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(Judg 6:1-6) And the children of Israel [Heb: he will rule as God] [us] did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand [Heb: power] of Midian [Heb: brawling, contention, discord, strife] [i.e., unsaved peoples] seven years [of tribulation]. And the hand [Heb: power] of [unsaved] Midian prevailed against [saved] Israel: and because of the [unsaved] Midianites the children of [saved] Israel [in fear, i.e., not trusting God made them[selves] the dens [for hiding] which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds [defensive structures]. And so it was, when Israel had sown [their life-sustaining crops, businesses, etc.], that the Midianites [Heb: brawling, contention, discord, strife] came up, and the Amalekites [Heb: descendants of Esau] [who relinquished (declined) his birthright], and the children of the east [Heb: nomadic tribes] [essentially, assorted unsaved nations (countries, people)], even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and destroyed [Heb: ruined: utterly wasted] the increase of the earth [i.e., the crops, businesses, etc.], till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance [Heb: food] for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers [Heb: locusts] for multitude; for both they and their camels [Heb: labor or burden bearing] [e.g., drug-runners] were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it [Heb: ruin: utterly waste]. And Israel was greatly impoverished [Heb: feebled, fig. oppressed: brought low, dried up, emptied, made thin] [i.e., Israel (us) was commanded to but unable to support (provide for) the surging influx [invasion] of millions of illegal immigrants with free food, clothing, medical needs, housing, education, etc.] because of the Midianites [i.e., unsaved peoples, invading immigrants]; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD [for help, relief, freedom from crushing bondage (ultimate servitude) as Isreal suffered under ancient Egypt]


(Judg 7:1-3) Then Jerubbaal [Heb: (he) will contend with Baal] [with Satan], who is Gideon [Heb: feller (warrior) /// to fell a tree: to cut asunder, hew down] [a type and shadow of Jesus Christ, the carpenter], and all the people that were with him [32,000 warriors], rose up early, and pitched [Heb: encamped] beside the well of Harod [Heb: fountain of trembling]: so that the host of the Midianites [135,000 warriors] were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee [the 32,000 professing Christian warriors that answered the trumpet call and came to “church”] are too many for me to give the [135,000] Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves [Heb: boast themselves: glorify themselves] against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Now therefore [you Gideon (Jesus Christ), i.e., us] go to, proclaim [Heb: preach] [from the mountain tops] in the ears of the people [the 32,000 member church congregation], saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid [i.e., Whosoever does not believe (trust) God (for the victory)], let him return [to his home] and depart early from mount Gilead [Heb: heap of testimony, heap of witness, mound of stones: rolling for ever] [a symbol of the OT brasen altar, and the NT cross]. And there returned [to their homes] of the people twenty and two thousand [22,000 unsaved warriors]; and there remained ten thousand [10,000 saved warriors (confessing Christians) who believed (trusted) God]


(Judg 7:5-7) And the LORD said unto Gideon [a type and shadow of Jesus Christ], The people [the 10,000 saved warriors] are yet too many; bring them down [en-humble them as they follow you down] unto the water [a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit], and I will try them [Heb: to fuse (metal), refine: melt, purify, purge] for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee [(up to the top of the valley)]; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go [(up to the top the valley)]So he [Gideon (Jesus Christ)] brought down [en-humbled] the [10,000 saved] people unto the water [of the Holy Spirit]: and the LORD said unto Gideon [Jesus Christ], Every one that lappeth  [Heb: licks] of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth [Heb: licks], him shalt thou set by himself [i.e., separate into one troop]; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink [thereby putting his face (eyes) toward the water and sucking up the good water with the bad (laden with bugs, sticks, foreign particles, debris: defiling things of this world mixed (mingled) with the water of the Holy Spirit, i.e., a type and shadow of the (impure) fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil)]. And the number of them that lapped [a bit at a time], putting their hand to their mouth [i.e., scooping the water in their hand (power) and lifting it up to their mouth, thereby discerning and peripherally seeing and rejecting any foreign particles, while their eyes focused a careful watch on the rowdy enemy army of angry (boisterous) Midianites arrayed battle-ready on the other side of the stream (of the Holy Spirit). Note the division], were three hundred men [300 warriors]: but all the rest of the people [9,700 warriors] bowed down upon their knees [an allusion to their being submissive sheep to the deadly enemy across the way] to drink water [of the Holy Spirit]. And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men [300 warriors, shepherds] that lapped will I save you, and deliver the [135,000] Midianites [warriors] into thine hand [Heb: power]: and let all the other people [the remaining 9,700 warriors] go every man unto his place [“his tent” v.8]


(Judg 7:8) So [during the famine (Judg 6:6)] the people [the 300 combat warriors, shepherds, pastors] took victuals [Heb: food: provisions] [i.e., sacrificial support (i.e., donations) from the 9,700 support troop warriors] in their hand [Heb: power], and their trumpets [their messages of the words of God, their Bibles]: and he sent all the rest of Israel [the 9,700 support troop warriors, sheep] every man unto his tent [i.e., unto his temporary battlefield residence], and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him [was below Gideon and his 300 “retained” warriors] in the valley

1.    retained = Heb: seized: caught (up). 

2.    (1 Thes 4:16,17) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel [Michael], and with the trump [i.e., the Bible] of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [Gk: seized: caught (up)] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 


(Judg 7:16,18) And he [Gideon, Jesus Christ] divided the three hundred men [300 warriors] into three companies [perhaps under God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost], and he put a trumpet [a Bible] in every man's hand [Heb: power] [mental grasp], with empty [Heb: fig. worthless: vain] pitchers [Heb: jars, jugs, barrels; of earthenware] [clay, their body], and lamps [Heb: to shine; flame: fire, torches] [a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit] within the [no longer “worthless”] pitchers. And he [Gideon, Jesus Christ] said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye doWhen I blow [Gk: sound] with a trumpet [1 Thes 4:16, (the Bible)], I and all that are with me, then blow [Gk: sound] ye the trumpets [Bibles] also on every side of all the camp, and say [proclaim, preach], The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon


(Judg 7:19,20) So Gideon [Jesus Christ], and the hundred men [100 warriors, shepherds, pastors] that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch [Heb: guard] [10 pm]; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers [revealing the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:18,19; 2 Thes 1:7-12)] that were in their hands [power]. And the three companies [of pastors] blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD [is the Holy Spirit “which is the word of God” (Heb: 4:12; Eph 6:17)], and of Gideon [Jesus Christ]


(Judg 7:21,22) And they stood every man in his place [James 4:7] round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. And the three hundred [300 combat warriors, shepherds, pastors] blew the trumpets [Bibles], and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.