos throughout the text needed to be fixed. I often referred to these books as babies in need of a good diaper change, so in my dream, it made sense that this baby represented my biblical teaching works. In my dream, I remember taking the baby’s diaper off and walking over to a huge sink and bathing him in the water. As I was washing him my husband came in a panic and wanted me to go assist another baby that needed help. I left the boy in the sink unattended, something I would never do in the natural, and when I came back to the sink he was floating. His beautiful brown hair bobbing atop the water.

 

I grabbed him and began trying to do CPR and pump his chest and pat his back, but he was dead. I hurried to my husband in a panic carrying my lifeless baby. He gruffly asked what was wrong. I said, “My baby is dead, he drowned.” About that time my husband pounded on his back and water poured out of his mouth and the baby looked up at me wide-eyed, his eyes so pure and lovely. My heart felt joy. As I laid there meditating on the dream I heard a verse in my spirit, one I hadn’t heard in a while. It was a verse the Father used to give me before I ever published a book. “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 54:1. I used to think about this verse over and over. I was single then, homeless, sick, and writing books, but G-d knew I’d give birth one day.

I then heard, “I just baptized your teaching books and they are coming back from the dead.” Praise His Holy Name! Both revised manuscripts are available on Amazon and ready to purchase.

Next, we will be doing a new book release for Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa. I cannot wait to have a new baby. And the deep prophetic pleas in this book are heartfelt. We are going to celebrate this 5th baby with a party. When wives give birth, husbands buy cigars, call all their friends and family and they have a room prepared for their newborns arrival. We too will be doing book signings, speaking events, and contacting media outlets.

If it wasn’t for my husband being the midwife and smacking that baby hard on the back, he would have stayed dead. My husband dresses our darlings with colorful jackets and he uploads them on Amazon. He is proud of our children. This is also a side job of his, so if you are interested in having one of your babies dressed and on show, let us know. I’m also going to get some shadow boxes to display my babies in. I have pictures of my sons throughout my house but, I want to display the babies the Father has given me in the spirit. Whatever gifts the Father has given you, begin to celebrate them and use them for Him.

If anyone would like a signed copy of my new release or of one of the new doctrinal books please send me a message and if you would like to have my husband and I come speak we would be honored. I want to leave you with a free chapter from Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa.  I pray it blesses you.

Tekoa Manning

 

 

 

 

 

The Ram’s Horn

 

“Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.” Genesis 22:7-8 NASB.

Amos three says, “Do two people travel together without having so agreed?” 3:3 CJB. And so the father and son had made an agreement to walk together in unity.

Ah, a lamb will be provided. John the Baptist saw that Lamb and said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29 NASB. Yeshua takes our place on the torture stake.  But for now, we just have Abraham and a son he had waited twenty-five years for. The son of promise. The text says that G-d tested Abraham. “Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”  He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” 22:1-2 NASB. Abraham through trembling lips either states to his son, “the Lord will provide,” or he believes it with all his heart. Only HaShem and Abraham know the true amount of faith in his soul. It has been said that he believed Adonai would bring his son back from the dead, but even that requires an offering, a slaying, and bloodshed.  Graciously, a ram is caught in a thicket. An angel stops Abraham as the knife is raised, and Isaac is spared death. HaShem has supplied the offering.

A ram’s horn comes from the magnificent structures adorning the heads of these creatures called rams. Their spiral shaped funnels made from the thick hollow-horned ruminants are exquisite indeed. The live bone substance is spiral shaped and by cutting the tip off and adding a mouthpiece you will acquire its mournful sound. This wailing blow, no doubt mimics the same sound Abraham made when he saw his son was spared.

It seems Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa would not be complete without a small chapter on trumpets, ram’s horns, and their significant importance to our biblical heritage and the coming of the Messiah (Mashiach). This story begins on a mountain in the book of Genesis also known as “Bereshit or Bereishis.” This word means “In the beginning,” “At the start or head of all things.”  And this is where we find the first mention of the ram and its significance to the shofar. Our Father of faith, Abraham, has taken his son Isaac and departed on a journey to a mountain called Moriah. According to Abarium publications, the name Moriah only appears twice in the Bible and consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah), which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh, the name of The Lord Adonai.

This mountain would be spoken of again about 1,000 years later when David purchases its threshing floor and stops the plague of death sent by an angel of the Lord, who slew over seventy thousand men.  This mountain would also be the very spot Solomon would build the glorious temple on and even after it is destroyed, once again, a second temple would be erected in the exact spot. Today we see what’s left of its remains at the Wailing Wall where many people come to moan for the redemption of Israel and for her Messiah to return. Their cries, no doubt, mimic the mournful sound as well.

On the day of Yeshua’s return, we will hear a sound many in Christendom are unfamiliar with, a sound many have never let penetrate their spirits. This unique sound is commanded for us to make on certain Feast days and Holy days, but sadly we have been entertained by the world’s holidays and have lost our ancient Hebrew truths. We have incorporated pagan traditions of men.

Our grandparents and great grandparents were familiar with a song that rang, “When the trumpet of The Lord shall sound and time will be no more.” This trumpet is the one we wait for.

