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The Bible shows us that the Israelites crossed into the Promised land in the Spring of 1406 BC, just after the Harvest.  After the Israelites entered the Promised Land, their first order of Business was to destroy the Canaanite city of Jericho.  I know that sounds harsh, but please remember that the inhabitants of this land were evil, pagan worshippers who sacrificed their own children to their “god” moloch.  Their blood was tainted with Nephilim (fallen angels/human hybrids), and therefore they were completely evil.  You might think that all of these hybrid beings were destroyed in the flood, but Scripture makes it clear that they were not. Notice the size comparison between the Nephilim and the human Israelites.  

Numbers 13:33: “There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.

There are actually many Scriptures that describe the fact that there were giants inhabiting the land of Canaan.  Even the much later account of David and Goliath shows that there were still giants in the land at the time of King David!

One of the most conflicting issues for Christians today is “marrying up” the God of the Old Testament (YHWH) with the God of the New Testament (YESHUA).  Many people think that the God of the Old Testament was angry and wrathful, but really, it’s just that we lack understanding.  In fact, the God of the Old Testament is actually merciful,  Gracious, slow to anger and steadfast in abounding Love.  But the Israelites were a “stubborn, stiff-necked people”, and the inhabitants of the land of Canaan (Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites)  were extremely evil. 

Deuteronomy 7:  “When the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy themYou shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you. But thus you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

These nations that the Israelites were instructed to “utterly destroy” were literal people in the past, and now represent the 7 unholy spirits that inhabit the world as disembodied, unseen demonic entities. These are the evil counterparts of the 7 Spirits of God (Revelation 3:1, Revelation 5:6, Zechariah 4:10). 

NameMeaning of nameAbbreviated explanation of effects
HittitesSons of terrorSubliminal torments, phobias, terror, depression, deceit
GirgashitesClay dwellersFocus on earthliness, unbelief in what cannot be seen, greed, analytical, science, cold/unfeeling
AmoritesMountain people; renownedObsession with earthly fame and glory, domineering
CanaanitesLowlands peopleAddictions, perversions, exaggerated people-pleasing, lust
PerizzitesBelonging to a villageLimited vision, laziness, low self-esteem, spirit of slavery.
HivitesVillagersVision limited to enjoying an earthly inheritance, hedonism, self centeredness.
JebusitesThreshersSuppression of spiritual authority in fellow believers, legalism

We know from HIS STORY that although Joshua sought to destroy all of these Nephilim and evil hybrid nations, many of them remained in the land and did indeed become a snare to the Israelites, who ended up disobeying God, intermarrying with them, and worshipping their pagan gods.

Now that we have a better idea of what Israel was up against in the land of Canaan, let’s get back to the their first assignment in the Promised Land.  After they crossed the Jordan River via a supernatural miracle, a very mysterious “man” showed up to give Joshua and the Israelites instruction.  This mysterious man is described as “The Captain of the Lord’s Host”.  This means that this mysterious man was the commander of the angels.  One of God’s Titles is “LORD (YHWH) of Hosts”, and HE is the God of the angelic armies in Heaven.  

Joshua 5: 13 Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” 14 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15 The captain of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

What we experienced in Joshua 5 is known as a “Christophany”. A Christophany is a manifestation of the preincarnate Christ, who is the Word of God made flesh.  You might wonder how can there be a visible manifestation of Jesus 1500 years before His Birth, and the only answer we can give is that God is outside of time and Space and can therefore manifest Himself physically whenever and however He wants.

The Preincarnate Jesus then began to tell Joshua how the next few days would play out. 

Joshua 6:  Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. 2 The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.”

Now this plan shown to Joshua was going to take some faith, which is perhaps why God manifested Himself physically to deliver this message.  Jericho had nearly impenetrable walls.  The retaining wall was some four to five meters (12–15 feet) high. On top of that was a mudbrick wall two meters (six feet) thick and about six to eight meters (20–26 feet) high.4 At the crest of the embankment was a similar mudbrick wall whose base was roughly 14 meters (46 feet) above the ground level outside the retaining wall (see diagram). This is what loomed high above the Israelites as they marched around the city each day for seven days. Humanly speaking, it was impossible for the Israelites to penetrate the impregnable bastion of Jericho.

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The “traditional” way of taking down the walls of an impenetrable city would be to “lay siege”, and basically camp outside waiting for the people inside to get so hungry that they would be willing to let down their defenses to seek food on the outside.  This could often take months or even longer, especially since the Canannites had just completed the harvest.  But God had another plan to take down the walls of Jericho in only take 7 days.  The Israelites’ army was instructed to march around the walls of the city for 6 days.  Along with the army, 7 Priests were to march holding the Ark of the Covenant (the box holding the 10 commandments) and Ram’s horns.  On the 7th day, the Army and the Priests were to march around 7 times and the Priests would blow the Trumpets.  At this point, all the Israelites would shout out loud, and the walls of the city would fall down flat. This was the plan.

What do you think?  Do you think the army agreed with Joshua that this was a good plan?  Can you imagine marching quietly around a city once per day for 6 days..and nothing was happening?  This took Faith.  Joshua had seen God the pre-incarnate Christ with his own eyes, and he believed that God could do anything.  God had chosen Joshua to be the leader of the Israelites.  The Israelites understood that YHWH was with Joshua, so they had faith enough to follow his lead.

And…their faith paid off.  They did exactly as was commanded, and the walls of Jericho came down on the 7th day.  The people were obedient to God, even when it didn’t look like anything was happening for the first 6 days.  What does this mean for us?  When God gives us instructions on how to take down walls, of sin, of pain, of heartache, of depression, and we try to be obedient but don’t see any progress, keep on “keeping on” because obedience to the Lord will “pay off”, and eventually there will be breakthrough.  Admittedly, it’s hard to press through the quiet times, the times that we’re being obedient and yet it still seems like nothing is happening. Sometimes we may even feel like the Lord isn’t even hearing our prayers But we can’t see the BIG PICTURE like JESUS can.  We don’t know the timing.  The Lord WILL bless those who put their trust in HIM. Faith is believing even when you have not yet seen the fulfillment of prayer.  Always understanding that He hears our prayers, He collects our tears, and He knows how to give Good Gifts to His Children.  He may not answer a prayer in the way that we expect, but He does HEAR and HE will answer prayer according to His Will and to His Word.  His Will for His Children is for welfare and not calamity, to give them a future and a hope.  Even when all seems hopeless, it’s not. God is in the RESTORATION BUSINESS.  God gives us what we need, not necessarily what we want.

As it is in Forestry, when there is a “controlled burn” to take away the tinder and allow for new growth, so it is with our lives.  It’s a painful process, but God often burns away the dross, the tinder, and what is left is new, ALIVE, and beautiful 🙂