Split Sermon given 12 November 2011

The Valley of Achor - A Door of Hope

by Jon Bowles


Turn with me, if you would, to Hosea 1:1. Now, there's been some collusion here, I must admit and that is, I talked to Mr Henderson, I said; "Well, would you like to go ahead and do a split sermon?" And he said; "Well, I've been thinking about doing something on Hosea." I said; "Well, you go ahead and do something on Hosea, and I'll just kind of carry on with it." Because what in fact you have in Hosea is a message to Israel, as it says here:

"The word of the [Eternal] that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam [that's Jeroboam the second] the son of Joash, king of Israel." (Hosea 1:1)

And as has already been done, if you go to Isaiah, you find exactly the same kings of Judah and Jerusalem being mentioned; "The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah."(Isaiah 1:1). But the entire book here, is directed towards Zion in Isaiah. It's directed towards Jerusalem and Judea, it's directed towards the area where the Holy of Holies was. Whereas when you look at Hosea, it's directed towards Israel, which was in the north in the same time frame. The time frame is just before Israel was taken into captivity.

So really, if you're looking at it, Hosea is very much directed to the people outside, largely, whereas when you look at Isaiah, it's directed largely to the people here in the Church. And it's interesting that when you look at it that way, and you look here in Hosea 1:10, you find that, as Mr Henderson was bringing out, it goes right the way through to a time when there is repentance by Israel, and Israel is repentant before God, and Israel is therefore converted by God. As it says here:

"Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered [or measured]; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God." (Hosea 1:10)

Now, you wonder, what's this place? And I asked the question one time, I thought to myself when I was studying Hosea; "What's this place that it says that you are actually told; "...Ye are not my people..." (Hosea 1:10)? When did God actually say to Israel of old; "...Ye are not my people..." (Hosea 1:10)? And there's actually a clue within Hosea 2:14, because notice:

"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her." (Hosea 2:14)

Now this is on the way back. Here is Israel, who has been punished, and is actually coming back into the Promised Land. There's also more in this as well, than just physical Israel; it's not talking just about physical Israel, because who is Christ going to allure? He's going to be alluring the Church, it's spiritual Israel that's being allured; but there's a mixture between the two, Hosea 2:14 says:

"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her [because physical Israel also will be returning back]. And I will give her her vineyards from thence..." (Hosea 2:14-15)

Now, you wonder, is that talking just about physical Israel? Or are we also going have places to live and actually have houses of our own, during the Millennium? Is that something that we look forward to? As I say; we're not going to be a spook that kind of exists, flits around from place to place, and has no abode. That simply isn't the way it is. We're going to be as Christ was when He appeared. He ate honey and a piece of fish in front of them. They watched it go down and wondered where it went, and probably wondered many, many things from that. But they touched Him. He said; "Look, handle me; it's me". So we're going to be 'physically handle-able' – not physical, but 'physically handle-able', in that sense. And He also was able to disappear as well at that time. So there's a good chance that we also would have vineyards; we'd also have a place in which to dwell, to live in. Hosea 2:15:

"And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope [I want to concentrate a little bit on that one phrase; "...the valley of Achor for a door of hope..." (Hosea 2:15)]: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt." (Hosea 2:15)

So it's going back to the time they came out of Egypt and came into the Promised Land, and they came into the Promised Land through the Valley of Achor. Now, if we go back to Joshua 7:1, we'll read what actually happened in the Valley of Achor, and here it gives us a clue regarding this passage it says:

"But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the [Eternal] was kindled against the children of Israel." (Joshua 7:1)

Now, it was actually that he was executed, Achan was executed, and the place was known thereafter as the Valley of Achor. Now, 'Achan' and 'Achor' are the same basic root, Strong's H5912, and it means 'trouble'. You can imagine that when Achan was walking around, they said; "Look out, here comes Trouble." Well, that's basically what his name was, it was; "Here comes Achan – here comes Trouble." That was his name and; "trouble by name, and trouble by nature", that's what basically happened in this particular example. But in Joshua 7:10, it says:

"And the [Eternal] said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face [they'd just been out to try and defeat somebody, and they'd been licked, several of the people killed, things did not go their way, and he had no idea as to why]? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and [lied] dissembled also [they'd lied about it as well; this is Jesus Christ talking, and one thing after another He lists in this particular verse], and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more [you're not My people any more], except ye destroy the accursed from among you." (Joshua 7:10-12)

