After Yahusha had spoken to Joshua, he chose two men as spies and sent them from their camp at Acacia with these instructions: “Go across the river and find out as much as you can about the whole region, especially about the town of Jericho”. MANY HAVE ACCUSED JOSHUA OF LACKING BELIEF BY SENDING OUT THE 2 SPIES, PARALLELING HIS DECISION WITH THAT OF YISHARAL'S 40 YEARS BEFORE IN DEMANDING THAT 12 SCOUTS BE SENT TO EXPLORE THE LAND AND REPORT BACK WHETHER IT WAS SAFE TO ATTACK OR NOT. BUT THINK ABOUT IT: MOSES NEVER NEEDED THE 12 SCOUTS TO EXPLORE AND YAHUSHA NEVER ORDERED THEM TOO. RATHER THIS WAS AN ACT OF SKEPTICISM THAT DEMONSTRATED THAT THE OLDER EXODUS GENERATION OF YISHARAL DID NOT TRUST YAHUSHA BECAUSE THE LEADERS PREFERRED TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THEY WOULD EVEN GO INTO THE PROMISED LAND AT ALL, AND THEY ONLY TRUSTED THE OPINION OF A SCOUT FROM THEIR OWN TRIBE. HENCE 12 SCOUTS WERE SENT OUT.
HOWEVER THIS WAS NOT A LACK OF TRUST OR BELIEF BY JOSHUA SENDING OUT THE 2 SPIES BECAUSE THEIR PURPOSE WAS TO FIND A GOOD ENTRY ROUTE FOR THE YISHARALITE ARMY AND ALSO FIGURE OUT WHERE JERICHO’S DEFENSES WERE WEAK (GATHERING INFORMATION ON HOW TO ATTACK).
NOTICE THAT THE WRITER OF JOSHUA DOESN’T GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO TELL US THE IDENTITIES OF THE TWO SPIES AND FROM WHICH RESPECTIVE TRIBES THEY COME FROM EITHER. WHY? BECAUSE THE SPIES WERE BEING SENT OUT ON BEHALF OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF YISHARAL AND NOT SELFISHLY JUST REPRESENTING THEIR INDIVIDUAL TRIBES (NOTICE THEY WERE ALSO SENT OUT IN SECRET). JOSHUA WAS BEING A GOOD RESPONSIBLE MILITARY LEADER HERE. YAHUSHA HAD ENTRUSTED ALL OF YISHARAL TO HIM, SO IT WAS VITAL THAT HE CAREFULLY PROTECT THE LIVES OF 3MILLION+ PEOPLE.
So the two spies left the Yisharalite camp at Acacia and went to Jericho, where they snuck in and decided to spend the night at the guest-house (inn) of the prostitute Rahab. MANY ARGUMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE AS TO WHETHER RAHAB WAS A PROSTITUTE OR JUST AN INN-KEEPER AND THE TRUTH IS SHE WAS PROBABLY BOTH, FOR THE INNS IN ANCIENT TIMES WERE MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO SLEEP OVERNIGHT, THEY WERE ALSO THE COMMON PLACE TO BUY THE COMPANY OF WOMEN.
REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE ANCIENT WORLD, PROSTITUTION WAS NOT CONSIDERED IMMORAL OR WRONG IN ANY WAY, BUT JUST A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS LIKE ANY OTHER. IN FACT, WHOREHOUSES WERE SO COMMON AND LUCRATIVE THAT PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE PAGAN PRIESTHOODS BEGAN RUNNING WHOREHOUSES AS A WAY TO MAKE MONEY TO MAINTAIN THE UPKEEP OF THEIR TEMPLES.
SCRIPTURE ACTUALLY MAKES A DISTINCTION BETWEEN “CULTIC PROSTITUTION” (KADESHAH) AND “COMMON PROSTITUTION“ (ZONAH).
KADESHAH: “CULTIC PROSTITUTION” IS PERFORMING A SEXUAL ACT AT A PAGAN SHRINE OR TEMPLE IN THE WORSHIP OF ANOTHER DEITY AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT INVOLVED ANAL SEX (AN ABOMINATION TO YAHUSHA).
ZONAH: "COMMON PROSTITUTION" IS THE BUSINESS TRANSACTION OF PERFORMING SEXUAL ACTS FOR PAYMENT.
