Deuteronomy – Deu 27:1-8 Going Over Jordan and Building an Altar on Ebal

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Deu 27:1-8 Going Over Jordan and Building an Altar on Ebal

[Study Aired September 3, 2021]

Deu 27:1  And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day.
Deu 27:2  And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister:
Deu 27:3  And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee.
Deu 27:4  Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordanthat ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.
Deu 27:5  And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.
Deu 27:6  Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God:
Deu 27:7  And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God.
Deu 27:8  And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Last week we covered these verses and how we are the stones which are brought up out of the waters that are ‘descending’ into the dead sea, which is the definition of the name “Jordan”. This study will now focus on the subject of us now going over Jordan and building an altar upon Ebal, from where the cursings are pronounced.

Deu 11:29  And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

Exo 20:22  And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
Exo 20:23  Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
Exo 20:24  An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
Exo 20:25  And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
Exo 20:26  Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

A peace offering was made on the altar which was built of unhewn stones and plastered together on mount Ebal, where the curses were announced by the six tribes selected to announce the curses.

Deu 27:13  And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

These shall stand upon the mountain of cursing, the bald rock to curse, Behold a son (Rueben), the seventh son (Gad), happy (Asher), exalted (Zebulun), a judge (Dan), my wrestling (Naphtali). What comes from these seven definitions is the truth of Revelation 12, a son who will rule all nations with a rod of iron.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

“Behold this son, the seventh son, happy, exalted, a judge, my wrestling” against all powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high, is brought forth to announce the cursing upon all who:

“Behold this son”, who is “my wrestling” against all the powers and principalities that have ruled the heavens of mankind from the beginning, is “exalted” and “happy” to know “judgment”, the completion of the work of Christ-the seventh. He will be used by God as a pillar upon the great rock of cursing, a typification of the throne on which He sits.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

This exalted son is us in Jesus Christ, the completion of the seven churches which brought forth the man child Who is used by God to pronounce judgment upon all the world. We are brought up out of the ‘descending’ river that has taken all of mankind to the lake of fire, typified by the river Jordan. We are taken out of the river and white washed by being burned in the fire of the word of God. Each stone is burnt until it is white, and then it is plastered with plaster to hold it together.

Plaster is a substance that is made from lime, sand and water. When these are mixed together and heated they become as hard as rocks and are used to hold together the twelve stones taken from the descending waters of the Jordan. This plaster represents the Word of God and how that Word holds us together as the elected kings and priests of God.

Col 1:16  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV)

As the literal stones were held together by plaster, so we are held together by the Word, Who was flesh and dwelt among us.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Word becoming flesh and becoming as one of us, walking in sinful flesh but not committing sin, is the truth that holds us together. Everything which the curses curse are what is in us, in our flesh. The sacrifices made on the altar are made to have peace with God because of what Christ, the Word, is doing within us. What Christ is doing within us is continually making plaster, continuing to hold us together by the revealed word of His Father which comes from His mouth. Every time we are together we are being united more and more, held together by the heating of the plaster, the word of God. Jesus Christ is the Head of that altar, for He is the first to rise from the river Jordan.

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Mat 3:13  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mat 3:14  But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mat 3:15  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Mat 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Jesus came from Galilee, which we learned in last week’s study means (G1056) “the heathen circle” TO THE JORDAN, which we also learned means (H3383) “descender”. When you put these two together you understand that Jesus’ flesh was as our flesh and descended from the heathen circle of Adam. This tells us that He understands all to which we are enslaved in the flesh and that He and He alone can deliver us through the words of His Father. He was the first to rise from the spiritual descending river and be made a living sacrifice for all our sins. We, who are the body of Christ, must also rise from the descending river that flows to the lake of fire and be sacrificed for the sins of the rest of mankind. We must confess that it is Christ with Whom the Father is well pleased, not us. Unless we are in Christ, we are not in the Father. To be in Christ is to know that you, as an individual do not exist and that you do not have a will independent from Him Who rules all things.

