Thursday, April 27, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - April 27, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 11:19-30

Joshua 13-14

Job 27

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

In Joshua 13, we read an interesting statement about the tribe of Levi:

Joshua 13:14  "Only unto the tribe of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as He said unto them."

When Joshua divided up the land of Canaan among the 12 tribes of Israel, he gave land to every tribe except one: Levi. Of the twelve sons of Jacob, two had been replaced in what came to be known as the twelve tribes of Israel. These two replaced tribes were Joseph and Levi. The tribe of Joseph, although unnamed, was present in his sons - which were the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.    

But Levi - the tribe of the priests - seems to be just left out and without an inheritance. Actually, Levi was not forgotten. The priests had an inheritance, it just wasn't of this earth. And herein lies a beautiful lesson for each of us (as we are called to be kings and priests in our Father's service - Revelation 5:10).

Joshua 13:33  "But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave not any inheritance: the LORD God of Israel was their inheritance, as He said unto them."


At first it seems a terrible snub. Why didn't the tribe of Levi get an inheritance?  But it only looks like Levi was snubbed until you read about what their inheritance was to be. Levi didn't inherit earthly land. Levi was to receive Yahweh God as their personal inheritance! Wow! What a "consolation Prize"! In fact, this Inheritance is far better than any plot of ground! 

It reminds me of the story of Moses. He had struck the rock a second time.  Since the rock represented Christ, striking it represented Christ's Death. But, as Scripture tells us in Hebrews 10:10, Yahshua died once, for all. This is why Moses was only to strike the rock once. But Moses was angry with all the grumbling people. And he struck the rock twice. Water gushed out to refresh the thirsty multitude, but the consequence was that Moses would now not be allowed to accompany Israel into the Canaan land. Because of his disobedience in this situation, God would let Moses see Canaan with his eyes, but not touch it with his feet. We read about this story in Deuteronomy 34:

Deuteronomy 34:1-7  "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,  And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the Word of the LORD. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated."
Like the tribe of Levi, Moses was not to receive the earthly inheritance. But his story doesn't end there... In Jude 9, we read that Yahweh sent the archangel Michael to raise Moses from the dead and bring him Home (1 Thessalonians 4:16). There was a brief argument when the devil contended that Moses shouldn't be raised, but we know how it ended. For Moses appeared with Elijah accompanying Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration (2 Peter 1:16-18, Matthew 17:1-6).

Some wonder if Moses and Elijah are alive today, because of the misunderstood Scripture in John 3:13. Consider the following link to get some perspective on this verse: Bible Question Archive. Also, see the chart below which fully translates John 3:13 from the Interlinear:

It says, "And no one has gone up (also means "will have gone up") into Heaven (This Greek word means the place of the Throne of God - or Eternity) if not (for the) One out of Heaven having come down: the Son of Man, Who is (was) in Heaven." 
In other words, no one could have had the ability to be taken to Heaven if not for the redemptive Work of the Son, Who came down from Heaven to save us. Had it not been for Him, no one from earth could enter into Heaven - ever. It did not mean that humans aren't in Heaven. Rather it meant that because of Yahshua, humans can be in Heaven. This is why Christ mentions this to Nicodemus while speaking to him about Eternal Life. When one sees the real meaning of this misunderstood verse, there is no conflict with the many verses which reference people being taken to Heaven during Bible times. And with that brief deviation for clarification, I continue with my point about Moses.

So, Moses is denied physical Canaan, but taken to Ultimate Canaan...  What a "consolation prize"! I mean, if you had asked Moses to choose between being admitted into physical Canaan, or the Heavenly, which would he have picked? I think the Heavenly Inheritance would have won - hands down!

The same was true for Levi - and us. Levi, the priests, were not given an earthly inheritance. They were given a Heavenly one! Their ties were not to be of this world - but the next! Far from being left out or snubbed, Levi gets the best part of the deal! And this message is meant for each of us. 

We are all called to be priests and kings, in our Father's service (Revelation 5:10). Thus we see that, like the tribe of Levi, this world is not to be our home. We are but pilgrims passing through. We are to be among those who "desire a better country" - a Heavenly One. In this way, God is our inheritance! What a beautiful and encouraging thought! Let's live like it!

Hebrews 11:13-16   These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city."
 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - April 26, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 11:1-16

Joshua 11-12

Job 26

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Many Christians read Peter's vision from Acts 10 and interpret it to mean that Christians may (with God's blessing) set aside Heaven's Torah-given dietary restrictions. They believe this vision to mean that the distinction between clean and unclean animals, given by God, is no longer in effect. 

