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Joshua 7 – 8

Joshua 7

The sin of Achan

Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.

Spies are sent to view Ai

7:2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.

Ai was a village near Jericho

7:3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.

The few of Ai defeated the three thousand of Israel and there was great mourning and concern for God had not been with the army.

7:4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. 7:5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

Joshua and the elders humbled themselves before God to seek the reason. This is the first step in sincere repentance, which is to humble ourselves before God and seek understanding from him.

7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.

Oh, that we would inquire of God in sincerity and truth like Joshua did, and not in self justification of our sins.

7:7 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! 7:8 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! 7:9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?

Then Jesus Christ reveals the sin to them so that they might turn from it and be saved.  Oh, if we only sincerely sought out correction from Christ in genuine humility, then he would reveal God’s truth to us and if we acted on that understanding in true repentance; we would also be saved.

Let us seek to obey the Lord our God with all our hearts like Joshua and not be corrupted to sin by partaking of wickedness like Achan.

Achan had stolen from the cursed things and from the precious metals consecrated to God and had deceitfully hidden them.

7:10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 7:11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

If we have any hidden unrepented sin and we try to justify it rather than sincerely repenting; we will be known by Christ and we will be destroyed if we do not sincerely repent.

7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.

When will we destroy the accursed thing; which is our idolatry to follow men and corporate organizations in place of following the whole Word of God?

Our massive sin is our idolatry of men and our overwhelming pride in our own false traditions justifying them, instead of turning to true zeal for the whole Word of God.

Because of the sins of today’s Ekklesia we have been rejected by Christ until we sincerely repent and expunge the evil from our midst.

7:13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

Christ made them cast lots to find the evildoer and he caused the lot to fall on the guilty.  Today many more than one is guilty, the vast majority of us are guilty of pride and idolatry to exalt the words of men above the Word of God.  

7:14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.

Achan is to be cast into the fire as a demonstration that those who love the pleasures and rewards of sin will be cast into the lake of fire if they will not repent.

Brethren, this idea that Christ is love and will allow us to compromise with the Word of God or justify committing sin against God by following the teachings of others is an ABOMINABLE LIE!

7:15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.

Joshua obeyed God and did as he was commanded; finding and rooting wickedness out of the congregation!  No, he did NOT tolerate diversity of doctrine (a fancy term for false teachings) or any sin, and neither does God the Father and Jesus Christ!

7:16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: 7:17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: 7:18 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

Joshua tells Achan to repent before God

7:19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.

Achan then admits his evil deeds

7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

Joshua very carefully sends officers to determine the truth of Achan’s confession

7:22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. 7:23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.

Then Achan and his whole family and all his possessions were stoned and burned to death. 

Brethren, this was recorded as an example for us that if me harbor sins secretly God knows and he will surely correct us most severely. 

7:24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.

7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. 7:26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.

 

Joshua 8

Christ commands the destruction of Ai but grants Israel the spoil.  Then the God who gave up his Godhood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ gave Joshua a stratagem by which he could take Ai in the next attempt, and Joshua again OBEYS the Eternal!  If only we were filled with the obedience of Joshua!

Joshua 8:1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: 8:2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.

8:3 So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.

An Israelite army is hidden near Ai, and then the strength of Ai is lured out by the main army of Israel; the army of Israel then flees and the men of Ai pursue, only to look back and see their city burning as the five thousand of Israel attack the city from another place.

8:4 And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready: 8:5 And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them, 8:6 (For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them.

When the army of Ai has been distracted from the defense of Ai by Israel, the undefended city is then attacked from the rear by five thousand of Israel and taken.

8:7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand.

Israel then set the city on fire to destroy the Canaanite city as a lesson that we must destroy all sin and an example of the end of unrepentant sinners. 

Notice that it is our duty to obey not just the written law of the scriptures but to obey and live by EVERY WORD of God!

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

Joshua 8:8 And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the LORD shall ye do. See, I have commanded you.

