In this teaching…. I would like to examine the
significance of the numeral seven and the role it played in:

1. The fall of the three “Jericho’s”.
2. The seven words of Calvary.
3. The End-time judgment of the world.

In nature and in the Scriptures the number seven or multiples thereof are largely used as the numeral that depicts completion or fulfillment. The Scripture references below are only but a few relating to this subject;
Gen.29:30, Gen.33:3, Gen.41:2, Gen.41:5, Gen.41:27,Ex.12:15, 2Kings 5:14, 2Kings 8:1, Pslm.2:6,  Dan.3:19, Dan.4:16, Dan.4:32, Mt.12:45, Mt.15:36, Mt.5:37, Mt.18:21, Mark 16:9, Luke 17:4, Rev.1:4, Rev.1:12, Rev.1:16, Rev.1:20, Rev.4:5, Rev.8:2, Rev.10:4, Rev.12:3, Rev.13:1, Rev.15:1, Rev.17:9, Rev. 21:9.

The First Jericho

Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
2 And “Yawhú ” said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
3 "You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
4 "And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
5 "It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him."

12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of Yawhú.
13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of “Yawhú ” went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of “Yawhú ”, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.
14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.
16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: "Shout, for “Yawhú ” has given you the city!
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

Many years ago, the ancient city of Jericho was the first stronghold that stood in the way of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land. If they were to inherit the land and its promises, it was imperative that this city should be conquered and removed out of the equation before they could continue on their quest.

The secound Jericho

In the same way the walls of spiritual Jericho empowered by the law, stood ominously looming and defying in the path of spiritual Israel due to sin, preventing them to pass thru into the new and promised realm, with the reward of heavens bounty and the ultimate prize of immortality. This law as quoted in the scriptures below state that; all have sinned and therefore doomed to die
1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Rom. 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of right rulings of “the Father Yaw”;
Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death
Rom. 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
For this reason it took the greater Joshua,namely Hoshay’ah The Maw-shee’-akh , to lead spiritual Israel to victory against the stronghold of the law, which was the wall of spiritual Jericho and to the promises beyond.

The Seven Words Maw-shee’-akh  spoke at Calvary...

before surrendering His life as a ransom for the sin of the world,
were the seven spiritual trumpet blasts needed to bring this barrier crashing down to open the way of redemption for all who would choose to journey on.
With all the fanaticisms, piety and hatred that is often the case, so typical of many “religious” people of this world, Hoshay’ah  Maw-shee’-akh  the Lamb of “Yaw” was  impaled on a pole, cut from a tree that He himself had created and left to bleed and die. No matter how cruel however, what transpired on that day was not without a greater purpose. This despicable deed, would in time come to be heralded as the single most important event that had ever taken place in the history of time, as regards the redemption of mankind.
The Seven Words no1.
. Luke 23: 34 Then Hoshay’ah  said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."
We are often when blinded by our own prejudices and hatred, unable to reason rationally when our emotions are out of control. When people are aroused, they easily succumb to mob violence, due to negative influences. They land up exceeding all the boundaries of cruelty and human decency, that under normal circumstances they would not think themselves capable of doing. We need to take a closer look and examine ourselves, to see whether we are not also guilty of the scripture quoted below. Very often we are apt to believe the proverb that states “out of sight is out of mind”, but the truth of the matter is that we are never out of the sight of The Almighty let alone out of his mind.
Many times we think and say the cruelest things and even justify it by thinking that nobody knows our thoughts or hears our conversations. The Truth is, in the eyes of The Father it is definitely not so.
Mt 5:28 But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

The above scripture tells us that The Father holds us accountable for our very thoughts, let alone our words and deeds. Therefore, if we are not guided by The Spirit, the prophet has the following to say.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 
Matt 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and compassion and trust. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
24 "Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 "Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.  27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

 28 "Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.  29 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30 "and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'
 31 "Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.

“Maw-shee’-akh ” being a prophet himself, was indeed predicting His own impending fate shortly to come at the hands of these people.

32 "Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt. 33 "Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
34 “Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and impale, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 "that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah,(John the immercer’s father) whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 "Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 "See! Your house is left to you desolate;
39 "for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Father Yaw .

In the knowledge of all the above, Hoshay’ah  looked beyond His own personal grievances, cruelty and injustices that he was being made to suffer at the hands of his aggressors. He chose rather to take into consideration their blindness of spirit and unregenerate hearts, asking The Father’s forgiveness instead of His wrath upon them.