AS FAR AS YAHUSHA IS CONCERNED, SEX IS MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE IS SEX AND PERFECT WEDLOCK IS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN. SO WHILE YAHUSHA DOES NOT CONDONE OR ENCOURAGE "COMMON PROSTITUTION" AS THE MODEL PATTERN OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR (AND CERTAINLY NOT WITHIN THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP OF A MAN AND WOMAN), IT'S NOT AS BIG A DEAL AS “CULTIC PROSTITUTION,” WHICH HE ABSOLUTELY HATES, CALLS IT AN ABOMINATION AND THIS BEHAVIOUR IS ACTUALLY CONDEMNED AS A HIGH-HANDED IDOLATROUS CRIME AGAINST HIM IN HIS DIVINE INSTRUCTIONS.
THIS OF COURSE ISN’T SO CLEAR IN OUR ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS SINCE COMPLETELY MISLEADING WORDS LIKE “SEXUAL IMMORALITY” OR “FORNICATION” ARE USUALLY USED INSTEAD.
SCRIPTURE REFERS TO RAHAB AS A ZONAH "COMMON PROSTITUTE".
“RELIGIOUS CULTIC PROSTITUTION” WAS ONE THING THAT YAHUSHA PUT A STOP TO REALLY QUICKLY WITHIN YISHARAL, HOWEVER, “COMMON PROSTITUTION” WAS NOT OUTLAWED, AS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT IT REMAINED EMBEDDED IN HEBREW SOCIETY (AND MENTIONED RIGHT THROUGH ALL THE SCRIPTURES).
ONE OF THE MORE MEMORABLE EXAMPLES WERE THE TWO PROSTITUTES WHO ARGUED OVER THE DEATH OF ONE OF THEIR SONS, EACH CLAIMING TO BE THE MOTHER OF THE REMAINING SON. SOLOMON, THE WISEST OF ALL WISE MEN (YAHUSHA-CHOSEN AND ANOINTED) RESOLVES THE ISSUE BUT BRINGS NO REBUKE OF THE PROFESSION THE WOMEN ARE ENGAGED IN. IN FACT, PROSTITUTION WAS SO COMMON IN SOLOMON’S DAY, HE COULD LOOK OUT THE WINDOW OF HIS PALACE AND SEE PROSTITUTES ADVERTISING THEIR TRADE “IN THE STREETS…ON EVERY CORNER” (PROVERBS 7:6-12). BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT SOLOMON ALSO SAID THAT TO LIE WITH A WOMAN LIKE THAT WILL BRING MUCH SORROW("HER LIPS ARE LIKE HONEY BUT AFTERWARDS THE BITTER POISON OF WORMWOOD"). . IN OTHER WORDS DON'T BE SEDUCED BY THE WHORISH BEHAVIOUR OF THE WORLDLY WOMAN.
SO WHEN PAUL SAYS… ”WOULD I TAKE A FOLLOWER OF YAHUSHA AND JOIN THEM TO A HARLOT? NEVER! FOR ANYONE WHO HAS SEX WITH A HARLOT BECOMES ONE FLESH WITH HER”… THIS WAS AN OUTRIGHT CONDEMNING OF THE PAGAN WORSHIP IN CORINTH WHERE "RELIGIOUS CULTIC PROSTITUTION" AND SEXUAL RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES WERE COMMON PLACE.
REMEMBER, THE MUSCLEMAN SAMSON HAD SEX WITH A PROSTITUTE IN THE GAZA STRIP AND YET YAHUSHA, WITHOUT ONE WORD OF CORRECTION,STILL FILLS HIM WITH HIS SPIRIT TO CARRY OFF THE CITY GATES. AGAIN, THE NARRATIVE IMPLIES THAT COMMON PROSTITUTION WAS JUST A NORMAL AND UNQUESTIONED THING DURING THIS TIME. ISN’T IT INTERESTING THAT THE PERFECTLY CLEAN AND PURE, SET-APART SPIRIT OF YAHUSHA NEVER LEFT SAMSON WHEN HE WAS `GETT’IN JIGGY’ WITH WHORES, BUT ONCE HE GOT A HAIRCUT, HIS SPIRIT BUGGERED OFF!
PROSTITUTION IN SCRIPTURE ONLY SEEMS TO BE A HEINOUS CRIME (A PURITY ISSUE) TO YAHUSHA WHEN IT’S INVOLVED WITH PAGAN HEATHEN DEITY WORSHIP OR ADULTERY (BREAKING WEDLOCK) AS DEFINED BY YAHUSHA’S DIVINE LAWS (REMEMBER ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN IS THE PERFECT PATTERN OF MARRIAGE).