But this is not how Peter and the early Christians interpreted this vision. When Peter saw the vision of the sheet descending containing unclean animals and was told to kill and eat the creatures in the sheet, he never for a moment believed that the vision was to be taken literally. He knew God does not change (Malachi 3:6), rescinding any part of the Law which He established.

This was why Peter was in such a quandary about the meaning of the vision. He knew what the vision didn't mean. But he couldn't figure out what it did mean... That is, until he went downstairs and met the Gentile people who were seeking God. Suddenly, the lights came on in his understanding. God had been showing him that the typical Jewish prejudice towards "heathen" people wasn't something God wanted Peter to keep. God's purpose was to save every lost person - not just the Jews.

We can be certain that this is how Peter correctly interpreted this strange vision, because when the believers in Judaea heard that he had started to fellowship with Gentiles, leading them to Christ, he cited this vision as the basis for his authority to do so:

Acts 11:1-3 - "And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them."

Peter immediately shared the vision of the sheet filled with unclean animals. He told how the Spirit had instructed him to accompany the Gentile men who had come to get him in Joppa. Then he explained how the Holy Spirit had instructed him to go with the men. Ultimately, the Holy Spirit had fallen upon these Gentiles in the same way it fell upon the Jewish believers. After he finished this explanation, the believers in Judaea were satisfied. 

In other words, they all agreed with Peter's interpretation of the vision. It wasn't about food. It was about people

What about you? Thinking all the dietary laws were ended, have you had no interest to know which foods God called "unclean" and commanded that we not eat them? When we eat unclean things, we become spiritually defiled.

Scripture tells us that Daniel, when taken captive into Babylon, wouldn't eat the king's meat. Why? He knew that by eating the king's meats he would become "defiled".
Daniel 1:8  "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself."  
The word "defile" is translated from the Hebrew word ga'al, which means "to soil, pollute, or (figuratively) desecrate". The word "desecrate" in a figurative sense is to defile a spiritual place - as in to pollute the temple of God, through sin. Daniel understood that His body was the Temple of God. He also knew that partaking of the king's meats and wines would "defile" God's Temple - his body.
1 Corinthians 3:16  "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."   
Daniel chose to risk the king's displeasure by abstaining from the king's meats. Why? It wasn't because Daniel was a vegan, as many have thought. We can know this for certain, because the Bible states that Daniel fasted from "pleasant bread" (desserts) and "flesh" (meat) for three full weeks as he mourned over a vision God had given to him:
Daniel 10:2-3 "In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."
In Daniel 10:3, the Bible plainly tells us that Daniel normally ate "pleasant bread" and "flesh", because he abstained from eating them until three whole weeks were finished. Clearly, in Daniel's Torah-based understanding of what to eat and what not to eat all meats didn't defile a man. Although this next point is only suggested it still bears mentioning, since Daniel was an Israelite, who kept the Torah, he would have kept the Passover (which back then involved eating the Passover Lamb). In conclusion, we can see that it isn't the eating of all kinds of meat which defiles someone.

But Scripture does state that some kinds of meats will defile our body temple, impairing the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives (1 Corinthians 3:16):
Leviticus 11:44  "For I Am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I Am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
 So, if all meats aren't defiling, what "creeping things" (living creatures) do defile us? According to Scripture, the following info-graphic shows clean (Torah-sanctioned) meats and also identifies unclean (defiling) meats:

Let us be careful to not add to nor diminish anything from the Word of God. 

Deuteronomy 4:2  "Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the Commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."  

It is adding to His Word to believe that all meats are defiling. It is diminishing from His Word to believe that we can eat absolutely everything with impunity. But the sure foundation upon which we may always safely stand is a "Thus saith the Lord."


 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - April 25, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 10:34-48

Joshua 9-10

Job 25

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Today I will focus on the miraculous story of Joshua, from our reading. What a powerful statement we find here: that Yahweh fought for Israel that day. He heard Joshua's prayer and stopped the rotation of the earth, delaying the advancing of the clock for about 24 hours.

There is an urban myth going around that NASA computers were able to find the long day, thereby proving Joshua's story to be true. But science well knows that this is impossible. We can astronomically determine the positions of the heavenly bodies, but without a planetary clock which has kept record of time since Bible times, scientifically proving the long day is impossible.

