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Joshua vs. Jericho

Jericho, Babylon, and Armageddon “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed about for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30 RV) by James Parkinson Listen to audio  Joshua had been Moses’ attendant and then his appointed successor. Joshua was to lead God’s people into the Promised Land. The fortified city of Jericho was on the route, but Jericho shut its gates against Israel — a hostile act, being unwilling even to sell them food. Jehovah God disclosed the battle plan to []

Gideon and the Midianites

If God Be For Us (Judges 6 to 8) “Jehovah, the Judge, be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon” (Judges 11:27). by Robert Davis Listen to audio  Gideon was a member of the tribe of Manasseh. Apparently given his name (Gidon: feller; that is, a warrior), and the angel initially addressing him as a “mighty man of valor,” he was established as a mighty warrior prior to the deeds recorded in the Bible.  Yet, he appeared timid []

In the Beginning – Lessons from Liberators

Listen to audio  Israel’s Judges were really Deliverers or Liberators. Archaeology and geography testify to them; their major battles foreshadow Armageddon; and they give us many character lessons. “Joshua vs. Jericho” typifies the fall of symbolic Babylon and shows us the meaning of seven trumpets elsewhere in the Bible. Apostasy, repentance, and deliverance are lessons of defeating extreme wickedness and of defeating opulent obesity, in “A New Generation and a New Direction in Israel’s History” (Othniel and Ehud). “Deborah and Barak vs. Jabin []

Samson: Then, Now, and Future

Samson is Like, and Unlike, the Church “The time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson … who through faith … from weakness were made strong” (Hebrews 11:32-34 RKJV). Listen to audio  There were friendly Philistines in Abraham’s day. Egyptians had colonized Caphtor (Crete), and thereafter Cretans colonized the modern Gaza Strip (Genesis 10:13-14, 21:32, Deuteronomy 2:23, Jeremiah 47:4). More Cretans came later (BC 1615? and 12th century) until the Philistines oppressed Israel forty years in Samson’s time.  Samson was []