Double Double, Toil And Trouble Part II
n Part I of the present work, we showed how the concept of a doubled curse originates in the Old Testament:
“Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins” (Isaiah 40:2).
Although few believers understand the concept of Spiritual symmetry, the doubled curse usually occurs as the symmetrical opposite of the doubled blessing. To rephrase that thought, when the LORD blesses someone, someone else is not blessed. This “is” and “is not” polarity is seen in the chosen, not chosen sequence of prophetic texts:
“I will say to them who were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God” (Hosea 21:23)
I began to think through such things in an ongoing study of Planetary Catastrophism – the systemic understanding that ancient catastrophes, as documented in the Old Testament, were delivered by the LORD via the instrumentality of stellar bodies. Although unrelated to the central theme of Double Double, the evidence firmly indicates devastations such as Noah’s flood, the Passover, and other epics occurred because the LORD brought external planetary bodies into close proximity to the Earth.
This interest culminated in an extensive look at Joshua’s Double Day – the astonishing episode wherein the Israelite leader was said to literally command the day to be extended for the length of another day:
“Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed…So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hastened not to go down about a whole day” (Joshua 10:12, 13).
This incredible episode was the very event which piqued secular scientist Immanuel Velikovsky’s interest back in the 1930’s; and, as he suspected it is an accurate account, he reasoned that somewhere on the opposite side of the world, there may be an account of a doubled night.
Sure enough, in the Annals of Cuauhtitlan, which geographically originated in Central America, there is an ancient legend of a very long night. Scholars trace the writings back to more than a thousand years before Christ, and there are additional accounts in the Americas which are consistent with the amazing tale. Velikovsky’s research culminated in a stunning work (entitled Worlds In Collision), which wove together disparate antiquarian accounts into a cohesive record of Old Testament catastrophes.
Setting aside the celestial implications for a moment, the fact is, the Scriptures plainly indicate the LORD allowed Joshua’s double day to occur, as a component of His blessing of Israel. The setting was a great victory over the Amorites – but the symmetrical opposite was a traumatic event, in which the land which is now Mexico, was terrified that the “sun god” was angry with the peoples in the region, and refused to return.
Although vast amounts of early Meso-American writings were tragically destroyed by Roman Catholic “missionaries” in the 16th century, anthropological research suggests a link between such bizarre events and human sacrifice. In short, the double day blessing on the Israelites coincided with a doubled curse upon the gentiles of antiquity.
“…visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children…” (Exodus 34:7).
Surprisingly, the concept of doubles is found all over the Scriptures, and such texts include a doubled blessing upon those who find favor in the LORD. For instance, the book of Job mystically suggests there is a doubled layer of the knowledge of God:
“…oh, that God would speak…and that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is!” (Job 11:6)
The phenomena of doubles extends to symbolism and metaphor as well. For example, in the marvelous accounts of the prophets Elijah and his successor Elisha, we find the allegorical identification of Elisha (whose name is related to Yeshua, meaning salvation) associated with miracles involving water and oil. Both are symbols of the Spirit, healing, and blessing, whereas Elijah (a name derived from Yahweh) was known for destructive miracles, such as calling down fire upon the prophets of Baal.
When Elisha consistently clings to Elijah at the passing of the prophetic torch, Elijah asks Elisha what it is he desires:
“…Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I am taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” (II Kings 2:9).
The present work barely scratches the surface, as thedouble double form of communication extends totwice-speak, the mystical pattern in which words and phrases found in Scripture, are spoken twice as a supernatural marker to point to a deeper meaning in the Word of God:
“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not” (Job 33:14).
-- James Lloyd
[Next: The Phenomena Of Twice Speak – Part III Of Double Double, Toil And Trouble]
The epic book from Velikovsky was out of print for years, but a new European published edition was recently released. For details, see WORLDS IN COLLISION.