The invasion of Canaan is a physical allegory of the spiritual battles that you must fight. Canaan is a land of spiritual warfare, ordained before you were born. In the garden of Eden, God placed two curses upon the fallen Adamic nature. By these your spirit was made subject to physical desires, and your mind was corrupted to bring forth Satanic rebellion. Now your cursed body and mind tyrannically gorge on the gratification of their five senses. The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. The five nations of the Canaanites symbolize your five senses. God prepared the Canaanites as a fearsome obstacle to the advancing armies of Israel. So also, God gave you five physical senses as an obstacle to your spiritual growth.
Like the Canaanites, God has provided your five senses as live targets, specifically so that you can kill them. Their destruction is represented by the five wounds that Jesus Christ received on the cross. Like Jesus Christ, it is the task of each spiritual warrior to subdue his own five senses and eradicate the curses of Eden from his life. By this battle your spirit will grow strong. As you slay these Canaanite adversaries you will come to spiritual maturity and acquire the celestial inheritance promised to the Sons of God. I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
When Jesus Christ met the woman at the well she had been serving six different men. For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband. These are the five senses and their Satanic boss, the carnal mind. Like an organized crime syndicate, these Mafioso’s sit in the temple of God and believe that they are God. These gangsters proliferate a life of lascivious excess. Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Their garments are tailored of human pride. They feed on unbridled cravings for physical sensation and group approval. Like drug lords they energize the Adamic addiction to good and evil, and delight in the ensuing death. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
The five senses and their boss, like mobsters, have created the blind and deaf concepts of God that have become the assassins of true Christianity. These killers are the self-willed and sensual doctrines taught in the modern church. The desires and deeds of carnality, along with these doctrinal henchmen, are the Canaanites who inhabit your land. These hoodlums are the curses of Eden. Kill them, and you will inherit a spiritual kingdom of unimaginable wealth. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
The five senses are also symbolized by the five giants of Canaan, the sons of Anak. Daily these Philistine giants swagger through your life, taunting your spirit. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. If you would overcome them you must be like young David, who was fueled with the fire of spiritual conquest. I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. Like David you must have the heart of a king, and give no quarter to egotistical Philistines. As David slew Goliath, you must slay your own five senses. David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead. After Goliath, David’s men killed the four remaining giants. In like fashion, your spirit must conquer your own five senses, killing any cravings for immoral or extravagant sensual gratification. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
When Joshua invaded Canaan, the five Canaanite kings joined forces and conspired against Israel. Dispatching from Gilgal, the warriors of Israel attacked the five confederated armies and destroyed them. The LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. But the five kings themselves escaped from the battle and hid in a cave. And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah. Joshua dragged these kings from their earthen hole and required his captains to stamp the kings faces into the dust. Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings.
Like these kings, your own five senses hide in your earthen Adamic body. There they incubate their unlawful and excessive desires for the things of the world. As an invading warrior you must root them out and subdue them. When you have pinned these sensual desires to the ground, and held them immobile for a sufficient time, God himself will destroy them. And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.
The invasion of Canaan is a lifetime of spiritual warfare. Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. In this campaign the instructions of God are quite clear. Thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. You are commanded to destroy your carnal mind, and terminate the lust of your five senses. There can be no compromise.But every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.