Jericho Man

 

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Captain of the Lord’s army.

Joshua calls him “Lord.”

Joshua 5:

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What says my Lord unto his servant?

15 And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.

This is the Lord ,confirmed in Joshua 6, who gives Joshua instructions:

6 Now Jericho was straightly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

2 And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.

3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.

4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

This “man” is not given a name.

But, the “man” is confirmed as “the Lord.”

It is confirmed also in the bible that angels like Michael and Gabriel identify themselves, or scripture identifies them, when they come.

Michael:

See Daniel 10:13-21, Daniel 12:1, Revelation 12: 7-9, Jude 1: 9

Gabriel:

Daniel 8:16, Daniel 9:21, Luke 1:19,

Abbadon is the angel of death identified in Revelation 9:11.

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So, the “Captain of the host of the Lord” is the “Lord.”

This man does not say he is the captain of HIS host.

He (the Lord) states he is the captain of the host of the Lord.

This means there are two “Lords.”

There is the Father YHVH, and the Son of Man

13“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
        One like a Son of Man was coming,
        And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.

14“And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of           every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

Son of Man also described as Son of God:

Daniel 3:25

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

This “man” may also be the Son of God:

Daniel 10

5  I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.

6  His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.

7  Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves.

8  So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength.

9  But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.

Daniel addresses him as “Lord as well:”

16 Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak.

17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

18 Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.

I thought this was interesting because I wondered what the Son of Man/God did in heaven before He incarnated on earth as Yahshua / Jesus.

He was the captain of the Lord and Father YHVH’s army, and other scriptures show he interacted with mankind at times.

What is wonderful now is that Yahshua interacts (or can interact) constantly with mankind now, either directly, through the Word of YHVH God, or through the Holy Spirit.

I encourage all to take advantage of this opportunity, to come into the presence of the Lord.

He is there for you. You just have to ask….

 


19 Responses to “Jericho Man”

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  2. Good reminder. There are other angels not given names who were neither Michael or Gabriel nor were they the Lord. Also, the angel who visited Daniel, though a strong argument can be made that he was Jesus, he could not have been Jesus three of the main reasons being that

    1.) he was sent as a messenger to Daniel– a job description only given to angels;

    2.) in other instances when angels visited Daniel, they were either not identified or were identified as Gabriel; and

    3.) the angel needed assistance from ‘a higher angel’– Michael, the chief prince over the nation of Israel– in order to defeat a fallen angel of apparently equal rank– the chief fallen angel over Persia or “the prince of Persia, and it is unimaginable for Jesus to need angelic aid or to name Michael as ‘a higher angel’ than Himself.

    However, also, here are some facts that favor this angel being Jesus:

    A.) Daniel fell at this angel’s feet as though dead as did John at Jesus’s feet in Rev. 1;

    B.) The description of the angel in Dan. 10:5-6 and Jesus in Rev. 1:12-17 are as similar as the Bible gets describing heavenly beings except maybe for the four-faced living creatures as opposed to the living creatures with only one face but of four different animals, etc;

    C.) Daniel not only fell at the angel’s feet but also fell into a deep sleep with his face to the ground. John said he fell at Jesus’s feet as though dead maybe meaning sleep, but he doesn’t specify But Daniel fell and lost his energy and needed aid to get back up; Ezekiel, who saw God on the throne, also fell on his face and the Holy Spirit had to pick him back up; and Abraham also fell into a deep sleep when God came near to make covenant with him (Gen. 15:12-21). So, the angel in Dan. 10 seems to have been a manifestation of the Godhead.

    D.) The appearance of the angel caused the men with Daniel to become terrified; at the same time, they couldn’t see the angel. This is similar to what happened with Paul when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus.

    E.) The Dan. 10 angel appears to be Gabriel; but the other times that Gabriel appeared to Daniel, the Bible identifies him. Not identifying him hear would appear that the angel wasn’t him but the Lord.

    The similarities between Jesus and the angel in Dan. 10 are close but distinct enough to distinguish that the Dan. 10 angel wasn’t Jesus. Jesus wouldn’t need help to get past a fallen angel, however; so who was this angel who seems to have been the Lord? There’s an angel in Rev. 10 whom a friend of mine told me is the Holy Spirit Himself manifesting in visible form. The angel not only has striking attributes of God and a distinct authority from angels we often hear of but also triggered the voice of Creation by shouting and then told John not to write down what Creation had said. This is very striking in light of the fact that John was told to write everything else down but that!

