(A Time of Ceasing in Remembrance of the Thruah)
“10 And Joshua commanded the people, saying: 'Ye shall not shout, nor let your voice be heard, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.
י וְאֶת-הָעָם צִוָּה יְהוֹשֻׁעַ לֵאמֹר, לֹא תָרִיעוּ וְלֹא-תַשְׁמִיעוּ אֶת-קוֹלְכֶם, וְלֹא-יֵצֵא מִפִּיכֶם, דָּבָר: עַד יוֹם אָמְרִי אֲלֵיכֶם, הָרִיעוּ--וַהֲרִיעֹתֶם.
16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the horns, that Joshua said unto the people: 'Shout; for YHWH hath given you the city.
טז וַיְהִי בַּפַּעַם הַשְּׁבִיעִית, תָּקְעוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים בַּשּׁוֹפָרוֹת; וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוֹשֻׁעַ אֶל-הָעָם הָרִיעוּ, כִּי-נָתַן יְהוָה לָכֶם אֶת-הָעִיר.
20 So the people shouted, and [the priests] blew with the horns. And it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the horn, that the people shouted with a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”
כ וַיָּרַע הָעָם, וַיִּתְקְעוּ בַּשֹּׁפָרוֹת; וַיְהִי כִשְׁמֹעַ הָעָם אֶת-קוֹל הַשּׁוֹפָר, וַיָּרִיעוּ הָעָם תְּרוּעָה גְדוֹלָה, וַתִּפֹּל הַחוֹמָה תַּחְתֶּיהָ וַיַּעַל הָעָם הָעִירָה אִישׁ נֶגְדּוֹ, וַיִּלְכְּדוּ אֶת-הָעִיר.
“4 So the people sent to Shiloh, and they brought from thence the ark of the covenant of YHWH of hosts, who sitteth upon the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
5 And when the ark of the covenant of YHWH came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang.
ה וַיְהִי, כְּבוֹא אֲרוֹן בְּרִית-יְהוָה אֶל-הַמַּחֲנֶה, וַיָּרִעוּ כָל-יִשְׂרָאֵל, תְּרוּעָה גְדוֹלָה; וַתֵּהֹם, הָאָרֶץ.
6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said: 'What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews?' And they knew that the ark of YHWH was come into the camp.
ו וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ פְלִשְׁתִּים, אֶת-קוֹל הַתְּרוּעָה, וַיֹּאמְרוּ, מֶה קוֹל הַתְּרוּעָה הַגְּדוֹלָה הַזֹּאת בְּמַחֲנֵה הָעִבְרִים; וַיֵּדְעוּ--כִּי אֲרוֹן יְהוָה, בָּא אֶל-הַמַּחֲנֶה.
7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said: 'God is come into the camp.' And they said: 'Woe unto us! for there was not such a thing yesterday and the day before.
8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods? these are the gods that smote the Egyptians with all manner of plagues and in the wilderness.
9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you; quit yourselves like men, and fight.'
10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man to his tent; and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.”
1 Samuel 4
In the verses from the book of Joshua above, every place in the English that a reference is made to "shouting", the Hebrew word that it is translated from is a form of the root "רוע". In the 20th verse, the English says "the people shouted with a great shout", while the Hebrew states "וַיָּרִיעוּ הָעָם תְּרוּעָה גְדוֹלָה".
From this we can conclude that the “thruah” is not a blast on a trumpet or horn, but a sound issued by the people in the form of a shout! 1 Samuel 4 quoted above further supports this; everywhere “shout” appears in English, a form of רוע is found in Hebrew, and in verses 4 and 5 the term “great shout” is again rendered from “תְּרוּעָה גְדוֹלָה”.
Why are we to declare a Sabbatical, during the course of which we recall to mind the “Thruah”? Examining the two events quoted above we see two distinctly different outcomes from the sounding of the Thruah and we must search out why there was such a distinct difference in the results.
In the book of Joshua, the people are instructed by Joshua to only shout when he tells them to. He received these instructions from the Most High and obediently transmitted them to the people, He was the Anointed Personage in that season, and the instructions of YHWH came thru him. Because of obedience to the instructions the assault on Jericho was successful.