In the morning Joshua prepares for the fight, numbering out the five thousand and separating the two forces.

8:9 Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people. 8:10 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. 8:11 And all the people, even the people of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley between them and Ai.

Five thousand were set to take the city from the west, while the main army was arrayed north of the city.

8:12 And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.

8:13 And when they had set the people, even all the host that was on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.

Joshua advanced towards the city with the main army and the forces of Ai went out to meet Israel.

8:14 And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.

Joshua then fled with the army of Israel and the strength of Ai pursued after them.

8:15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness. 8:16 And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city. 8:17 And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.

When the army of Ai was well distant from the city, God commanded Joshua to give the signal to his five thousand on the west of Ai.

8:18 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city. 8:19 And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire.

The five thousand of Israel rushed into undefended Ai and set fire to the city and the army of Ai seeing their city destroyed behind them, went into panic and were destroyed as the main army of Israel turned back upon them.

8:20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people [of Israel] that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers. 8:21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai.

As the main army of Israel, turned back on their pursuers, the five thousand of Israel who had set the city on fire came forth from the city to attack the army of Ai from the rear. 

The army of Ai was then trapped between the main army of Israel before them and the five thousand now advancing on their rear out of the burning city.

8:22 And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.

The wicked king was taken for judgment and his whole people were destroyed.

This destruction of the wicked Ai, is typical of the coming destruction of the wicked in today’s Ekklesia who teach idolatry and Sabbath pollution and seek people to follow after themselves not teaching the brethren any zeal to live by every Word of God!  They will be cast into the affliction of great tribulation, and ultimately unless they repent all wicked persons will be cast into the eternal destruction of the lake of fire.

8:23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.

8:24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword. 8:25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. 8:26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. 

Complete destruction is the ultimate fate of all unrepentant sinners.

8:27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua. 8:28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.

Here the author equates evening with sundown; demonstrating that  the terms “evening” and “sun set” or “sun down” are synonymous.

Evening is not some ambiguous period; it is clearly sunset.  If anyone tries to tell you that it is alright to work after sunset beginning Sabbath, because evening is a vague and ambiguous time period: Don’t you believe them!  They are false teachers tempting you and testing you, so that God can see how zealous you are for his Word! 

At the same time some Rabbins teach that evening is at sunset for the Sabbath and is any time in the afternoon for other purposes, because the sun is in process of going down; they are double minded and wrong; evening is sun set.

8:29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.

The faithful followers of the God who later gave up his Godhood to become flesh as Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua Mashiach] were given the victory over the Canaanites at Ai which was a type of sin and the king of Ai was a type of Satan. 

If we are zealous and faithful to follow our Lord and his Word without compromise or turning aside; we will also be given a victory over sin and its king; through our zeal to obey and follow the Word of God, and by God’s power to keep his promises and deliver his called out faithful.

Joshua gave Burnt Offerings and Peace Offerings; and if we are at ONE in FULL UNITY to follow and live by every Word of God we will also be at peace with God the Father and the Son!   and if we are like the idolatrous Canaanites who followed the idols of their own ways; we shall also be destroyed like they were destroyed!

8:30 Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, 8:31 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.

Joshua then wrote a copy of the law of God on the altar stones; thus indicating that they had hearts of stone.  If we are called and faithful we should be writing the law of God on our hearts by diligently studying to learn and internalize into our very natures the whole Word of God (Jer 31).

8:32 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

Then Israel stood half on Mount Gerizim and half on Mount Ebal

8:33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel.

Then half the people declared the blessings for faithful obedience to live by every Word of God; and half the people declared the curses for living contrary to the Word of God.  Then Joshua read the Book of the law [probably Moses last words, the book of Deuteronomy] to all the people.

Oh, that there was a Joshua among us today so that we would turn away from our lukewarm, lip-service only religion, and our lack of zeal for keeping the Word of God; and turn back to live by every Word of the Eternal Almighty God!

8:34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. 8:35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.