So the place, if there is a place on this earth, where it is said; "...Ye are not my people..." (Hosea 1:10), it is the Valley of Achor. Basically, if you notice what it actually says in Joshua 7:19:

"And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the [Eternal] God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the [Eternal] God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment... " (Joshua 7:19-21)

It's interesting: what was he actually taking? He was taking a garment, and where did the garment come from? From the east, from Babylon; and we've got to have garments of righteousness as we go into the Promised Land in the future. The garments of righteousness, and yet this, symbolically, was a garment of Babylon, and also he had coveted, Joshua 7:21:

"...and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them..." (Joshua 7:21)

So he was coveting. If you go back to Hosea 2:15 it says here:

"And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope..." (Hosea 2:15)

Now, Achor, as I said, meant 'trouble', but here, it's saying that when you go through this particular valley – it's a valley; the Allenby Bridge crosses the Jordan river as it goes down to the Dead Sea. And if you're coming from Jordan across in towards Jerusalem, you go over that Allenby Bridge, and you come through the Valley of Achor, and so it's the entry place into the Promised Land from Petra, that's basically what it is. Now, whether in fact that's what it is talking about, is debatable, but it certainly is the entry point into the Promised land, into Jerusalem from Petra. And it appears as if, in the wilderness there, that God will start the process of actually bringing people back, and starting with bringing Israel back, and bringing them into the land, and having them understand the things that they need to understand.

If we go over to Isaiah again, and go back to Isaiah 2:1 now, here it's very clear that Isaiah isn't just talking about way back when, in the time of Hezekiah, and all the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and so on; it's talking into the future, because it says here:

"The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem [we need to understand here is something addressed to the place where the Holy of Holies was located]. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain [the government] of the [Eternal's] house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it [that's never happened, never happened yet; yet this is looking forward into the future]. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the [Eternal], to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the [Eternal] from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:1-3)

So, the beginning of this process is what we are witnessing here in Hosea, when he says; "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her." (Hosea 2:14). And the Valley of Achor will be a door of hope; it's an entrance way into the Promised Land. At that time they themselves will start to really understand, really get to grips, and what will they say? It says, basically, in Hosea 1:10:

"...and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people [I'm not having anything more to do with you until that accursed thing is removed], there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God." (Hosea 1:10)

They will start to understand the gospel for the first time, and they'll start to really understand what the meaning of life is, and give them a hope. Just imagine what they'll have gone through; they'll have lived through the Tribulation, they'll have gone through the Tribulation, they'll have come out the other side, nine out of every ten people will have died around them. Psalm 91:7: says:

"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." (Psalm 91:7)

So the people who will actually come into the land at that time and have physically survived, will have gone through a horrendous time, the greatest time of trial that has ever hit the world or ever will do again. And yet that Valley of Achor is a valley of hope; the valley that means 'trouble' is no longer going to be trouble. When Israel came into the land for the first time what was the problem? Well, he coveted. He coveted. He didn't have the spirit of God in him, they didn't, they were carnal Israelites, they were carnal people, and there was not the same covenant relationship that is going to be there in the second time around when Israel comes into that area, on the way to Palestine, to take residency within the land. Here in Isaiah 2:4:

"And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the [Eternal]." (Isaiah 2:4-5)

And that's basically what I want to just look at in this split-sermon, just very, very briefly is what kinds of things are we going to be teaching when we come to that particular time, when they are first coming into the land, when they are first going into the area surrounding Jerusalem, the area that we know as Israel? It goes much further than Israel, it goes right across the Jordan River, right across the country of Jordan, right across towards the Euphrates, and from there it goes right the way across to the Nile. That area, that's the area of Israel; it's a huge area. And the people that are in that area will be displaced out of the area, because they are encamped there illegally; and that will then become this model nation. The first people that you and I are going to be teaching is going to be Israel. It's going to be the people that Hosea is talking about into the future, and Hosea is describing. Read through that book, and you can see the different problems that have been there. But if we look at Isaiah here, we see, yes, Jacob is mentioned, it's mentioned in the context of Zion, it's mentioned in the context of the Church, and the way in which the Church will help in this particular case.