    I don’t know much about all this, but I know there are at least three other ‘types’ of beings in Heaven which the Bible doesn’t mention often: 1.) the seven Spirits of God, 2.) ‘special angels’ that never or rarely come to earth (eg. seraphim, ‘angels of His Presence’, the living creatures, the elders around the throne, etc.), and 3.) the angels reserved for the very last of the last days. At least three angels mentioned in Revelation alone have an authority and power unequaled by what the Bible tells us of angels till that point. (Eg. just one of them binds satan and tosses him into the pit to be kept 1,000 years.) It seems to me that the angel who visited Daniel was one of these heavenly beings. While he may have been Gabriel in a higher heavenly form (because angels take lower and higher forms as Jesus also did), he definitely wasn’t Jesus. Now I think of it, John saw Jesus in a higher form in Rev. 1 than he’d ever seen Him; and Daniel may have been seeing Gabriel in a higher form in Dan. 10 than he’d ever seen him as well. Just like servants who are closer to a king are dressed more regally and are more refined, so angels who are closer to the Lord look and act more like Him; this is definitely the case with whoever this Dan. 10 angel was. Thanks for the reminder that “the Lord is near”. I’m always forgetting.

    • Whether it is Jesus or an angel is unclear. In fact, it is quite a mystery. Perhaps we should leave it that way!

      • Fracer101yahooca, God puts mysteries in the Bible so that we can go seeking the answers to them, not so we say, “Better wait till Heaven.” The saying that one is as close to God as one wants to be is true. If I was dating a woman that I’m considering marrying, I wouldn’t say, “Well, she sure has some mysteries about her that I should wait till we’re both dead to find out about.” I would want to find out, because her mysteries are a part of her. And I would want her to pursue and find the mysteries in me too.

        God wants to be known, and He is mysterious; so He spreads His mysteries all over the place (throughout natural creation as well as the spiritual and unseen things) and hopes that people will want to know Him enough to investigate those mysteries. In understanding mysteries and people, we come to know who they are. If you think that spiritual mysteries should remain concealed, then consider and meditate on this verse until it begins to be clear to you that God ‘hides’ things for the SPECIFIC reason of drawing those who are like Him (want to be close to Him) to investigate those things till they find them:

        “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings” (Pro. 25:2).

        God delights in concealing things? Yes. Why? So that those who are kings (those who delight in Him) will be manifested as they are the only kind of people who will seek the hidden things of God UNTIL they find them.

    • snoopy

      any time the Lord appears to someone in the OT, he is an unnamed man.

      the man mentioning the prince of persia and needing michael’s help indicates (1) he is not michael and (2) the prince of persia may have had his entire army with him.

      jesus was given ALL power in heaven and earth AFTER his death and resurrection. we do not know about any limits he had before this transfer of power.

      the Father would not have an army if only jesus could handle everything in the OT.

      • Marianne,

        1.) Jesus is not the only ‘angel’ in the OT who appears without being named; so it isn’t fair to say that an unnamed angel is Jesus because it isn’t true.

        2.) We know the angel in Dan. 10 is not Michael, but where is the indication that the prince of Persia had his whole army with him? If you are talking about the “kings” of Persia, that’s worse than army; it’s a whole bunch of principalities/powers/rulers who in turn would each have an army with them.

        3.) Jesus and God were of the same exact power and authority (but differing roles as always) in the OT and till now. The authority that Jesus received after the resurrection was concerning the planet earth and the authority satan stole from man in the Garden; Jesus took it back after His death and gave it back to man. In the OT He had power and authority with the Father (He makes this clear especially in Jn. 17 as does Paul in Philippians who says that Jesus took of His Godhood, which was never limited, to become a man), therefore Jesus had no limits IN THE SPIRIT (ie. regarding fallen angels and the like) at any time at all. His only limit was man’s free will regarding planet earth. He got that authority back and gave it BACK to man (but now only to the Church) to whom it rightfully belongs. He always had authority in the heavenlies, but as he said before ascending, “All authority in Heaven AND ON EARTH has been given to Me.” This authority had to do with earth which is why He then said, “therefore go and make disciples [on earth].”

