Why was the period of the wilderness wandering framed by two miraculous water crossings, and both of them at Pesah? Why was the Lord's provision for His people in that period also miraculous, and so unique? Like the Apostle Paul was given to write, it's an example to us and it's for our instruction! I've still got plenty of questions about these things but I have more satisfying answers than before!
When Israel had served out their sentence in the wilderness, fully 40 years had passed since their departure from Egypt. The time had come for Joshua to lead them into the promised land. As it was when they passed over from Egypt into the wilderness, a significant body of water had to be crossed. Read the following account in the same way I encouraged the reading of the exodus in Part 1, as a passage made through a space-time portal with both water and the number 12 signaling time.
12 Now then, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe. 13 It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will stand in one heap.” 14 So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), 16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17 Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan. ~ Joshua 3:12-17
The water signals time and the Jordan is a river of time. Israel's trip across the dry riverbed was from one bank of the river of time to the other. The crossing pictures a trip from one spacial dimension to another without getting wet, without being touched or influenced by time. The concept isn't exactly novel, as “going over Jordan,” means to many folks, “going to heaven.” (See lyrics of popular gospel/folk song, Wayfaring Stranger)
You're somewhat familiar with David Flynn's book, Temple at the Center of Time, right? It's well documented that time-distance arcs as ripples in time may be drawn from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, with the point of origin being precisely where the ark of the covenant would have rested, and perhaps still does. (D-Day - June 6 - Portent of a Coming Invasion) We believe the center of time or origin of the flow is the ark itself, which represents the presence of the Most High God and Lord of time. The ark is stationary when it's at rest on the Temple mount, obviously. When it is moved about it's no less the center of time. Consider the role it played in the crossing of the Jordan. When the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water there was an immediate and dramatic response. It was with the soles of their feet that they grounded the ark to the earth. Think of how like poles of two bar magnets repel each other. It's like the waters of the Jordan as a river of time were divided by the ark as a polarity matching source of the flow of time (which is perhaps torroidal in geometric form). The action of the ark at the Jordan pictures the crossing of two streams of time.
The name, Jordan, means “their descent,” which I've written about with respect to the descent of the life of man into corruption that ends in the death of the flesh. The Jordan river is an allegorical representation of the life of man, from birth to death. John baptized in the Jordan, and the baptism symbolism of passing though death to eternal life is profound. There is a time element to it because this life of the flesh flows as metered through time.
I'm going to present a collection of scriptures that may inspire you to receive more insight into these things. Alongside this, I want to present the Jordan as the time construct itself that is fit for this age.
Time is a servant construct, appointed for this age to serve the sovereign Lord's purposes. Something different from what we've known as this continuum applies in other ages and realms.
I believe there is a perspective from which, Jordan, as “their descent,” references the descent of the Watchers upon Mount Hermon. It was there that they descended in the days of Jared, whose name means, descent, or, to descend. and it is there that we find the headwaters for the Jordan.
1. And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. 2. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.' 3. And Semjâzâ, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' 4. And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' 5. Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. 6. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. ~ Enoch 6:1-6
The Jordan, that symbolic river of life and river of time, originates and flows down from where the rebel angels descended. Their “stream” polluted man entirely, morally and genetically, and those Watchers have been held accountable for making necessary the great purging flood of Noah's day. Water-time wars.
The headwaters have long been and still are linked to idolatry.
Consider the testimony recorded in Matthew 16 about that area.
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ. ~ Matthew 16:13-20
Peter, little stone. (Note: stone, rock and water.) The gates of Hades is connected to the flow of water at Banias, or, Paneas in the district of Caesarea Philippi, near the headwaters that flow also into Philia Lake (Berekhat Ram or Lake Ram) at a higher elevation. The Temple of Pan is at Paneas or Pania, which was central to his worship. Pan is one of many alias identities of the Devil.
Consider also the worship of false gods at the headwaters of the Jordan with respect to the tribe of Dan.
“Jordan = Jor + Dan = down from + Dan. Obviously the river was never called the Jordan until after Joshua died and Dan moved to Laish. At the foot of Mount Hermon, the Karst spring cave from which the Jordan River has its source is the largest in the Middle east with a yearly output of over 240 million cubic meters of water. It is absolutely pure, fast flowing and like a mountain stream, "makes your teeth crack" from being deliciously ice cold (15.5 degrees C). The headwaters of the Jordan start less than 100 meters from the pagan Danite temple which Jeroboam inherited from the grandson of Moses.” (The Jordan River - Down from Dan)
Here's what Jacob prophesied over his son Dan in a very significant deathbed context. (The prophecy given about his son, Judah, functions as a celestial-terrestrial foundation, a time marker that rigidly fixes the prophetic calendar in these last days.)
16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls backward. ~ Genesis 49:16-17
The Jor-Dan River winds through the valley like a serpent in the path. The path of a winding river pictures a serpent, and rivers and serpents are time symbols. The Jor-Dan has Mount Hermon as its source, and straight away it's polluted by idolatry. That time stream of the life of the corrupted flesh has a limit. It ends in the Salt Sea that is most commonly known as the Dead Sea. The life of the flesh and time itself will end as the age appointed for this servant construct runs its full course.
With all that background, when Israel passed over the Jordan in obedience with the priests bearing the ark, two streams crossed, one pure and one polluted. They're not mixed and Israel passes without contamination. These streams also represent time, time streams, rivers or time lines. They're kind of in one time zone on one bank of the river, and then in another on the other.
The ark carried by the priests quite literally represented the presence of the Lord who is the Lord of time, which we see from a later account. The cherubim are those in gold above the mercy seat.
4 So the people sent to Shiloh, and from there they carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts who sits above the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5 As the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded. 6 When the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp. 7 The Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. ~ 1 Samuel 4:4-7
The ark is like the throne of the Most High God, and out from there flows a river.
1 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. ~ Revelation 22:1-2
The river of the water of life is similar to a river of time but different in some significant way from what we experience in this present realm as a continuum. Note the number 12, with 12 kinds of fruit being yielded in connection with the month of the year, a marking off of units of time. The tree of life is on either side of the river, which is to say, as above or spanning across all time.
Where is the ark?
18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. ~ Revelation 11:18-19
There will be seen a temple and an ark of His covenant in His temple. When? At the right time, at the appointed time when the temple in Heaven is opened. Those are the models for those that were built in this temporal realm. There is a kind of quantum entanglement, a principle of co-identification and synchronization in the modeling and patterning. Where is the intersection in this time-space of that ark seen in God's heavenly temple? It's hidden according to the Lord's purposes, like with the garden of Eden as access is denied by the angelic guards. Will the ark carried across the Jordan have a further role in these last days? Ron Wyatt was convinced that it would. We also believe it will, to play a key role in major transitional operations.
When we consider how the ark has to do with time we have to consider what was put into the ark, and why. The tablets of stone given to Moses on the mount were placed inside it. God wrote upon them with his own finger. A jar of manna was placed inside, which did not spoil. Aaron's rod that budded was also put inside. These were for a memorial and a testimony. The ark is what we call a time capsule! Things are put inside time capsules to persist them through time as a testimony of the past. Time capsules are usually unearthed and subsequently opened in a public ceremony on a designated anniversary. The ark is just such a time capsule, but on what anniversary shall it be unearthed and opened? Who has been able to open it and see the contents, except some were struck dead for doing just that? That very special time capsule awaits the appointed time. The time is near! Whether the manna and rod remain inside with the tablets or not, it is what the Lord intends, Who assures that not one jot or tittle of all that has been foretold will fail.
More to follow, Lord willing!