Renee M (21 Sep 2012)
"The 7th day of Tabernacles and the Battle of Jericho"

Battle of Jericho and the Feast of Tabernacles

On every one of the seven days  of the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests formed in procession, and made the circuit of the altar, singing: “Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!!” (Psalm 118:25). But on the seventh, 'that great day of the feast,' they made the circuit of the altar seven times, remembering how the walls of Jericho had fallen in similar circumstances, and anticipating how, by the direct interposition of God, the walls of heathenism would fall before Jehovah, and the land lie open for His people to go in and possess it.

And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war; and go round about the city once.  Thus shalt thou do SIX DAYS.  And seven priests shall bear before the ark (of the covenant) seven trumpets of ram’s horns: and the SEVENTH DAY ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.  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” (Joshua 6:3-5).

 And they utterly destroyed ALL that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword … And they BURNT the city with FIRE, and ALL that was therein” (Joshua 6:21-24).

The strange thing is that the events of Jericho happened in the Spring, at the Passover festival. So even the Israelites aren’t sure why the do this reenactment of the Battle of Jericho during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Please read Joshua 6 for all the wonderful details concerning how God“miraculously SAVED only “one house” of people out of the Jericho before its destruction.  This heralds the “rapturous event of the righteous” of Christ’s house. “Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and ALL that are with her in her HOUSE” (Joshua 6:16).

Here, it is good to keep Leviticus 23:42-43 in mind. In other words: The Scriptures state that the seven days of the Feast of booths symbolized the forty desert years after the Exodus. But, it is easy to see that the end of that feast’s seventh and last day, the “great” one, obviously symbolized the time when the Israelites’ desert-sojourn came to its end – the time when they crossed over the river Jordan and entered the Promised Land.

So, the seven days of the Feast of booths in themselves pictured the desert years, but the end of the seventh and last day pictured the event in the days of Joshua when the Israelites finally entered the Promised Land. This was also echoed in the temple rituals. It was because of those rituals, and what they symbolized, that the seventh and last day came to be called the great one of the feast.

Did that “last great day” have a forward-looking symbolism of some kind? Literally, it pictured the event in the days of Joshua when the Israelites finally entered the Promised Land. But, let us not forget that in New Testament times, the saints are on our way to a better Land, the one of Hebrews 11:16 – “Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”