        4.) The notion that God needed an army because Jesus wasn’t sufficient is so wide of the mark that I won’t try to flesh it all out. I’ll just say that God had angel armies before lucifer even fell; but there was no one to fight. Therefore, to say that He needed angels because Jesus wasn’t powerful enough is dead logic. If Jesus wasn’t powerful enough, then God wasn’t powerful enough, because God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit always had the same equal amount of power (this is still hard for some people to wrap their minds around). The Bible is plain and clear that JESUS is the Member of the Godhead who actually created the heavens and earth. How can Someone who can create what we now see and don’t see be unable to defeat angels that HE created?

        I’ve seen some of the power of some of these fallen angels; they can wave a hand effortlessly and destroy or cause immense damage to the demons under them and cause IMMEDIATE submission from them (do you think the spirits serving these princes and angels fear them for nothing). Bear in mind that God gave these angels their power; would He give angels more power than Himself? If that messenger in Dan. 10 had been Jesus, He would have the power to immediately wave off the prince and kings of Persia and all the spirits in their train, or He would at least call angels to do so. He did none of this, so by default, that could not be the Lord. (He said on the cross that He could easily call legions of angels to destroy or bind all those who wanted Him crucified; this included satan himself… and He said this BEFORE His resurrection so that again nullifies his power being limited before the resurrection.)

        Again, I believe that the messenger was either Gabriel in a more exalted form or was another angel or heavenly being some of whom we get glimpses of in the Bible, both in Heaven and on earth. (Again, the closer angels are to God, the more they look, act, and talk like Him; and when Zechariah doubted Gabriel about John the Baptist’s birth, Gabriel rebuked him by stating his actual identity and level of importance in Heaven by saying, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings” (Luke 1:19). He said he was one of the angels who stand in God’s presence. The OT said that lucifer walked in that very close place of intimacy until iniquity was found in him. We know that all three (Michael included) of these angels are cherubim. Some people call these kinds of angels “angels of His Presence”, and in the OT I believe it was sometimes them and not Jesus who manifested to give words from God (maybe sometimes called “the Angel of the Lord”). Because of Gabriel’s closeness to God, he was able to immediately pronounce a judgment on Zechariah without having to ask God first (Zechariah was made mute till John’s birth, because his tongue spoke the wrong thing in the presence of one of the Angels of His Presence– angels who carry a very strong presence of God).

        Jesus never fought in the spirit or with His angels. In my opinion, the Dan. 10 angel was either Gabriel or it was another ‘angel of His Presence’. I still wonder if it was Gabriel since he is known as a messenger and not a fighter; yet the angel in Dan. 10 says that when he leaves Daniel, he must go and continue to fight. Doesn’t sound like Gabriel but I haven’t looked into it. But that angel definitely resembles the Lord even in speech and carried His Presence; however, he actually talks differently from Jesus or God as close as he sounds to Him. In both OT and NT, whenever Jesus manifested in spirit form, He was serious and didn’t sound jubilant (not that I recall). The Dan. 10 angel speaking you can compare with Jesus speaking in Rev. 1. The Dan. 10 angel sounds optimistic and encouraging when Daniel falls on his face and the angel tells him to regain his strength, etc. But when Jesus tells a similar thing to John who also fell on his face, He never lost His grave demeanor. One might say it was because of a different situation, but I don’t recall anywhere in the Bible where Jesus appears in spirit form and is not of a somewhat grave demeanor. Sometimes you can almost spot Him appearing as an angel (eg. the one who appeared to Samson’s parents, the one Jacob wrestled with, and the one who appeared to Gideon), because no matter what is happening, He remains grave or serious. Gabriel showed this in Luke 1; but the angel in Dan. 10 showed another side of things. If I remember later, I will read and pray and ask God about that angel in Dan. 10. It’s a worthy research.

        • I have my own opinions, but I never rule out new revelation or truth. The man in Dan. 10 carries a very strong presence of God and may well be Jesus (it would definitely be news if Jesus was running around fighting principalities at any time, but there are many things the Bible isn’t clear about); but he talks just like Gabriel did in the same Book of Daniel, so I will have to look into exactly who he is sometime.

  3. Hi Marianne,

    I love finding scripture that shows Jesus in the Old Testament. Thank you for your insight on Joshua 5 and 6 as well as Daniel. I also have one of my favorite verses that shows Jesus in the Old Testament and I would love to share it with you.

    Genesis 19:24 – Then the YHVH rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the YHVH out of the heavens.

    The YHVH in the first half of Genesis 19:24 is the YHVH that had discourse with Abraham in Genesis 18.

    This same YHVH then rains down fire and brimstone from who? Another YHVH! From where? From Heaven!

