WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER?

 

HOW DOES IT APPLY FOR US TODAY?

 

WHY HAVE WE NOT LEARNT ABOUT THIS CROSSING?

 

WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL PARALLEL OF THE PHYSICAL CROSSING?

 

FOR THE AMAZING NEW KNOWLEDGE ON THIS SUBJECT READ ON.

 

As we have seen before, the exodus from Egypt is a type of our spiritual calling and coming out of the world. Crossing of the Red Sea is a type of our baptism.

 

Once the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, the Promised Land was available, this is a type of receiving the Holy Spirit of power, and eternal life is available.

 

The Spirit of promise or earnest of the spirit will enable us to understand Godís word, grow in grace and knowledge, overcome, believe God, and obey, have faith and love. Just as God gave the Israelites all they needed physically to journey to the shores of the Jordan, so when God gives the Holy Spirit of promise, we are given all we need spiritually to journey to the shores of the Jordan.

 

The wandering through the wilderness for 40 years is a type of our lives as we have the day to day trials and tests.  God tests us as long as He chooses to see if our heart is right and if we believe Him and are prepared to obey Him.

 

Deu 8:2  And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

 

We see quite plainly by the above scripture why God had the Israelites wander for 40 years.  Now we must apply that to us, once we are baptised we are to wander for a period known only to God, for what purpose? To  humble us, to prove us, to know what is in our heart, whether we would keep His commandments or not.

This could take many many years, this is up to God. During this time of wandering, God fed the Israelites on manna, this is a soft food and is a type of receiving the milk of the word. The people were not ready for strong meat. So it is with us, we have only had the milk until now. The food of the Promised Land {eternal life} is available once we accept the knowledge of eternal life and cross the Jordan River.

 

Jos 5:12  Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.

 

The manna was food from God just as the teachings, until this time, have been from Mr. Armstrong, which have been inspired by God.

 

Once we show God that we want the Promised Land, that we want the Holy Spirit and God is as sure as He can be, that we will believe and obey Him, He brings us to the shores of the Jordan River.

 

An extremely important factor at this point is that we BELIEVE GOD, this is stated over and over again through the scriptures, and it is vitally important that we believe God, if we want eternal life. Without belief we cannot enter the Promised Land.

 

Notice what happened when the spies were sent into the Promised Land to spy it out...

 

Num 13:1  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 13:2  "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."

Num 13:3  So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.

Num 13:4  Now these were their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur;

Num 13:5  from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori;

Num 13:6  from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh;

Num 13:7  from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph;

Num 13:8  from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun;

Num 13:9  from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu;

Num 13:10  from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi;

Num 13:11  from the tribe of Joseph, that is, from the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi;

Num 13:12  from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli;

Num 13:13  from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael;

Num 13:14  from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi;

Num 13:15  from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

Num 13:16  These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua.

 

Num 13:23  Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs.

 

Num 13:25  And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

Num 13:26  Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

Num 13:27  Then they told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

Num 13:28  Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.

Num 13:29  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan."

 

Num 13:31  But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we."

Num 13:32  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

Num 13:33  There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."


The spies brought back a bad report of the Promised Land, they did not want it.
We must be like Joshua and Caleb, and bring back a good report of the Promised Land, they wanted to enter the Promised Land, do we?  Today if we want to enter the Promised Land we must accept the new knowledge which is being restored to the end time church, this is the knowledge of eternal life.  We must accept it, love it, believe it, obey it, if we want to have eternal life.

 

Notice the wonderful attitude that Caleb and Joshua had in the following verses.

 

Num 13:30  Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."

 

Num 14:7  and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.

Num 14:8  If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.'

Num 14:9  Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."

 

Num 14:30  Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.


Now notice the rebellious and stiffnecked attitude of the Israelites, when confronted with the truth, they couldn't handle it so they wanted to return to Egypt.  They wanted to
go back to the ways of the world.

 

Num 14:4  So they said to one another, "Let us select a leader and return to Egypt."

 

This rejection of the Promised Land has again happened to Godís Church, as we have seen recently so many that once believed and followed God, turned back and returned to Egypt, like a dog going back to its vomit.


Are we going to have a bad report about the Promised Land and return to Egypt or are we going to be like Joshua and Caleb, and be full of courage and strength and march on into the Promised Land.

 

As mentioned above, for us today it is the acceptance of the knowledge of the truth which represents the Promised Land, it is the knowledge of eternal life, we must accept it or be like the Israelites and reject the wonderful opportunity God is giving us.

 

Jos 14:7  I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.

Jos 14:8  Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

Jos 14:9  So Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.'

