Summary: The Last Trumpet is about the Sound. The Shout is about to break forth! Get ready to go straight up into the city of God for the walls of Jericho; that block our path to victory are coming down forever!
Get Out of Jericho!
Sunday, August 14, 2011 AM
By Pastor James May
Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
Joshua 6:2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor.
Joshua 6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
Joshua 6:4 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.
Joshua 6:5 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 morning I want to bring you a message for these last days that the Spirit has shown me through this Old Testament story of Jericho.
Jericho stood as a barrier to the Promised Land. It was the first great stronghold of the enemy that was intent on keeping God’s people from obtaining the promises of God. It’s walls were built to withstand anything that an enemy could throw against them. If you will notice the graphic that is displayed you will see that the wall was actually a double-walled construction. The outer wall was made of a retaining wall that kept the earthen fill in place and created a wide area of ground. It was on this area that many of the homes were built including that of Rahab.
The outer edge of brick extended above the retaining wall and all of it together measured from 32 to 41 feet in height. Then, after crossing the ground there was a secondary wall which was far greater and a more formidable obstacle than the outer wall. This wall was made of brick, stone and mortar and at its base, it was 46 feet above ground level, then extended upward from there. It was at 6 feet thick and even more in some places. The people of Jericho had built their city to stand forever.
Those who lived inside these walls were steeped in idolatry; living in constant fear of attack, but for many years had felt safe and invincible behind their great walls. The city remained well stocked with food and water and was prepared for long sieges if an enemy were to threaten.
The important thing to notice here is that in spite of their great walls of protection and in spite of their great number of mighty men of valor, the people of Jericho were cowering in fear, shut up inside their own city and afraid to venture forth. They had heard of the great and awesome power of the God of Israel. Word had spread far and wide about the God of Israel that dried up the waters of the Red Sea; destroyed the entire war machine of the Egyptian Empire in a single battle; led the Jews through the wilderness by a cloud and pillar of fire; had brought earthquakes, fire and caused thunder and lightning upon the mountains to signify his presence.