By Eitan Shishkoff

Blow a shofar in Zion ... Call a sacred assembly ... Gather the people ... Let them say, 'Spare your people, O Lord.'" (Joel 2:15-17)

With these words the prophet Joel seeks to arouse us and to enlist us in the rescue of Israel.

"Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, and pity His people ... Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for ... He will cause the rain to come down for you - the former rain to come down for you - the former rain and the latter rain ... The threshing floors will be full of wheat." (Joel 2:17, 23&24)

Joel then promises God's divine response. There will be a latter day outpouring, bringing in a massive harvest in Israel. The key word in verse 17 is "then." When? When the people (the priests) minister before the Lord and cry out to Him on behalf of the Jewish nation.

We, at Tents of Mercy, Revive Israel and Tikkun International, believe it is time to do precisely what the prophet says to do. Our nation Israel, stands in great need of revival. This last days' revival, foretold by all the biblical prophets, is triggered by the actions listed in Joel 2:

  1. Blow a shofar in Zion
  2. Gather the people in a sacred assembly
  3. Intercede as priests (with tears for the outpouring of God's Spirit).

We propose to follow these divine instructions in a special gathering called SHOFAR 2008. From September 24th through October 2nd, 2008 we are inviting our friends and ministry partners to join us in nine richly-packed days of worship, touring, insight from God's word, on-site intercession, and a knitting of our hearts and yours.


We are convinced that the very best way to hasten the return of Yeshua to reign over all the earth from Jerusalem is to gather together here, in Eretz Israel. We hear the shofar of God calling us as Messianic Jews and Gentiles to stand in His presence corporately, to join together intimately and to say with one heart and voice "Spare your people O Lord. Send the latter rain of your Spirit upon the spiritually parched ground of Zion. It is your time to favor her."


Blowing the Shofar at Rosh Hashana
During our experience we will virtually live together. We'll walk together in areas of Israel where God is bringing the "dry bones" to life in the form of new Messianic Congregations and meet the spiritual pioneers who are establishing them. We'll talk and eat together, letting friendships unfold that will place us side by side as living stones in God's end-time living temple.

We'll pray, weep, laugh and learn in a rainbow variety of settings including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Haifa, Akko and Tiberias. And the best is that we will be responding in faith to God's mandate to "Blow a shofar," because at the heart of our gathering we'll celebrate the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) together!


Blowing the Shofars
In 2008 this feast falls on September 30th. During Rosh Hashanah, God commands the blowing of trumpets in a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:24). The trumpet, or shofar, calls us to return to the Lord our God with an honest and contrite heart. The shofar declares the awesome glory of God, sounds a warning of impending conflicts; and brings revived dedication to kingdom purposes. The sound of the shofar provokes, prepares, purifies, pierces and inspires. As the sound that will herald King Yeshua's arrival, the shofar refocuses us on the priority of the Lord's aching burden for lost humanity and especially His tears for His backslidden daughter, Israel.


I can think of no time more appropriate, exciting or heightened in expectation for us to meet than the Feast of Trumpets. On behalf of my covenant brothers Asher Intrater, Daniel Juster, Don Finto and myself, I want to invite you to make this pilgrimage. Please come be with us in person - as we know you already are in heart. There's no substitute for physical presence. We want to forge bonds of love that will glorify our Father in heaven. We want to obey Him by blowing a shofar in Zion and gathering together - to take part in the latter rain harvest in His land, Israel.

For further information ... go to Shofar 2008


By Eitan Shishkoff

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23:46 02Jan08 Kelly Ferrari -
My spirit has already been drawn to be in Israel at Yom Teruah this year. Please give more information on the gathering you are planning! I agree that this is a vitally important year for us to be in the Land and sound the shofar!

01:08 07Jan08 Gary and Sue Henline -
Yeshua is drawing us to Israel in 2008 to meet and pray with the Messianic congregations He has placed on our hearts. What an incredible opportunity to share in the Blowing of the Shofar at the Feast of Trumpets there in Israel. Please send us more information so we can begin planning for this life changing experience.

21:21 07Jan08 May Ondeng -
This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to visit, meet and pray with Messianic congregations. Please send me more information so I can share this with prayer partners and friends of Israel in Kenya.

Also in this issue of the newsletter:

Dan Juster: Enforcing Standards
Martin Shoub: Launching The Ark
Asher Intrater: The Controversy of the Gospel
Asher Intrater: King of the Jews