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Ancient Praise Method Still Used to Honor God

Don Heist, founder of Voice of God Shofar Ministry, shares the history of the shofar, and discusses his ministry. Read Transcript


NARRATOR: This is the sound--

[HORN BLOWS]

--that will signal the second coming of Christ.

It's the sound from a shofar, a musical instrument that

dates back to Biblical times.

Don Heist says, what comes out of this ancient Hebrew

horn is the voice of God.

Don reveals his best kept secrets

about how to play the shofar in his latest DVD

and tells stories about what happens while he

plays before live audiences.

Well, Don Heist is here with us now.

We welcome you to the program, Don.

Thank you.

How did you get started doing all of this?

Well, I stumbled on it quite by accident.

We were at the Revival in Pensacola, Florida in 1995.

And I saw the shofar being played by a man,

and it just intrigued me.

God had been preparing me already for this by as a child,

I played a trumpet.

So it led me up to that.

After that, I got my hands on a horn and just started playing.

And then I guess they say, the rest is history.

My wife and I prayed for years to find out

how the God would use us and how He would take us

to the next level, so to speak, using His horn-- the voice.

You think that you're just going

to pick up one of those things and blow into it.

But you say, you play it.

You don't blow it.

Yeah, I try to play it more like an instrument,

rather than just a-- may I use the rough phrase-- noisemaker.

It is the sound of rejoicing.

HOST: When some people do it, it is a noisemaker,

can I just say?

Well, it is the sound of resurrection

and the sound of deliverance.

But see, when God's voice comes out,

it really doesn't have much to do with the person playing

the horn, except that they have to have

clean hands and pure heart.

But the point is that it's God's voice that comes out

the end of the shofar.

So miraculous things happen when God's voice touches you.

It's true.

You've played here Rashushana for years now.

And when that shofar blows, something rises up in you.

And everyone rises.

It is a call.

It is.

And what that is is a spiritual change in the atmosphere.

God's voice goes throughout and changes the atmosphere.

So hearts are melted and healed, softened.

Physical healings have taken place.

Mental healings, financial--

Worship breaks out, too.

Oh, yes.

Definitely.

So the sound of Christ coming out the end of the shofar

is very much like a celebration all the time.

How God decides to use His voice is, of course, not a surprise,

but different every time because it's really

about seeking God's will.

You said that you played the trumpet.

And there is a certain way-- I have a shofar.

I am a noise maker with the shofar-- blower, not a player.

But as a trumpet player, you know how to position your lips

and how to breathe to get-- but you don't have

any notes that you can play.

So how does one play the shofar?

Well, the shofar, just like any brass instrument,

has what they call parcels.

Parcels are different level pitches.

So the shofar will always play the root note.

It will play a perfect fifth, and it will play an octave.

And on a good day, I can hit an out-of-tune third above that.

But it's really not about what I can do as much

as what God does through the horn

and what's emitted out of that horn in terms

of healing and deliverance.

You played at a conference in Florida a little bit ago.

And a prophetic word was given there.

Tell us about that.

Well, I was on the platform, playing with the worship team.

And the prophetic speaker was walking in front.

And as he walked by, his eyes and mine met.

And I immediately sensed a fear of, I'm in trouble.

Didn't know what was coming.

And he said to me, I have a word from God for you.

And I listened.

And in front of all these people,

he said, whenever you blow, the cancer must go.

And right after that-- in fact, at that very conference--

God had healed a man with golf ball sized lumps in his chest,

eyes were opened that were blind,

deaf people began hearing.

By the end of the conference, people

had cell phones lined up on the front edge,

contacting a loved one or an unsaved person

that they were praying for.

And by continuing through the conference,

I believe God touched a lot of people.

And since then, God has used the sound of the shofar, His voice,

in many ways for healing and deliverance.

The shofar has been used by God's people for a long time.

What's the significance of it?

Well, it goes back to Genesis 22

where Abraham is taking Isaac up to sacrifice him.

And of course, the Scriptures tell us that suddenly there

was a ram in the thicket.

And that's the animal that Abraham used

to sacrifice in place of Isaac.

Now that being said, that, we know now,

is a picture of Christ.

But what they're saying in the Scriptures,

or what many people believe, is that one horn on the ram

was played at Mount Sinai for Moses

when he heard the great voice behind him like a trumpet.

That was the voice of God.

And that sounding of the horn was

one of the horns on that ram.

The other one, it's said, is in waiting for the Second Return.

So when Christ comes back, we'll hear that other one play.

Now I thought all shofars were rams' horns.

But you actually play-- is it a Kudu?

It's a Kudu antelope.

And they are a little easier to play

than the curved rams' horns.

The rams' horns up at the point are more football shaped

where we put our mouth on it.

Makes it very difficult to play-- the Kudus' are

more round.

And by having different length of the Kudu horns,

we can pitch them in different pitches,

coming back to playing the shofar, because what I can do

is pick the horn that's in the key of whatever the worship

team is playing.

And I can accentuate different places.

That's why I say I play it rather than just blow it.

But it's still all God's voice coming out.

And I many times wonder what God's doing in the atmosphere.

I'm just playing the horn.

But what's God doing?

I love to hear when people email me or whatever and say,

this is what God did that day.

We're going to hear you play in just a moment.

Will all the horns that you're using be Kudu?

Those that I have with me today are all Kudu horns.

They're different lengths because they're

pitched differently.

Amazing.

I'm going to let you go over and get ready

while I tell people about how they can

hear more of what it is you do.

If you'd like to hear more of his work, go to cbn.com.

He's got a wonderful DVD combo.

It's called Shofar "The Voice of God."

It's available.

You can go to our website and find out

how to get a hold of it.

But Don's going to play for us today.

Coming up in a few minutes after this,

we're going to have your email questions.

One viewer asks, will I get to heaven even if I sin?

So Bring it On's around the corner.

But before we do Bring it On, I want to bring you

Don Heist playing the shofar.

[SHOFAR PLAYING]

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