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Jericho is a town in Palestine, on the West Bank, north of the Dead Sea. According to the Bible, Jericho was a Canaanite city destroyed by the Israelites after they crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land.
 
Jericho Walls
Joshua 6:20
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Psalm 18:29
For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

Psalm 27:1-6
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will  I be confident. One thing  have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hebrews 11:30
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Jericho walls are people who stand between you the your promised land. They oppose you at every turn because they internally realize that they have forfeited their promised land because they clung to their sins instead of God and were summarily evicted from the promises of God. 

Out of anger, bitterness and resentment do Jericho wall-like mentalities afflict you because they want what you have, but are not willing to pay the price of sacrifice and obedience to the Word and will of the Lord to obtain the blessings of the Lord. 

Instead they would prefer to hijack your blessings or to housesit in your house while you are at home, or to siphon from the storehouse of the anointing that God has placed within you. 

Jericho walls simply do not want to live holy, they only want to appear to be holy; a diabolical mental corruption with sin as its foundation. In other words, they want the blessings that a holy house affords them but they don't want to pay the mortgage, just live free without paying the cost.

If living has taught us anything at all it is that nothing is free except salvation. But once you receive the gift of salvation you then must take up your cross and follow Jesus. Jesus was crucified even as we must be crucified in our flesh in preparation to be used by God. 

Even when you steal and think you have gotten away with it because neither the victim nor the police caught you, there is still a price to be paid. It's called the seed factor. Whatever you do whether right or wrong, good or evil the choices you make today become the seeds you sow into your future. 

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" (Galatians 6:7-8).

So it behooves us to be not careless in the seeds that we plant into the fertile ground of our lives, for they will, without fail, come to harvest, and God holds the scythe in his all-knowing hands; our recompense will be bound and delivered right to the front door of our lives. Oops, I didn't realize that it would come back on me like that! It's called the learning curve; a graphic representation of progress in learning measured against the time required to achieve mastery. 

King Ahab and Queen Jezebel comes to mind at this point:

"So the king (Ahab) died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria. And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armor  according unto the word of the LORD which he spake." 

Ahab probably had a feeling that this would be has last fight. He tried to hide his identity in the battle to no avail. Nevertheless, a stray arrow killed Ahab. The wayward king Ahab died at sunset. Ahab could not see the end of all the immoral choices he had made, which brought him to his fatal end. According to the Word of the Lord his time in this life came to a horrible end. 
(1 Kings 22:29-40). Ahab's son, Ahaziah was also evil in the sight of the Lord and his death was prophesied by Elijah. 

"And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? Therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken" (2 Kings 1:16-17). 

"And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel"(2 Kings 9:33-37).

Typically experience teaches us what we should and should not do because we don't like the consequences that come along with bad behavior. We, like children, tend to change our ways in the face of God's punishments, or with some child adults, whose sins have so hardened their hearts that they become chronically spiritually unrehabilitatable.

When the children of Israel had crossed the Jordan River and came to the fortified and closed city of Jericho they obeyed the Word of the Lord, and suddenly the wall came tumbling down. 

Rahab had heard about the God of Israel. "And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath" (Joshua 2:9-11).

Jericho was a Canaanite city and God was determined to destroy the Canaanites from off the face of the whole earth; because of their gross sins against the Lord they were to be evicted from their place. 

But Israel failed to obey the Lord who instructed them to kill all the Canaanites, but instead Israel made leagues with some and some they put under tribute, leaving Israel to live among and be vexed by the people that God had specifically appointed for total destruction. 

Eventually, Israel began to worship the gods of the Canaanite nation, thereby bringing down the wrath of God atop their heads, which eventually led them back into exile and captivity. The ten tribes of Israel were taken into Assyrian exile (2 Kings 17:20-23) and the two tribes of Judah into Babylonian captivity (2 Kings 25:8-12). 

Disobedience to God's Word will always lead to exile and captivity of some sort or another. We often find ourselves caught up in circumstances and situations that bedevil us because of scrambled minded thinking that invades our minds that have become warped minds because we attempt to live our lives void of the wisdom and guidance of God, the knower of all things. 

This is the God who knows every thought and deed of every man/woman on the face of the whole earth simultaneously, both past, present and future. This is why our enemies cannot get past his arms of protection surrounding us from their assaults; God sees them coming afar off and has prepared a recompense on their behalf. 

If we must endure suffering at the hands of our enemies it is because we have, often times, unbeknownst to us, been accepted into Hellology 101, God's unique class, where he teaches us about the ways the devil and his disciples, and how to overcome the untempered demonic assault against our spiritual walk with the Lord.

Through disobedience the Israelites went back into what God had delivered them from; captivity. They had achieved the blessings of the Promised Land, but lost it all. As with some of our worst enemies who knew God somewhere in their past, but because of disobedience to his Word and his will for their lives, they lost their blessings and their relationship with God. 

No one but Satan would take them in, who fathered them and taught them about the very depths of evil, and this evil is turned on every obedient child of God. Having chosen the wrong father they have lost their ability to employ reason, thereby, they are left to stumble around in the darkness of their mind, inhaling sin like it was an aphrodisiac; but it is instead, the destructive force of evil incarnate, the end being eternal damnation.

Jericho wall people seek to obstruct the will of God for our lives, but that is an impossibility. All that they can collectively do is bring about their own untimely destruction like king Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Jericho wallpeople are truly at war with their Creator, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. It is therefore a no win situation for the unfaithful children of God. 

The whole world and everything therein belongs to the Lord, consequently we all own him praise, honor and obedience. For where can we go where he is not? Nowhere, not ever! It is a silly thing to fight against God. Somehow or another our enemies tend to forget, or choose to ignore the fact that God is in us by way of the Holy Spirit, and that it is with God himself whom they have unwittingly began an unwinnable war on their part. 

"Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace" (Luke 14:31-32).  

The inner rage of Jericho wall people is indirectly targeted at God through abusing his obedient children, because they do not want to repent of their sins and humble themselves before God. It's just that simple! Arrogance will escort the disobedient, rebellious, and backslidden Ahabs and Jezebels directly into the dilapidated court of "king" Satan where their recompense, the seeds of their harvest, the fires of an eternal hell awaits as their inauspicious arrival.

"And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 25:30).
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