SO IT’S NOT FAIR TO CALL RAHAB’S HOUSE A BROTHEL OR A WHOREHOUSE BECAUSE ALL THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS SHE WAS BASICALLY RUNNING AN ANCIENT MOTEL……SUCH AS THE FACT THAT HER HOME WAS BASICALLY EMBEDDED INTO THE CITY WALL WHERE THE MAIN GATE INTO JERICHO WAS LOCATED.
THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PRIME AND VERY CONVENIENT LOCATION FOR ANY TOURIST WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN PASSING THROUGH JERICHO. AND CONSIDER THAT WHEN THE KING OF JERICHO SENT HIS MEN TO INVESTIGATE THE TWO SPIES, THE FIRST PERSON THEY WENT TO SPEAK TO WAS RAHAB. AGAIN, WHY? BECAUSE EVERYONE KNEW HER PLACE WAS THE LOCAL CITY INN WHERE MOST TRAVELLERS WOULD STAY.
QUESTION? DID THE TWO SPIES HAVE SEX WITH RAHAB?
DEFINITELY NOT!! BECAUSE FIRST, THE TWO MEN (UNDER STRICT INSTRUCTIONS FROM JOSHUA) WERE ENGAGING IN PREPARATIONS FOR WAR AND THEIR MINDSET WAS FAR FROM DOING SOMETHING DISGRACEFUL LIKE ENGAGING IN SOME HANKY-PANKY WITH A CANAANITE WHORE. SECOND, IF THE MEN HAD REALLY HAD SEX WITH RAHAB, I’M PRETTY SURE THE SCRIPTURES WOULD HAVE TOLD US BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT THE SCRIPTURE AIN’T SHY WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH SEXUAL MATTERS IN QUITE GRAPHIC DETAIL. BUT THE SPIES DID INDEED STAY THE NIGHT THERE.
But someone found out about the spies and told the king of Jericho, “Some Yisharalite men came here tonight, and they’re spies.” So the king sent soldiers to Rahab’s house to arrest the spies. But Rahab had taken the men up to the flat roof of her house and had hidden them under some piles of flax plants that she had put there to dry. The soldiers came banging on her door and demanded, “Let us have the men who are staying at your house. Don’t you know they’re spies woman?”
“O’ those men, yeah they came to my house earlier today, but how the hell should I know where they’d come from or where they’re going? Anyway they left around sunset, just before the town gate was being closed. If you hurry, maybe you’ll catch up with them.”
So the guards at the town gate let the soldiers leave Jericho, but they closed the gate again as soon as the soldiers went through. Then the soldiers headed toward the Jordan River to look for the spies at the place where people cross the river. And Rahab went back up to her roof where the spies were still awake.
KEEP IN MIND THE KING OF JERICHO WAS EXPECTING THE ARRIVAL OF THE YISHARALITES. IT WAS SIMPLY COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT YISHARAL HAD PLANS TO TAKE CANAAN BECAUSE THE HEBREWS HAD PLAINLY STATED THAT WAS THEIR INTENTION FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. AND THERE’S NO WAY IN HELL A POPULATION OF 3 MILLION PEOPLE CAN MOVE AROUND WITHOUT BEING DETECTED. SO UNDERSTAND THE CANAANITES KNEW WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT YISHARAL WAS COMING. THE ONLY QUESTION WAS, WHAT PART OF THE JORDAN RIVER WOULD THEY CROSS……AND WHICH CITY WOULD THEY ATTACK FIRST? THE KING’S TROOPS HAD BEEN MONITORING ALL MOVEMENT OF TRAVELLERS ENTERING INTO JERICHO THROUGH THE CITY GATES WHERE RAHAB’S INN WAS LOCATED AND IT WOULD NOT BE AN EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT THE WHOLE CITY WAS IN A STATE OF NERVOUS TENSION WONDERING EXACTLY WHEN AND HOW YISHARAL WOULD ATTACK.
IT’S INTERESTING THAT BY SIDING WITH YISHARAL (AND FLAT-OUT LYING TO THE KING) RAHAB WAS DELIVERED FROM THE DESTRUCTION THAT WOULD COME. WHEN WE FACE CONFLICTS, BATTLES, TESTS AND TRIALS IN OUR DAY, KEEP IN MIND THAT YAHUSHA WILL OFTEN TURN THE ENEMY AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR HIS DIVINE PURPOSES.
