Jubilee from the Walls of Jericho to Wall Street

A powerful prophecy of the fall of Mystery Babylon is hidden within the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho. It is the prophecy of Jubilee. This is an excerpt from my newly released book Run with the Vision

First let’s sing this well known Negro spiritual:

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
Jericho, Jericho,
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho,
When the walls come tumblin’ down

You may talk about the men of Gideon
You may talk about the men of Saul
But there’s none like good old Joshua
At the battle of Jericho

 

Up to the walls of Jericho
With the sword drawn in his hand
“Go blow them horns” cried Joshua
“The battle is in my hands”

 

 

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
Jericho, Jericho,
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho,
When the walls come tumblin’ down…

The song was written by slaves in the early 19th century and first recorded to disc by Harrod’s Jubilee Singers on the Paramount Records label. Later recordings of this song were made by Paul Robeson, Mahalia Jackson and Elvis Presley. The words not only celebrated a historical battle, but had a hidden meaning, looking forward to the coming freedom of the blacks from slavery.

Like the song, the battle of Jericho itself has a hidden meaning, looking forward to coming freedom. Jericho was the first battle of the Hebrews in their conquest of Canaan. It was a battle of supernatural victory. It was a very strange battle, with a strange battle plan. It wasn’t really about fighting at all. It was more about trusting and obeying God’s commands. For six days the people marched around the city, silently. On the seventh day the people marched around the city seven times. Then they gave a shout and a blast on trumpets. These trumpets were known as “JUBILEE”.

Jubilee is when slaves go free and come into their inheritance.

The battle of Jericho is a parable or archetype of “spiritual” warfare. The tale of the Hebrews marching around Jericho, blowing trumpets and then the city walls tumbling down in an earthquake point to some fantastic event in the future. The battle of Jericho is a prophetic foreshadowing of the fall of Mystery Babylon in our modern age.

The identification of the battle of Jericho as a Jubilee and its prophetic implications have been hidden from modern readers by a the mistranslation of ‘jubilee’ as ‘ram’s horn’. The priests carried יובל at the front of the war procession. This is not the word for a ram’s horn. It is literally the word Hebrew word JUBILEE. It’s the same word used in Leviticus 25 where the people are commanded to proclaim “release” throughout the land. In all other instances it is always translated Jubilee, not trumpet or ram’s horn:

Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. (Lev. 25:10)

Once a day for six consecutive days all the armed men and seven priests silently marched around the city carrying the ‘Jubilee’:

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry יובל (literally, JUBILEE) in front of the ark.

On the seventh day the people circled the city seven times. This the priests “blasted the Jubilee”. When they sounded a long blast of Jubilee all the people gave a loud shout. The wall of the city collapsed. The people arose and every man walked straight into the city, which was easily conquered.

The Gold, Silver, Brass and Iron: Symbols of Babylon
The armed men were commanded that upon entering Jericho that they were not to take anything for their personal gain. Everything in Jericho was to be destroyed, except the precious metals which were dedicated to the Lord.

But all the silver and gold and articles of bronze and iron are holy to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD (Joshua 6:19, NAS)

All the “gold, silver, bronze and iron” went into God’s treasury. These treasures of Jericho are the same metals the Bible identifies with Babylon and the subsequent beast empires of Nebuchadezzar’s dream:

Before the king stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.

Jubilee was the first year of living in the land in debt-free prosperity
The battle of Jericho was the first of many successful battles in which the conquering tribes took possession of the land. The initial phase of warfare lasted seven years. When victorious, the people had rest from years of warfare. They had possession of the “promised land”, which was divided up by lot among all the people. Every family was given a plot sufficient for its needs. They ate the fruit of the land without working. They did not have to sow crops, but ate the spoils of war. They were the victors. They consumed what the enemy had worked to produce. Next year they would work and plant the fields and vineyards. The people were free from oligarchical overlords. They were debt free.

The Year of Jubilee was established to both celebrate and preserve this condition when the victorious tribes first experienced liberty.