So what I'd like to do is just go through each point, and just very, very briefly just touch each point of the Ten Commandments. It's not ten points; I'm not going to get through ten points at all, but basically just touch the Ten Commandments, because that really – it's the Two Trees, that's really what we're talking about. It's a way of life, which goes in a certain direction, which is a selfish way of life as opposed to a way of life which is going in another direction, which is the Creator's way of life.

No God Before the Eternal (PLAY FROM 14:59)

Certainly, when you're looking at the command that says; "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:3). Here in Isaiah 2:6, if we just carry on reading, therefore it describes the problems as far as Israel was concerned. Isaiah 2:6:

"Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east..." (Isaiah 2:6)

Interesting that Achan took that Babylonish garment. If you go due east from Jerusalem, where to do you come to? Well, you come to the Tigris-Euphrates area and you come to the area that was known as Babylon, the city of Babylon is almost due east of Jerusalem, and certainly due east of Israel. I think it's slightly – I don't know if it's slightly south or slightly north, but it's just a few miles, not as many as a hundred miles, anywhere even near that, it's almost directly east of Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:6:

"Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east [the ideas that flowed across from the east at the time of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and all this kind of time, that certainly was coming from India and so on], and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:" (Isaiah 2:6-7)

Now obviously it's using ancient terminology, but you go onto any motorway today, and there is no end of their chariots. The number of horses they've got underneath the bonnet, it depends what kind of chariot they're actually driving at the time: Isaiah 2:8:

Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands [i-Pods, i-Players, all the various things that they have, that is what they worship, that is what is important to them; here's what it's saying], that which their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself..." (Isaiah 2:8-9)

They're all the same, all of us are the same, all worshipping physical things. Materialism is the god that we have, and yet we've got to make sure that the first thing they understand is that there's a true God. So here are these individuals coming back through the Valley of Achor, and the first thing that they need to understand is that there is a true God, and they've got to understand that they've got to go to that true God to have the power, the strength and the mindset to be able to keep His Law, to have the character necessary developed within them, to become the sons of God, which you find where it says; "...in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God." (Hosea 1:10). And so Isaiah 2:9 says,

"...and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. [Verse 17] And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the [Eternal] alone shall be exalted in that day." (Isaiah 2:9,17)

That's the first thing to nail in place: that God, the One that is going to, as a Master Craftsman, craft these individuals into His own sons. You've got to understand that that's where you go to, that's where you go to for the power that's necessary to do that. To have the character to become a child of God, you've got to go to God. You've got to understand the true God; and as it says in Isaiah 2:22:

"Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?" (Isaiah 2:22)

They've lived through a time, a horrendous time, and the first thing that they need to do as they come out of the spiritual Egypt, is to get rid of all the ideas and the emphasis on the money, the medicine, the armies, the weaponry, the technology...sometimes education, evolution is something as well. To become sons of God; that's the essence, that's the destination of man, to become the sons of God – you've got to have that to get across to them. Rather than; "You are the brother of a monkey" or "the brother of green slime", if you go back a few more generations. That's basically what the message is today, and yet no, that's not the message – that is a Satanic message, the brother of the green slime that became a monkey. But the message of God, of the true God, the One that is the Creator, the craftsman, who is going to craft you into one of His sons, is that you are to become the son of God, you are to become a child of God.

No Graven Images (PLAY FROM 19:56)

No graven image; turn over to Isaiah 30:18. You see, at that time, they will actually be able to see God beings. It's not a case of graven images, they are not going to make a graven images of the likeness of the God being, because they will actually see a God being; they will know what a God being is like, they will actually witness that:

"And therefore will the [Eternal] wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the [Eternal] is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem [they'll go to Zion, 'Come, let us return unto the Eternal', and they'll go to Zion and they'll dwell there]: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the [Eternal] give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:" (Isaiah 30:18-20)

Limiting God will not be an option at that time; because they will see their teachers; they will see their destiny. That is part of the process. So this Valley of Achor becoming a door of hope, a door into the Promised Land, that they come through that area and they are starting to be taught the Way of God by beings, and those beings are in fact going to show them what a true God, a God being, a son of God, is really like. Isaiah 30:21:

"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21)

So we see there the higher education. It talks about; "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the [Eternal]." (Isaiah 55:8). It's that higher education that needs to be inculcated in their mind.