RAHAB’S LIE AGAINST THE WORLDLY AUTHORITIES IS NEVER REPRIMANDED, RIDICULED OR PUNISHED (NEITHER IS HER PROFESSION), INFACT SHE IS HERALDED: “By trusting in belief, the walls of Jericho fell down, after the people had marched around them for seven days. Also, by trusting, Rahab the prostitute welcomed the spies and didn’t die along with those who were disobedient”. HEBREWS 11 BRS
WHILE WE SHOULD NOT ADMIRE RAHAB’S LIES NEITHER SHOULD THEY BOTHER US. IT IS BUT THE STATE OF THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE THAT WE MUST CONSTANTLY FIND OURSELVES HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS. IF RAHAB HAD NOT LIED TO THE AUTHORITIES, THE TWO HEBREW SPIES MAY HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED AND PUT TO DEATH…LET’S LOOK AT RAHAB’S GENUINE BEHAVIOUR AND COMPARE WITH WHAT WE’VE BEEN TAUGHT IN RELIGION (ABOUT IT AND HER). RELIGION TEACHES THAT A SIN IS A SIN IS A SIN AND THEY’RE ALL THEY’RE ALL THE SAME. YEP! APPARENTLY STEALING A LOAF OF BREAD IS THE SAME AS MURDER SOMEONE!!! DID YOU KNOW THAT IN NAZI GERMANY THERE WERE MANY CHRISTIANS WHO TURNED IN THEIR JEWISH NEIGHBORS TO THE NAZI AUTHORITIES? AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEIR REASONING WAS? THEY SAID IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SIN TO LIE WHEN BEING QUESTION BY THE GERMAN SOLDIERS. SO IN ORDER TO PROPERLY OBEY THE TEACHINGS OF MESSIAH, THEY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SEND LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JEWS TO THEIR DEATHS. CAN YOU SEE WHY THE JEWISH PEOPLE UTTERLY DETEST THE RELIGION OF CHRISTIANITY? YET RAHAB IS NEVER DEMONISED IN SCRIPTURE FOR BEING A PROSTITUTE (OR BEING A REALLY CONVINCING LIAR EITHER), BUT INSTEAD SHE IS LIFTED UP AS BEING OBEDIENT. SEE HOW TWISTED RELIGION IS, THINKING THAT ALL CRIMES OF LAWLESSNESS ARE EQUAL SO THEREFORE WE’RE ALL EQUALLY GUILTY! NOT THE CASE. LISTENING TO YAHUSHA’S VOICE HE WILL ALWAYS GIVE US THE WORDS TO SAY AND THE DIRECTION TO GO IN AND SO OUR FOCUS MUST BE ON OBEYING HIM, NOT WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS.
Rahab approached the spies and said to them:“I KNOW that your Alahim Yahuah has given Yisharal this land . . . it’s so obvious! I mean everyone shakes with fear because of you. We all heard how Yahuah dried up the Red Sea so you could leave Egypt, and we heard how you destroyed Sihon and Og too, east of the Jordan. I KNOW that Yahuah your Alahim rules all the earth and the skies, and these people have lost all of their courage and will to fight, their hearts have melted and there’s no spirit left in anyone because of you. Please promise me in Yahuah’s Name that you’ll be as kind to my family as I’ve been to you. Please do something to show me that you won’t let your people kill my father and mother and my brothers and sisters and their families".
“Don’t worry Rahab,” the spies answered, “if you keep quiet about what we’re doing, we promise to spare you when Yahuah gives us this land, and we’ll treat you with the same kindness that you’ve shown us. Our life for yours if we’re lying luv! May Yahuah strike us down on the spot if we don’t keep our promise to you!”
