There was a Jewish kid called Trouble. Barely 20 years and an orphan. His dad Carmi has died in the desert. He had sons and daughters not quite fourth graders.
Carmi the senior worshiped a golden Calf in Sinai 40 years before this tragic day with millions of idolaters. So when Trouble’s greed for gold bars and silver coins and worldly stuff brought him down, he would follow the footsteps of old dad to the grave. He looted from a land called The Ruins. The land had gold and silver in plenty. It was rife also in magic and the occult. Half human occupied Ruins. Mission: Wipe out the nephilim. Take the land!
His tribesmen along with another 11 tribes fought hard. But their asses were handed to them on a platter. The people were confused. Why did this happen? Defeat is not to be had when the God of the universe is with you every step of the way.
Then God spoke to the leader.
But it was the Babylonian devoted thing that got Trouble tracked down to his tent. God did not care about the material loot but the occult figurine did Achan in. An idol that got Ruins wealth is a form of Mammon. No one may serve two masters. You will end up choosing and hate on the other master. God has no equal. He is jealous of our love.
Ai means Ruins.
Here is all of the story.
Joshua 7:24 Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the mantle, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his donkeys, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them up to the valley of Achor.
Here is the reason for such a complete judgement.
Achan is the name.
Hebrew word עֲכָר (‘akhar) meaning “trouble”. In the Old Testament, Achan is stoned to death because he steals forbidden items during the assault on Jericho.
There is an at risk kid on the block whose name is already “Trouble”. We lose this insight to this tragedy due to a foreign language translation.
He could have been watched more closely than the average kid by Joshua and Caleb. Carmi his dad died in Zin. There are no elders left in his family. Joshua and Caleb are the only two men above 20 years old at that juncture.
This passage has been misapplied by many preachers. Disobedience is bad. But if you stole a nuclear code that could endanger the earth, so to speak, you just got yourself a mark on your back as the Trouble who is a global liability.
God knows everything.
Achan’s case is unique. His action derailed the objective of the whole mission of the clearing of the half human inhabitants and it is illustrated in the urgency of this critique. The Amorites were an early nephilim tribe back in Genesis 17. The epic was titled The War of the Kings. Shiner was the site of the Tower of Babel. Siddim is the valley of the Dead Sea 🌊
1In those days Amraphel king of Shinar,a Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim 2went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).
3The latter five came as allies to the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Seab ). 4For twelve years they had been subject to Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5In the fourteenth year, Chedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El-paran, which is near the desert. 7Then they turned back to invade En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who lived in Hazazon-tamar.
8Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and arrayed for battle in the Valley of Siddim 9against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five.
Many generations later, the children of Israel had to learn a lesson the hard way. They did not have the Bible. They passed on learned lessons by word of mouth. Do not spare a nephilim hybrid.
So we today have even a higher responsibility and the judgement is gonna be a hundred times more severe.
Joshua 7:13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, There is a devoted thing in the midst of you, Israel; you can not stand before your enemies, until you take away the devoted thing from among you.
The concept is demonstrated in our Lord’s saying. He is the Word of YHVH.
Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me. He who doesn’t gather with me scatters.
Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the devoted thing; for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the devoted thing: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against the children of Israel.
Achan’s custody of the organic teraphim (organic material inside) is a spiritual disaster for all the tribes. Not just Judah. His family also did not understand the issue at hand. Now we see the connection to Shinar. It was there that Nimrod the first world ruler built Babylon.
Organic paraphernalia contained the genetic material of the nephilim. Early correctional measures could possibly avert this tragedy. He came also with those who crossed the Jordan. He would be barely 20 years old. He was circumcised (Ch. 5) before fighting the nephilim troops.
The fathers of the children who crossed Jordan were afraid. Due to their fear and gossip mongering, they were rejected for the Promised Land. Their children were fearless warriors except one. That was Trouble.
God thinks, shall we start on a clean slate without an idolater?
Luke 12:48 but he who didn’t know, and did things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. To whoever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom they deposit much, of him will they ask more.
For the greater good and for protecting the innocent lives,
Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having your two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.
The lesson of Archan better applies to homes that provide a haven for idols. If that home cannot stand against evil assaults, kids turning to trans and dope and sicknesses bring high medical bills then Joshua 7 is the page turner with the help of the Ruwach haEmet.
Churches today that host idols (Rome) will go to ruin. Are celebrities in churches also idols?
Churches that host satan listen to the Letter to Pergamom in Revelation 2. Churches that host witchcraft like yoga listen to the Letter to Thyatira after Pergamom.
The age of grace got a few months left.