Sanctify My Name (PLAY FROM 22:04)

If you turn over to Ezekiel 36:23, it says:

"And I will sanctify my great name..." (Ezekiel 36:23)

You see, one of the commandments, is that; Thou shalt not take the name of the [Eternal] thy God in vain..." (Exodus 20:7). And these people are going to be part of the family of God, they are going to be children of God, and therefore they do not go ahead and take that name in vain. What has happened before? Well, they have been taking God's name in vain, not only literally; 'OMG', that you see on the internet. We should not be using 'OMG', by the way, because it stands for; "Oh My God", which is used as a profanity. They literally take God's name in vain, but they're also taking God's name in vain by their actions, by the way that they are. Because they're Israel, they are the model nation, that is going to be in the future; and therefore they have been taking God's name in vain by their actions, by their way of life. It says here in Ezekiel 36:23:

"And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the [nations], which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the [Eternal], saith the [Eternal] God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes [notice; having His spirit actually dwelling in each of them at that particular time]. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land." (Ezekiel 36:23-24)

And He'll bring them into their own land, by all accounts, through Achor, the valley of hope. It's a valley of trouble, is what it literally means. But it's not, it's going to be a door of hope, a door of hope into the Promised Land, through which they'll come. Ezekiel 36:25:

"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 36:25-27)

So they will start to understand God's way of life, God's mindset, God's way of thinking, in a New Covenant way, this new agreement. Why? Because they're going to become the sons of God, that's what they're going to become, and the ones that are going to be helping them are those that understand this now, within God's Church, and develop themselves, and live that way, and allow God to develop that character within us, are malleable in the hand of God to allow that character to develop within us. Ezekiel 36:27:

"And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land...[Verse 31] Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations [they'll turn from their ways that they've been going before, because of the experiences that they've gone through; verse 35]. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced [or clipped], and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the [Eternal] build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the [Eternal] have spoken it, and I will do it." (Ezekiel 36:27-28,31,35-36)

And that initial start of that process is through that Valley of Achor. That Valley of Achor, this door of hope into the Promised Land, is what the people - the end-time people to which Hosea has been addressed - is talking about; and this is the result, here is the result, and certainly taking God's name in vain is one of the areas that we will be dealing with at that time.

Remember The Sabbath (PLAY FROM 26:21)

The other thing that has been brought out in the previous sermon, was the Sabbath Covenant. The reason why they became lost, and the reason why they actually lost their way, and they became known purely as Gentiles within the world at large was because they lost that Sabbath Covenant. This is one of the areas that we need to make sure that they understand, that they understand the Sabbath needs to be kept holy, and it is a time which gives a certain liberty. Remember Romans 8:21 it talks about:

"Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Romans 8:21)

And it talks about the nations that look around, and they look at Israel, and they see it become like the Garden of Eden. And it's not just the garden-like nature of Israel that is there, but it's also, the people are happy, the people have peace, the people have tranquility. What are they going to be looking at? Are they going to be looking at all the days of the week when they're going ahead out there and working? When will they actually come in and see? The chances are they are coming on the Sabbath day, and they'll see the people keeping the Sabbath, and enjoying a rest, amongst this ideal beauty that is there. If you turn over to Isaiah 32:1, certainly the Sabbath is part of the process that's going to be taking place:

"Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment [again, looking into the future, looking into the Millennial rule; verse 14]. Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high [so once that spirit is poured out then, it says]...the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace..." (Isaiah 32:1,14-17)

So part of that process, part of the information that we'll be conveying in Achor, this valley of hope, this door of hope, this valley of trouble, as it was named initially because of Achan and his sin and his covetousness, is that we're having a New Covenant Sabbath. Not a Sabbath like the Pharisees kept it, with the list of points that they have and they attach to the Sabbath and you've got to tick all these boxes and tick off all these points. That's not the purpose of the Sabbath; "...The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:" (Mark 2:27). That will be evidenced within the actual country. You, every single one of us in this room, and every one of us listening to me that are within the Church, will have to go ahead and get this point across to people.