 

God is extremely careful when He gives the Holy Spirit of power {or truth} because once we have it, there are severe penalties if we fall away from the truth.

 

Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,

Heb 6:5  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

Heb 6:6  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

 

This scripture tells us it is impossible to renew us again unto repentance seeing we crucify to ourselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to open shame.

 

In Joshua Chapter 1 we read that Joshua was told three times by God to be strong and courageous. This is then repeated again only this time the Israelites told Joshua to be strong and courageous in verse 18. To continue our journey into the Promised Land requires those attributes.

 

We must make our calling and election sure.

 

2Pe 1:10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

 

Note also:

 

Mat 7:13  "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

Mat 7:14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

Jos 3:3  and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.

Jos 3:4  Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before."

 

The Israelites were told to follow the Ark of the Covenant {which was carried by the Priests} because they did not know the way to go. This is a type of Godís word leading His people.

 

Psa 119:105  Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

 

They would be lost if they did not follow the Ark.
We will be lost if we donít follow God, where ever He leads.

 

Notice the following scripture carefully:

 

Jos 3:4  Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before."

 

The Israelites had not entered the Promised Land before, so it is with Godís people today, they have not been given access to the knowledge of eternal life before.  God must show us, we must be willing to follow God where He leads us.

 

Once Joshua reached the shores of the Jordan River an amazing event occurred.  Notice the amazing knowledge regarding the Father.
As we have seen in our other articles, the Father led the Israelites out of Egypt.  Then after the golden calf incident He said He would no longer be in their midst and He sent Christ to go with them. Exod. 33 v 3.  Christ then led them through the wilderness.  When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, they entered the Promised Land, this is a type of eternal life, once we accept and believe the knowledge of eternal life, then God the Father comes into our midst again.  When we have the Holy Spirit of power, we then belong to the Father and Christ. 
When we are baptised we receive the earnest of the spirit, but when we believe and accept the knowledge of eternal life, then when the Father decides, He gives us the Holy Spirit of power or truth, which is eternal life inherent. 
Now look at the amazing scripture regarding the Father coming in the midst of the Israelites after they cross the Jordan.........  you shall know that the living God is among you...

 

Jos 3:8  You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.' "

Jos 3:9  So Joshua said to the children of Israel, "Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God."

Jos 3:10  And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:

Jos 3:11  Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.

 

These verses say that the Priests and the Israelites could not cross the Jordan till they heard the words of God described in Josh 4 v 10. The Priests and the Israelites had to hear what the Lord had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. If we want to receive Godís Holy Spirit and enter the Promised Land, and receive eternal life, we must hear and accept the knowledge of eternal life.

 

Jos 3:13  And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap."

Jos 3:14  So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,

Jos 3:15  and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest),

Jos 3:16  that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

 

When the Priests, who carried the ark of the covenant stood in the water of the Jordan, the water was cut off and the priests stood on dry land while the Israelites crossed over. This is a type of the word of God going to Godís called out ones and the Promised Land being available, but there comes a time when the Word of God will not be easily found.

 

Amo 8:11  "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD.

 

There will be a famine of hearing the Word of God, this is represented by the waters closing after all the people had crossed the Jordan.

 

Jos 4:18  And it came to pass, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet touched the dry land, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks as before.

 

Just as the path to the Promised Land was cut off, so will Godís word be cut off in the near future.

 

Isa 55:6  Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

 

God will not wait forever, while we procrastinate, while we allow the cares of this world to come before our bible study, prayer and meditation. Either we serve God or we donít.

 

Once the people crossed over the Jordan they entered the Promised Land. This is a type of us receiving the Holy Spirit of power and receiving eternal life.

 

As was stated previously, in another article, the Crossing of the Red Sea occurred on the end of the 17th Abib, start of the 18th Abib, and the sea parted all that night until dawn on the morning of the 18th.

 

But the people crossed the Jordan River on the 10th Abib.

 

Jos 4:19  Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.

 

This is a type of the selection of the lambs for the Passover sacrifice. These lambs were chosen from the flocks on the 10th Abib.

 

Exo 12:3  Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.

 

They are to be without any faults or blemishes.

 

Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

Exo 12:6  Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.

 

The lambs are to be kept till the 14th of Abib. Which is the day these lambs are sacrificed for the Passover. As the lambs are to be without fault and blemish so are the firstfruits of God to be without fault.

 

Rev 14:5  And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

 

In Joshua 5 v 2-8 we see that the Israelites were circumcised, this physical act is a type of a spiritual condition which we must have.

 

Jos 5:2  At that time the LORD said to Joshua, "Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time."

Jos 5:3  So Joshua made flint knives for himself, and circumcised the sons of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.

