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Joshua 5 – 6

Joshua 5

The local rulers were filled with the fear of God because of the miracle in stopping the spring flood of Jordan so that Israel could pass over.

Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.

After crossing the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, Israel is commanded to be circumcised.  Physical circumcision is a type of spiritual conversion. Circumcision removes the barrier that protects from sensitivity rendering one sensitive. This is a type of the removal of the barrier of sin that comes between us and God, thereby making us sensitive to the spiritual things of God.  We are all to become circumcised in heart; that is, we are all to sincerely repent of sin and to become sensitive to the whole Word of God.

Joshua 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 5:3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.

The people that came out of Egypt were already circumcised, but they had not circumcised their children in the wilderness.  Those who were circumcised in Egypt died in the wilderness because of their lack of faith to obey God.  This is a lesson for us that baptism is no guarantee of salvation if we are not zealous to live by every Word of God. 

5:4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. 5:5 Now all the people that came out [of Egypt] were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. 5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

To enter the physical promised land, it was essential to be physically circumcised according to the covenant that Melchizedek [Jesus Christ] made with Abraham.

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 17:9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

This was an instructional lesson, that ONLY those spiritually circumcised in heart and zealous to live by every Word of God will have the Passover sacrifice of the Lamb of God applied to them, atoning for all past sin and enabling them to enter the Promised Land of eternal life. 

To enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, it is essential to be spiritually circumcised in heart removing the veil of sin which separates us from God.

Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart,

Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Those who compromise and turn away from zeal to faithfully live by every Word of God commit sin; and sin comes between us and God, separating us from God and eternal life.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Joshua 5:7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. 5:8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. 5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

The people being physically circumcised could then partake of the Passover.

This was an instructional allegory that only the spiritually circumcised in heart, the sincerely repentant and zealous to live by every Word of God; can be covered by the atoning blood of the Lamb of God and going and sinning no more; they can then enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified [by the application of the Passover sacrifice of Jesus Christ].

Joshua 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.

Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

The people began to eat of the OLD grain they found in the land the day after Passover, and on the day after that the manna ceased. 

Joshua 5:11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn [grain] in the selfsame day. 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

The one who later gave up his Godhood to be made flesh and become Jesus Christ appears to Joshua; for no man has seen God the Father.

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

Joshua challenges a stranger, and then immediately falls down to worship Christ as soon as he understands who the stranger is.

5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant 5:15 And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

 

Joshua 6

At the approach of Israel, the city of Jericho had gone to a war footing and closed its gates.

Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 6:2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.

Joshua is given his instructions for the taking of Jericho.  Jericho is to be taken by God so that the fame of God would be spread abroad.

Except for a few, the Canaanites would not repent but remained adamant in their sins.  Therefore they are a type of sin in the Word of God.

The method of defeating Jericho by Christ, was also an allegory of the plan of salvation for the early harvest.

How many of us have the faith of Joshua to follow Christ and trust in our God to deliver us from all enemies and sin?  How many of us are just like the Canaanites and refuse to repent of our idolatry and lack of zeal for the Word of God?

Jericho as the first powerful city of Canaan reached by Israel, and represented the end of unrepentant sinners.

As Jerusalem was chosen to be the city of God; Jericho represented Satan and rebellion against God.

The Astounding Allegorical Prophecy of JERICHO

The people were to march around the city of sin for six days remaining silent.  This representing that Satan has ruled this world for six thousand years and the seventh day the trumpets were to sound and the people were to shout in rejoicing at the fall of Jericho as a type of the fall of Satan’s world at the end of seven thousand years when he is removed forever.  See the “Pentecost to Purim” book or the fall festivals article on the Pentecost to Trumpets period.

6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.

The priests are to sound their seven trumpets daily during the once daily march  around the city of Sin, which was Jericho; and then they were to march around the city seven times on the seventh day; and the city of sin would come crashing down!

Thus showing that at the end of seven thousand years, after Satan is released [from 1,000 years confinement] and rebels again; this world of sin shall come crashing down before the might of God!

The daily trumpet blasts announce the presence of Christ among his called out.  The trumpet blasts and shouting of the seventh day pictures rejoicing over the total victory over sin!

6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

6:5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

6:6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD. 6:7 And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD. 6:8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. 6:9 And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

6:10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

6:11 So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp. 6:12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. 6:13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward [a rear guard followed the Ark of the Covenant] came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 6:14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.

Right here please notice that the people OBEYED God, even though it would not have made any sense to them!

It is to the zealous faithful followers of God the Father and Jesus Christ who live by every Word of God; that V I C T O R Y over DEATH; and the gift of the Promised Land of eternal life is given.

6:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

When the chosen are raised up when the seventh trump begins to sound (Rev 10:7,  11:15): They shall Shout for Joy for God because they are resurrected to eternal life and has given us total victory over sin! 

Which of the chosen elect will not be overflowing with joy and humility before the great power of our Mighty God on that day?

The word “accursed” means receiving total destruction.  Nothing from Jericho was to be taken or saved except the repentant Rahab and her family.

The city of Jericho was to be accounted accursed because it represents the city of Satan and the wickedness of rebellion against God and the unrepentant sin of Canaan!  As this symbolic city was cursed to total destruction; so will all those who refuse to repent from acting contrary to the Word of God during their opportunity; be destroyed.

6:17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

Joshua warns that to take of the accursed things which are condemned to destruction will make the partaker of the accursed thing accursed (condemned to destruction) himself. 