Now, can we get a point across to people, as far as keeping the Sabbath, if we're not keeping it ourselves? If it's not a delight for ourselves. It's got to be a delight, it's got to be made a delight, it's got to be made a delight for ourselves, for our children, for those that we come in contact with, and so this; "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." (Exodus 20:8). This Sabbath Covenant is a vital part of this process where it talks about, in Ezekiel 32:17:

"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever [it's seen within the very Sabbath command]. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;" (Isaiah 32:17-18)

The Sabbath – so you'll have to sit down with people, start to explain to them about the Sabbath, why it's important. Start to explain to them, it's not like a Pharisee: you don't have to go ahead and stuff your pockets full of dried figs so that every so many hundred yards you can therefore drop a dried fig, being 'part of your property', therefore you can go another few hundred yards beyond, and drop another dried fig, as 'part of your property', to get round the law which has been written by some Rabbi somewhere who knows how many hundred years ago. It's nonsense, total nonsense. But once it's kept in truth, once it's kept in a New Covenant way, with understanding, to make sure that the peace is there, the righteousness is there; so people will see that, and that Sabbath Covenant is something, again, that we need to get across, and it will be got across in the Valley of Achor when it becomes a door of hope, going into the very Promised Land.

Honour Your Father and Your Mother (PLAY FROM 31:38)

Another area is honouring the father and mother, as you see in Proverbs 6. You see the people we are going to be teaching are not primarily the children. Are we going to be the ones teaching the children? It's the adults, it's the parents, that we need to be teaching. Turn over to Deuteronomy 5:29. Deuteronomy 5 contains the Law, contains the Ten Commandments, the expression of the Law through the Ten Commandments. Deuteronomy 5:29:

"O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" (Deuteronomy 5:29)

So, the heart wasn't there. That was the problem. This is why, when you get Achan, he coveted what he shouldn't have coveted; and it caused the valley of trouble to be there. But the Valley of Achor, this valley of trouble, will become a door of hope, because the heart will change. The heart will be different. And part of this is honouring father and mother, where it says here in Deuteronomy 6:4:

"Hear, O Israel: The [Eternal] our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the [Eternal] thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)

So, where's this coming from? It's coming from parents. So who are we going to have to teach? We're going to have to teach the parents, and the parents then teach the children. And what will happen, therefore – go over to Proverbs 6:20 it says:

"My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:" (Proverbs 6:20)

Because honouring your father and mother, learning and listening to parents, and the commandments of the father and mother – and remember what we're talking about; we're talking about father and mother being also Jesus Christ, the everlasting Father, and mother being the Church at that particular time. But Proverbs 6:21 says:

"Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck." (Proverbs 6:21)

We were talking earlier on that my other daughter has had her son go out to a fair, and again, she was worried; for the three hours that he was out there at the fair, she was waiting for him to come home. She wrote to my wife and said; "How on earth you did it with three of us, I've no idea; but thank you for keeping us safe!" And the way we kept them safe, is, the reason why we went to and actually lived in the place we did, is because we knew there was five miles between us and the nearest town! The only way through, that was the shortest distance, was down through a river, and down through the woodland, and that was about three and a half miles. So there was no way they were likely to be hanging around on street corners, getting into trouble. We deliberately chose to live where we lived, because we saw what happened in Luton, we saw what happened with certain people who were in the Church that had children living on the street corners in Luton. So we saw that. But Proverbs 6:21 says:

"Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck [here is what is needed]. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee." (Proverbs 6:21-22)

So you get the word of God, and you give it to the parents, and the word of God is then passed to the children. You don't train children just for the moment; you train children so that they can be let go. When you're parents initially, you don't really think much beyond the nappy stage, or the diaper stage, sorry, for all you in North America, but people don't think much beyond that stage. But you're training children to let them go, to allow them - not make their own rules - but to have the rules there that when the child goes, and he's going in a certain direction; "...it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee." (Proverbs 6:21-22)". It's talking about the law of your father and your mother. Proverbs 6:23:

"For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:" (Proverbs 6:23)

And that way of life will produce the Eden in Israel. Why? Because you are training the parents, the parents are training the children, and the children then have a Word that when they go, it'll lead them; when they sleep, it'll keep them; when they awake, it'll talk with them. Because the Law of God will be there, all the time. It's coming from the Sabbath command, it's coming from all the other commandments, but it's also coming from this commandment of honouring father and mother, almost like a bridge between the commandments that are towards God and the commandments that are towards neighbour; the relationships that are actually there.