Jos 5:4  And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Egypt.

Jos 5:5  For all the people who came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness, on the way as they came out of Egypt, had not been circumcised.

Jos 5:6  For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD to whom the LORD swore that He would not show them the land which the LORD had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, "a land flowing with milk and honey."

Jos 5:7  Then Joshua circumcised their sons whom He raised up in their place; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.

Jos 5:8  So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed.

 

Today circumcision is of the heart.

 

Rom 2:29  but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

 

We need to have a heart led by the Spirit of God then our praises won't come from man but God.

 

The following scripture shows some very amazing events.

 

Jos 5:10  Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho.

Jos 5:11  And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day.

Jos 5:12  Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.

 

Firstly we see the Israelites keep the Passover, followed by the first celebration of the Wave Sheaf.  Verse 11 this was spoken of in Lev:

 

Lev 23:10  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.

Lev 23:11  He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.

 

This was not to be kept until the Israelites entered the Promised Land. This is a type of how Godís people will keep the Wave Sheaf when they accept the knowledge of eternal life, receive the Holy Spirit of power and eternal life.

Now notice this carefully, look at this astounding truth. It is no coincidence that the Wave Sheaf in the year 2001 is on the exact same day as the 1st one that Joshua kept after going into the Promised Land.

 

Jos 5:11  And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day.

 

The 1st Wave Sheaf that Joshua kept was a forerunner of the 1st Wave Sheaf that Godís end time people are going to keep when they accept the knowledge of eternal life for the 1st time.

 

This event has happened because God has restored the truth of eternal life to His church, and those who accept this knowledge will hear and obey. The gates of hell will not prevail against Godís church.

 

Jos 5:12  Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.

 

Once the children entered the Promised Land we see that the manna ceased, this is because up until then they had been fed on milk, but now they were ready for food of eternal life, solid food, meat in due season.

 

This is a type of Godís people, we have only had milk until now, if we accept the knowledge of eternal life, we are ready for the meat of the word which is the knowledge of eternal life.

 

Heb 5:14  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

Solid food is for the mature.
Now notice this astounding scripture.

 

Isa 28:9  "Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those  weaned from milk? Those  drawn from the breasts?

 

That is so clear, if we are mature, if we are ready for meat, God will reveal it to us. But we must want it. We must want the Promised Land like Joshua and Caleb. We must seek it like a pearl of great price.

 

Once we receive the Holy Spirit of power, we have eternal life inherent, but we must endure till the end and continue to grow and overcome as before.

 

The period of examination for faults and blemishes of the lambs, as was mentioned above, is a type of a final testing and proving, of the lambs.  It is the same for Godís chosen ones, we have to be tested to determine if we will continue to believe God and obey Him and remain faithful under extreme testing.

 

This could be in a form of persecution and rejection from our own families, friends and fellow brethren. {Matt 24 v 9-13} {Acts 26 v 10}. This will be the most severe testing that anyone has ever been through, it will make our previous trials and tests seem like a picnic. This will be extremely hard. Consider Abraham, he had to have the knife raised in the air to slay his very own son, before God said now I know that you fear Me.

 

Gen 22:2  Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."

 

Gen 22:10  And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

Gen 22:11  But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am."

Gen 22:12  And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

 

Almost all the apostles were persecuted and put to death for their beliefs {Acts 7 v 52-60} 2 Cor 11 v 23. This is not going to be easy, what lies ahead, in this final examination for blemishes and faults of the lambs.

 

Consider the following scriptures:

 

Eph 5:27  that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

 

We must be refined in the fire and washed with fullerís soap.

 

Mal 3:2  "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire And like launderers' soap.

Mal 3:3  He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.

 

The bride must make herself ready.

 

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."

 

And also notice that those with Christ are called, chosen {elect} and faithful.

 

Rev 17:14  These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."  

 

Christ was the Lamb of God.

 

Joh 1:29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

 

We are Christís lambs.

 

Joh 21:15  So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs."

 

Notice in Joshua 4 v 13 that there were 40,000 men equipped for war, who crossed the Jordan River. This is a type of how it will be a difficult battle for us, once we have eternal life.  As stated above this is the period of final testing. We must put on the armour of God and prepare for battle.

 

Eph 6:13  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Eph 6:15  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

 

As we have seen most plainly at this point, if we accept the precious truth God has made known in these last days, we are called.  If we are baptised and wish to accept the knowledge of eternal life, once we have Godís Holy Spirit of power, we are chosen. What remains to be decided is will we endure until the end and prove faithful. Remember the called chosen and faithful are with Christ at the time of the end.

 

Rev 17:14  These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."

Email.. Jim and Peta McGinn