God’s message to the called out: Just as physical Israel was were in bondage in physical Egypt, we were in a spiritual Egypt of bondage to Satan and sin.  We must remember that from which we were delivered and we must be faithful to follow our Deliverer; and to never equate the words of men as above or equal to the Word of God.

Deuteronomy  11

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.

God has done many mighty deeds to deliver HIS New Covenant called out people from bondage to Satan and sin. 

These mighty deeds of God in delivering physical Israel were recorded to encourage us that our Mighty One is faithful and powerful to keep all of his promises of salvation, if we will only follow him in dedicated zeal.

11:2 And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

11:3 And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

Just as God destroyed Pharaoh the god-king of Egypt; God will also destroy Satan the spiritual god-king of the wicked:  And the sincerely repentant who are passionate to follow the Lamb of God withersoever he goeth, will rise up from the grave in total victory over death;  just like physical Israel came up out of the sea of death.  

11:4 And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

Remember God’s correction on the stubborn self willed among physical Israel; for God will not hold back from correcting the spiritually called out when they go astray from him.

11:5 And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;

11:6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

These things were recorded for our instruction so that we might live by every Word of God in faith, and so enter the Promised Land of eternal life.

11:7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

11:8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;  11:9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

All of these things were recorded for our instruction and we have indeed seen many miracles of deliverance in our own lives.

We should be full of faith in our God and in his power to deliver us out of ALL our trials.  We should know to run to our High Tower of Strength and our Deliverer in times of stress; and we should NEVER seek to prevent persecution from the wicked by hiding our light of zeal for our Great God, or by compromising with our faithfulness.

We should personally and as groups, practice what we preach and boldly declare and dedicatedly live by every Word of the LORD without compromise or watering down.

11:10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot [needed to irrigate it with a foot pump], as a garden of herbs:

Today the physical promised land is not as it once was; yet once the people sincerely repent and turn to godliness when the millennial kingdom of God begins; God’s blessings will again rain down upon the land.

11:11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

11:12 A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

A good land is promised to the people who live by every Word of God; and a wonderful eternity with God is promised to those who overcome and keep the Spiritual New Covenant of Marriage with Jesus Christ and very Lamb of God.

Physical blessings for obedience; all of which have their spiritual counterparts

11:13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

11:14 That I will give you the rain of your land [spiritually God’s Spirit will rain down upon the faithful] in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain [the seasonal spring and fall rains are a type of God pouring out his Spirit, first on the early first fruits faithful, and later on the sincerely repentant main fall harvest of humanity], that thou mayest gather in thy corn [grain], and thy wine, and thine oil [as a type that God will gather in His harvest of humanity].

The faithful to live by every Word of God will produce much spiritual fruit through the blessings of God’s Spirit.

11:15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.

When we are blessed we must be careful not to become filled with pride, and so thinking ourselves wise depart from a zeal to follow our God, into following our own ways and idols of men; as is done in today’s Ekklesia.

11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

God shuts up the rain on the land because of wickedness and he will also withhold his Holy Spirit from those who are not zealous to live by his Word.

11:17 And then the LORD’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand [keep and live by the Word of God, fulfilling God’s Word in our every thought and deed], that they may be as frontlets between your eyes [keep God’s Word always in our minds and hearts].

The duty of parents

11:19 And ye shall teach them [God’s Word to] your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

11:20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: [God’s Word should always be foremost and everywhere we look God’s Word should come to mind]

11:21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

Let your meditation be upon the things of God day and night, just as it was with the LORD’s beloved, David (Psalm 119).

11:22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

If the New Covenant called out are diligent to zealously live by every Word of God, then we shall be given total victory over Satan and bondage to sin and the grave, through the power of God.

11:23 Then will the LORD drive out all these nations [the Canaanites were symbolic of Satanic wickedness] from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

In the spiritual sense; if we are faithful to follow the Lamb of God, God will drive out all sin from within us and defeat Satan and his supporters who oppress us, and we shall inherit eternal life and a place in The Eternal Kingdom of God.

