The River of Life. Knowing what to hold on to, and what to let go. Being washed from the things that detain and entertain us away from our Heavenly calling and our inheritance of Eternal life and all that entails in the here and now. A huge price was paid at the cross for us to have some things.
The name Mt Hermon comes from the complicated verb חרם (haram), meaning to designate someone to one the two possible ways the afterlife can be experienced. (Presumably life or death).
Let’s look at how God embedded His gospel message to us into the landscape using Mt Hermon, the River Jordan, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, for the Hebrews of those who have “crossed over” to the other side, being one of the those two choices.
The river Jordan flows from Mount Hermon delivering the waters with two choices that make up the Jordan River.
The name; Jordan comes from the Hebrew ירדן Yarden, meaning “to go down”, relating to the Jordan River flowing from the snow melted waters of Mt Hermon, that goes through the land of Israel and side skirts Jerusalem. The Jordan river is the water source for The Sea of Galilee and has its final destination in the Dead Sea, which is ironically the lowest elevation on planet Earth.
We see here embedded in the Land and the Hebrew language, the preservation of the progression and the purpose of the gospel. To offer to humanity one of two choices, life or death.
Only the Creator could do this in such a way, and have all the coinsiding terms embedded into the landscape. This is amazing!
You can see the Jordan River flows from Mount Hermon into the Dead Sea as one the two, and last options, the one with least resistance, and is the default conclusion for those who did not respond to the other option of life.
For the option other than the Dead Sea, one must go down into the river Jordan (for to go down is its name) to be washed and come out clean from the debris of life, the head waters, and all the obstacles picked up along the way. The common the for that today is baptism. This is a picture of baptism, as the other choice, other than the Dead Sea.
It was the Hebrews, a word meaning; those who have crossed over (presumably to life as the other option), who chose to cross through the waters, to be washed from the certain death and all its entanglements that destine them for the Dead Sea.
Cross-over, correlates to the word; baptism. Baptism simply means to be washed from death to walk in newness of life as taught by Paul in the book of Romans.
It was with Moses successor, being Joshua, a name that means; the saving one who saves (savior), and a deliverer as one who leads us into the promise land after our being washed from the certain death.
The name Joshua is from the Hebrew name Yeshua translated into the New Testament name Jesus. So Jesus means Joshua, from Yeshua, meaning; one who saves and delivers, and Joshua is the one who brought the Hebrews out of death, symbolized by them crossing the river Jordan.
They were baptised through the Jordan River to be cleansed from the old ways that lead to death, to be washed from that death, to cross over to Eternal life, to be free to go on into their inheritance in the promise land, the land where the promises of God have their fufillment.
So that we don’t get the idea that we need to move to Israel to have this new life, the writer of the book of Hebrews, put it like this “8 For if [b]Joshua had given them rest (in the land after dividing it among them), then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
Showing us that these are all just pictures of invisible realities in the spirit, made physical and walked out in a carnal way for our learning and a deeper understanding of the invisible things that are contained in the gospel.
It is these pictures previous generations had to pass on the gospel message, however today we have Gods Holy writ call the gospel and scripture to convey these invisible realities.
The gospel message promises eternal living to those who have their old nature with all its baggage, to trade it in by unloading it into the Jordan river, through the process called Baptism, to come up to walk in newness of life.
This pictures the resurrection whereby Jesus Christ crossed over death first for us on the cross, being our crossover from death to life, so that now being washed clean, we can walk in a new life of the spirit.
This is why we profess at our baptism, our crossover, to bury our old self, and recieve our new self that’s guided now not by fear or guilt, but by the gift of Gods Holy Spirit that is in us.
If you remember, it was when John the Baptist baptised Jesus, the Heavenly Father said for the first time since Adam sinned “this is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. And because we associated with Christ’s cross as our crossover to newness of life, when we go to the Father He says, this is My Beloved in whom I am well pleased. Because we associated with Christ’s death for a new life, we get the Father too. To be “in Christ” is the washing and regeneration of Gods Holy Spirit called Eternal Life. Our Heavenly Father now only sees His Son in us. Thats what it means to be “in Christ”.
Now let’s look at walking in the promise land.
The true Israel of God according to scripture is Gods only Begotten Son as defined here in Exodus 4.22. where God says “Israel is My Firstborn Son”. That Christ after the cross is the true Israel and promise land of God, and not the twelve tribes or a piece of land on earth. They too, like the pictures you are seeing here today, are just pictures of Gods neet reality for us of life in the spirit, just underneath carnal perseptions, that we use to understand God and the Eternal giftings better.