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST MOMENTOUS DECLARATIONS OF BELIEF IN ALL OF SCRIPTURE…RAHAB ANNOUNCING THAT SHE KNOWS YAHUSHA HAS TURNED HER LAND OVER TO YISHARAL. (NOT GUESSING OR WONDERING . . . KNOWING!) AND WITH HER WORDS, THE REASON BEHIND WHY SHE RISKED HER LIFE TO PROTECT THE TWO SPIES IS REVEALED. NOTICE SHE ALSO KNOWS THE PERSONAL NAME OF YAHUAH, BECAUSE (AS WITH ALL PAGAN DEITIES TOO) EVERYONE WAS SOOOOO INTO WHAT NAME SUCH POWER WAS PERFORMED IN (SUCH AS THE DESTRUCTION OF EGYPT). THE PERSONAL NAME OF YISHARAL’S ALAHIM WAS FAMOUS AND FEARED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE KNOWN WORLD AT THE TIME (WHICH WAS YAHUSHA’S PLAN SURROUNDING THE EXODUS)…
RAHAB ALSO SAYS “I KNOW THAT YAHUAH YOUR ALAHIM RULES ALL THE EARTH AND THE SKIES”. NOW IN OUR DAY AND AGE THAT PHRASE JUST SLIPS BY US WITHOUT ANY ALARM. BUT IN RAHAB’S TIME, TO SAY THAT SOME SUPERNATURAL BEING HAD AUTHORITY OVER BOTH THE EARTH AND THE SKIES, WAS ONE HELL OF A STATEMENT BECAUSE IT WAS AN UNPRECEDENTED STATEMENT OF GARGANTUAN PROPORTIONS TO PUT IT PLAINLY. FOR IN THOSE DAYS IT WAS JUST UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WERE DEITES WHO RULED AND HAD POWER IN THE SKIES…AND THERE WERE DEITES WHO RULED AND HAD POWER ON PLANET EARTH. BUT THERE WAS NO SINGLE BABYLONIAN MYSTERY RELIGIOUS DEITY THAT RULED BOTH! IN ORDER FOR THERE TO EXIST IN THE MIND OF THE PEOPLE OF THAT ERA THE MONOTHEISTIC NOTION OF ONLY ONE DEITY RULING BOTH THE EARTH AND SKIES, IT MEANT THAT THE POLYTHEISTIC SATANIC MINDSET (THAT HAD BEEN SOWN AND UNDERSTOOD SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME) HAD TO BE OVERTURNED. AND ONLY YAHUSHA CAN REVEAL THAT WITHIN AN INDIVIDUAL.
WE’LL ALSO SEE THE PHRASE, “ALAHIM OF THE EARTH AND SKIES (OR SHAMAYIM AND EARTH)”, CONTINUED RIGHT THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES BECAUSE THE HEBREWS STILL THOUGHT THAT TWO SEPARATE DEITIES RULED THE SEPARATE DIMENSIONS, BECAUSE IN THE GREEK THOUGHT AND LANGUAGE THOSE TWO REALMS MUST HAVE TWO SEPARATE DEITIES.
SO RAHAB JUST STOOD UP AND DECLARED THE AUTHORITY OF THE ALAHIM OF YISHARAL IN HER LIFE AND THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER DIVINE AUTHORITIES FOR HER TO BOW DOWN TO. RAHAB TRUSTED YAHUSHA AND IT ALLOWED HER DELIVERANCE AND A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THROUGH HER OBEDIENCE. THIS BELIEF WAS VERY SIMPLE BUT ALSO VERY PRACTICAL. SHE DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ELSE ABOUT YAHUSHA OTHER THAN HE HAD GIVEN HER HOMELAND OF CANAAN TO THE HEBREWS AND THAT HE DEFEATED AND DESTROYED ALL WHO OPPOSED HIM. BUT FROM A PRACTICAL SENSE SHE KNEW THAT SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THIS BATTLE; SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE AN ENEMY OF HIS PEOPLE BECAUSE IN HER MIND THE END RESULTS WERE CERTAIN AND TERRIBLE BECAUSE OF THEIR ALAHIM.
AND ALSO THIS WASN’T A “CONVERT NOW AND REPENT LATER” ATTITUDE THAT RAHAB PRESENTED. IT WASN’T AN ATTEMPT TO DECEIVE THE SPIES (ALTHOUGH THEY RIGHTFULLY EXPRESSED SKEPTICISM ABOUT HER PRONOUNCEMENT). THIS IS PROVED BY HER PUTTING HER FREEDOM AND LIFE ON THE LINE BY CONCEALING THESE ENEMY SPIES AND THEN LYING TO HER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES ABOUT IT ALL, AND THEN EVEN HELPING THEM TO ESCAPE. THIS WAS INDEED A PRACTICAL ACT OF BELIEF AND WE SEE THAT OUT OF ALL THIS, RAHAB WANTED SOMETHING IN RETURN; SHE WANTED THAT SHE AND HER FAMILY BE SPARED.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHAT BETTER EXPRESSION OF REPENTANCE CAN WE FIND THAN THIS? ANYONE WHO COMES TO YAHUSHA WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT A PRACTICAL DECISION AND COMMITMENT THEY HAVE MADE OUGHT TO BE QUESTIONED. WE SHOULD BE COMING TO YAHUSHA UNDERSTANDING WHAT RAHAB UNDERSTOOD: YOU EITHER SUBMIT TO THE ALAHIM OF YISHARAL OR YOU’LL BE DESTROYED. THE DESTRUCTION MAY NOT BE IMMEDIATE OR PHYSICAL; BUT IT IS CERTAIN. SO THE DECISION THAT RAHAB HAD JUST UTTERED REPRESENTED A MAJOR THEOLOGICAL PARADIGM SHIFT. SHE HAD JUST OVERTURNED A BELIEF SYSTEM THAT HAD BEEN ENTRENCHED IN THE MINDS OF ALL PEOPLE PRETTY MUCH SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN CIVILISATION. AND YAHUSHA PERSONALLY REVEALED THIS TO RAHAB TO ACHIEVE HIS PURPOSES FOR HIS PEOPLE (AND BECAUSE HE LOVES HER OF COURSE).
