What we have here is more than a mere story of a woman. Yes, this is the story of God’s love to all mankind and His faithfulness; a story that shows how our God makes no exception of person. By Rahab’s obedience to God, He lightened the future through her, a future yet to come. The Bible is filled with prophetic types visible in many ways through lives and happenings in the Old Testament. It is so exciting to experience understanding into the knowledge of God’s future from His Word. His Word is truly a light into our knowledge and a lamb into our understanding of it. Read His Word desiring His enlightening and you will never read the same way again.
For her act of faith and courage, Rahab was saved from Jericho’s destruction and given a place among the nation of Israel forever. She married Salmon from the tribe of Judah from whom Boaz was born. Boaz, son of a Gentile woman, was given a Gentile wife, picturing YAHSHUA’S Gentile bride. Obed, his son was the father of Jesse and Jesse the father of David, the ancestor of our Lord, YAHSHUA. The importance of her life sparkles in the genealogy of our Lord. However, her life is also a type of the Gentile nations in the tribulation helping the remnant of Israel in the time of the great tribulation. We find this in the words of our Lord YAHSHUA in Matthews 25:31-36: When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.
According to The footsteps of the Messiah book by Fruchtenbaum, this judgment that will be taken place in the future will be in the basis of pro-Semitism and anti-Semitism. All Gentile nations will be divided into two groups: the sheep and the goats; pro-Semitism sheep; the anti-Semitism goats. The sheep will be those who will be helping the Jews (YAHSHUA’S brethren) in the time of the great tribulation. It will be a time of danger for those who will sacrifice their safety to save a Jew. During the Jews’ flight to the desert without much to live on, these nations will provide for them food and whatever they need to sustain life. They will even visit them in prison in that time when persecution will be universal against the Jews. The Gentile nations who will side with them will be allowed to enter the Messianic Kingdom, and populate the nations during that time.
Comparing Rahab’s acts to what will take place in the tribulation time in relationship to a Jew; it is relatively a small act when viewed short sided –two spies. However, it is enormous when considering the many lives she saved as a result. The writer to the Hebrews letter said this of her: by Faith Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed along with those who refused to believe and obey, because she had received the spies in peace (11: 31). As she was given a place among the Jewish nation, so the Gentile nations who will protect the remnant Jews in the tribulation will find their entrance into the millennium and will survive all that will take place. They will experience a time of complete peace in the world while the devil is chained up and YAHSHUA will be King, for their act of kindness toward YAHSHUA’S brethren, was indirectly done to YAHSHUA Himself.
Rahab’s story is a story of courage, faith and redemption. Like those Egyptian mid-wives who saved the Jewish babies from death in Egypt, Rahab saved Israel. Even the crimson thread hung on her wall was a symbol of the blood on the door post of the Israel’s house guaranteeing the nation deliverance from the coming judgment against the Egypt. It was also a type of YAHSHUA’S blood being shed to purchase men unto God and save them from eternal death.
Concerning Rahab’s faith in action, James 2:24-25 says, You see that a man is justified through what he does and not alone through faith. So also with Rahab the harlot-was she shown to be justified by deeds when she took in the scouts and sent them away by a different route. Rahab’s faith would have been considered as nothing, had she not saved the spies. By doing so, she was considered a heroine in the pages of the Bible in remembrance for what she did. That was a True act of heroism, when she risked her life to save the spies’ lives. The Gentile nations who will take the risk to provide for Israel in the tribulation will suffer in a way that we cannot imagine, for in those days the world will be in unprecedented chaos governed by the antichrist, who will have absolute power under Satan. Israel has always been hated by the devil. His desire has been to destroy the nation, for it was from them that the Savior of the world was to come to purchase men and deliver them from his power and eternal death. YAHSHUA forfeited the devil’s plan and crushed his head, when at the cross He took our sins and set us free through His death. God disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross] (Col. 2:15).
Rahab’s act of faith teaches us to be doers. She, in her righteous way of compassion, was chosen to be in the genealogy of our Savior; an honor we all would like to have had. Her faith was alive, her action showed that and God has kept the memory of what she has done.