ALL ABOUT YOU: GIDEON, CHAPTER 13
TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
(Rev 16:13,14) And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [“which destroyed them” Psa 78:45] come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles [“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Cor 5:7], which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
THE THREE UNCLEAN SPIRITS
(Judg 6:33) Then all the Midianites [discord, strife] and the Amalekites [lust of the flesh] and the children of the east [Arabians: sterility; (covering); darkness] were gathered together [into a “bundle” of tares: Mat 13:30; appearing “as one man” Judg 6:16, i.e. one mind], and went over [Jordan], and pitched in the valley of Jezreel [God scatters; Armageddon].
1. (Rev 16:16) And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon [Heb: mountain of Megiddo (rendezvous)].
2. Armageddon = Bible Dict: the site of the final battle of this age in which God intervenes to destroy the armies of Satan and to cast Satan into the bottomless pit. According to the book of Revelation, at Armageddon “the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his [God’s] wrath” (Rev 16:19) will be poured out, and the forces of evil will be overthrown and destroyed. In this battle (Rev 19:17), the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ, will triumph over the beast, the false prophet, and the forces of Satan, and “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rev 11:15).
THE TREE OF LIFE
(Judg 6:34-35) But the spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer [his family (highest ranking of Manasseh)] was gathered after him. And he sent messengers [angels] throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers [angels] unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
1. (Mat 13:43) Then shall the righteous shine forth [be resplendent /// radiate brilliancy: give light] as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear [i.e. the trumpet sound].
2. “came upon” = Heb: labash; wrap around, to put on a garment or clothe (oneself, or another).
3. (Isa 61:10) I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me [labash; (come upon me)] with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself [minister in the office of priest] with ornaments[to explain, to shake a tree /// foliage (including the limbs) as bright green: bough, branch], and as a bride adorneth herself [bring an ornament upon] with her jewels. [i.e. the tree of life – “that they might be called trees of righteousness” Isa 61:3]
4. (Luke 23:31) For if they do these things in a green tree [wet (as if with rain), i.e. sappy (fresh) /// rain] [xulon], what shall be done in the dry [(through the idea of scorching); arid; shrunken, earth (as opposed to water): land, withered]?
5. (John 15:5,6) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth [continues, dwells, endures, remains] in me [???], and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered [dry up]; and men gather them, and cast them into the [“lake of” Rev 20:15] fire, and they are burned.
6. (Acts 5:30) The God of our fathers raised up [from sleep, from death] Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree [xulon: Luke 23:31].
7. (Rev 22:1-5) And he showed me [“one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues” Rev 21:9] a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst [middle] of the street of it, and on either side [on both sides] of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits [“the fruit of the spirit” Gal 5:22,23=9+3], and yielded [delivered] her fruit [rhema] every month [during the 1000 year Millennium]: and the leaves [foliage (leaves and limbs) = logos] of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it [in what?]; and his servants shall serve him [minister: worship: Gen 2:15]: And they shall see his face [1 John 3:2]; and his name shall be in their foreheads [i.e. Christ Jesus - sealed with the cross: the tree of life]. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them [i.e. is their] light: and they shall reign for ever and ever [eternally, with the “everlasting gospel” Rev 14:6, i.e. we shall be the everlasting gospel].
8. “and he blew a trumpet” = a metaphor for the Word of God (Jesus Christ: John 1:14, i.e. He is that Trumpet) “spoken by angels” (Heb 2:2), and of the 5th feast of our Lord, the Feast of Trumpets, and of the 5th Seal of Great Tribulation. A calling of the princes to come to be assembled (Num 10:4), the “firstfruits” calling: (Rev 6:12 through Rev 7:8; Rev 14:1). In birth, the head is first revealed, then the body (Isa 66:8).
9. “all Manasseh” = those of Manasseh (typifying all Christians) seeded to the west of Jordan river (the door of the Tabernacle) dwelling on the “good ground” inside the Tabernacle - subject primarily to godly influences (shepherds), and those of Manasseh seeded to the east of Jordan river (the door) dwelling “among the thorns” of the courtyard of the Tabernacle - subject primarily to worldly influences (sheep). All “born-again” in type, i.e. they had passed-over (passover) the Red sea (the gate/door of the Tabernacle).
10. (1 Sam 22:1,2) David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave [a cavern (as dark): cave, den, hole] Adullam [“He is my refuge and my fortress” Psa 91:2]: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress [a narrow place (tribulation)], and every one that was in debt [i.e. in danger of being sold into slavery by their creditors], and every one that was discontented [bitter], gathered themselves unto him [Jesus/Gideon in type]; and he became a captain [head person: lord, master, prince, ruler] over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
11. (Judg 6:2) And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.
12. (2 Sam 23:13,14) And three of the thirty chief went down [“to the rock to David” 1 Chr 11:15], and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines [rolling, migratory] pitched in the valley of Rephaim [giants]. And David was then in an hold [defense, strong place], and the garrison [station, i.e. military headquarters] of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem [house of bread (“till the whole was leavened”: Mat 13:33)].
13. rock = Heb: a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); gen. a rock or boulder; fig. a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous):--edge, X (mighty) God (one), rock, X sharp, stone, X strength, X strong.