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A Time of Revelation

Posted by Roger Hendricks on

In the story of the Israelites who are led by Joshua to the Victory side of the Jordan … we see that before Joshua and the people can experience the victories that are to come in the remainder of the book, they not only needed to restore commands of God, they needed to have a personal encounter with God.  And we see that is exactly what happens with Joshua as they march toward their next battle. They truly needed … A Time of Revelation!

When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”

“Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”

At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”

The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told. Joshua 5:13-15 NLT

Sometimes we ask the wrong question … Is the LORD on our side?  The better question is … Are we on the LORD’s Side?  Or even more personally … Am I on the LORD’s Side?

In a scene very similar to Moses experiencing God’s revelation in a holy moment with a burning bush … Joshua has this incredible holy moment with this man standing in front of him with a Sword in hand … possibly like the graphic we had on stage during this message series!  Now some have wondered if this being that Joshua has an experience with is the preexistent Christ.  Others have said it is simply an angelic being.  Regardless, this is truly a holy moment that God breaks through to get Joshua’s attention that victory comes only from above!  

You see we can’t simply be content to learn from the historic past, or dream of a victorious future, but we must allow enough time in our lives and in our schedule to allow God to break through so that we can receive a Time of Revelation from Above.  Not simply to be content to look back or to look forward, but also to look up!