Although it was the tradition for the groom to “steal away” the bride; when the groom came in the middle of the night for her, he was required to sound a warning of his arrival. This was accomplished by a “shout” and or the blowing of a shofar. The Hebrew word for this shout is the same word for the sound of the
shofar. So it was customary for the groom’s friends to blow a shofar and shout, “The bride groom commeth!” as the groom approached the brides home. No doubt the brides brothers would be vigilant to make sure that their sister was being stolen away by the right man, but they would allow her to be
stolen away by the groom. It is this custom that is alluded to by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 where he wrote:
“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. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.