    There is clearly two YHVH in this statement.

    Knowing that no one has seen the Father but Jesus alone (John 1:18, John 6:46), the YHVH talking to Abraham and his wife is not the Father.

    I believe it is the son (Jesus), our Lord and Savior, for He and the Father are one. (John 10:30).

    Thanks again Marianne!

  4. At first we see circling in 6:3, the ark in v. 4, and 7 trumpets, blast, sound of the Trumpet, shout, and ascend up (resurrection; arise)

    Comparison between Joshua and Revelation.
    Joshua Revelation
    Led by Joshua/Yahoshua Yeshua Led by Yeshua
    2 Spies in 2:1 2 Witnesses
    Spies hidden for 3 days. 2:22 Witnesses dead for 3.5 days.
    Rahab is harlot. Israel (all 12 tribes) is harlot
    Rahab saved by red cord Jesus blood saves us
    Jordan River parted Mount of Olives parted
    Israel shows ark for 7 years Israel shows the church for 7 years
    Trumpets sound Jesus sounds like a Trumpet.
    Jericho’s walls Fall. 1/10 of Jerusalem walls fall
    7 priests blow 7 Trumpets 7 angels blow 7 trumpets
    Jericho burns 6:24 The World goes through a fire
    Israel rules Canaan Jesus rules, 12 sons of Israel rules

  5. I have been touched by an Angel years ago when I was 24 years of age. I was in a car accident as a passenger hit by a drunk driver and pushed over the other side of the road, missed the oncoming traffic, hit the curb and guttering and roll up side down in a ditch.

    Before we were hit by the drunk driver I could hear a car reving behind us and I looked at the car’s side mirror and on top of the mirror of the car and I saw a “cigarette smoke” figure of a person which I thought was an angel just for a few seconds before we were hit. People were amazed that we were not killed. I am very sure it was an angel.

    I believe there are angels who protect us.

    • Lynette Pratt, yes angels do protect us. Four examples in my life:

      1. Just several days ago, I was in a truck with someone, and this lady just swerved into us. It was a moving truck, huge; you couldn’t miss it. It was also white, and it was daytime. She had a small white car. The way she swerved, if the driver hadn’t slowed down, she would have broadsided him. She never slowed down; she literally had not seen us.

      2. A few months ago, I was going to an important meeting and was in an Uber and already late. With the Uber very clearly in view, this guy in a large SUV suddenly decides to T-bone the driver of the Uber… but somehow, and if I didn’t know about angelic assistance, I would never have stopped ‘worrying over’ that, the SUV missed though his SUV seemed to go through the front of the car I was in as if it disappeared. Again, he somehow hadn’t seen the Uber right in front of him.

      3. I crashed my own car many years back. I went into a tree at 70mph and didn’t have my seatbelt on. I was sure I was at least going to the hospital (I had time to think it all through as time slowed down); but the crash felt very ‘padded’. I had not one scratch or bruise or mark on me. My heart beat didn’t even change. I knew without any doubt that an angel had rescued me. The car, however, was crumpled because trees don’t budge.

      4. I used to walk through a bad neighborhood on the way to work everyday. People warned me that the neighborhood was bad, dangerous, scary– that people got beaten up, killed, etc. They told me not to go through it. I kept going because a.) it was the shortest route and b.) I sensed no danger going through there. One day, after I walked through the neighborhood on my way home, I stopped and asked God why everyone said it was such a bad neighborhood but that no one had even so much as LOOKED at me. In my spirit, I knew the answer, but I had to hear it from Him (when He says something, it is instantly fresh and new truth even if you already knew it). He immediately told me that the neighborhood was indeed dangerous and that the only reason no one had accosted or assaulted me was because He was protecting me. He then gave me this passage: “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” (Ps. 34:7).

  6. Yes there are several instances mentioned in Scripture where we see Yahoshua interacting with Israel. Just recently we have been reading in Genesis of four such interactions between Yahoshua and Yacob, including Yacob being renamed Israel. We must not forget neither Father or Son are subject to time and space like we are.

    • Would you believe if someone told you that the Father had come into time and space, ‘stepped out of eternity’, Himself to meet with them? I know someone who says that this has happened to them at least three clear times, and I believe they are sincere. I haven’t heard of this happening in the Bible– you only see Jesus and the Holy Spirit coming down into time and space– but I believe anything is possible, especially in these last days when things are coming to a complete close.

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