When Christians unknowingly perpetuate the myth, they unintentionally validate atheistic jabs at the Word of God. But actually, there is evidence to support the story we read in Joshua today. It isn't scientific evidence. Rather it is historical evidence. Consider the following:

Herodotus
...“It is reported by historians that records of the Chinese during the reign of Emperor Yeo, who lived at the same time as Joshua, report ‘a long day.’ Also, Herodotus, a Greek historian, wrote that an account of ‘a long day’ appears in records of Egyptian priests. Others cite records of Mexicans of the sun standing still for an entire day in a year denoted as ‘Seven Rabits,’ which is the same year in which Joshua defeated the Philistines and conquered Palestine.” (Bible-Science Newsletter, Daily Reading Magazine, Supplement, Vol. VIII, No. 5, May 1978, Caldwell, Idaho.)
The Aztecs kept sophisticated calendars
Additionally, the historical lore of the Aztecs, Peruvians, and Babylonians speak of a “day of twice natural length.” See http://www.zetatalk.com/theword/tword16a.htm; see also Immanuel Velikovsky’s “Worlds in Collision.” If Joshua’s long day (not “missing” day) occurred—and of course I believe that it did—then we would expect its effects to show up in the historical records of other nations, and that is exactly what we find. (https://bible.org/question/has-%E2%80%9Cmissing-day%E2%80%9D-joshua-been-proven-scientifically)

And there is more archaeological evidence than this to support the Biblical account of Joshua and Israel's conquest of Canaan. Consider Dr. Bryant G. Woods explanation of the find of ancient Jericho, which is now called Tell es-Sultan:

Arial View of Tell es-Sultan (ancient Jericho)

...Scarred with the trenches of past digs, the impressive mound stretches from top to bottom in this overhead view. Jericho is doubly unique: With its Neolithic settlement dating to 8000 B.C.E., Jericho lays claim to being the world’s oldest city; located 670 feet below sea level in the great rift valley, it is the world’s lowest city as well. Jericho’s abundant water supply, favorable climate and geographic location made it a key site in ancient Canaan. Anyone who wished to conquer the central hill country from the east, as the Bible describes Joshua and the Israelites doing, would first need to secure Jericho... 

(Notably) a walled city existed at Jericho until about 1400 B.C.E. when it was destroyed in a conquest strikingly similar to the Biblical account. The 1400 B.C.E, conquest would match the chronology derived from the Bible. However, it is about 150 to 200 years earlier than the time most scholars believe the Israelites were to be found as a people living in Canaan.

City IV at Jericho – the city that all scholars agree was violently destroyed – was a fortified enclave, (shown above)... The city’s outer defenses consisted of a stone revetment wall at the base of the tell that held in place a high, plastered rampart. Above the rampart on top of the tell was a mud-brick wall which served as Jericho’s city wall proper. The approximate line of this wall is indicated by the dashed line.

In the 1930s, British archaeologist John Garstang excavated a residential
John Garstang
area, marked "A," just west of the perennial spring that supplied the city’s water and which now fills the modern reservoir. (A significant portion of the tell was destroyed to make way for the modern road.) Signs of a fiery destruction and his dating of the remains led Garstang to conclude that the Israelites had indeed put the city to the torch about 1400 B.C.E., in harmony with the Biblical narrative.
This photo (above) was taken at the first major excavation at ancient Jericho, conducted by Sellin and Watzinger. On a diagonal at lower right is a portion of the stone revetment wall, rising to a height of some 15 feet; its scale is evident from the man at far right. The revetment wall surrounded the city at the base of the sloping earthen rampart and provided a first line of defense for the city at the top of the slope (see plan above). Atop this revetment wall a mud-brick parapet wall is clearly visible. Behind the parapet, across the center of the photo, are the remains of houses inside the revetment wall on the top of the rampart. These same buildings can be seen on the plan opposite. 

These houses seem to have been on the "wrong side of the tracks" in ancient Jericho; their walls were rather flimsy – only one brick thick. Author Wood suggests that Rahab, the prostitute who assisted Joshua’s spies, might have lived in one of these houses on the sloping rampart between the revetment wall encircling the bottom of the hill and the city wall that surrounded the top of the tell. 
 























Among the interesting discoveries at Jericho, which support the Bible story, is how the city was destroyed. Evidence at the site showed that both an earthquake and an invading army were part of Jericho's demise. When the earthquake struck, the rocks of the city's walls tumbled down forming crude ramparts, allowing the invaders to climb them, easily overpowering the exposed city. This description, although given through non-Christian, archaeological observations at the site, clearly support the Bible story!  

Once again, even the rocks are crying out to show us that the Bible is reliable.
 

  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - April 24, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 10:1-33

Joshua 7-8

Job 24

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

In Joshua chapter 7, we read of the sin of Achan and how it effected the rest of the people of Israel. Through this story, we may learn a powerful, biblical principle, which I call "Leavened by Proxy".

