The Salt Covenant with Jericho
May 14, 2009
We returned from the Virgin Islands last Friday, and returned from Nebraska last evening. Both trips were successful. In the Islands, our daughter and fiance got married on the beach, both having survived the Triathlon a day earlier. Our entire immediate family was there, all six of our children, along with three of our grandchildren.
In Nebraska, we discovered the prophetic significance (to us, at least) of Elijah healing the waters of Jericho with salt (2 Kings 2:19-22). Having overthrown "Jericho" (or Babylon, i.e., the kingdoms of this world) from 1993-2006, we were called to speak the word of healing and restoration. Of course, we are presently still seeing the results of the overthrow of Jericho, and this is expected to continue for an unknown amount of time. Our present work will not be manifested in the earth until the other has run its course.
The Salt Company, as we knew, represented the salt of Elisha, because "you are the salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13). Salt, therefore, prophetically represents people, and the "Salt Company" in turn represented all those who are the salt of the earth.
Salt also had reference to the Salt Covenant, which is a subset of the New Covenant. The only difference is that one uses salt, whereas the New Covenant was ratified by blood. Blood is salty, I might add, and thus the Salt Covenant is included in the New Covenant. For all practical purposes, they are the same thing.
A Salt Covenant (Num. 18:19; 2 Chron. 13:5) was made when two people exchanged a pinch of salt to put into their salt pouches. It was a covenant of peace/reconciliation, the idea being that this covenant could be broken only if the men could return the salt to the original owner. If they had a meal together, eating each other's salt, then they were bound to be friends forever.
Hence, the use of salt in healing Jericho is a Salt Covenant made with the Kingdoms of this world. It is a Covenant of Peace and Reconciliation that God is making with all families of the earth. This was the original intent in calling Abraham and his seed (Gen. 12:3). Israel failed to bless all families of the earth under the Old Covenant; and the Church likewise put men into bondage under its hierarchy. The overcomers, however, who are characterized by the Love of God, will actually implement the original calling of Abraham and labor to set the earth free into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Essentially, we received revelation about the New Covenant in the discernment process leading up to the formal Decree on Sunday, May 10. Specifically, we were given the New Covenant passage in Hebrews 8 and told to incorporate that into the Decree. The bottom line is that we were to decree on behalf of the Divine Court that God was making a Salt Covenant with "Jericho" (i.e., all the kingdoms of this world). In that it was a New Covenant, it was a one-sided Covenant, where God took upon Himself the responsibility to turn the hearts of the people.
In the Decree, we were led to read Hebrews 8:10-12, but to make one alteration, applying it not only to the House of Israel and Judah but to the world. In essence, it is a prophetic word indicating that all will come to Christ and become citizens of the Kingdom, joining the tribe of Judah (Rom. 2:28, 29). But more than that, all will also grow spiritually until they become overcomers, even as Jacob had to do in the book of Genesis, which is what finally turned him into an overcomer and qualified him to receive the name Israel.
Here is the text of the Decree that we (and you with us) made on behalf of the Divine Court, speaking to the world:
"Father, we come before Your Divine Court under the blood of Jesus Christ. We have come here to make a decree to the world. On behalf of the Divine Court, we decree a New Covenant. We decree . . . (Heb. 8:10-12)
"For this is the covenant that I will make with the world after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."
"We make this decree by the authority given to us by the Word of the Lord saying, 'and in Thy Seed shall all of the kindreds of the earth be blessed'. As the Salt Company, we bless the waters of Jericho and proclaim them to be healed. The Word of the Lord says, 'Be fruitful and bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom'."
In that first Kingdom (under Moses), the House of Israel failed to bring righteousness into the earth, because it was only a Passover-level Kingdom. That Kingdom had entered the land at the time of Passover, because that was its level of faith, having run away at Pentecost in Exodus 19:18-21.
The second Kingdom began in Acts 2 when "Saul" was crowned on the day of Pentecost. Although this was better and more effective than the first Kingdom, it too was flawed by lawlessness and rebellion, even as King Saul's life had prophesied as an Old Testament type. Instead of bringing righteousness into the earth, they taught people the art of lawlessness, and so became a "mixed bag."
It is only in our time, once "Saul" died in 1993 after reigning 40 Jubilee cycles, that the Davidic Kingdom has begun to emerge with a new authority derived from that third feast--Tabernacles. While I do not know how long the initial process will take, I believe that it will succeed where the previous Kingdoms failed.
Dr. Stephen Jones