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Is Jericho a picture of the Rapture

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Does Jericho show us when the Rapture happens?

 

 Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in.  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.” (Joshua 6: 1-5 NASB)

 We need to show the conquest of Jericho is a parable about the 70th Week of Daniel.  Let’s look a the similarities:

 

Joshua Revelation
Led by Yeshua Led by Yeshua
2 spies 2 witnesses
Spies hidden 3 1/2 days Witnesses dead 3 1/2 days
Rahab is a harlot Israel is a harlot
Rahab saved by red cord Israel saved by Jesus’s blood
Jordan River parted Mount of Olives parted
Israel “shows” Ark of the Covenant to Jericho for 7 days Church “shows” Jesus to the world for 7 years
Trumpets sound Jesus’s voice like a trumpet
Jericho’s walls fall 1/10 of Jerusalem’s walls fall
7 priests blow 7 trumpets 7 angels blow 7 trumpets
Jericho is burned Jesus burns the world with fire
Israel will rule Canaan Israel will rule again

There is a direct link between the story of Jericho and Revelation.

The most important symbol in the Jericho account is the Ark of the Covenant. Jesus is the final fulfillment of every “ark” found in the Bible. He is Noah’s Ark that symbolizes our deliverance in the rapture. He was Moses’ Ark that saved that Hebrew baby from the river of Satan’s fury. He is the Ark of the Covenant that held back the Jordan and allowed Israel to enter the promised-land. Thus it is Jesus who leads the campaign against the evil fortress that Satan has constructed and Jesus who is carried around the city by his followers. Joshua displayed the Ark of the Covenant as he marched around Jericho. He showed them the Lord. As we enter into the Tribulation Period, this will be our job as saints, to circle the globe showing the world Christ in us, the love of Jesus. It’s our Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).

In regard to the link between the 7 Seals and the 7 day battle of Jericho; notice the seventh day of the battle is different. On that day seven priests blow seven trumpets. In Revelation we read: “When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.  And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them” (Rev. 8: 1-2 NASB). The circling of the city in the conquest of Jericho are the 7 seals (circles are similar in shape to seals as well) and immediately after the circling comes the 7 Trumpets. The symbolism is exact; the seals come first, then the trumpets.

 The timing of the Rapture is also given in the Jericho account:

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. (Joshua 6:5 NASB)

This passage bears amazing similarity to Paul’s accounts of the Rapture:

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thess. 4:16-17 NASB).

We will all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Cor. 15: 51-52 NASB)

Many commentators believe that the “last trumpet” is the seventh trumpet blown by an angel during the Trumpet Judgments. This is incorrect for two reasons. First, the “last trumpet” is called “the trumpet of God.” Jesus blows this trumpet not an angel. Also the phrase the “last trumpet” is a particular Jewish phrase that means a specific trumpet blast on the Jewish Feast of Yom Teruah. When this is understood, the picture comes into focus. The “last trumpet” is the final “long blast with a ram’s horn” on that day just like the quote above from the Jericho account. Amazing. On the last day of the sixth year of the Tribulation, Jesus will blow the trumpet of God and a great shout will go out. The dead in Christ will rise first and, as the Jericho account states, “the people will go up.

The Jericho account also confirms that the Trumpet Judgments (the 7 Trumpets) follow after the seventh Seal, just as the Book of Revelation states:

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.  And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. (Rev. 8:1-2 NASB)

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. (Josh. 6:4 NASB)

A graphic of how this looks in relation to the 70th Week of Daniel follows:

Trumpets

As can be seen in this graphic, all seven trumpets are blown during the seventh year of the Tribulation Period. This period is also known as “The Day of the Lord” and it is the time period when God pours out his wrath on the ungodly.

http://www.thegospelintheendtimes.com/the-rapture/does-jericho-show-us-when-the-rapture-happens/

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Or it was just an exercise in obedience and has nothing to do with anything else.

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2 hours ago, Diaste said:

Or it was just an exercise in obedience and has nothing to do with anything else.

Perhaps, but what I find interesting is how the pattern of marching around Jericho matches the pattern of the seals.  There are seven, and seven within the seventh.  

  • For seven days they marched around Jericho, and seven times on the seventh day.
  • There are seven seals that seal the scroll, and seven plagues within the seventh seal.

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21 hours ago, Last Daze said:

Perhaps, but what I find interesting is how the pattern of marching around Jericho matches the pattern of the seals.  There are seven, and seven within the seventh.  

  • For seven days they marched around Jericho, and seven times on the seventh day.
  • There are seven seals that seal the scroll, and seven plagues within the seventh seal.

I agree with that.  It's a completion idea from the beginning. Six days of work, rest on the 7th; complete. I find it hard to compare anything in scripture with the end of the age except for eschatological prophecy. Not that comparisons cannot be made; there isn't a precedent for the end of the age. It seems so above, outside, beyond, any other experience as a whole.

I could be wrong but my approach has always been pretty narrow. Beast first, then Jesus can return. All that really matters to me. :)

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