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On The Road To Jericho

Angels are spirit beings, but as often recorded in the Bible, they can also appear, or be, physical. It was two angels that the perverts of Sodom mistook as men (Genesis 19:1,5), and throughout Bible History angels sometimes appeared as humans - whether the people who they appeared to realized that they were angels, or not. It's possible that some of us, perhaps all of us, at one time or another, have seen angels without realizing that they were angels - that's what the Bible says (see the Fact Finder question below).

Joshua's Encounter On The Road To Jericho

Angel Not long after the Israelites' crossing of the Jordan River into their physical promised land, Joshua, who had succeeded Moses as the leader of Israel, encountered a man with a drawn sword. Rather than sending a subordinate, Joshua, a true leader, approached the man himself, ready to talk with him, or to kill him - Joshua left it up to the man. The man then identified himself as also being a commander, an angel commander, a "captain of the host of The Lord" (see also God's Marines):

"And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?"

"And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of The Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?"

"And the captain of The Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so." (Joshua 5:13-15 KJV)

The reason for the angel stating that Joshua was at that moment standing on holy ground was then made evident - The Lord spoke to Joshua and gave him the instructions for the taking of Jericho:

The Fall Of Jericho

"Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in."

"And The Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. 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 seven trumpets of rams' horns [see The Ram's Horn]: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests [see Levites] 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."

"And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up The Ark Of The Covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of The Lord." (Joshua 6:1-6 KJV)

Fact Finder: Does the Bible say "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" (KJV)?
Hebrews 13:2


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