Oba 1:21  And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Mat 3:17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

There are twelve stones in this altar erected on Mount Ebal, from which the six tribes pronounce the curses. These curses are pronounced upon all of Israel, and Israel is a type and figure of the world. When announcing the blessings upon Abram, it was told to Him that his seed should be as the stars of the sky, innumerable for the amount, meaning the world. This blessing, which was given to Abram, was also a type and figure of the true blessing that would be in Christ. All the world would be saved in the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the pronouncement of the blessing upon Abram, we come to know that the world will be saved from eternal death.

Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Then Abram was told that his seed would descend into a land which was not theirs; that the nation in which they were enslaved would be judged and that they would be slaves for 400 years.

Gen 15:13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

This four hundred years is 4x10x10=400, which teaches us that this time of slavery of all of mankind would be until the whole (the meaning of the number four) of the flesh would come to its completion, which is after the thousand years are over and all of flesh is put down, which is the end of death. (See study on the number 4 and number 10 here and here respectively.)

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, [The bringing in of religion again that exalts the man, because when he was bound at the beginning of the thousand years, all flesh was forced to worship God only (see Rev 20:1-3.)]
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog [These two nations represent all flesh], to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

These twelve stones represent the 144,000 who God will use to pronounce the judgment of all flesh, and death and “Hades” will be cast into “Gehenna” fire. It is death, because all flesh will be gone, and Hades because the 144,000 have gotten the victory over the mark of the beast. They have come through the fiery judgments in this age, the fire of Hades.

Rev 7:4  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel [These are those who have been called and chosen to come out of her (Rev 18:4)].

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

There are twelve stones in the altar, and they represent all of mankind. Only six tribes announce the curse, but the other six will announce the blessing when all of mankind is saved from eternal death, on mount Gerizim, H1630 – “cuttings off”. It is in the death of all flesh that the descending waters of the great dragon are cut off and the blessing of all of mankind are announced.

Deu 11:29  And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

Rev 12:15  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

2Co 11:12  But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

When the announcement of the salvation of all of mankind is spoken, it will put all the twelve tribes together as one. There will be no separations between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, no valley between them, for the valley shall be filled. There will be no gulf fixed between the two, between Lazarus (Mt Gerizim) and the rich man (Mt Ebal – Luk 16:26). After the twelve tribes come together, there will be a complete sentence describing the tribes.

Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

The first six tribes announcing the curses: “behold this son, the seventh son, happy, exalted, a judge, my wrestling”.

The next six tribes that announce the blessings: “hearing” – Simeon H8095, “joined to”- Levi H3878, “celebrated”- Judah-H3063, “he will bring a reward” – Issachar – H3485, “Jehovah has added” – Joseph H3130, “son of the right hand” – Benjamin” H1144.

Put them together and you have:

This proclamation is given at the crossing into the promised land, when all Israel, all of mankind, will see Christ, “Behold this Son, the Seventh Son, happy, exalted, a Judge, my wrestling, hearing, joined to celebtrated, He will bring a reward which Jehovah has added: The Son of The Right Hand”, which is a type and figure of the entire world being redeemed. It is the time where Christ is seen as the salvation of all of mankind and the time when God the Father is seen as the All in all.

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end [the true crossing of the Jordan], when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death [no more flesh].
1Co 15:27  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

We are coming out of the waters of the great descender now in this age, so that we can be made into the altar of the LORD for the rest of mankind. We can pronounce the curse in this age, and when all is subdued to Christ, then all of the rest of Israel will be able to announce the blessing. That blessing is that the curses have been cut off, and we are complete in Christ as our Head. It is then we are as a whole body, the entire of humanity will say together:

“Behold this Son, The Seventh Son, happy, exalted, A Judge, my wrestling, hearing, joined to, celebrated, He will bring a reward that Jehovah has added: The Son of The Right Hand.”

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