Now Rahab’s house was built into the town wall, and one of the windows in her house faced outside the wall, so she gave the spies a rope, showed them the window, and said, “Use this rope to let yourselves down to the ground outside the wall. Then hide in the hills. The men who are looking for you won’t be able to find you there and they’ll give up and come back after a few days, and you can be on your way.”
“Rahab you made us promise to let you and your family live when Yisharal attacks and we’ll keep our promise to you, but you can’t tell anyone why we were here. Also, you must tie this scarlet red rope on your window when we attack, and your father and mother, your brothers, sisters and everyone else in your family must be here with you. If you all stay within the walls of this house, the judgment coming on this wicked city will pass over you, and we’ll take all the blame if anyone gets hurt inside here, but if anyone goes outside your house, they’ll definitely be destroyed and it won’t be our fault. . . OK?"
“Yes, Yes, I’ll do exactly what you say,” Rahab promised and sent them on their way, tying the scarlet red rope to her window. And the two spies hid in the hills for three days while the King of Jericho's soldiers looked for them along the roads.
RAHAB TELLS THE SPIES TO HIDE IN THE MOUNTAINS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE THE MOUNTAINS NEAR JERICHO LIE WESTWARD, BUT THE SOLDIERS WOULD HAVE BEEN HEADING EASTWARD TO INVESTIGATE THE CROSSING POINTS OF THE JORDAN RIVER. IN ADDITION, THE MOUNTAINS HAD AN ABUNDANCE OF CAVES THAT WERE PERFECT FOR HIDING AND PROVIDING SHELTER FROM THE ELEMENTS. SEE HOW YAHUSHA PROVIDES IN ALL SITUATIONS?
WHAT DID THE SCARLET THREAD SYMBOLISE? IN THE SCRIPTURE, THE COLOUR RED NORMALLY INDICATES “BLOOD” OR “REDEMPTION” OR BOTH. THINK OF THE RED BLOOD PAINTED ON THE DOORPOSTS OF THE HEBREW HOMES IN EGYPT AT THE FIRST PASSOVER. THE BLOOD ON THE POSTS INDICATED TO THE MESSENGER OF DEATH THAT IT WAS TO PASS OVER THE HOME AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT. AND THERE’S ALSO A PARALLEL BETWEEN THE BLOOD THAT YISHARAL PUT ON THEIR DOORPOSTS FOR DELIVERANCE DURING THE FIRST PASSOVER IN EGYPT AND THE SCARLET THREAD RAHAB USED AS A SYMBOL OF DELIVERANCE, NOT ONLY FOR HER BUT HER WHOLE FAMILY.
And as soon as the soldiers gave up looking and returned to Jericho, the two spies went down into the Jordan valley and crossed the river, reporting to Joshua everything that had happened. “Joshua, we saw with our own eyes just how terrified and shaking with fear Jericho is. They’re already disheartened and defeated brother. It’s so obvious that Yahuah has already given us this land, we just need to go take it!”THE 2 SPIES WERE EXHILARATED AND COULDN’T WAIT TO TELL THE PEOPLE THAT VICTORY WAS NOW THEIR’S FOR THE TAKING. QUITE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE THAN THE MAJORITY OF SPIES FROM THE 1ST GENERATION WHO WENT OUT TO SPY THE LAND ISN'T IT . . .
