The Hebrew for keep brings powerful meaning: “to hedge about (as with thorns), guard; generally to protect, attend to…be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch (-man).” Charge means “office, ordinance, watch or duty.” The Hebrew for “places to walk” means “a walking (in a collective sense), access.” Joshua has a certain course to walk, and he will make it through if he continues to follow God. But the primary meaning is that, as leader of God’s House (Church), it is his duty to be sure the WHOLE CHURCH walks in God’s ways. I worked alongside Mr. Armstrong (Zerubbabel) while he was putting the Church back on track. In fact, I worked most closely with him during that period. It was enormously important to spend these hours on the phone with him in the late 1970s as he put doctrines discarded by the liberals back into place.
In order to walk in God’s ways, whoever would be Joshua must clearly understand ALL of God’s ways. He must know without a doubt what was restored by Mr. Armstrong (Zerubbabel and Elijah). He must be someone who will not compromise ANY of God’s ways. I take this instruction very seriously—and the record of my life PROVES this.
It should now be obvious that Joshua leads the Church until Jesus Christ—the Stone—returns. The leader stands behind the stone that lays before him. Now get this! If no one fulfilled the modern role of Joshua, there would be no leader of God’s Church awaiting Christ’s Return. The final leader of God’s Church is present when Christ ushers in His government over all nations! This Joshua is led by Christ, Who stands in front of him.
Accept the facts from God’s Word! The honest reader will at least admit that someone fulfills the role of Joshua today. Someone, somewhere—one man—must do this. And realize that this man would (so obviously) be the first to know who he was. Imagine Joshua not knowing he was Joshua. I learned my identity almost four years ago. Haggai’s prophecy means you must learn it now.