Month 2:7, Week 1:6 (Sheshi/Kippur), Year:Day 5939:036 AM|
2Exodus 1/40, Jericho VII (Shibi'i/Sukkot)
Gregorian Calendar: Monday 5 May 2014
The Executors in Divine Order
Continued from Part 21
This message is being sent out before we commence our final march later today because there are some important truths that need to be shared and understood.
Not the Sabbath but Sabbath Types
Although this is purposefully not the Sabbath day (since Torah forbids the waging of offensive war on the Shabbat proving, incidentally, the Creation Calendar) it is the seventh day of the Jericho March and is therefore a type of the Sabbath. It is the seventh day of the month but the sixth day of the week, so it is not an assembly day of Israel. Israel's troops are out besieging a city with spiritual weapons. So how is this also typologically a rest day as well as a day of warfare? Let me share with you what Yahweh gave me this morning when I woke up.
Two Thousand Cubits: A Sacred Key
Revealing the Divine Heavenly Order
"Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp; and they commanded the people, saying, 'When you see the ark of the covenant of Yahweh your Elohim (God), and the cohenim (priests), the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.' And Joshua said to the people, 'Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow Yahweh will do wonders among you.' Then Joshua spoke to the cohenim (priests), saying, 'Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.' So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people" (Josh.3:1-6, NKJV).
As we were reminded during the Pesach Conference a few days ago, the Kingdom of our Elohim (God) is one of ORDER. But not any old order, but order that is in DIVINE TAVNITH or Pattern. I cannot underscore this enough. Westerner believers brainwashed in the state education system and by the media with secular lawlessness and anarchism are going to find this adjustment hard to make but make it they must. This Second Exodus is one of strict order and those who do not maintain it will be picked off by the enemy one by one. This Divine Order is not, moreover, just for times of emergency such as our walk down here in mortality but it is the order of the heavenly life in the eternities too. So consider this to be part of your training for Eternity.
The Structure of the Jericho Marches
In the passage I have quoted a very clear instruction is given: the Ark of the Covenant is to go before the people, it is only to be carried by the Priesthood, and the people are to keep a proper distance between it and them...not any old distance but precisely 2,000 cubits. There is a reason for this, as there obviously is for every mitzvah (commandment) of Yahweh, and as this could occupy a whole sermon, for which there is not time this morning, I will select what I believe to be passages that underline the importance of 2,000 today. It is actually a concealed instruction for those who love the Davar (Word) enough who are willing to search for it.
The 2,000 Number in Seven Key Passages
There are several instructions in the Tanakh (Old Testament) whose Hebrew letters add up to a numeric value of 2,000, but these are the pertinent ones for today.
1. Yahweh Must Rule
The first concerns divine rule:
A Confederacy of Apostolic Judges
"But Gideon said to them, 'I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; Yahweh shall rule over you'" (Judg.8:23-24, NKJV).
The Kingdom of Elohim (God) during this Second Exodus is not a 'kingdom' but a Confederacy of Twelve Judges, of whom three preside and of whom one presides over the three, as Moses with Joshua and Caleb presided over Israel, to be followed by Joshua and then Samuel after him. This is the Order of the Shlichim or Apostles of whom there are to be Twelve in this Second Exodus, one over each of the Twelve Tribes gathering, three of which constitute a Patriarchate (as Peter, James and John were) and one - of the House of Joseph - who is as Peter and (later) James, and then John. However, these men are RULED BY YAHWEH and the evidence of it will be in their words and in their works. Only in this way can Yahweh rule over Messianic Israel.
No Final Gathering and No Promised Land Return Without Divine Order
Neither the Exodus as a whole, nor the conquest of 'Jericho', nor the final, literal entry into the Promised Land after the Final Gathering can take place until this Order is instituted and Yahweh truly leads Israel, as did Moses and Joshua after him.
Caleb, Esau, Judah and Modern Jews
A word for worried Jews. You have your place and it is at Joshua's side, as it was for Caleb. Remember, you have no place in this work just because you claim to be of a certain racial or cultural/religious grouping. The only qualification is to be an Israelite - an faithful, obedient overcomer in Messiah. And yes, Judah is next to Joseph but being a 'Jew' does not necessarily make you of Judah, any more than Caleb, the son of Esau, became a part of Judah because of blood. Caleb became part of the Tribe of Judah only by covenant and by obedience and by overcoming. He was a blood descandant of Esau. There are no other types of Israelite in this Second Exodus. Come as Caleb, strong in testimony but humble in heart, and your place is assured, and if you are of the vast bulk of Jews who are not of the House of Judah, you may nevertheless be grafted in if you have that right attitude. If you will not, because of your pride, then you must seek your own way, but I promise it will not go well for you.