Yeshua or Jesus as commonly known today, is that promised land we are to participate in now. As the new covenant concurres that “all the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ” the true promised land associated with “The Kingdom of God at hand” and not some silly pilgrimage on planet Earth. These pictures described here work just fine.
To be “in Christ” is to be “in the promise land” of spirit and truth. The land and the things shown here only symbolize and demonstrate in picture form, of the invisible realities and promises of God in the Spirit, for those who are born of the spirit to thereby grow in understanding. This is spiritual food.
(Please read John chapter 3 for better understanding of this)
Just as a side note: the names Joshua and Jesus originate from the same Hebrew name “Yeshua”. The Hebrew language does not have a “J” sound. The old testament Joshua and Yeshua were just a picture of Gods Son who leads us into the land. That’s why they have the same name.
For this reason Joshua had to baptize the generation after Moses who had not been baptized through the Red Sea.
For us, the river Jordan represents a timeline for the gospel that goes through earthen Israel first. Like Paul said “to the Jew first, then also to the gentiles. Not that the Jews are regarded as better, but showing us the wrong way to do it. It is not a physical matter, but a spiritual one that requires faith. The old way couldn’t produce that. Hence “the new and living way” brought to us “in Christ”.
And as Paul said to the Jews of his time saying “since you have judged yourself unworthy for the gospel, we are taking it to the Gentiles”, as the next place in the progression of the gospel. Like the Jordan River goes to the sea of Galilee, symbolizing the gentiles, and all nations.
Galilee means nations and is synonymous with the gentiles and is really quite fitting given that the original promise to Abraham was that “in you all the nations (means nations, gentiles and Galilee) of the earth shall be blessed. And that is where the Jordan River flows, into Galilee and not to Jerusalem. It only side skirts Jerusalem.
People were leaving Jerusalem to be baptized by John the Baptist through they Jordan. Scripture says of these who departed Jerusalem because they doubted their legitimacy”And they will hear it”.
For this testimony we can confirm in the book of The Revelation where “every tribe, nation and tongue were present worshiping the Lamb. No nation was regarded over another or they would have been lifted up in that account, but they weren’t.
This is why John the Baptist at the river Jordan, spoke to the Jews and said “who hath warned you to flee from the coming wrath of God?” Showing us that they knew it was time to disassociate from that Jerusalem the Jews and their places and practices.
That is why the River Jordan side skirts Israel, even to this day. They have to be saved in the same fashion as anyone else as just another Nation. Even as Paul taught in Galatians “26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ (the land of promises when you come up out of the water) have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Just as Joshua baptised in the Jordan and with the time of the Jews being over, at the time of Christ all were coming out of Jerusalem, going to John the Baptist who said “who has warned you to flee from the wrath of God”. They knew that they had to make a break with Jerusalem because of her pending doom, from the abominations taking place in her at the time of her fulfillment (another word for “expiration” as also used for the dead. As also confirmed by scripture “all the law and the prophets were up untill John the Baptist. Now the Kingdom is preached and all are entering”.
Those who came out of that Jerusalem, went back to the beginning of the gospel we see imaged in Joshua/Jesus for Baptism through the Jordan River for repentance unto salvation and newness of life like Joshua first showed the 12 tribes, after the botched attempt with Moses, who could only gander the promises from Mt Nebo right before his body died. Ironically “Nebo” means; spokesperson and prophet, because that is only as far as the old testament takes you, on an overview. But they having the promises, never claimed the reality the promises describe. And why didn’t they claim them? Because they would not do so by faith. But like it says in Hebrews, we who do believe have entered.
Those who fled Jerusalem in the time of Christ, recognized it as an image but not the very fulfillment. That is why they were baptized by John, aligned with Joshua. Just as he provided a do-over after Moses. They wanted one too. For us, we have a new and living way made clear in the New Covenant, Testament and contract of God.
So you can cross over, or recieve the other option of life signified from Mt Herndon of the two ways offered, that makes its final deposit into the dead sea, or sea of the dead, of those who failed to cross over into “The land of promise” and our Savior.
Another snap shot of the crossover was with Moses being baptised by being put in a basket to go through the marsh to be rescued and adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter.
But probably more ironic than that is the meaning of the word “Hebrews” itself means “crossed over” as those who have crossed over. So we know those who associated with being Hebrew, identified as those who have crossed over, like we do if you understand the ceremonial step to go down in the water (any water) to wash off the old. Just like the Ethiopian in the Book of Acts. So what we know of baptism in our day, has been around since the beginning.