Seven Churches – Seven Days (continued)

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” (Heb 11:30)

Before the Israelites could conquer the promised land, they had to pull down and totally defeat the stronghold of that land: Jericho. The plan to defeat Jericho was a seven day plan laid out by Almighty God himself. Each day the whole Israelite army was to march around the City of Jericho with the priests sounding the seven trumpets. On the seventh day they were to march around seven times in one day, again, with the seven priests sounding the seven trumpets. After the last (seventh) time around (on the seventh day) the priests were to give a long and loud blast of the trumpets, and the whole army was to shout against the walls of the City and then the walls would come tumbling down. Then the army was to go forth and totally destroy the City. (see Joshua 6:1-21)

In parallel with the battle plan against Jericho, the seven churches of Asia are part of the battle plan against today’s spiritual stronghold city (spiritual Babylon – see Rev 17 – 18 ). The seven churches of Asia are the part that tells the church: “this is where you are” so that from there the church can move forward with the Revelation plan to get her “where she needs to be” – completely victorious following Jesus her mighty Captain. So the messages to the seven churches can also be seen as dividing the Gospel day into seven periods, or days of the church’s history.

Like how the army of the Israelites marched around the City of Jericho once each day and sounded the trumpets each time: so when the message of the seven seals was, and is sounded out by a true messenger of God, it reveals what happened in the hearts of men and women and what was causing that heart condition each day of the Gospel day (see Rev the 6th chapter.) Just as the army of Israel marched around Jericho seven times in one day (on the seventh day), so the seven trumpets are sounded out by the seven trumpet angels in the seventh seal/day (see Rev the 8th chapter.) Note: they are the same warnings and judgments of the previous days, but fully poured out in one day.

“But why did God have it done this way?” one might ask. Because God often uses examples of past Bible history and patterns to help us to understand his infinite wisdom and plan. (see I Cor 10:11, I Tim 1:16, Heb 9:5 and 9:23) The Revelation message reveals a battle going on according to the battle plan of Almighty God. A spiritual battle to pull down and destroy a spiritual stronghold in the hearts of men and women: the spiritual City of Babylon (see Rev 17 & 18 ).

After the Israelites: marched seven times around Jericho on the seventh day, then sounded a long trumpet blast, which was followed by the people joining in with shouting against the City of Jericho, then the walls fell and the City became completely exposed, so it could be destroyed. So today when the 7th trumpet angel sounds (see Rev 11:15) there follows a long sounding of the trumpet message, spanning from Rev 12 thru Rev 14, which is followed by 7 vials of the wrath/judgment of God being poured out (shouted out) against the spiritual City (in Rev 16), completely exposing spiritual Babylon (in Rev 17). Then this spiritual stronghold on the hearts and minds of people is destroyed by the army of the Lord (in Rev 18-19.)

Don’t forget! We are talking about a spiritual battle here, not a physical, carnal one. God’s people have never taken up physical swords to kill people, and never will!

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

2 responses to “Seven Churches – Seven Days (continued)

  1. I like your comparison here to the battle of Jericho. There are many spiritual battles being fought. Revelation does speak of a spiritual battle between Michael and Lucifer and the angels that follow each of them (God’s children). But in reference to the seven seals may I speak boldly and say they are the seven dispensations of the earth. Each one spanning 1,000 years. The gospel of Christ was restored at the end of the sixth seal and the plagues of the seventh seal are being revealed, unfortunately these plagues are not just spiritual but physical. The trumpets shall sound and the the Angel shall sound his trumpet and declare that there shall be time no longer. The coming of Christ will be a physical appearing and it will come as a thief in the night to those who know not what to watch for. Oh repent, repent and come unto that God who gave you life, come unto him through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, be baptized by immersion for the remission of sins, and then receive laying on of hands, by those in authority and called of God as was Aaron, for the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

    As far as the last comment about God’s people Never having taken up swords to kill people and they never will. I cannot even count off the top of my head the number of times that God commanded His people in the old testament to take up their swords and slay the people. Do you remember Joshua going into the promised land, leading the children of Israel, Gidean, Saul, and David jus to name a few. Each of them were commanded to take up weapons and destroy their enemies and take over the city, leaving none alive. The Lord even came to Saul after he was disobediant in saving some of the animals to sacrifice. The Lord told him that it was better to obey than to sacrifice.

    I would love to think that your assumption is correct, that the people of God never had to take up weapons, but it is has not been the case. Even his people in the New World were commanded to protect their families at the expense of taking up their swords. I pray that we will never have to take them up again, hoping to use the priesthood of God as Enoch did to turn away the armies of our enemies, but it may be necessary in the future.

    May the Holy Ghost impress upon your mind the truth of the scriptures continually, leading you to find new ways to come unto Christ.

  2. Thank you Bradley for taking the time to comment.

    Let me clarify my last comment in my post where I said

    “Don’t forget! We are talking about a spiritual battle here, not a physical, carnal one. God’s people have never taken up physical swords to kill people, and never will!”

    You are right in saying that in the Old Testament that we have a clear record of God’s people taking up swords to kill evil people. I should have clarified that I was talking about the New Testament: the gospel that Jesus Christ has brought to us. Jesus is leading his people today in a spiritual battle the same way he did it while he was on earth, and Jesus said to his apostles concerning the sword:

    “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Matthew 26:52

    It is very clear that Jesus does not intend for Christians to take up swords, or physical weapons and go out and kill people under the cause of Christianity. We need to be very careful to not be lead by anything but the Word of God, and the example that the Apostles left us. The true Holy Ghost will not lead us contrary to the Word.

    As for the 7 dispensations of 1000 years you speak of – I have no idea of what scriptures you get this from. And I have to respectfully caution you concerning interpreting the plagues of the book of Revelation as physical. Many throughout the years have done this, and it has only produced sensationalism and confusion, and a lot of money made on books and movies. And once all the sensationalism is over, people moved by it are still living in their sins. A true revelation will cause you to forsake your sins for good and live holy sin free lives. A true revelation is not something fancy to your mind, but one that reaches right down into the very depths of your heart and soul and causes you to come into the presence of Jesus. When you get close to Jesus, he will show you what is really there in you, and he will change you!

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