In 1 Samuel, however, the people did not consult with Samuel before deciding to bring the Ark of the Covenant to their camp.
“19 And Samuel grew, and YHWH was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of YHWH.”
21 And YHWH appeared again in Shiloh; for YHWH revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of YHWH.
1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer; and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.”
1Samuel 3:19-21, 4:1
Samuel was the Anointed Personage (Messiah) of his time, and as is clearly stated in the verses from the 3rd chapter, the word of YHWH was with him. Because the elders presumptuously took the Ark, and even though they were accompanied by the Priests, the sons of Eli, the sounding of the Thruah did not invoke the presence of the Most High on their behalf, and they subsequently suffered a great defeat.
The season of the Thruah is a memorial to a time when we utilized it sometimes to our benefit and sometimes not. It is a sound whose use was governed by instruction; it could not be used effectively whenever someone desired. The instructions were to come initially by way of the Anointed messenger of the time, whose words had to be clearly understood and remembered, for they were not his words but rather the words of He who had sent him. And herein lies the essential point; salvation is contained within the message, for it is the words which contain/give life, and not the messenger. The image can never supersede the sound of the message and the expressed intent of its content, which has always been to unite all men with their Creator.
This is the expressed mission of all the Hebraic Anointed Personages; to cause others to also be bearers of the message, that this sound might spread to the four corners of the earth and quicken the souls of all those who willingly accept it. As Moses said, “Would that all the house of Israel were Prophets”, and I would add “and not for a glorious moment, but throughout an eternal life time!” We are to give respect to the preferred order of the Creator, but there is only One to whom reverence is due, and that is the Yah YAHWAH, Most Holy and Most High!
David was the Anointed personage but Nathan had been given a message to deliver to him that did not originate with Nathan. It was not Nathan who was displeased with David, but rather the One who had anointed him via Samuel to be king. Nathan was just the messenger; David could hear the truth in the words that were spoken to him and he accepted that he had been wrong. Nathan respected David as King but his reverence for the Holy One of Israel meant that he could not be afraid to speak the words that were given him by the Holy One to pass on to the King. Yeshuah would always admonish those whom he blessed to give the praise to his Father and not to him, for he understood that he was merely a blessed vessel within which the keys to salvation resided; those keys had been entrusted to him by their/his maker, they were not his personal possession, but freely accessible to all those who truly desired and showed themselves worthy of possessing them. As kindred possessors, they would then equally share in the bounty that lay beyond the doors that the keys would open, each according to the degree of his blessing/talent. The intrinsic nature of the indwelling Holy Spirit should cause those possessors to know that they are chosen dividers of the bounty, not its owners, to insure that no one lacks for that which he/she needs. They become the true shepherds of the flock of the Father, those whom by their works, cause the sheep to desire to remain a part of the Father’s house.
This, then, is the essence of the New Covenant; individual accountability, but, also, individual deliverance. Yeshuah said that, ultimately, each man/woman must save his/her own soul, for each of us must come to hear, understand and apply the words of the message in our own lives if we are to achieve ultimate freedom. My continued existence and soul salvation is solely dependent on my personal relationship with the Creator of us all; I must hear the message via his Anointed messenger and then apply it in my life in order to achieve the promised results. We all must come to hear the same voice and arrive at the same understanding, for then we will become liken onto the birds who collectively know when it is time to migrate, or like the animals in their natural habitat who collectively know when a catastrophic danger is approaching and as one body, with all difference of species set aside, flee from the common threat. In that day every man will not be doing what is right in his own eyes, but rather that which is the will of the Creator, for we will have all come to know Him, from the least to the greatest.
May the Holy One of Israel, Yahwah, the God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who sent His Messenger, Ben Ammi, to us in our life time that we might once again be blessed to hear the sound of salvation, lift up His eternal countenance unto you one and all and give you the blessing of an eternal place in His eternal Kingdom.
“22 For I spoke not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt-offerings or sacrifices;23 but this thing I commanded them, saying: 'Hearken unto My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be My people; and walk ye in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.'”
Anaviel Ben Eleazer