2. A Warning About the Crafty
So this is the first '2,000 cubit scripture'. Let us look at the next which is warning in the spirit that I have just spoken:
3. False Friends and Mockers
"He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them" (Job 5:13, NKJV).
Those of this nature who come up to the Second Exodus will not survive long amongst Yahweh's people, for they will be caught out, and they will certainly never cross the 'Jordan' nor march around any 'Jericho'. Like Job whose so-called 'friends' were a burden to him, false friends will come along and burden the people, as this '2,000 cubit scripture' reminds us:
Expell the Mocker
"Are not mockers with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?" (Job 17:2, NKJV).
Mockers will always follow us, hassling us and trying to get in the camp when they can, but it is the responsibility of the cohenim (priests) to call them to immediate repentence and expell them if they will not and leave them as easy pickings for the trailing 'Amalekites'.
4. Keeping to the Way
Only the true and faithful, strictly following the Ruach (Spirit) and the Torah (Law), are fit for the journey, as Job again testifies in the next '2,000 cubit scripture':
Marching in Order, Marching in Step
"My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His Derech (Way) and not turned aside" (Job 23:11, NKJV).
That Derech (Way), clearly, is Yah'shua (Jesus), who Himself walked the Derech Torah (Way of Torah) and was obedient, even unto death. The mitzvah (commandment) to the marchers is clearly "hold fast to His steps" remembering that these steps are ordered. The army that follows the cohenim (priests) must MARCH IN STEP, imitating the Priesthood who must imitate Messiah until they all become B'rit Chadashah (New Covenant) Priesthood (1 Pet.2:9), every man in his season, every man after he has been tested and weighed and found worthy to wear those sacred garments and take upon himself the responsibilities thereof.
A Disciplined Military Unit
This is like a military unit and must operate like one, in ahavah (love) and chesed (grace, mercy, undeserved loving-kindness) yet in strictness. It must operate in proper, biblical toqef (authority) structures. No one who is in this Second Exodus can claim to be an authority over anyone, either in a fatherly or priestly rôle, until they themselves are under proper toqef (authority) and full accountability.
Annual Priesthood Weighing is Essential
I will be saying more about this in the weeks ahead as things get underway. This will include mandatory annual Priesthood Weighing around the time of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) for all those who have been ordained. Those who were not weighed last year must be weighed before Shavu'ot (Weeks).
5. Self-Appointed Authorities and Gods
With this comes a sober warning in another '2,000 cubit scripture':
Pretenders to Authority
"Therefore thus says Yahweh-Elohim: 'Because you have set your heart as the heart of a god...'" (Ezek.28:6, NKJV).
This revelation to the Prince of Tyre, who is a type of Heylel (Lucifer, Satan), is a warning against all those who set themselves up as an elohim (god), that is to say, either as literal Deity (as Satan does) or as a Judge or Elder in Tsiyon (Zion)! In other words, this is a strict warning to those who try to set themselves up as authorities out of Divine Tavnith - to those who claim to be rulers in the Kingdom when they are led not by the Ruach (Spirit) but by the pride of their hearts. The corpses of such men litter the road of history, Yahweh does not take kindly to them especially if - like Aaron's sons - they offer "strange fire" (Lev.10:1; 3:4; 26:61) or like Saul he offered sacrifices when he did not have the authority to do so and when he has been specifically commanded not to do so! Such men will come up to the Second Exodus, such men will be judged by fire!
The Women Walking Under Their Heads
Parallel to this, the sisters of Tsiyon (Zion) must likewise walk in the same way under the toqef (authority) of their fathers and husbands. They cannot do otherwise and if they do not, they will meet the same fate as the rebellious sons of Aaron.
This is Not a Vaccation
I cannot underline this enough. Whatever 'church' or 'messianic synagogue' image you may have still in you it has to die. The second generation of those first Israelites who marched around Jericho had all of their Egyptian-ness burned out of them in the wilderness of suffering, just as those now coming up to this work must. I will not paint a cosy advertisement for you. This will not be an appealing brochure such as you might expect from a travel agency. This is not a vaccation and those who want one, or to be entertained, or to be be taken care of as children who refuse to grow up, are not welcome until they have repented. It is as straightfored, direct, blunt and honest as that. This is a Redemption March not a vaccation in the Caribbean.
