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Does Jericho Tell Us When the Rapture Happens?

This is from a year old post by Nelson Walters, author of: Are We Ready For Jesus? and thegospelintheendtimes blog:

“The Early Church Fathers realized that the conquest of Jericho presented an amazing “picture” of 70th Week of Daniel and the Rapture.  The Modern Church has forgotten this important teaching, possibly because it doesn’t like what the picture says about the timing of the Rapture. 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)

At first glance we see “circling”, “trumpets,” and the “Ark of the Covenant.”  We see nothing about the Rapture.  First though, 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

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

Notice the name of the leader in the table above is the same in both accounts. Both Joshua and Jesus share the same name (in Hebrew) which means “YHWH is salvation.” Amen, he is. The writer of Hebrews recognized this and claimed that Jesus was a better “Yeshua” than Joshua because the rest that Jesus leads us into will remain:

For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.  So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. (Heb. 4: 8-10 NASB)

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.

In regard to timing of the 7 Seals, just as it takes a year for the earth to circle the sun, [There is SO MUCH MORE astronomical symbolism at play in end times Bible prophecy; see End Times and 2019 or Antichrist 2016-2019 if interested] I believe the circles around Jericho on the first six days represent the first six years of the 70th Week of Daniel. This concept is a bit hard to grasp. This graphic might help visualize it.

Seals

With this graphic it is easier to see that “year one” of the 70th Week of Daniel begins, naturally, at the beginning. It is possible (but not necessary) that the first Seal will be broken on the first day of this period. Following this logical pattern, the Midpoint of the Tribulation Period will fall in the middle of the “fourth year” and the Rapture most likely will occur at the very end of the “sixth year” of this period, at the seventh Seal. It is easy to think the seventh Seal occurs at the very end of the period, but this is not so.

The Rapture

Also notice that 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.”

In my own books I agree with almost everything Nelson Walters says.  But I am occasionally wrong (when I interpret and extrapolate and speculate on what the near future may hold) – I have yet to read anything NW says and conclude he is definitely WRONG (as I was in Antichrist 2016-2019 about the Great Tribulation being OBVIOUS to the world by June 2016)

Read even more at Nelson Walters’ full original article HERE

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About David Montaigne

Historian, investigator, and author of prophecy books like End Times and 2019, and Antichrist 2016-2019

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