You Shall Not Kill (PLAY FROM 37:22)

You shall not kill. Well let's turn over to Exodus 23:4 You see, if this was applied, you wouldn't have this problem, because it's not a case that you shall not kill, but the fact that in John 10:10, Christ said; "... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10). So it's the kind of life that is necessary. Again, this Valley of Achor, this valley of trouble - as it was before - in fact becomes a door of hope. When they start to understand the spiritual importance, of the corollary of the fact that you shouldn't kill, the fact that you are giving, you are helping. It says here in Exodus 23:4:

"If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again." (Exodus 23:4)

So it's your enemy's ox or his ass going astray, and this is a rule, this is a part of the statutes and judgements, given by Jesus Christ to Ancient Israel; "If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again." (Exodus 23:4). So if it's your enemy's ox or ass, going astray, you bring it back. Exodus 23:5:

"If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him." (Exodus 23:5)

Now, they will have lived through a time of trouble, the likes of which you've never seen before, or ever will be seen again, since. If that rule was applied in wars, what do you think would happen? You know, you are marching down the road; there's your enemy, and he's struggling because his horse is now flat on the floor because of all the things he put on there. He's got his rifle and everything else, so you stop, you put your rifles down, you go and help them. And; "...thou shalt surely help with him." (Exodus 23:5), because he's your enemy and it says that in the law. Then you get his horse up, and you shoot him. Yeah right - it's almost like playing football like they used to, on Christmas Day they had a football match, and then they get back in the trenches, in World War I, and they shoot each other. Hello, is there something wrong with that? I mean, does it not really sit into place?

Yesterday was Armistice Day, and on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, they go ahead and they have a two minutes' silence. My wife apparently was out at the shops at that time, and in Tesco's, in Carmarthen, the announcement came over, and for two minutes they stood there in silence. But has it really solved anything? Has it really cured it?

But you see, the Valley of Achor, the valley of trouble, is going to become a door of hope, not just because they're just going through that area, but because of the Laws of God that are going to be understood. The way of God, the mindset of God, that is going to be understood. And that mindset has got to come from the Church that is in training today, here, now, listening to my voice. That's where it's coming from. And Exodus 23:4 says:

"If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again [why? Because it stops him being your enemy; that's why; so you have peace in the land, the kind of peace that we read about over in Isaiah]. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him." (Exodus 23:4-5)

Why? Because it stops enemies, it stops enemies. You give to those in need, you are outgoing. It's not just a case of you don't kill them; it is that you're outgoing, that you go out of your way to help, and therefore you put coals of fire on their head, and there's a certain attraction to putting coals of fire on their head, yes, but that's not what it's talking about, it's putting coals of fire on somebody's head so they no longer can react in the way of an enemy. If you are out there to help, to give, outgoing, which is the way of God, as a son of God, then it stops them, and they are doing the same, the problems are stopped. The problems are stopped.

You Shall Not Commit Adultery (PLAY FROM 42:21)

Ephesians 5:15, you shall not commit adultery. Again, they're going to be witnessing Christ with the Church, it says:

"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. [Verse 21] Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God." (Ephesians 5:15-17,21)

So, each of us, submit to each other in the fear of God. And the way that the wives submit themselves is Ephesians 5:22:

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing." (Ephesians 5:22-24)

But husbands submit one to another in the fear of God - the way that that is done is Ephesians 5:25:

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," (Ephesians 5:25-26)

So that the entire nature and expression of the husband is outgoing for the wife, is giving to the wife, that doesn't do anything that is not outgoing towards the wife; and yet the wife, also, submits herself to her husband, and they both give. They both give on both sides. And they will see, and we will see, Christ and the Church, and how important marriage is. And from this command of not committing adultery, it's not a case of not committing adultery, it's a case of building the marriage, building the marriages, and what does that produce? What actually happens, then, when the marriages are built? How does this valley of Achor, this valley of trouble, become a door of hope when we start talking about marriages being built? Well, because it's the place where the entire nation comes from, the home life, is the crucible from which the entire nation arises.

So you're looking at the building blocks of the entire nation, the entire world, and the change that is going to have to take place within the entire world, and it starts with this very simple command that you don't commit adultery. But it goes beyond that, it is actually a command that builds the stable family, builds the stable relationship from which the entirety of the world will be generated, will come.

