Jericho - Judgment - Repentance - Obedience - Christ's Return

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It seems that there are parallels between modern "art" and modern "theology".

It does not have to be pornographic or sadistic or macabre or outright pagan to be antichrist.  It can be subtle — even a mass of confusion, which each person is to view "subjectively" and the answer the all-important questions: "How does it make YOU feel...  What thoughts (that is, imaginations, feelings attempted to be reduced to words) does it evoke in YOU...?  For that is the only 'reality'."

Below: Fine jewish art -- in case you did not realize it — I wonder who paid for this one...?



The Battle Of Jericho Painting by David Zimmerman
Abstract Paintings Painting - The Battle Of Jericho by David Zimmerman

This one below is real art (I think the one above was a blind person's first attempt at making a quilt).

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Joshua & the Battle of Jericho (A prophetic picture of Christ's ...
Joshua & the Battle of Jericho (A prophetic picture of Christ's Second Coming)
I did not view this Youtube, I only saw the headline.
However, this is an interesting concept.  Joshua's birth name was Oshea (Hosea), which means "Deliverer", but Moses for some reason renamed him Joshua "Yahweh saved" - which is the same as Yehoshua, Christ Jesus' Name in Hebrew.

Jericho represented the "Firstfruits" - it was the first battle upon crossing the Jordan and dedicating the nation to God, after the people were cleansed... having come out of 40 years of trials and tribulations in the wilderness due to the sin of lack of faith and rebellion and mutiny.  REALLY.  How could the Israelites have doubted God's Power after walking through the Red Sea and seeing the army of Pharaoh destroyed?  And then again hearing God's rumbling voice and seeing the fire on top of the Mount when Moses was there, the were so afraid merely at God's Voice that they begged God not to speak to them directly any more! 

HOW ABOMINABLE.  There is nothing more that I could ever ask for, and they did not want it! 
This same people later rejected God as their king.  Again, you reap what you sow—but so do all of your descendants.  If people stopped thinking solely about themselves (the sin of "I"-dolatry, worshipping the Spanish God, "Numero Uno") and thought about ALL our people and especially their own descendants... and put their eyes on GOD, which is where they are supposed to be we would not be in the mess that we are in.
TRUE religion, TRUE Christianity is GOD-centered; but the majority today who think that they are Christians follow a weak superstition of humanism (with a candy-coating of Christian "appearance" in a few weak, misconstrued areas) in which their "faith" (presumption) is not only man-centered, but "experiencially" based.  "If it feels good do it" and "the end justifies the means".  Those are the two "Great Commandments" of the modern Apostate "Christianity". 
True religion is REVELATIONALLY based—based upon what GOD said, as He meant it at the time that He said it—not dependent upon modernist liberal man-centered interpretations.  God is IMMUTABLE.  God is Holy.  God is Perfect.  What God declared does not change to suit the perverse palate of sinful people.  Those who think it does will find themselves in the position of these Canaanites at Jericho on the Day of Judgment.  The reason NO spoils were to be taken in battle at Jericho was because it was the firstfruits.  Firstfruits are holy unto God and were to be burnt entirely with fire.  The Hebrew word translated "dedicated" is also translated "accursed".  This is the two-edged sword.  It is dedicated unto God and therefore it is accursed to anyone else, and it is accursed to the thing itself, since it is to be utterly burned with fire.  Since Achan stole that which was holy and dedicated, he and his family and all his possessions became accursed and were burnt with fire.  Whatever touches the altar is holy.  Even the fire and the ash and the smoke are holy!  Those who have a problem with God being Holy and demanding to be worshipped in a specific way and demanding His creation to obey Him in all things, have a "god complex" that shall one day be destroyed when such a person realizes that he is in unremitting Judgment with no way out.  The job of God's creation is to obey Him, not for the worm (maggot) to think that it knows better how order and run the universe than the One who created and owns it.

Numbers 14 explains the previous side of the Conquest: in which the spies were sent into Canaan and 10 came back with an evil, faithless report, and the people stupidly believed them, despite Joshua and Caleb's vigorously voiced dissent and reminding the people of God's Great Power and Faithfulness. 