THE LAW OF HEREM STATES THAT NO SPOILS OR BOOTY FROM THE INVASION COULD BE KEPT BY THE SOLDIERS BECAUSE IN A TRUE SET-APART WAR, ALL THE SPOILS ARE DEDICATED TO YAHUSHA, AND SINCE HE HAD NO EARTHLY BODY TO RECEIVE THEM, THEY WERE BURNT UP. SO RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO, THE PEOPLE OF JERICHO WERE NEVER GOING TO BECOME YISHARAL’S SLAVES; THEY WERE GOING TO BE ANNIHILATED. THIS WAS SET-APART WAR ESTABLISHED, LEAD AND FOUGHT BY YAHUSHA THROUGH HIS PEOPLE. SO FOR RAHAB AND HER FAMILY TO BE SPARED WAS VERY UNUSUAL; ON THE SURFACE THIS WAS A VIOLATION OF THE LAW OF HEREM. IT IS INTERESTING THAT THESE 2 SPIES FELT THAT THEY HAD THE AUTHORITY TO SPARE THIS FAMILY. BUT IN THE END IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE REALITY THAT TO DECLARE ONE’S BELIEF IN THE ALAHIM OF YISHARAL IS TO BE DELIVERED FROM DESTRUCTION. THE SPIES INHERENTLY UNDERSTOOD THAT RAHAB AND HER FAMILY MERITED THIS BECAUSE NOW THEY WERE (IN SOME SENSE) MORE YISHARALITE THAN CANAANITE (WE’LL SEE THIS SAME THEME APPEAR WITH RUTH AND NAOMI TOO). THE SPIES WEREN’T ENTIRELY COMFORTABLE IN ALL THIS AND THAT'S WHY THERE WAS A LONG AND DETAILED CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THEY PROMISED, UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES, AND IF RAHAB DIDN’T FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE THEN ALL BETS WERE OFF. YET THE 2 SPIES KNEW THAT FOR THEIR OWN SAKE, AND BECAUSE OF RAHAB’S DECLARATION OF BELIEF, SOMETHING WAS FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT NOW.
RAHAB AND HER FAMILY WERE OUTSIDE NATIONS (GUYIM), BUT THEY NOW FOLLOWED THE ALAHIM OF YISHARAL. HELLO? CAN YOU SEE THIS ILLUSTRATION OF EXACTLY WHAT WOULD BE BEHAVED IN YAHUSHA’S FOLLOWERS AFTER HIS DEATH. REPENTANCE AND OBEDIENCE TO YAHUSHA’S ETERNAL BLOOD COVENANT FOR DELIVERANCE HAS NEVER CHANGED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. IT IS NOT A MODERN INVENTION AND MANKIND HAS THE SAME DECISION TODAY IF THEY WANT TO ESCAPE THE COMING WRATH.
Just like Jericho the whole world is defeated and GUILTY, unclean and in a state of unconsciousness because they are disconnected from the tree of life (Yahusha and His Living Word) which brings us great peace and light. Yahusha says that every person will have the opportunity to wake up and know Him before His return, however when confronted with the truth (like Rahab was), a person has the choice to either WAKE UP, REPENT and FOLLOW THE SHEPHERD, or go back to SLEEP and continue in their wickedness.
In Hebrew, the word GUILTY implies that if a person is wrong and wicked, THEY KNOW IT and are actually being punished and are perishing. Through the human conscience (even without the Ruach) Yahusha condemns a person of their evil behaviour and disobedience to His Divine Laws.
David said, “Deliver me from my blood-guilt, Yahuah the Alahim of my deliverance, and let my tongue sing allowed of Your perfection".PSALM 51 BRS
Not only the high-handed crimes of murder and blood-shed incur guilt though . . . robbery, adultery, oppression of the poor, dishonesty, idolatry etc etc makes a person guilty and worthy of death: “He shall surely die and his blood shall be upon himself.” Where there is guilt worthy of bloodshed, In Yisharal, bloodshed was said to pollute the land (Num 35), and this bloodshed which defiles is said to have been “innocent blood”. Yahusha informs His people that He will not listen when they try to communicate with Him because their hands are full of blood (Isa 1:15). Bloodguilt is taken so seriously in Scripture that, when it is not atoned for according to the proper protocols instructed, Yahusha steps in to avenge the wronged party. GUILT MUST BE PUNISHED(2 Sam 4:11) and it may be delivered even to someone’s descendants.
“Now after overlooking these times of ignorance, where people have been asleep and not known their crimes against Him, Yahusha now demands that all people everywhere repent and return to Him”.ACTS 17 BRS
As we can see there is so much evil behaviour in this world today, and this not only curses the land itself, but the people of earth too, and yet many today still refuse to repent. Their consequences are suffering and the losing of their minds. They ignore the command above to repent, and put Yahusha in a box, calling that category of life `religion’ (and calling Him `God’), then they declare that `religion is not for everyone’ and try to wipe away the commands of Alahim.
