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The blood covenant with Jericho/Babylon

Dec 28, 2018

In Joshua 6 we read of the battle of Jericho, where the walls (and its gates) were destroyed when Israel took the city. After the battle, we read in Joshua 6:26,

26 Then Joshua made them take an oath at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord is the man who rises up and builds this city Jericho; with the loss of his first-born he shall lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son he shall set up its gates.”

The phrase “the loss of” is italicized in the NASB, because it was added by the translators. The Hebrew text does not actually say it, but the translators believed that this was how to understand it. I assumed the same until today, so I will say more about this shortly.

This prophetic curse was actually fulfilled more than 600 years later in the time of King Ahab. We read in 1 Kings 16:33, 34,

33 And Ahab also made the Asherah. Thus Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his days Hiel the Bethelite built Jericho; he laid its foundation with the loss of Abiram his first-born and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which He spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.

We are also told earlier (vs. 32) that King Ahab built an altar to Baal in Samaria. The flow of the biblical text shows that the altar in Samaria and the walls of Jericho were both “evil” things occurring in the days of King Ahab. The altar in Samaria was an altar to Baal, who required human sacrifice, and it appears that Hiel the Bethelite also sacrificed his own sons to dedicate the walls and gates of Jericho.

In other words, the two sons of Hiel the Bethelite did not just drop dead back at the homestead when he laid the foundations of the walls and gates. It appears that he sacrificed his children, a common practice in those days (and today, too, unfortunately). The possibility of interpreting these passages in this way is supported by John D. Davis in his A Dictionary of the Bible. He writes on page 309,

Hi’el [probably, God liveth]

A native of Bethel, who, in Ahab’s reign, fortified Jericho, bringing down on himself the fulfillment of Joshua’s imprecation. His oldest son died, perhaps was sacrificed, when the foundation of the city was laid, and his youngest son when the gates were set up [1 Kin. xvi. 34 with Josh. vi. 26).

Hiel was from Bethel, “house of God,” which had been transformed into a religious center where the people worshiped one of the golden calves (1 Kings 12:28, 29). We are not told directly whether or not Hiel was a priest in Bethel, but it is clear that this is a prophetic story. For this reason, it has significance for us today.

Jericho and Babylon

To understand the big picture, we must recall that Jericho was a type of Babylon. In other words, the battle of Jericho prophesied of a greater battle yet to come, when our own Joshua (Yeshua, or Jesus) brings us into the Promised Land. In the original battle, the people marched around the city for six days blowing trumpets (Joshua 6:4, 7), and on the seventh day they marched around it seven times (Joshua 6:15). At the end of the seventh trip, the people shouted and the priests blew a long continuous blast (Joshua 6:5, 16). Then the walls collapsed (Joshua 6:20).

The “trumpets” in this case are not silver trumpets but shofars, or “rams’ horns.”  Further, the text literally reads in Joshua 6:4, “the priests shall blow the yobel,” that is, the Jubilee. The silver trumpet was blown on the feast of Trumpets (71), while the shofar was blown nine days later on the Jubilee (7/10).

Two Jerichos

In chapter 2 of book 7 of Dr. Luke: Healing the Breaches, I wrote about the two Jerichos. When Jesus was on his final journey to Jerusalem, He healed the blind man named Bar-Timaeus as He drew near to Jericho (Luke 18:35). But Mark 10:46 seems to contradict this, telling us that the blind man was healed “as He was going out from Jericho.”

The solution to this dilemma is in the fact that there were two Jerichos.

“The Old Testament site of Tell es-Sultan is in the distance and is the city Joshua destroyed. In Jesus’ day a new center had been constructed on the wadi banks in the foreground by the Hasmonean rulers and Herod the Great.”


Luke was telling us that Jesus healed the blind man while He was leaving the ancient city of Jericho, the city that Joshua had conquered. Mark tells us that the blind man was begging along the road as Jesus approached New Jericho a mile up the road. Bar-Timaeus was sitting by the road between the two cities.

Bar-Timaeus was healed, and he began to follow Jesus, testifying of the power of God all the way to Jerusalem. It should have been obvious that Jesus was the Messiah, but instead, the power-hungry priests killed him, blackmailing Pontius Pilate into doing their dirty work.

Two Prophetic Jerichos

The original Jericho was destroyed by Joshua, who put a curse upon anyone who would rebuild the city, its walls, and its gates. As we said, 600 years later Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt the city, dedicating it with a blood covenant by sacrificing his own children.

If the original Jericho is like Babylon, then the rebuilt city of Jericho is like Mystery Babylon. It is not really the same city, but it is a prophetic reconstruction of the old city. Those who built Mystery Babylon have come under Joshua’s curse, because Jericho is Babylon from the standpoint of prophecy. New Jericho is a parallel to Mystery Babylon.

As I have written many times before, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was the reconstruction of Babylon, known as Mystery Babylon. When the founders met on Jekyll Island in 1910 to write and plan the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, they deliberately did so in a room over the very site of an old altar of human sacrifice. Here is the story how this fact was discovered:


So we may conclude that the founders of the Federal Reserve Act played the role of Hiel the Bethelite in rebuilding Mystery Babylon. Not being believers in Christ (though perhaps many were church members), they invoked a blood covenant which would spiritually empower Mystery Babylon to rule in the final century (the Laodicean Age of Church captivity).

The Blood Covenant Overruled

Yesterday, December 27, 2018, I discovered these connections after being called into the divine court to deal with an ancient “blood covenant,” empowering two high-level evil spirits. I cast them out to the feet of Jesus without really knowing what I was dealing with.

In praying about it, God revealed that this blood covenant had taken place in Israel during the Divided Kingdom (from Solomon to the fall of Samaria).

In praying further about it this afternoon, I recalled that earlier in the day yesterday the thought had crossed my mind—unrelated to anything—that the dedication of Jericho might have involved human sacrifice, rather than just a death in the family. I was busy with other things, so I soon forgot about it. Then in the evening came the divine court session dealing with a “blood covenant” of some sort.

Today, as I searched the biblical account of the history between Solomon and the fall of Samaria, I came across the story of Hiel the Bethelite. Upon inquiry, the Lord confirmed that this was the blood covenant that I had dealt with last evening, and as I studied it further, I began to understand its significance.

Realize that this was a progressive revelation. I had not put any of this together at the time, and I learned what it was about only after spending some time searching the Scriptures prayerfully. In fact, it was not until I sat down to write this account that I remembered the story of Jekyl Island. Even then, I probably would not have remembered it, except that God had led a reader to email me the link that I just posted, where the man tells how he learned about the ancient altar of human sacrifice under the very room where the Federal Reserve Act had been written by high-level bankers.

I am always amazed at how God uses multiple witnesses to give input into important revelations. When He does this, it is clear that He is guiding all of us to learn some hidden truth. So this is the truth for the day.

I conclude that the blood covenant empowering the Federal Reserve Act has now been broken and covered by the blood of Christ. Two evil spirits have been dispatched, leaving the Fed defenseless against Joshua’s army. It makes me wonder how soon the Fed will be nationalized.

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Blog Author: Dr. Stephen Jones