You Shall Not Steal (PLAY FROM 45:13)

You shouldn't steal. If you look at Ephesians 4:28 here, back a page, we find it says:

"Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." (Ephesians 4:28)

So it's not just enough to not steal, but you start to learn to give. Again, what are we doing? The Valley of Achor becomes a door of hope. It is the training that is begun at that particular location, and it's begun with Israel as they're coming back into the land, and it's coming from where? It's coming from Jesus Christ, yes, but it's coming from those that are with Jesus Christ at that time that have learnt this principle ourselves, in the Church, in our own lives, in the way God has worked with us. It's not a case of just not stealing; it's that we're working to give. We're working to be able to help, working to serve, working to – as Ephesians 4:28 says:

"Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." (Ephesians 4:28)

So diligence, it's necessary to work, but you're working so that you have something then to give. I have talked to people in the past where they've said; "Well, I don't think – there's no need for me to work, there's no need for me to really put myself out in that sense." But there is, because you've got to have something to give to him that needs. This is a part of this Commandment that is here in Ephesians 4:28 and it's tied to the Commandment of not stealing.

What they'll have lived through, and when you are looking at the way in which the people that are there within this Valley of Achor, what they'll have lived through, is, they'll have lived in this world, in this society. And what do people work for? They work for money, they work for something to get, they work to amass the greatest pile. You look at the successful in the world, take Steve Jobs, who died recently, he got his pile, he made a name for himself, he got a pile of - I don't know how many billions - lots, yes, lots; I think that sums it up! But he did, and yet he dies and he leaves it all. And these people will have seen people that have made an awful lot of money, that have died and left it all. Nine out of every ten will have died at that time.

So that will have gone behind them, but they also need to start to understand this principle here in Ephesians 4:28 that you work to give. It doesn't mean to say you stop working; no, you work, you make this Utopia. So the people that come in can actually see this Utopia, can actually see this society that is being built within Israel, and the entire earth becomes a Utopia. Why? So that people can be resurrected into that Utopia. And this Valley of Achor, this valley of trouble, instead of being trouble, it suddenly becomes a door of hope, and it becomes a door of hope because the mindset has changed. The mind that Achan had was one of covetousness: he wanted this garment, the Babylonian garment; he wanted the wedge of gold; he wanted the silver; he wanted to get, and he stole, and he lied about it. And the various things that Jesus Christ listed in there, back in Joshua 7.

But the way of life that we need to get across to people at this time is a giving way, it's giving to the land, it's giving as far as government is concerned; there won't be inflation at that time. The shekel will be the shekel, will be the shekel, from the beginning of the Millennium, right the way through to the end of the Millennium. It'll be riveted on the land that an omer of barley is produced, and it's tied up with the Jubilee laws as well.

And so, you're looking at a stability that is there, where governments are not stealing. That'll be a first, governments are not stealing! Because governments will steal by taxation, but they will also steal surreptitiously by inflation, and they have done so from time immemorial, it seems.

You Shall Not Lie (PLAY FROM 50:00)

You will not lie. Why won't they lie? What is the reason? What is this door of hope when they start to understand this Commandment as far as not lying is concerned? How does that commandment fit in? Turn forward to Philippians 3:8 because we see here it says:

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord [He is the one who is going to be Lord in that future time, He is the one that is going to be overseeing this process]: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ [that I have that same mindset, that same thinking, that same way of doing things that Christ had as a son of God], And be found in him [in flesh like Him, eventually in a spirit body as He has that spirit body], not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ [the type of faith that Christ had, that we trust God to build His righteousness in us, to actually take this clay, this physical clay, and to actually cause us to become a child of God; to actually become a son of God], the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." (Philippians 3:8-11)

Looking forward to that time of the resurrection. And as it says in Philippians 3:20:

"For our [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ [not that we go up to heaven, but we look for the return of Christ from on high]: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." (Philippians 3:20-21)

And how does He subdue all things to Himself? Well, how did He do it? He spoke, He said; "...Let there be light: and there was light." (Gen 1:3). He said; "...let the dry land appear: and it was so."(Genesis 1:9). And the dry land came up out of the water. He said; "Let animals and birds fill the air", and they appeared. He spoke, His word. That basically is how He did it, that's how He subdued all things, that's the part of His body that was used predominantly to subdue all things, as far as actually creative power is concerned.