Sin, like leaven, permeates the whole "lump of dough" (which represents a group). In Scripture we find the principle of "leavening" associated with Babylon, ending with the warning to flee lest you partake of her sins. In other words, “depart from associating with Babylon, or you will be leavened by her false teachings and attitudes.”

All of us have been in the presence of someone spewing out negative words.  The whole atmosphere is tainted by the "leaven." Thus, if anyone finds himself in such company, while trying to maintain pure faith, that person must leave as soon as possible.  Even then, the godly-minded one must war against the demons of discouragement or condemnation, which come with the briefest encounter. By proximity, the spirit is strained. And by association the same judgments apply.

Here are a few examples to demonstrate the Bible stance on judgment by association. Consider the record of Lot, dwelling in the vile city of Sodom.  When Lot was confronted with impending judgment, he was told to flee lest he be consumed in the wrath poured out upon the wicked, (Genesis 19:12-15).   Had he remained in Sodom, Lot and his household would have met the same fate as the sinful Sodomites, although he was deemed "righteous". 

“Sin truly is a leavening agent. We cannot remain… where it is present, without being influenced by it ourselves.”

 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty,” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18. 

The fire that fell upon Sodom and the cities of the plain was mute testimony to the fact that not even ten righteous could be found with-in. Thus, their iniquity reached unto Heaven, and they were purged from the Earth.  

Conversely, to demonstrate how the justness of the many is polluted by the impurity of the few, consider the Biblical account of Achan. During the overthrow of Jericho, the Children of Israel were warned not to take any profit or spoils of war.  To Yahweh, the wealth of this evil city was an “accursed thing,” (Joshua 6:18-19). All the Children of Israel obeyed Yahweh’s command, except one man. Achan disobeyed this injunction and took gold, silver, and a rich suit of clothing from Jericho. These forbidden items he hid in his tent (Joshua 7:20-21). 

With praises to Yahweh for the overwhelming victory at Jericho, the Children of Israel turned their sights on the Amorite city of Ai. So confident were they in the deliverance of Yahweh, that Israel decided to only send a small band of about three thousand warriors to take Ai. But, the men of this small city smote the Israelite warriors, felling thirty-six of them and routing the rest.


Joshua, who was the leader of Israel at this time, tore his clothes and fell on his face in mourning before Yahweh. He cried out to YAH to know why the Israelite warriors had been vanquished, rightly assuming this would have been impossible unless Yahweh were, for some cause,  displeased with His people. Through a process of casting lots, Yahweh revealed to the leaders of Israel that Achan had sinned, bringing this judgment upon the whole assembly. The corporate body of Israel became guilty together,  in the sin committed by Achan.  

But the Children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi…of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of [Yahweh] was kindled against the Children of Israel…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, Joshua 7:1 & 12.


It is because Heaven judges us corporately, based upon the attributes of the “bodies” to which we become joined, that we are warned to choose our corporate fellowships with great care.  

Forming a marriage and family is one way to create such a corporate “body.” In acknowledgement of the seriousness of such a bond, prospective couples are counseled:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath [Yahshua] with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of [Yahweh] with idols? For ye are the temple of the living [El]; as [YAH] hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their [El], and they shall be My people., 
                                                                                    2 Corinthians 6:14-16.

Similarly, spiritual Israel in the last days is commanded to sever all bonds with Babylonish, corporate affiliations. We are warned that such associations, if allowed to continue, will ultimately bring the judgment of Yahweh upon us.

And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her (Babylon), My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues, Revelation 18:4.

 

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - April 23, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 9:26-43

Joshua 5:2-6:27

Job 23

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Today, I'd like to focus on the fall of Jericho, recorded in Joshua chapter 6.  The fall of Jericho is a shadow picture of the fall of final Babylon. For this reason, there are many prophetic parallels in this story which warrant notice. Also, since this is a subject which I have already addressed, in Called to Canaan Vol 3, the following is quoted from the epilogue of this book.

Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.  And Yahweh said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the Ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat…”
Joshua 6:1-5

After final Israel is sealed in Yahweh’s Name (a process which encompasses the testing and experiences of the forty-two encampments of Israel, as detailed in this Called to Canaan series) the people of Yahweh will go to war against Babylon. The future fall of Babylon is foreshadowed in the fall of Jericho long ago. For this reason, we will now address the prophetic parallels in Israel’s conquest of Jericho, with special focus on the ultimate overthrow of Babylon.

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. Rejoice over her, thou Heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her… Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all, Revelation 18:2, 9-10, 20-21

One powerful parallel between the fall of Jericho and the fall of Babylon is the work of the Two Witnesses, known in the Jericho story as the two faithful spies. As we have already mentioned, in this book, it was necessary to establish a matter through the testimony of at least two witnesses. This requirement was established by Yahweh Himself.