The millennial borders of the physical Promised Land in the Middle East; to which will be added the additional lands that the nations of Israel have been given

11:24 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.

Spiritually speaking neither Satan nor any of his supporters can prevail against us on the spiritual plane; no, not even the grave can conquer those who are zealously faithful followers of God the Father and the Lamb of God!

11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

The physical promised land and theocracy of Israel were a type of the eternal Kingdom of God!  

Possession of eternal life with God, is CONDITIONAL on our faithful obedience to HIM; just as possession of the physical  Promised Land by Israel was CONDITIONAL on their faithful obedience to God. 

The blessings for the faithful to God, and the curses for following idols of men to keep what seems to be right in our own eyes.  Each of these points has its spiritual counterpart.

11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

Today’s Ekklesia obeys idols of men and not God; we have gone after other gods to make men our idols in place of the Eternal

11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

11:29 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

11:30 Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down [on the west side of Jordan in the land], in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?

11:31 For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein.

11:32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.

Joshua obeyed all that Moses had commanded, and the blessings and cursing are applicable spiritually as well as physically!

Deuteronomy 27

The people are again encouraged to keep all of the commandments of God: For possession of the land [which for the faithful New Covenant called out, is the Promised Land of Eternal Life] is absolutely dependent on keeping all the commandments of God with enthusiastic passionate zeal and love for our Husband!

Deuteronomy 27:1 And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day.

27:2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister:

When they entered the land they listed the laws of God [the laws of the Land of God] on a monument at the border.

27:3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee.

27:4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.

An altar is to be built at the entry of the physical promised land and peace offerings representing the people reconciled to and at peace with God, living by every Word of God were to be made.  [At this point the tabernacle is with the people and so the law about not sacrificing away from the tabernacle is not broken.] 

The altar is to be built of whole stones not cut out by the hand of man; which is a reference in Daniel two when Jesus Christ is the ROCK which comes to strike Babylon on its toes and destroy that evil system.  The stones of the altar are representative of Messiah the Christ, the Rock of our Salvation.

27:5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.

27:6 Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings [representative of wholehearted obedience and service to God] thereon unto the LORD thy God:

27:7 And thou shalt offer peace offerings [representative of being reconciled to and at peace with God], and shalt eat [the peace offerings] there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God [at their entry into the physical promised land given to them by God; which is an allegory of the entry of the New Covenant called out overcomers, into the spiritual  Promised Land of eternal life, through faithfully following the Mighty God]

The people of physical and spiritual Israel are never to forget that their place in their Promised Land is absolutely conditional on their faithful zeal to live by every Word of God.

Deuteronomy 27:8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Notice here very plainly how hugely important our living by every Word of God is to our Great God. 

Our baptismal commitment is to keep all the commandments of God our Father and our espoused Husband, to live by EVERY Word of God, as we enter voluntarily into a marriage covenant of espousal to a spiritual Husband.

Whether we are chosen to be changed to spirit and enter a final formal marriage with Christ in eternal life, or we are not chosen; is entirely dependent on whether we love him enough to zealously “be a DOER of the Word” now,  and diligently DO WHAT God COMMANDS!

27:9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.

27:10 Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.

Moses instructs the Levites to loudly declare blessings  for obedience and cursing’s for not diligently living by every Word of God.

27:11 And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,

27:12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:

27:13 And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

27:14 And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice,

Physical idolatry has its spiritual application in the making idols of corporate organizations and idols of men, to follow them in place of living by every Word of God.

27:15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

The spiritual application below is about obeying God our spiritual Father, and obeying or not living by His every Word.

27:16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

This refers to not loving and doing good to others.

27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Spiritually this refers to teaching false doctrine to lead others astray. 

27:18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.

This refers to the perverting of godly judgment.

27:19 Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

This refers to shaming one’s father, as a type of spiritually bringing shame on God the Father through our own conduct as God’s children.