John 3:17 For Yaw-Eternal sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be redeemed.

Under extreme duress, it was His loyalty to His mission and His ability to stay focused on its objective regardless of His own personal dilemma, that has won Him not only the highest approval of His Father as quoted below..

Heb 1:8 But to the Son He says: "Your throne, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Rule.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore Yaw-Eternal, Your Mighty One, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. 10 And: "You, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail." (He inherited immortality)

 …but the honor and respect of both angel and mankind for all eternity.

Re 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and praise, and blessing.
It was on the day of Pentecost fifty days after the resurrection of Maw-shee’-akh, that Peter the Emissary, filled with the Spirit, addressed the crowd that had gathered, confronting them of their sins. As a direct result thereof, three thousand people repented and after confessing their guilt, were immersed for the forgiveness of their sins.

Acts:22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Hoshay’ah  of Nazareth, a Man attested by Yaw-Eternal to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which Yaw-Eternal did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—23 "Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of the Father, you have taken by lawless hands, have impaled, and put to death;
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be immersed in the name of
Yawhúshúa “Maw-shee’-akh for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Spirit.( Rauch Qôdesh”) 39 "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as Yaw-Eternal will call." 40 And with many other words he witnessed and exhorted them, saying, "Be delivered from this perverse generation." 41 Then those who gladly received his word were immersed; and that day about three thousand lives were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' teachings and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

These people by their own confession were guilty of the death of Hoshay’ah . If He had not asked His Fathers forgiveness for sins on the stake where he hung and pushed through with His mission, they, as well as we would not have had a second chance.     

The Seven words No.2.
Luke 23: 43 And Hoshay’ah  said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Maw-shee’-akh, save Yourself and us."
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear The Almighty, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." 42 Then he said to Hoshay’ah,"remember me when You come into Your realm."
43 And Hoshay’ah said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

We are once more reminded of Maw-shee’-akh’s unselfish bountiful compassion and His willingness to make restitution on our behalf no matter how wrong our deeds. Even when He was under extreme duress, He more than proved His willingness to listen to our plaint and forgive if we should repent.
The Seven Words No.3.
.  John 19:26 When Hoshay’ah therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" 27 Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

In His mortal agony, Hoshay’ah does not forget His bereaved mother, but commits her to the care of John, her nephew, as Joseph Mary’s (Miriam’s) husband had already passed away. This is once more a great example of His love and sense of responsibility as well as His care for the welfare of others above His own anguish, pain and sufferings that He endured on the stake.
It is probable that it was because the keeping of His blessed mother was entrusted to John, that he was the only disciple of our Maw-shee’-akh who died a natural death, The Father having preserved him for the sake of the person whom He gave to take care of.

If John were his cousin, it helps explain why Hoshay’ah turns the care of his mother over to him. But the brothers of Hoshay’ah are not present as they disbelieved his claims. John was the only one of the apostles with courage enough to take his stand with the women by the stake. There is no disrespect in the use of "Woman" (Gunai) here as there was not in John 2:4. This trust was to John, though Salome, John's own mother who was also standing there.
Tradition says that Mary (Miriam) continued to live with John in Judea till the time of her death, which occurred about fifteen years after the death of Maw-shee’-akh.
The Seven Words No.4.
John 19: 28 After this, Hoshay’ah, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!"
Psalm 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none. 21 They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

The fatigue which He had undergone, His wounds were highly inflamed and a raging fever burning in Him, the grief He had to bear, the heat of the day and the loss of blood were the natural causes of this thirst. This He would have borne without complaint; so that the prophecy in Psalm 69:21 concerning His impalement may be fulfilled as he cried out “I thrust”!

The well-known proverb comes to mind, of the dog that bit the master’s hand who fed him, when we consider the following.
It is horrifying to think that the Creator of all the water in the world, including millions of rivers lakes and fountains, should be denied to drink of his own water to quench His burning thirst in His hour of need. To add insult to injury this was done by the people who owed their very existence to Him, who after they had shamefully humiliated and abused Him, proceeded to impale Him on a tree, (formed into a wooden stake) that He himself, had in the beginning created.
The Seven Words No.5.
.Matt 27: 46 And about the ninth hour Hoshay’ah  cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Uli, Uli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "All Mighty One, All Mighty One, why have You forsaken Me?"

