The Battle of Jericho in the book of Joshua is, (among other things) a prophetic precursor to the 7 Trumpets of Revelation 8 and 9.
One of the joys and benefits of reading Revelation is the knowledge that every symbolic and prophetic mystery is interpreted elsewhere in the bible! It becomes a bit of a treasure hunt (one that I’m still on) to see where each Revelation event is referenced or modeled in previous scripture.
God Doesn’t Keep Secrets
Amos 3:7 clearly states that God will not do anything unless he first reveals it to his prophets (and by proxy, to the people who read the prophetic writings), and the 7 Trumpets are no different.
Careful reading will show that a pretty clear prophetic model of the so-called “Trumpet Judgements” can be seen in the conquest of the Promised Land in the book of Joshua. Specifically the Battle of Jericho. Let’s look at the Jericho narrative and do a comparison.
In Genesis 12, God promised Abraham that the land he would send him to would be an eternal inheritance to his family. God also said that this family would fall under the unjust dominion of a demonically powered government for 400 years. After which, they would claim the land promised to them.
As prophesied, the Children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt until the events of Exodus freed them. After a few decades of adventure and drama, the Israelites finally arrived at the border of the Promised Land, but there was a stronghold that had to be destroyed before they could enter the land.
That stronghold was the walled and heavily fortified city of Jericho. The walls were impenetrable, and as long as they stood, the city could not be taken.
Joshua sent in two spies to gather intel about the city, but if you read the passage, the only thing they accomplished was to get the harlot Rahab out of the city before the destruction. Not incidentally, Rahab was the great, great, grandmother of King David. Which means she is in the direct genealogy of Jesus.
God then commanded the Israelite army to do a series of strange acts. He told them to march around the city once per day in total silence for six days. On the 7th day, they were to march around the wall seven times, then give a great shout, while the priests blow 7 Trumpets(!). At which point the walls fell and the city was taken.
So how do these events parallel the 7 Trumpets of the Tribulation in Revelation?
Two Sets of Squatters
The Battle of Jericho – The land that rightfully and lawfully belonged to Israel was under siege by evil usurpers who occupied the land for centuries.
The Tribulation – The world that rightfully and legally belongs to Jesus is under siege by evil usurpers who have rules the earth for millennia.
The Salvation of Two Gentile “Brides”
The Battle of Jericho – Before the destruction and sacking of Jericho, two “witnesses” help Rahab escape. Since she was not a Jew but in the Messianic line, it would be fair to see her as a model of a Royal “Gentile Bride”.
The Tribulation – Before the Tribulation, the Church, who is the Gentile Bride of the Messiah escapes via the Pre-trib Rapture. And before the 7 Trumpets are blown, the remaining believers escape via the Mid-Trib Rapture along with the Two Witnesses.
The Battle is Led by Two Guys Named “Jesus”
The leader of the Israelite campaign against Jericho is Joshua. “Joshua” is the English translation of the Hebrew “Yehoshua”. In Greek, Yehoshua is “Yeshua”. In English, Yeshua is “Jesus”!
Two Strongholds Need to Come Down
The Battle of Jericho – The walled city was the stronghold that stood in the way of the conquest of Israel
The Tribulation – Satan has erected spiritual strongholds that must come down before Jesus can reclaim the earth (we’ll talk about what those spiritual strongholds are in the next post).
The Battle of Jericho – The Israelite army was commanded to march around the walls in silence before the trumpets were to be blown.
The Tribulation – There was silence in Heaven for half an hour before the 7 Trumpets are blown (a certain Bible teacher once said that half an hour of silence proves that there are no women in Heaven. Remeber, these are NOT my words. It’s from another Bible teacher…)
Trumpet Blasts Bring Down Both Walls
After the Priests blow their 7 trumpets, the walls of Jericho fell, and the city was taken. And after the 7 Trumpets of Revelation are blown, Satan’s stronghold over the world will be destroyed (again, I’ll talk about what the spiritual stronghold is in the next post)
In Both Cases, there are Nephilim in the Land
Jericho – In addition to the Canaanite armies, Satan also filled the Promised Land with Nephalim (human/angelic hybrids). In fact, in a recent FBR Podcast, I spoke about the reason that God ordered the armies of Israel to kill every man, woman, and child of certain villages. Its because the inhabitants were not human! There were Nephilim, and had to be exterminated, just like the pre-Flood world.
Tribulation – The world will also be filled with Nephilim. They are referred to as “Beasts of the Earth” in Revelation 6. They will be a part of Satan’s final army.
What’s The Point?
So why did God engineer these parallels, and why did He have the Israelites perform those strange rituals? Couldn’t God have just brought the walls of Jericho down immediately?
Of course He could! But the marching, the silences, and the trumpets were not for God’s benefit, they were for ours!
The Seven-day procedure served as a prophetic mirror and model for the expanded campaign of conquest in Revelation. But instead of just conquering the Land of Israel, Jesus will spearhead the reclamation of the entire Earth!
How Does it Happen, and What are those “Spiritual Walls”?
Spiritually speaking, walls – or more accurately, strongholds, are sets of destructive beliefs we harbor that allow Satan to occupy and lay claim to, and assault our hearts and minds. When it comes to his illegitimate Tribulation government, the spiritual strongholds are the beliefs that the world has about Satan that allows him to rule.
The 7 Trumpets destroy those strongholds by shattering the beliefs that hold Satan’s kingdom together. We’ll explore how that happens in the next post.