There had to be evidence of stone circles in the Bible, or all the work and details about alignment at Stonehenge, Giza, correlating
to Jerusalem, Petra etc would all be rather shaky in their foundation, so NOW consider the great possibility and truth that Joshua
was instructed to make a stone circle from the smooth rocks, he was told to remove from the Jordan River. These the Lord told him,
to set up when he got to Gilgal beyond the Jordan River Crossing.
From Amazing Secrets of Israel's Jordan River Crossing http://www.templesecrets.info/jordan.html
The Twelve Stones and the “shame” that was rolled away
From 4:24, the last verse in this chapter, we move to 5:2, where Joshua is told by the Lord “take flint knives and circumcise again”
the adult males of Israel. The word “again” refers to the previous generation of men that exited Egypt with Moses and who had been
circumcised, but their sons who replaced them and who were now adults had not been circumcised up to this point (5:4 - 7).
Gilgal, relates to four things: 1) The Jordan crossing, 2) the twelve stones, 3) circumcision, and 4) the first Passover in the new land.
Verse 5:8 says that when the circumcision work was finished all the people remained in their places until the men healed. Then in v.
9 the Lord tells Joshua that the place shall be called Gilgal because “Today I have rolled away the reproach (shame) of Egypt from
you;” thus linking the twelve stones and circumcision with the name Gilgal. The first Passover in the new land was also kept at
Gilgal, 5:10, a holy day that symbolizes the spirit (Israel) separating from the flesh (Egypt ), ref. Secrets of the Exodus Passover.
One key to understanding the stones’ meaning relates to the removal of the reproach, shame or disgrace of Egypt, 5:9, of which
shame ( from Heb. cherpah) is the better word choice in this particular verse, yet least used by bible scholars who prefer disgrace or
reproach and suppose it refers to Israel’s Egyptian bondage (a disgrace), or an Egyptian taunt (reproach): God took them out only to
kill them. But cherpah (as shame) points to something more, a dark force or cause that produced in them such profound unbelief
and persistent disobedience that the Lord had to disinherit them from the Land and exile them to the wilderness for 40 years until
most died. What was this cause, then?
Recall that Joshua 4:23 compares the Jordan crossing to the Red Sea
(((((Because we in the end time cross the Jordan going the opposite direction, heading to Petra... a place prepared for us by the
Lord SEE Crossing the Jordan and 2nd Exodus )))))
event and that the previous article explained how Egypt (the flesh) symbolizes sin and the Evil Inclination. Sin and the Evil Inclination,
therefore, are what was “rolled away” at the Jordan, because this was the true cause of their moral and spiritual failer. At the Red
Sea, the Egyptian army’s drowning only symbolized the subjection of sin, because sin and the sinful Inclination were not truly “rolled
away” then. In fact, nothing is said about rolling away anything. But here at Gilgal the Evil Influence is subdued (“rolled away”) in
reality, not merely symbolically. How? By the receiving of the Divine spirit, symbolized by the Jordan’s waters.
The foreskin of the male organ, too, symbolically represents the Evil Inclination, and its circumcision signifies the diminishing of sin’
s dark power, thus resolving the enigma of the twelve stones. The twelve taken out, symbolize the twelve tribes circumcised. Why?
because as most anyone should know, rivers and creeks produce rounded, smooth stones by the flowing action of their waters (ex.,
1 Sam. 17:40 where David takes five smooth stones from a dry riverbed) and, therefore, their polished smoothness relates to the
smoothness of the male reproductive organ after circumcision. Contrarily, the naturally rough twelve stones inserted into the Jordan
are the tribes before circumcision, corresponding to the rough, wrinkled flesh around an UNcircumcised male organ.
( But uncircumcised male brethren when crossing back over the Jordan, can not be circumcised, because we will be fleeing from
the AC... and can not stop for down time to let our male brethren heal after circumcision takes place, so the act would probably have
to happen afterwards at Petra, when we have reached our home base in the End Time)
This is why cherpah is used, it points to the genitalia (male or female), as in the Book of Isaiah where Babylon’s nakedness is seen
and her shame (cherpah) exposed, 47:3, upon crossing a river, v. 2; but at the Jordan the male genitalia is intended.