Some interesting highlights of the chapter:

1And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
3And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
4And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
They got what they wanted, well, the first part of it.

While Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before God, Joshua and Caleb rebuked the people and even informed the Israelites concerning the cursed tribes in the land of Canaan "their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not."

This "defense" most likely meant that Egypt had ruled the area and had garrisons of troops in Canaan, but upon Egypt being destroyed, Egypt had recalled its troops in the attempt to salvage itself from ruins.  In my commentary on Jonah (634pp., pb., 32.00 + P&H) I point out that God had also eventually declared that Egypt would never again be any nation of significance on the world scene.  How was this accomplished?  I believe that after Egypt having been left in ruins, devastated by 10 plagues, and losing their 3 million or so Hebrew slaves, then imported Nubians from farther south in Africa to be their slaves, and then they began breeding with them, along with arabs and turks (Hittite-Canaanites) to produce the modern mongrelized "Egyptians" of the unstable Banana (or is that Falafal) Republic that it has ever been since about 700 B.C.

Scripture tells us that Moses was more meek than any man upon the earth.  Fools like Philo of Alexandria accused Moses of being a tyrant and wanting to dominate the people and inventing his own rules; NOTHING could be further from the truth.  Here for the SECOND time (the first was after Israel sinned with the golden calfs)

11And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them?
12I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
13And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)
14And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
15Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, 16Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
God promised to destroy the Israelites en toto and make a new nation out of Moses himself... Moses would be King-Patriarch.  Instead of thinking of his own power and greatness and glory—Moses cared about his sinful people and foremost he cared about GOD'S reputation.  Moses had no trouble with "I"-dolatry.  He thought of God and his people, not himself.