The Scripture was hereby fulfilled as quoted, that “Maw-shee’-akh ” would speak these words:

Ps 22:1 “My All Mighty One”{ God}, “My All Mighty One, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?

The reason they were spoken are as follows:
As Eternal-Yaw cannot abide in a body that had become infected with sin, it became necessary for the Spirit of the Father to leave His Son’s mortal body. He had to turn away His face from Him so that He could take upon himself the sin of the world and offer His life as a ransom for it.
[2Co 5:21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of The Father in Him.],…
Still, the cry,… “Why hast thou forsaken me”? To be deserted of his Father, was the climax of “Maw-shee’-akh’s” grief, the very height of His sorrow. These words would now confirm that He was treading the wine-press alone in order that the offering of “Maw-shee’-akh ” might be complete, being His Father’s will.

Is 53:10  Yet it pleased (was the will of) The Father to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of The Father shall prosper in His hand.

We need to know that no matter how ghastly an affair this may be, these events could not have taken place without the Fathers consent.
The Seven Words No.6.
.   John 19:30 So when Hoshay'ah had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!"
"It is finished!"

Isaiah 53: 1  Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of The Father (the right arm His Son) been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground (will take on humanity). He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, here is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. and we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by almighty, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And The Father has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked-But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased The Father to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of The Father shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His life, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The suffering and agony is over.  The work contemplated, promised, long expected by prophets and Set-apart believers is done. The toils in His human existence, the persecutions, mockeries, the pangs of the garden as well as the stake, are finally ended, and mankind who believe in Him has been redeemed. What a wonderful declaration was this! "It is finished!"  How full of consolation to man! And how should this dying declaration of the “Maw-shee’-akh ” reach every heart and affect every believer who put their trust in Him!
The Seven Words No.7.
.Luke 23: 46 And when Hoshay’ah  had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.'" Having said this, He breathed His last.

He, who in the beginning was with The Father, could finally return triumphantly to where He had come from. The greatest endurance-race of all time had been victoriously overcome and won. The veil in the tabernacle that stood between man and heaven, looming in defiance like the walls of ancient Jericho, was rent.

Seven words (statements) of completion like the seven trumpets of old Jericho and redemption at last had come; the power of the law had finally been broken and forever overcome. The way to the new Yawrusalem was now open to all who would accept deliverance and the right to journey on and beyond.

The third Jericho - The last trump

4 Joshua 6:1 "And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
5 "It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat.

As in the time of ancient Jericho, the prophets and set-apart men of “Yaw” have been sounding their warning of the impending judgment and destruction that is to come to this world, as a result of man’s sin and rebellion. It is now two thousand years later since Calvary. The period of reconciliation is finally coming to an end. The door for man to accept The Father’s pardon is starting to close and “time soon will be no more”.
Six spiritual days (six thousand years) since Adam are complete; It is now early in the morning of the Sabbath, the seventh day. The trumpets have already begun to sound and will soon be complete.

1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Thes 4: 16 For the King Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet. And the dead in “Maw-shee’-akh ” will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the King in the air. And thus we shall always be with Him.

Matt24: 30 "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great splendor. 31 "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Rev.8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before Him (Yaw-eternal); and to them were given seven trumpets.

Rev.8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The realms of this world have become the realms of our “Maw-shee’-akh ”, and He shall reign forever and ever!"

Rev.5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to Yaw-Eternal by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And have made us kings and priests to our Eternal Father-Yaw; And we shall reign on the earth."
Rev.11:16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before The Mighty One (Maw-shee’-akh) on their thrones fell on their faces and Honored Him, 17 saying: "We give You thanks, O’ Almighty, The One who is and who was (in the time of His incarnation) and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth."

What more can we say as the above scriptures have said it all. Two Jerichos have been overcome and the third Jericho “this world” is soon to share the same fate. The final trump will soon sound as the well-known hymn says “when the trumpet of Yawhúshúa shall sound and time shall be no more”. The question we need to ask ourselves is simply this; “When the roll is called up yonder” will I be there?

Where will I be when the last trumpet sounds? Will my life be in tune with the Fathers will? or His rejection? My sincere prayer is that this teaching may have been a blessing to the hearts of all who read it and may The Fathers richest blessing be yours as you journey on the way.
Shalom….Br. Harold.

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