Jericho and Babylon

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Now our brothers and sisters in Zion are preaching the gospel fervently in their given circumstances: students at school, employees at work, soldiers in the army, housewives in their neighborhoods. As we preach so eagerly, God has weakened the power of Babylon. These days, even those who have been in Babylon for a long time now seek the true faith according to the Bible and receive the truth. This is the current trend in the gospel.

Babylon is to fall as prophesied in the Bible. Babylon’s fall can be likened to the fall of Jericho in the days of Joshua. It was the work of God that the fortified walls of Jericho fell down flat before the Israelites. Since all the people of Israel obeyed the word of God, they were able to destroy Jericho and obtain the land of Canaan flowing with milk and honey.

Now we are living in the prophetic age when Babylon is falling down. All of us should shout and preach. When we boldly proclaim the glory of Father and Mother and tell the good news of salvation to all people around the world, Babylon will fall according to the prophecy and the kingdom of God will come soon.

Babylon the Great which is fallen, and Jericho

2,000 years ago, Apostle John saw a vision of what would take place in the future on the island of Patmos, and prophesied about the destruction of Babylon the Great.

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. . . . She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!’”Rev 18:1-10

Babylon, which is so great and strong that no one dares look down on, is finally falling since God’s judgment has come upon her. The scene where Babylon is falling is just like the scene where Jericho fell down in ancient Israel. The city of Jericho, which stood before the Israelites, fell down helplessly before the power of God.

Everything that occurred in the past is a shadow of what is to come. In the past history of the Old Testament as a shadow, the great city Jericho fell down. This is closely related to the destruction of Babylon the Great. Comparing Jericho with Babylon, let’s think about what kind of faith God’s people should have in this age.

. . . 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 trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.”Jos 6:1-5

On the way to the entrance to the land of Canaan, the barrier that the Israelites encountered first was a strong fortress, Jericho. Without conquering the fortress, they couldn’t attain the land of Canaan flowing with milk and honey. It was a mountain they had to get over and a process they had to pass.

Then God showed them how to conquer Jericho easily, and all the people obeyed what He said.

On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the city! . . .” When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. When the people marched around the city seven times, Joshua said it was time to get ready and commanded the people, “Shout!” Then the people shouted with one mind. At that moment, something unbelievable happened before their very eyes. God made the walls of Jericho fall down and gave the people victory as He had promised them.Jos 6:15-20

Babylon is fallen when all of us shout together

The history of victory gained through shouting is also found in the days of Gideon. Just as there was a shouting from the people when they conquered the city of Jericho, so there was a loud shout when Gideon’s 300 warriors defeated a large army of Midianites.

During that night the LORD said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. . . .” So Gideon . . . Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside. “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon.’ ” Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!” While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled . . . Israelites from Naphtali, Asher and all Manasseh were called out, and they pursued the Midianites.Jdg 7:9-23

Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen.Jdg 8:10

Here we can see an amazing scene where Israel defeated 135,000 Mdianites with a small army of 300 men. They didn’t fight with swords or spears or any other destructive weapons, but just shouted in the still of the night, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!” Their shouting threw them into fear and confusion. At the same time, the trumpet blast sounded here and there, jars were smashed and torches appeared. Then the enemies were so startled and confused that they mistook one another for their enemies and started killing each other. Over 120,000 Midianites were killed that night, and only 15,000 Minianite men were barely left alive.

There was such a loud shout whenever God’s amazing work occurred. When Jericho was conquered and when the Israelites were delivered from the oppression of Midian, God let them defeat the enemies through shouting. It is the same when Babylon is fallen. God has prepared a loud shout to destroy Babylon.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. . . . 2 Ti 4:1-5

Preaching the Word is the mission given to us in this age. We should shout out loud to the world, “Come to God and receive salvation!” When we all shout the good news of God’s salvation together, Babylon will fall down in an instant.