27:20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Spiritually this refers to our fidelity to our spiritual Husband Jesus Christ above all others, and the rejection of all false ways and sinful abominations.

27:21 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.

27:22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

27:23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen.

We cannot have a woman and her mother, which in the reverse means that we cannot have a woman and her daughter.

Spiritually verses 24-25 below refer to the sin of Balaam in taking a reward to lead the people astray from God into sin and so spiritually murdering them.  This is a great sin in the Ekklesia today as they lead the people astray from God in pursuit of the reward of numbers and income.

27:24 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.

27:25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.

27:26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

And some foolish and ignorant people say that God’s law is not a Law of Love! God’s law is defined as “Love for God” and “Love for our neighbour” as Jesus Christ clearly defined the law from his own mouth!

God IS love; God’s law IS love: BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!!!

Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

Deuteronomy 28

In this latter day, Israel [the Anglo Saxon peoples] and Judah are under the protection of God so that God may fulfill the promises he made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses. 

We have been given choice blessings and we have responded by filling our lands with abominations and great rebellion against the commandments of our God. 

Therefore hear the warnings of God as recorded by Moses

At this moment there is a great regional war brewing in the Middle East.  God will give Israel and Judah one last victory!  After which [if they do not repent and turn from their sin] they shall be taken into a new captivity, as soon as Peace and Safety is declared (1 Thess 5:3). 

The Blessings For Obedience to all of God’s commandments 

We have been blessed and made the chief peoples on the earth for the past several hundred years.  Now God is preparing to correct Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon people] and Judah one last time in preparation for the coming of Messiah the Christ. 

Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

28:3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

28:5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

28:6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

28:8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

28:10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

28:11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

28:12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

The curses for disobedience and or compromising with any part of God’s Word; which are even now beginning to fall upon the people of God [the New Covenant spiritual Israel]  and physical Israel [the Anglo Saxon peoples] and Judah, as a final warning; and which are about to climax with a final captivity after the coming LAST victory over our enemies in this dispensation. 

Once Islamic Extremism in the Middle East is crushed and a regional peace deal is close and the abomination is set up in the Vatican doing miracles; when he goes to the Holy Place around 75 days after being set up doing miracles:  the final correction of our people will begin with the occupation of Jerusalem and will then spread from there to all of Judah and include the correction of the Anglo Saxon peoples. 

This is a long list of the horrors that will come upon us because of the overspreading of our many abominations; which curses could easily begin in the next two or three years. 

28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

28:16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

28:17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

28:19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

28:20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

28:21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

28:22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption [wasting away], and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

28:23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

28:24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

28:25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

28:26 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.

28:27 The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.

28:28 The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:

28:29 And thou shalt grope at noonday [seeking solutions in confusion of mind], as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.

28:30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.

28:31 Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.

28:32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand.

28:33 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:

28:34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

28:35 The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.

Because we serve idols of men; we will be made to serve men.

28:36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.

28:37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.

28:38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

28:40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.

28:41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.

28:42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.

28:43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

28:44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.

28:45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:

28:46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

28:47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things [Because we will not zealously serve God during the abundance of God’s blessings, those blessings will be removed to humble us.];

28:48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

28:50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:

28:51 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.

28:52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.

28:53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:

28:54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate [meek and timid], his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:

28:55 So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.

28:56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,

28:57 And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.

28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;

28:59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful [great], and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

28:60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.

28:61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

28:62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.

 

A final correction

28:63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.

28:64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

28:65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:

28:67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

28:68 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

Right now the nations of Israel, both physical and spiritual, think obedience to God is a little thing. 

Today the Israelite nations [including spiritual Israel] are immersed wholeheartedly in sin and are about to receive God’s just correction in its fullness.

Today’s brethren rely on their false traditions instead of standing on every Word of God.  The spiritual Ekklesia of the New Covenant called out, is now also facing the strong correction that Moses warned us of and that Christ warned us of in Revelation 3:14-22.

Deuteronomy 29:1 These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant

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