And so, when you're looking at this; "Shall not lie", you're looking at speaking to get, trying to make devious statements, in order to get your own way in a certain way. But it's not, you speak to give grace to the hearers, as it says in Ephesians 4:29. {1} You don't have corrupt communications come out of our mouths. James 3:8 says:

"But the tongue can no man tame..." (James 3:8)

That doesn't come from man. That comes from God, it comes from the spirit of God, from the breath of God, from the mind of God that tames that tongue.

And if we are dealing with people in Achor, in the valley of Achor, if it's to become a door of hope so that they're going into the Promised Land, then that becomes their door of hope to become the sons of God. In that place they will be described as the sons of God. It is that we point people in the direction, and we show them, and say; "Look, this is the way that spirit beings, that God-beings, create. This is how the one that became Christ created. He spoke, and it was. This is what we all have got to come to: our word has got to be true, and lying has no place in it." It's not just a case of not lying, but it's speaking in a giving way, it's speaking in such a way that is the same as Christ; and as it says here:

"If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." (Philippians 3:11)

As Christ was raised from the dead, so we are raised from the dead, with the same mind; yes, with the same heart, with the same mouth, with the same kind of mouth, it's a spirit-born mouth.

You Shall Not Covet (PLAY FROM 54:25)

And finally, "You shall not covet". And it's not just a case of not coveting; it's a case of contentment. If you turn back to Deuteronomy 30:11. We read Deuteronomy 5 and 6 before, but let's turn over here and it says:

"For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?" (Deuteronomy 30:11-13)

In other words, "Where is this word?" In the New Covenant it says that the Law of God will be in our hearts, the Law of God will be in our hearts. Deuteronomy 30:14:

"But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the [Eternal] thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the [Eternal] thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it." (Deuteronomy 30:14-16)

And as it says in Deuteronomy 30:19:

"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the [Eternal] thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the [Eternal] sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them." (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

Now, that was given to Ancient Israel, yes, but the principle still is the same. And as far as the covetousness, it's what is in our heart? In other words, are we wanting the latest kids' gizmo? Are we wanting the latest i-Pod? Are we wanting all these various physical things that we think that we need? Or is it a case that "This commandment that I command you this day", it's not hidden, it's not far off, it's not "in heaven", it's not "beyond the sea"; it's near to you; it's in the heart.

So what is in the heart is not something which is trying to grasp and to get more, but it is a commandment which is a giving way of life, which is an outgoing way of life, and that is in there. And if that is there, then you don't covet, you have a contentment, there is a contentment that's there. The thing is, what happened with Achan? Achan coveted. He saw the wedge of gold, he saw the silver, he saw the Babylonish garment. He coveted, he wanted, he wanted to get it for himself. He wasn't content. And what people are going to have to look at eventually in the world tomorrow, is Israel as contentment, and peace. That contentment is going to be there.

Turn over to Psalm 130:1. I think this is probably a fitting scripture to end on, because it's a case of Achor, this valley of trouble, becoming a door of hope, and a door of hope leading to the fact that they will become, these people that Hosea talks about, are going to become the very children of God. That's the hope, that's the hope of all of us. It's the hope of all mankind. It's the reason for existence. It's the reason we are in existence, and that will be the hope that will be given to them:

"Out of the depths [these people will come from the depths to that place, it is only just on the west side of the Jordan River] have I cried unto thee, O [Eternal]. [Eternal], hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, [Eternal], shouldest mark iniquities, O [Eternal], who shall stand [there are real problems; and they are going to come with weeping to Zion]? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the [Eternal], my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope." (Psalm 103:1-5)

And these people are going to in that final year of the Tribulation, that final year of the day of the Lord, they will be waiting in hope, knowing what is coming. Many, many, many of them will be looking forward to the return of Christ.

"My soul waiteth for the [Eternal] more than they that watch for the morning [notice what I'm saying: if the morning wasn't coming, what would happen tomorrow; the sun's going down now, what would happen if the sun didn't come up tomorrow morning? All of us wait and hope for that]: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the [Eternal]: for with the [Eternal] there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption [this Valley of Achor, this valley of trouble, is to be that door of hope]. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities." (Psalm 130:6-8)


{1} Mr Bowles was referring to Ephesians 4:29 here instead of Hebrews 4.