God told us to shout altogether. Since God commanded us to shout, we shouldn’t remain silent, should we? When we shout, God gives us victory. Jericho didn’t move at all until the Israelites marched around it six times. It was when they shouted that Jericho fell down. If they had failed to believe God’s word and collapsed midway even after marching around Jericho seven times, they would have been neither able to see the miracle nor obtain Canaan, the promised land flowing with milk and honey. However, they all shouted with one voice, believing the word of God. Then God’s amazing work occurred.

Our promised land is the spiritual Canaan, that is, the kingdom of heaven. Before the eternal heavenly kingdom comes, we should shout the gospel more loudly to the world, so that Babylon will be completely destroyed as God pre-ordained her to be. God said, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.” When we shout this voice of God altogether to the people who are held captive in Babylon, all people on the earth will return to where God dwells and God’s saving grace will come upon them.

Salvation granted by God Elohim, the Spirit and the Bride

The Bible tells us that God will come to this earth a second time to bring salvation to His beloved people (Heb 9:27-28). In order to bring us to salvation, God has given us the Bible.

. . . But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.2 Ti 3:12-15

The Bible is an instrument that God uses when He comes to save us. Through the Bible, we should correctly hear the voice of God Elohim and follow Them fully as Their children.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.Rev 22:17

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.Rev 22:18-19

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come! Whoever wishes, let him come and take the free gift of the water of life.” No one else but God can give us the water of life. In the light of the Trinity, the Spirit is God the Father. Then, who is the Bride of God the Father?

God the Holy Spirit is God the Father, and the Bride is God the Mother. So, in order to receive salvation, we should come to the place where God our Father and God our Mother call us to. This is the map and guidance of the Bible that gives us the wisdom leading to salvation.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.Ge 1:26-27

God the Creator Himself said, “Let us . . .” And the Bible clearly tells us that man was created in the image of God, not the image of an angel or a spiritual being in heaven.

Man was made in the image of God, and as a result male and female were created. This implies that there must exist the male image of God and the female image of God as well—the male God and the female God. Many people try to interpret it differently, but it is an undeniable fact. This is clearly recorded in the Bible, but nevertheless Babylon has tried to make all kinds of efforts to conceal this fact. Recently our Church has been featured in mass media under the title “Those Who Believe in God the Mother” and the glory of Heavenly Mother has shone brightly on the whole world. At this Satan is surprised.

Proclaim the salvation of God who dwells in Zion

We can never enter the kingdom of God if we add anything to the words of the Bible or take words away from it. We need to accept everything God has taught us through the Bible just as it is, and should run without hesitation to the place where the Spirit and the Bride call us to. The Bible tells us that God the Father and God the Mother dwell in Zion in these last days.

Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, . . . There the LORD will be our Mighty One. . . . For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.Isa 33:20-22

Zion, where God dwells with us, is a place in which God’s appointed feasts are celebrated. God has given us an invitation for all people around the world. This is the invitation: Please come to Zion quickly where God the Father and God the Mother dwell!

Let’s deliver this invitation to all people diligently with one mind. God said that in due time He would give all His people an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them.

“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: . . . I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.’”Eze 11:16-20

When Jericho was destroyed, God gave the Israelites an undivided mind to shout together. In this age, too, God gives His people an undivided heart. As prophesied, all the people of Zion, regardless of age and gender, are now preaching the gospel with an undivided mind, and many people receive the truth and return to God.

Now is the time to arise and blow the trumpet of the gospel. As all the people of Israel had to shout in front of the fortress of Jericho, so the people of Zion should all shout before Babylon. This is our historic mission. The fall of Jericho was brought about through the shouting of the Israelites according to God’s promise. Likewise, the fulfillment of God’s last prophecy needs shouting just before Babylon is fallen. Brothers and sisters in Zion! I earnestly hope that all of you will receive abundant blessings from God by shouting the goods news of salvation loudly to Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

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