At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death, Deuteronomy 17:6

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault… But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established, Matthew 18:15-16.

In Yahweh’s just Kingdom, final judgment cannot be rendered without the work of two witnesses. As only two of the ten spies were faithful, Scripture shows that two witnesses were sent unto Jericho before Yahweh rendered judgment against that great city.

In parallel, there will be Two Witnesses sent unto Babylon as well, foretold in Revelation Chapter Eleven. It will only be after the Two Witnesses have given their testimony that ultimate Babylon will fall and the reign of the Beast will cease. Even at the End of the World, Judgment will not be rendered until the Testimony of the Two Witnesses has been heard.

And I will give Power unto My Two Witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth, Revelation 11:3

Rahab, a harlot, lived in Jericho, her dwelling crowning the city walls. In a shadow-picture of the final Redemptive work of Yahweh, through the Two Witnesses, we see that Rahab could choose to repent and turn to God, during their testimony. In so doing, she found salvation, as did everyone who lived in her house. In the same way, all who hear the testimony of the final Two Witnesses – and  repent – will be counted among Israel and will be redeemed from the falling kingdom of ultimate Babylon.

However, those who will not heed the warning of the Two Witnesses, but continue to ignore the final call to repentance, will be destroyed. Their Judgment will be as complete as was the destruction of the unrepentant occupants of Jericho. The people who aligned themselves with the wicked city fell with the wicked city. So it will be with the fall of final Babylon.

For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins… He that despised Moses’ Law died without mercy under two or three witnesses. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the Blood of the Covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace?... Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith Yahweh… It is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God. Hebrews 10:26-31
 
ATONEMENT & THE ULTIMATE JUBILEE

Prophetically, the Final Battle in possessing their inheritance, was Israel’s conquest of Jericho. This took place in the final seven years! As Bible prophecy foretells, the Battle of Armageddon will be fought and Babylon will fall, in the same way that Jericho fell long ago. Thus, we see that the fall of Babylon will take place just prior to the ultimate Jubilee, in which Yahweh’s saved will enter the New Jerusalem.

Jubilee is the fiftieth year. Fifty is the number represented by the letter, nun (נ). Joshua was the “son of Nun,” Numbers 11:28. This number refers to the restoration of all things, returning us to the unfallen state of the original Garden of Eden. As we have seen in this series, End Time events match the “pattern” given to Moses (Hebrews 8:5), and bring into harmony the wilderness journey, the ministry of Messiah, and the prophecies of the End of the world. Knowing YAH's Ways (Psalms 103:7), we see that this harmony also includes the hidden meaning in the numbers.

From the Book of Genesis, we find a significant key regarding Jubilees. Yahweh ordained exactly 120 Jubilees to the fall of Babylon and the End of the World.

And Yahweh said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years,
Genesis 6:3

Notably, since old-time Creationists have understood the earth to be about 6000 years old, we find another evidence for the Jubilee cycles to conclude at 120:

50 (years in a Jubilee cycle)
x 120 (Jubilees) = 6000
6000= 120 Jubilees

At the conclusion of the 120th Jubilee, the 7000th year will commence.

The Jubilees also form an interesting pattern of 40’s:
o   40 Jubilees from Adam to Abraham
o   40 Jubilees from Abraham to Yahshua
o   40 Jubilees from Yahshua to the End
= a total of 120 Jubilees

Far more than just interesting trivia, one must note that we have already had one hundred and nineteen Jubilees. The next Jubilee will be the 120th!

Babylon’s fall parallels Jericho’s in that it will not only take place on a Jubilee, it will also happen at the time of the Fall Feasts, in the beginning of the final Jubilee. As we will show in Bible Prophecy, Babylon will fall specifically on the final Day of Atonement – the Day when the ultimate Jubilee begins.

Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the Seventh Month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a Jubilee unto you… Leviticus 25:9-10

Trumpets are blown on the Day of Atonement to herald the beginning of a Jubilee year. Trumpets were also blown by the priests of ancient Israel as they encircled the doomed city of Jericho. The walls of Jericho fell down at the shout and the last trumpet blast. And, it will be at the Voice of the Archangel and the Trump of God on the final Day of Atonement, on which the kingdom of Babylon will fall, forever ending the reign of the Beast.

To fully establish that the Beast’s reign will be broken and that Babylon will fall on the final Day of Atonement, in addition to the commencement of the 120th Jubilee which takes place upon that Day, we must carefully examine the prophetic timelines. These timelines, largely given by the prophet Daniel, will all play out at the End of the World.

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