Moses then besought God

17And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
18The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
19Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
God then grants Moses selfless, humble request—and God does not give the people what they deserve, by punishing them to the 3rd and 4th generation of those who hate Him, but He was quite merciful
20And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word
22Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
—other than the households of Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb:
28Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
29Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
30Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein,
They thought it would be better to die in the wilderness; they got their wish; but God in His Mercy only punished that exact generation, age 20 and up.
31But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
32But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
33And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
34After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
35I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
Then, we have one final POWERFUL lesson in the end of this chapter, which I have long written in many of my books, that obedience has a "critical time period" which, after it has passed, JUDGMENT is the only possibility and the opportunity for obedience has been removed.  This does not mean one is simply to continue into deeper sin; it means that without repentance, Judgment is inevitable.  If true repentance is undertaken, God may not administer the fulness of the Judgment, or He may even prevent the Judgment altogether.  However, the Israelites' hearts were not right.  They thought that by going through the motions of what God had commanded, without any true change of the heart or mind, that they could then avoid Judgment.  Maybe they only thought pragmatically: We are going to die anyway, at least in battle against the Canaanites we have a chance?
39And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
40And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
41And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
42Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.
The people thought that they could simply take matters into their own hands.  Moses even warned and rebuked them, but they did what they wanted, which showed that they had not repented.  Had they truly repented, they would have fallen on their faces before God, as did Moses and Aaron.  Works of the flesh, obedience, profit nothing if the heart has not actually and fully repented.  Such "good works" are even viewed as iniquity.  The nature makes the works; not vice versa.  Out of the heart proceedeth...  Cleanse the inside first, and then the outside will also be cleansed. That is the intention of the 10th Commandment: aborting sin in the heart before it has a chance to be conceived and bring forth death.
Our perverse generation is exponentially more perverse than it was 35 years ago, when in 1983, Dr. Gordon H. Clark's book, The Pastoral Epistles [inquire] was published 2 years before his death.  If only he were here to view it now up close and personal!  Dr. Clark, 35 years ago, wrote, almost prophetically (compared to what things were like 35 years ago and what they are today) under II Timothy:
"3:12 And all who wish to live piously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
"This verse supports the interpretation given to the preceding phrase.  Fortunately the United States with its Puritan and Presbyterian heritage has been free of persecution.  It is still free of physical persecution. But political liberalism, socialism (always anti-christian), the emergence of women's liberation, lesbianism and homosexuality, the legal attacks made by the government on Christian schools, including jail terms for Christian parents who send their children to Christian schools, the reluctance of universities to employ outstanding Christian professors, and the activism of those university students in riots, arson, and terror—all this presages the more systematic oppression that communism inflicts on Christians.
"The "main-line" apostate denominations vigorously attack Christianity, both politically and theologically.  They support Marxist regimes in Africa, and, not to begin a long list of items, the U.P.U.S.A. recently ordained a ministerial candidate who explicitly denied the deity of Christ, after which Monday Morning (May 12, 1980) a pastors' periodical, published Robert B. McLaren's article defending the ordination, arguing in detail against the doctrine, and lampooning the faithful as "shamefully uninformed pastors"." (p.176)
The majority of "Christians" have no clue about how perverse the modern "Christian" church has become, and how polluted and pagan and antichrist its doctrine has become.  This is because the vast majority of "Christians" don't know sound doctrine—and if they do, they reject it!  If informed of their utter ignorance of true Bible doctrine, true theology, the majority do not care!  This shows that they are not "Christians".  They are not of God.  Not only are they not Christ's sheep because they don't know His Voice—they don't even care to know His Voice (even as the sinful Israelites did not want to hear God's Voice). 
A few years ago I spoke with and emailed a "Christian" who graduated from my Christian college (probably the best and one of the most conservative in the nation, though it compromises more and more each year in their lust to be "friends of the world", thinking that in so doing, they honor God) a few decades before I did.  Someone put me in touch with him because he wanted to get typeset a book that his father had written before his passing, and he was fulfilling an obligation or showing respect to his father, who had written numerous books on his view of the interpretation of the words of the Greek New Testament (of questionable value).  The books had been written in fine print with a lot of Greek, and it was laborious for me to reytpe and correct and edit it, though it was a short book.  When I found out that the son was a graduate of my college, I gave him a courtesy discount, and even did more than required.  He seemed like a caring Christian.  However, I was shocked and saddened when in a discussion, after asking me what I thought of the book, he replied, "Oh, my church doesn't get hung up on doctrine, we've found it is divisive". 