This why Paul reminded Timothy not to be a partaker of other men’s sins.

1 Timothy 5:22 . . . neither be partaker of [participate in] other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

Joshua 6:18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

Those who say that they go to restaurants on Sabbath because those folks are going to work anyway, make themselves partakers of and participants in their sin; and are therefore condemned to utter destruction by Jesus Christ for taking part in other men’s sins.

The precious metals belonged to God for the victory he has wrought!  Even so the precious things of this world will be inherited by Jesus Christ and his resurrected elect!  Yet everything evil will be committed to total destruction!

6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

In these kinds of cities very many of the houses are built up against the outer wall, with the outer wall making up one of the four walls of the home. Then when the wall fell at Jericho so did a part of the houses, which opened up everything to the attack. 

Israel OBEYED God and followed his instructions fully; thus being given a great victory!  Even so, if we and obey God the Father and Jesus Christ to fully and consistently live by every Word of God, God will grant us victory over all sin and death!

6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Everything was destroyed in Jericho, the city which represented sin and rebellion against the Word of God.

Yet, God can and will raise them up in future and will then give them an opportunity to repent; and after learning and understanding this lesson they will probably repent.

This took place and was recorded as an object lesson FOR US; teaching us that if we depart from zeal for the Word of God we shall all also perish like Jericho did.

Yet, if we are faithful and zealous to keep the whole Word of God without compromise, we will be saved just as Rahab was saved!

6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

Joshua sends the two men back to Rahab’s house to save her and her family as they had promised.

6:22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. 6:23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.

This is a lesson that we shall be totally destroyed if we sin and choose to attempt to justify our sins instead of repenting; while the worst sinner who does repent will be saved.

6:24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. 6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

The city of sin was destroyed and Joshua cursed anyone who would build this city of sin again.  In type he was teaching that spiritually anyone who goes back into the sin which they were delivered from will be cursed to destruction.

6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

If we are faithful to God, he shall raise us up to positions of renown on that day; in direct proportion to our deeds of zeal for learning and keeping the whole Word of God during our physical lives!

6:27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

God justly decided that:

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him [for righteousness], and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him [for judgment to death].

God then offers his mercy to all who sincerely repent!

18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather works to bring the wicked to sincere repentance and to save the wicked out of their wickedness.

18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

We think that we are pleasing God and have it made if we obey our idols of men;  God says the exact opposite!

The spiritually called out of the latter day Ekklesia have fallen into the wickedness of idolizing men and commit all of these sins in the spiritual sense. 

If we will not sincerely repent and turn to a passionate zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God and reject the false traditions of our idols of men; we shall surely be corrected and if we will still not repent; we shall surely die for blindly following men contrary to the Word of God.

18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

According to this judgment; Jesus Christ will reject those who follow the false traditions of their idols of men and have no zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God. 

How long will we pollute the Sabbath and High Days and follow idols of  men contrary to God’s Word?

18:25 Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

Those who teach that once baptized we can willfully commit some sin and that Christ knows how hard life is and will overlook that sin; those who teach the abominable “Primacy of Peter”  LIE, that men have been placed in authority by God and must be obeyed without question even contrary to God:  WILL SURELY DIE, along with those who follow them and are not zealous to live by every Word of God. 

Ezekiel then speaks of sincere repentance and life, to which God is calling us.

18:26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

18:27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the LORD is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?

Every person will be judged by his own actions; NO ONE will be able to use the Nazi excuse that “I was just following the appointed leaders.”  Christ will then say that these were not his appointed leaders at all and were allowed to come among us to TEST us, as to whether we will keep the Word of God or keep the words of men (Deu 13)!  And he will ask us why we did not follow His Word and not the false words of false men! 

Indeed God will allow false teachers to do wonders to TEST his people as to whether they will follow cunningly devised fables as is done in the congregations today, or even false wonders; to turn them away from zeal for keeping the Word of God and following the Eternal!

Deuteronomy  13:1   If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams [religious teacher or leader], and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods [to follow Idols of men and to believe them contrary to the whole Word of God], which thou hast not known, and let us serve them

Those who teach to serve men without question claiming they are God’s anointed; saying that you need not have any zeal for the Sabbath or for God and his Word; no, you must be zealous for us and our organization (here comes the BIG LIE) because we are of God even though we teach falsely and depart from God’s Word.  If they were of God they would teach a passionate zeal for the whole Word of God; they would focus all on God; and would never focus anyone on themselves!

13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams [religious leader or teacher]: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Brethren, TODAY we are being Tested and Proven as to our loyalty and our zeal for God the Father and our espoused Husband our Mighty One.  Will we blindly follow idols of men; or will we prove all things and hold fast only what is good by the whole Word of Almighty God?

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit [by sinning]

5:20 Despise not prophesyings [warnings and correction] .

5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

God calls today’s Ekklesia to sincerely REPENT, lest we be destroyed for not proving all things by the Word of God and for our idolatry in obeying men and not God!

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of [physical and spiritual] Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin

Let us sincerely repent of our Sabbath and High Day pollution, which we do because “the church says it is all right;” when Almighty God warns that he will destroy those who pollute his Sabbaths! 

Let us sincerely repent of following the false traditions of our idols of men blindly and without questioning them or holding them up to the standard of God ‘s Word. 

Let us turn to a hot burning zeal to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth!

18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of [physical and spiritual] Israel? 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. 

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