False Men of Elohim Shall Be Judged
"Because you have set your heart as the heart of an elohim (god)..." is a judgment against those who are not real men of Elohim (God) but are following the flesh. This passage goes on with words that appear in a similar manner in the Mishpat Yahweh I:
Whosoever Has Power
"The judgment of Yahweh against the King of Babylon, and the nation of Babylon, and against his princes and their nations, and against all those who say in their heart: 'I am an elohim (god) and have no need of El Elyon (God Most High)', and who have declared in their heart: 'I have established my own laws and have no need of the Torah (Law) of El Elyon (God Most High), or His mishpatim (judgments)' and have declared with swollen and prideful hearts: 'I am my own Torah (Law) and my own Elohim (God)'; who says in his heart, like the ruler of Tyre of old: 'I am sitting on the Throne of Elohim (God) and I am surrounded by the seas on the west and in the east - who, then, can come against me and prevail?'" (v.1)
This applies equally to those who have positions of temporal power as it does to ministers and those operating within ministries whose hearts are not right. Such are not even in this March. They are not even in the Camp of Israel. They perished in the wilderness and live in delusion.
6. Waters Clear and Rivers Smooth as Oil
The next '2,000 cubit scripture' connects the Jericho March both to the first Pesach (Passover) which we have already celebrated as well as to the late Pesach (Passover) on the 14th of this Second Month that is a week away, and concerns the destruction of the Egyptian power by Babylon:
Babylon Used to Destroy Egypt on Behalf of Israel
"Then I will make their waters clear, and make their rivers run like mishkha (oil),' says Yahweh-Elohim" (Ezek.32:14, NKJV).
This is a blessing to the King of Babylon so that he can execute judgment on Egypt on behalf of Elohim (God) for the sake of Yahweh's People! When rivers "run like oil" it is a poetic device indicating when rivers become smooth in their flow, and that is because oil always runs smoothly when poured out over the ground. Swolen and turbulent rivers are, of course, extremely difficult to cross, and potentially very destructive, and only flow a short while so long as the waters above them continue to pile up, whether from melted snow or sudden downpours. Still waters symbolise shalom (peace).
No Third Chances - Don't Gamble!
As Egypt surrendered peacefully to the army of Nebuchadnezzar, so in the time of the Second Exodus the Egyptian power will surrender peacefully to the Babylonian one. Both Babylon and Egypt are enemies of Israel and the People of Elohim (God) but Yahweh uses one to subdue the other. This conquest of Egypt will bring shalom (peace) to Yahweh's People and allow for those still in Egypt getting their second chance at the Late Passover to escape as the first did. An act of grace on Yahweh's part, one of those famous 'second chances' Scripture speaks of from time to time, like the woman caught in adultery and set free (Jn.8:1-12). But there is no 'third Pesach' so do not gamble. Accept your second chance as a returning prodigal but make sure your repentance is complete and that you expect nothing more than to be a humble servant.
A New Covenant Jericho March Around Demonic Strongholds
This '2,000 cubits scripture' may also be applied to the Remnant as a promise of shalom (peace) generally in the midst of warfare which brings me to my main message for today. I want you to especially note that this is a NEW COVENANT BATTLE and not an Old Covenant one. The rules, though similar, operate differently. We are not circling any literal city of stone as ancient Jericho was, we are circling demonic strongholds, and we need to know how to do this. I speak, in part, of deliverance ministry which is both essential and integral to the work of the Remnant because none can enter the Promised Land - inwardly or outwardly - until they have overcome two GIANT obstacles which are represented by these walls, namely, PRIDE and FEAR.
The Order of the March
There is a tendency on the part of many believers to get very 'gung-ho' or carelessly over-zealous when it comes to deliverance. Not a few are cocky and arrogant, assuming that just because they believe in Yah'shua (Jesus) that they have all power and all authority. Tomorrow I will talking more about this but for now I just want to say this as Yahweh impressed it upon me as I was praying and meditating this morning. Which brings me back to the Order of the March.
The Seven 2,000 Cubits Scriptures Summarised
"You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven cohenim (priests) shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the cohenim (priests) shall blow the trumpets (shofar's). It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn (shofar), and when you hear the sound of the trumpet (shofar), that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him" (Josh.6:3-5, NKJV).
The the people are to fall behind the cohenim (priests) carrying the Ark at the respectful distance of 2,000 cubits because of what this distance represents. This we have seen represents:
- 1. Yahweh properly ruling the people through, in this instance, His Melchizedek Priesthood Order;
- 2. Exposing and excluding those who come to the Second Exodus with a false heart;
- 3. Excluding the mockers while the enemy dispatches them;
- 4. Strictly keeping to the Derech (Way) of Messiah in Torah-obedience;
- 5. Judgment against those who falsely set themselves up as elohim or authorities;
- 6. Making the Derech (Way) smooth for Yah's People even using one enemy to destroy another; and
- 7. A special blessing for the Tribe of Asher:
"By the border of Dan, from the east side to the west, one section for Asher" (Ezek.48:2, NKJV).
The seventh '2,000 cubit scripture' - the blessing of Asher - denotes HAPPINESS for Yahweh's People, for Asher means 'happy'.