YES.  It was MEANT to be divisive—it separates the wheat from the chaff and the wheat from the tares! Christianity is DOCTRINE.  It is THEOLOGY.  Anything less is a humanistic delusion and false religion.  True Christianity is about what GOD has decreed.  It is NOT about what "feels good" to man.  It is about OBEDIENCE to ALL that God commanded by the regeneration and power of the Holy Spirit in the one who has been converted.  If there is no change to what God commanded, there was no conversion; only an emotional experience or some misperception about the accounting books of Heaven being changed to reflect that there is no longer any debt and you are free to go and live as you please—like a catholic out of the confessional booth as a Kentucky Derby champion out of the starting gate at the sound of the starter's pistol.
[And aren't starter's pistols "violent"...?  When will horse-racing venues change this horrible war-like practice and instead, to start off each race, have some women with a soft, motherly voice whisper, "We love all you horses no matter how you perform, on your mark, get set, go."]
Last year I had carried on a brief email back and forth with a woman who was interested in obtaining a book that I reprint (which she never ordered).  She said she "preached" on the internet; and had a dozen or so youtube videos.  Yes, the spirit of Jezebel is alive and well in the majority of women who consider themselves "Christians".  One of her videos I began to view, had a few good quotes from Spurgeon.  However, her "Christianity" is one that oozes with emotion like a Southern Living cookbook sponsored by a show on interior design for "happy places".  She actually said in her intro, "God is crazy about His people."  Really?  God is crazy?  Does she not know the real meaning of words used in slang expressions to realize the grotesqueness of this declaration?  Maybe her god is crazy, because he is not the God of the Bible.  How do I know this? —because she had also emailed me and expressed sentiments to the effect: "You've gotta just get rid of the Old Testament and all that musty old doctrine.  God's not about doctrine... He's just about love, love, love.  Rock on Jesus strong!"
No thanks.  I'll keep my God and you can continue in your delusion with your idol... but there will be hell to pay for leading others astray, especially since the spirit of Jezebel thinks that it can exalt itself above all that God has ordained and established as His hierarchy.  Understand, the spirit of Jezebel does not always reveal itself in the outright evil form of the wicked Canaanite princess; even as Satan does not always appear as vile, diseased darkness and death all the time (though there are vile followers of him in the most perverse and wicked forma imagineable)—he often appears as an "angel of light", even parroting some of what Jesus Himself said, but with a perverse humanistic twist.  If women want to be godly, they need to read Proverbs 31 and ask God to make it a reality in their lives daily to their husbands first (after God—and the means by which they submit to God is how they treat their husbands).  They need to study the life of Abigail.  If they don't, and they continue on their evil way thinking that they are their own authority, independent and free to make decisions and do as they please (including leading people astray with false doctrine), then I'd recommend staying away from balconies, chariots, and dogs.  You reap what you sow.
Christ said that when He returns He will command, "bring all those Mine enemies who would not that I rule over them and slay them before Me".  Jesus is not a warm, fuzzy "feeling".  True love is self-sacrifice and obedience.  Being a follower of Christ is obeying all that He and God commanded (because Jesus was a follower of God—in complete submission, without sin, who honored and obeyed God in all things and was always about His Father's Business; not His own).  Those who are not followers of Christ in this very fashion are rebels who reject Him.  Being a follower of Jesus requires more than wearing a button that says, "I love Jesus" or "WWJD?" ( guarantee you, in most all cases, He would not be doing what most "Christians" are doing).  You cannot love and accept Jesus if you reject what He commanded.  Wearing a button and telling others "Jesus loves you" is not only utterly meaningless, but it is an insult to Christ, if you ignore and refuse to do what He commanded (which includes, "give not that which is holy to the dogs).  What Jesus commanded does not change with the times.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  The world shall pass away but My Words shall never pass away.  The Word of the Lord shall endure forever.  I am Yahweh and I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.  The only valid mission of modern Christians is the exact same mission that Christ had—in every detail.  Truth does not change.  Morality does not change.  God's Word does not change.  What changes is perverse minds that call good evil and evil good; and light darkness and darkness light.  That transform the Masterpiece of God's Word into something like a blind-man's quilt, or a Picasso or Salvador Dali farse or mental breakdown—and think that it is equally as valid.  "Immorality: It's the new 'morality'."  Christ shall fully reward those who think so.
Christ will command His holy angels to uproot every plant that His Heavenly Father had not planted and remove all things that offend... and they shall be cast into the fire—accursed, even as the Canaanites and all the animals and all possessions of Jericho.  It will begin with a shout and a trumpet blast! and those who realize their own wickedness and hopelessness will wish that the walls of Jericho could fall on them to hide them from the Wrath of the Lamb—Who shall return as a Lion. 
This initial Return (there is no "Rapture"*) will be the firstfruits of Judgment.  It will then continue to the very last soul.  Many people who thought that they were "Christians", Christ said, on that Day, shall cry, "But did we not do all these 'wonderful things' in Thy Name...?"  Christ will reply, "Depart from Me ye that work iniquity [lawlessness].  I never knew you".
[* The Rapture is Zionist-Jesuit Counter-reformation propaganda unsupported by Scripture—and it is a "New Age" doctrine.  See my, The Futurist and Rapture Conspiracy, 164pp., 14.50 + P&H.]
The only truly good works are those that God commanded (not those which man, like Cain, prefers to give and thinks are suitable alternatives)... and those good works / obedience do not make the person good.  Goodness proceeds forth out of a nature that God has made good; and every tree is know by its fruit.
He that hath ears to hear... let him hear...
[I had not intended to write this article.  I had a few thoughts in my mind from morning my reading in Numbers and in Dr. Clark's book.  Then I was doing a google image search for a painting of the Battle of Jericho, for another project and the abstract "art" came up, as well as the other picture above.  The thoughts all sort of came together.  Below is another REAL artwork of the Battle of Jericho, by a REAL artist, the German artist Johann Heinrich Schönfeld (1609–1684).  How accurately it depicts the Battle of Jericho, may be open to debate; but it is far-more accurate than a blind-man's quilt.]