The Jordan event signifies the men becoming newly reborn spiritually upon crossing because the spirit of God descended upon
them and fused with their spirit as they crossed its waters (Jordan means the descender).The further act of physical circumcision at
Gilgal only affirmed what they had already received at the crossing. The twelve rough stones inserted into the Jordan signify death to
sin (i.e. death to the old sinful self ), but the twelve smooth ones taken out, life to holiness (a new, spiritual beginning). The rough
stones were put into the river to figuratively drown, clearly relating to the Egyptian army at the Red Sea. Moreover, in Nehemiah 9:9
-11 the pursuing Egyptians are depicted as a “stone” hurled into the Red Sea. The two sets of stones, therefore, symbolize two
statuses, before and after circumcision. The specific area at Gilgal where they were circumcised was named Gibeath-Haaraloth, hill
of the foreskins, Joshua 5:3. However, circumcision of the flesh itself is only symbolic of circumcision of the heart, see further below.
Even so, casting the circumcised flesh into a mound symbolizes casting away sin.
Then why have circumcision after crossing the Jordan? (After we cross)
Because it was required of Jewish males since Abraham*, and it is also linked to inheritance of the land they had just entered. They
crossed the Jordan on the 10th (of Abib), Joshua 4:19, a day normally reserved for selecting the Passover lambs, Exodus 12:3. After
the Gilgal circumcisions came a period of healing, (5:8), then Passover on the 14th, 5:10. As for the name Gilgal, it may well signify
“stone circle,” as scholars claim, and in which case rolled away or rolling is an allusion to its original meaning.
(And there we are back to STONE CIRCLES which co-relates to all the work I have been doing on Giants, Giant Circles, Stone Henge,
etc etc... Acheogeography etc etc.... amazing find, and confirmation of a stone circle in the Bible. TYJ.....)
After all, is it not round things that roll? However, rolled or rolling may also imply the circular or rolling motion of the hand and knife
when cutting away the foreskin. Besides, who is to say the twelve rounded memorial stones could not have been arranged in a
(End of Excerpt)
IN answering the last question, I would say no one can deny that possibility and probability.... that Joshua set up a Stone Circle at
SEE Harmonic Circle of the 12 Tribes around the Tabernacle and
Taberncale of the Son
And study Wikipedia... Gilgal and Stone Circles
The Gilgal associated with SamuelA place named Gilgal is mentioned by the Books of Samuel as having been included in
Samuel's annual circuit, and as the location where he offered sacrifices after Saul was anointed as king, and where he renewed
Saul's kingship together with the people (1 Samuel chapters 7 and 11). Again it is possible for this to simply be yet another "circle of
standing stones" (or the same one as mentioned in relation to Elijah and Elisha, as Bethel is on the circuit with Gilgal, and other
assumed locations show Gilgal to be far further away than the other two locations), and significant that it is treated as a holy place
by the biblical text, rather than as a heathen one. It is also the place where Samuel hewed King Agag in pieces as Saul refused to
obey the Word of the Lord and utterly destroy the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15: 32, 33).
The Gilgal associated with Elijah and ElishaIn the Books of Kings, a "Gilgal" is mentioned that was said to have been home to
a group of prophets. The text states that Elijah and Elisha came from here when they went down to Bethel from Gilgal (2 Kings 2:1-
2); suggesting that the place was in the vicinity of Bethel, and hence in a mountainous region, which is somewhat different from the
place associated with Joshua. Since "Gilgal" literally means "circle of standing stones", it is quite plausible for there to have been
more than one place named Gilgal, and although there are dissenting opinions, it is commonly held to be a different place to the
one involved with Joshua; it has been identified with the village Jiljilia, about 11 km north of Bethel. It is significant that the Books of
Kings treat it as a place of holiness, suggesting that stone circles still had a positive religious value at the time the source text of the
passages in question was written, rather than having been condemned as heathen by religious reforms. Another opinion is that it
is not different from the Book of Joshua, as it locates it near Bethel as does the Books of Chronicles.
Joshua's Stone Circle at Gilgal