The Seven Priests and Shofar's
Ahead of the Ark were seven other cohenim (priests) blowing a shofar (ram's horn) each. Seven is the number of completion, of spiritual perfection. This represents the perfect tavnith
(pattern) and order - the Order of the Jericho March and the Discipline of the Second Exodus March.
Discipline in an Undisciplined Age
Discipline frightens the lukewarn and casual but discipline equals discipleship. A talmid or disciple of Yah'shua (Jesus) is one who is under the DISCIPLINE of his Master. If you ever thought the Kingdom was something like the 'Jesus People' of the 1960's and 1970's, influenced as they were by the hippie movement, you can divest yourself of that illusion now. Sadly, those who are in leadership positions in the world and the churches were raised in that generation where there was a virtual breakdown of law, order, discipline and structure. This false derech or way of being is largely what has been responsible for turning Christendom into what amounts to lukewarm puss. There are only a few Joshua's and Caleb's who escaped this pernicious lifestyle and it is they - and their children - who are the leaders in Messianic Israel today.
The Covenent of Shavu'ot and the Full Restoration
The Ark of the Covenant being carried by the cohenim (priests) represents the COVENANT OF SHAVU'OT (WEEKS) and it is never absent from any march of Israel, Messianic or pre-Messianic. There is no nation of Israel without the betrothal b'rit (covenant) to Yahweh at Shavu'ot (Weeks). This is a covenant people. If you think you can just accept Yah'shua (Jesus), be born again and be baptised by immersion and enter into the fullness you are under a gross delusion. Whilst these are the foundation of the Besorah (Gospel) life they are not its completion or fullness. That is why seven cohenim (priests) blow the shofar's because the fullness of the Besorah (Gospel) life is represented by all seven of the annual festivals of Yahweh including the weekly Sabbath, the monthly New Moon, and the Sabbatic Years and the Jubilee Years. The seven 'breaths' required to blow the seven shofar's represent the Sevenfold Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) - a fullness of the Ruachot (Spirits) of Elohim (God) (Rev.3:1; 4:5; 5:6). These are an essential part of the completeness for not one aspect is absent from the Second Exodus and the Jericho March. In a word, there has to be "a restoration of all things" (Ac.3:21).
The Armed Front Guard
Let us read on:
Prayer Warriors and Intercessors Lead the Way
"Then Joshua the son of Nun called the cohenim (priests) and said to them, 'Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven cohenim (priests) bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of Yahweh.' And he said to the people, 'Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of Yahweh'" (Josh.6:6-7, NKJV).
These are the PRAYER WARRIORS or INTERCESSORS who carry the "sword of the Ruach (Spirit)" (Eph.6:17) and notice that they are RIGHT IN THE FRONT. The order of battle, then consists of, beginning at the front:
"The battle line was at both front and rear" (2 Chron.13:14, NKJV)
- 1. Prayer Warriors/Intercessors (Front Guard);
- 2. Seven Cohenim (Priests) blowing seven shofar's;
- 3. The Cohenim (Priests)/Levites carrying the Ark of the Covenant; and
- 4. The rest of the People (Rear Guard).
Complete Human Silence
With the exceptions of the seven cohenim (priests) blowing the shofar's representing the Ruachot haQodesh (Holy Spirits), the rest were completely silent. Not a word was spoken. No human voice was heard. The soldiers were not fighting.
Hitting and Being IN the Mark
This morning my wife had a dream about a man with a bow-and-arrow shooting at a target. To cut a long story short, what she realised from the message being given to her was that not only are we required to hit the mark (target, reach the goal) - as opposed to 'missing the mark', or sinning - but we are required to be IN the mark. And that 'mark' is Yah'shua (Jesus). And provided we are IN the Mark, we have shalom (peace).
In the Eye of the Storm
I wondered why I felt so peaceful when I woke up this morning. I was ready, staff in hand, for battle. But no, this was not to be a battle response because the battle is Yahweh's, not man's - what He wanted from me was a sabbath response by being peacefully IN Messiah, trusting Him. He wanted me IN the Mark of Messiah while marching around an enemy fortress! Though the Israelites under Joshua were in the middle of a storm, they were in the eye of the storm where there is complete stillness. And so long as we are in correct battle-order, it is in that spiritual eye that we shall safely be found.
There remains one last thing for us to do today and then it is up to Yahweh to bring down the walls of the capstone of the élite pyramid and execute His mishpat:
"But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the cohenim (priests) blew the shofars, that Joshua said to the people: 'Shout, for Yahweh has given you the city! Now the city shall be doomed by Yahweh to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to Yahweh; they shall come into the treasury of Yahweh.' So the people shouted when the cohenim (priests) blew the shofars. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the shofar, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city" (Josh.6:15-20, NKJV).