The Bible states that the Lord tested Abraham on this mountain called Moriah. One interesting point to ponder is the age of the lad. After careful study, we find it is not a small boy, but a man carrying the wood up mount Moriah for his own death. Most scholars and historians claim he was over twenty years old and some believe he was over thirty. The great historian Josephus stated: “Now Isaac was twenty-five years old” (1.13.2). Adam Clarke said: “It is more probable that he was now about thirty-three” (1:140, emp. in origin.) Jesus-Yeshua was around the same age when he attempted to carry some wood and make his way up a hill. But let’s get back to the sound of the ram and what it signifies.

“Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.” Genesis 22:7-14 NASB.

Some commentaries say that Isaac was actually 37 years old and that he said, “Father, I am a vigorous young man and you are old. I fear that when I see the slaughtering knife in your hand I will instinctively jerk and possibly injure you. I might also injure myself and thus become unfit for the sacrifice. Or an involuntary movement by me might prevent you from performing the ritual slaughter properly. Therefore, bind me well, so that at the final moment I will not be deficient in filial honor and respect, and thereby not fulfill the commandment properly.” (Midrash). Yes, this story is filled with layers of deeper symbolism, meaning and ultimately a ram replaces the life of the promised son Isaac.

This ram’s horn is spoken of in Exodus, and the next passage is very important to our story. Once you picture the ram’s horn, the shape of it, the sound of it and the blast, you will begin to have more understanding of why we must get back to obeying Our Creator’s Words of instruction. This is not a “Jewish thing,” but a command for all believers, which I will go into more details on throughout this book. G-d commands and instructs Moses to prepare the people and this is how He does it.

“When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder.” Exodus 19:13, 16, 18, 19 NASB.

This loud, long blast, caused trembling and alerted the people to the presence of HaShem. Then the Torah was given to Moses. The greatest words ever spoken were given after the sound of the trumpet blast and later that Word would put on flesh and walk among us. His name is Jesus/Yeshua! But did you noticed that G-d himself sounded the shofar and caused the lightning and thunder and yes, a loud trumpet blast! Notice the significance of a three-day journey up a mountain to sacrifice Abraham’s son Isaac, and it was the third day that the Lord Adonai appeared on Mount Sinai and the loud long blast of the trumpet was herald. Three days Yeshua said he would be in the heart of the earth before he would come forth from the dead. But what do the sounds of the shofar and the trumpet represent?

According to Leo Rosten, “The bend in the shofar is supposed to represent how a human heart, in true repentance, bends before the Lord. The ram’s horn serves to remind the pious how Abraham, offering his son Isaac in sacrifice, was reprieved when G-d decided that Abraham could sacrifice a ram instead. The man who blows the shofar is required to be of a blameless character and conspicuous devotion; he must blow blasts of different timbre, some deep, some high, some quavering.” This sound is so powerful we are commanded to incorporate it into our praise music. “With trumpets and sound of the ram’s horn, make a joyful noise before the King, Yahweh.” Psalm 98:6 WEB.

Each of our Lord Adonai’s Festivals has much to say about the trumpet and so does the return of the Great King, Jesus-Yeshua. 1st Thessalonians 4:16 says, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” NASB. “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1st Corinthians 15:51-52 NASB.

I want to clue you in on some of the things you may have missed concerning these Feast and the Lord’s return. I also want you to start noticing these celebrations and seeing the scriptures connected with them differently. “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. On the first day of the appointed month in early autumn, you are to observe a day of complete rest. It will be an official day for holy assembly, a day commemorated with loud blasts of a trumpet.” Leviticus 23:24 NASB. This Feast is called Yom Teruah which means the sounding of the shofar.

“The word “shofar” is spelled shinvavpeireish.

The numerical value of shin-vav is 300 + 6 = 306. The hand of the shofar-blower has 14 joints (3 in each of the 4 fingers and 2 in the thumb); 306 + 14 = 320. The number 320 is associated with the attribute of severe judgment (din). The “candle of darkness” (butzina d’kardinuta) is an appellation of the gevura of Atik Yomin.”

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9-10 CJB.

When we study the complete list of Feast, we see the whole entire story unfolding, from the perfect Lamb and the Passover, to the death and resurrection of Yeshua-Jesus and yes, also His return and the thousand year reign. So why have we been taught in Christendom to throw them out? Why has it been implied that they were a “Jewish thing?” Ignorance. For lack of knowledge His people perish, but even the content of that verse is misconstrued. Let’s look deeper into these Feast briefly and connect this blowing of trumpets to our redemption story. In the next chapters, I will briefly go over these important Feast that the apostles and disciples were still keeping and teaching the Gentile churches to keep, years after His ascension.

If you adopted a baby from China and brought it to America, would you teach it to speak Chinese, to eat with chopsticks, and to practice Buddhism, Taoism, or Confucianism? Of course not, you, an American born again believer, would teach your child English, give it lessons in eating with a spoon and fork and teach it your faith.  We hijacked a “Jewish” religion of the Hebrews and made it a Christian religion we created over the years. Now it’s evolved into a multi-billion dollar business, blended with partial truths and pagan ceremonies. I want to open your eyes to the shofar throughout this book and the magnitude of its meaning and the verses that will ignite your heart to see Jesus-Yeshua much clearer.

One last thing before we get into the Feast of The Lord Adonai, I assure you that keeping them cannot save you or redeem you from death. I also want to assure you that they bring joy and gladness and revelation you never dreamed to discover. A hidden pearl of great price!

Sources:

http://www.abarim publications.com/Meaning/Moriah.html#.VmyuxnnSmL8

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/shofar.html

http://www.chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/379267/jewish/Shofar-Meditation.htm

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