Just like Egypt and Jericho, the whole world today is asleep and scheduled for destruction, so what does SLEEP really mean?
“So watch how Yahusha behaves and do what He does (copy, mimic Him) just like a child learns how to behave properly by watching their parents. However the main thing Yahusha does is love us, always, not cautiously but boldly, not for His gain but ours. He even gave His life for us as a free-gift and offering to Yahuah as a sweet-smelling fragrance. So imitate Him and live a life that pleases Him, full of love, not lust. No! Don’t let it be said that any of you have immoral, indecent or greedy behaviour. Don’t use foul, dirty, foolish words either, filthy jokes and malicious gossip for that’s not appropriate for Yahusha’s people. But instead use your mouths for thanksgiving and encouragement. Rest assured that those who behave like this will join those who worship idols and never have any part or inheritance in the Reign of Yahusha. So don’t let anyone trick you and suck you in with smooth words, or the empty, foolish words of religion, because the wrath of Yahusha comes down on the disobedient, so have nothing to do with them, otherwise you may suffer the same consequences. Remember that you were once in the darkness just like them, but now you are in the light because of Yahusha, so act like it! Behave accordingly! Shine! For the fruits of Yahusha’s behaviour are in all goodness and obedience and truth, proving what pleases Him. So don’t hang around with the fruitless behaviour that’s done in the dark, investing your times in useless pursuits, or even talk about the sneaky, perverse things that people do in secret, instead rip the covers off, reveal it and allow Yahusha’s light to expose the sham and the fraud for what it really is. . . evil! Yes Yahusha’s light shows up everything and that’s why He says to `Wake up, everyone who’s asleep and rise from the dead and I will shine on you!’ Act like people with good sense and not like fools, careless, not thinking, for we live in very evil times, so make every minute count. Don’t waste your time being stupid but find out what Yahusha wants you to do and DO IT! Don’t slaughter yourself by getting drunk, but let His Spirit fill your life, anointing and empowering you”.EPH 5 BRS
`WAKE UP, EVERYONE WHO’S ASLEEP AND RISE FROM THE DEAD AND I WILL SHINE ON YOU!’ All men and women on the face of this earth who are not filled with Yahusha’s Spirit are "The Walking Dead" and all men and women who are sitting on the fence and not going deeper into Yahusha are deceived by religion. How dreadful to be in such a state as this! So if you’re feeling something is wrong then this is your problem, YOU ARE FALLING ASLEEP! Yahusha’s Living Word is our spiritual sustenance so if you are not feeding on it, you will stagnate. We are given a list of behaviours above not to do.
We can see by Yahusha's Words (in Matt 24) that the signs of His coming are now appearing in the earth, as a woman in labour. Disastrous occurrences are readily appearing before us in the daily news, and those reporting the incidences are flabbergasted within themselves. Panic and violence is becoming rife. Yahusha has started the times of BIRTHPAINS and there are prophesies being fulfilled right before our very eyes; wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilence, COVID is raging through the globe, and folks are losing their minds in this judgment from Yahusha.
People have their heads stuck in the sand believing their lives will go on forever and it is prophesied for this state of affairs to get worse, so bad that the world has not seen such terror in it's entire history.
BELIEVERS NEED TO PERFECT THEIR BRIDAL BEHAVIOUR IN ORDER TO FULFIL YAHUSHA'S PLAN OF SPREADING HIS LOVE AND REPENTANCE.
Scripture interpreters gloss over the experience and consequences of disobedience today by using the word `CONVICTION’instead of the word `GUILT’.The truth is that everyone who disobeys Yahusha’s Instructions is operating in GUILT and are it's slave, unable to be free in the Set-Apartness given only by Yahusha. They are lost and asleep in their own madness, which is very real and YAHUSHA TELLS US TO WAKE UP FROM OUR SLEEP AND ARISE FROM THE DEAD.
He is not going to do it for us, became He’s telling us to do it. If Yahusha reveals Himself to us and we chose to repent and follow His Instructions for our life, then (like Rahab) we will not only be spared the coming destruction of this planet, we will see the dimensional seam unzip and Yahusha appear from the Shamayim to remove all evil and restore this planet once again to bliss. . . . Halleluyah!!