Israel from the crossing of the Jordon to 70 AD
Stories of 1st Temple
Stories of 1st Destruction
Stories of 1st Restoration
Stories of 1st Coming
God spoke to Joshua, “My servant Moses is dead, stand up and fight.”
Then Joshua issued instructions for the people to cross the river Jordan.
Joshua sent two men to spy on the town of Jericho.
The two spies went to the house of a prostitute named Rahab.
That night Rahab, helped the spies escape.
The two men reported to Joshua that they could conquer the land.
So Joshua commanded the priests to take the Ark of the Covenant across the river.
Amazingly, God parted the water and they crossed on dry ground!
They built a memorial using twelve stones, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Joshua became a great leader, winning the respect of the people.
One day an angel, a commander in the Lord’s army appeared to Joshua and gave him instructions.
Following the instructions, Joshua and his army marched around the walls of Jericho for six days.
The priests, carried the Ten Commandments.
On the seventh day when then the priests blew their horns, the walls of Jericho fell down.
Only Rahab and her family were saved, with the city’s treasure, which was given as an offering to the Lord.
One of Joshua’s soldiers, stole some of the treasure for himself.
At their next battle they suffered badly, God told Joshua, to seek out the man who stole the offering.
They found the treasure in the man’s tent, so he was put to death by stoning
Once again, Joshua’s army was successful in battle.
In one battle, Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still and it did, until the enemy army was destroyed.
As were the leaders, who had hidden in a cave.
Eventually Joshua gained control over the whole land, just as God had promised.
Then there was peace in the land.
The country was divided into twelve sections, one for each of the twelve tribes
The Lord instructed Joshua to build cities.
Where accused persons would be treated justly.
One day Joshua paid tribute to three of the tribes of Israel.
But the other tribes misunderstood, so they built a monument, called the altar of witness, stating that there are twelve tribes in Israel.
When Joshua became an old man, he called together the leaders and the judges of Israel, and spoke to them.
He reminded them of their history and of their walk with God, Joshua said;
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” The people answered;
“We will worship and obey the Lord alone.”
Then they erected a memorial stone and Joshua said;
“This stone will be a witness against you, if you go back on your promise.”
Soon after this Joshua died, at the age of one hundred and ten years.
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(Photo above taken of JERICHO, THE CITY OF PALMS, 5 miles west of the Jordan River, and the first city that Joshua & the Israelites conquered, after completing the Exodus from Egypt & entering the Promised Land, Summer 2013.)
Time-That-Was of the Conquest
JOSHUA became the successor of Moses who died after having led the people out of Egypt, through the Sinai Desert, and through the area now called the country of Jordan; Moses had gone to the top of Mt. Nebo to see the promised land without being able to enter it. Joshua, leading the Hebrew people, crossed the Jordan River with the Ark of the Covenant parting the waters. On the other side, Joshua first conquered Jericho by a miracle of God ["the walls came tumbling down"] & then set about taking the other cities of the Promised Land. Joshua has the same Hebrew name as Yeshua [Jesus] that means “salvation” and is therefore a redemption picture of Christ Who delivers us from sin and leads us to victory. At the Bethabara Site on the Jordan River, tradition believes that Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist at the place where the Ark of the Covenant had been carried into the water and where Joshua had crossed with Israel. In close proximity is Jericho which was Joshua’s first conquest and where it is believed that Jesus went up into the Mt. of Temptation to endure His conquest of temptation to sin, which initiated His beginning of ministry.
Us in the Bible***God gives the land [His promises], but we have to possess it by our faith in those promises - by getting into and staying in agreement with God in our heart, with our mouth, and with our corresponding action.***
RAHAB, a Canaanite prostitute who lived in a house built on one of the walls of Jericho, helped the two spies Joshua had sent in before the conquest. Because of that, she was told to hang a scarlet cord from her house so that the Israelites would know to spare her in their taking of the city. Rahab’s scarlet cord is God’s redemption picture of the scarlet blood of Jesus that gives us deliverance from the judgment to come upon the children of wrath.
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