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The brightness of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines (our building blocks)



SYMBOLS: Gideon’s chosen army of 10,000 Israelite soldiers/warriors represents all saved, imputed for righteousness, born-again saints. The composite Midianite army represents all unsaved peoples.

1.     The rapture of the 300 Israelite (Christian) combat soldiers/warriors (shepherds) up to the top ridge of the valley to stand (James 4:7) encircling the valley below (Judg 7:8; 1 Thes 4:17; Rev 12:5), while the 9,700 support soldiers/warriors (sheep) are sent to their “behind-the lines” tents acting as support troops (Judg 7:8; Rev 12:6,14).

2.     In total complete blinding fear, 120,000 of the invading Midianite army of 135,000 soldiers/warriors kill each other (essentially, self-destruct) in the dark of night in terrorized response to the sudden appearance and the sound of “the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom 8:18; 2 Thes 1:7,10,12), as it is being revealed in us (Judg 7:21,22), thereby bringing to an end the Great Tribulation.

3.     The remaining 15,000 Midianite soldiers/warriors flee out of Israel, the Promised Land (a type of Heaven), eastward back across the spiritual boundary of the Jordan river (a type of the Holy Spirit). Gideon and his unharmed 300 warrior saints pursue the 15,000 unsaved enemy Midianite warriors across the Jordan river thereby commencing the 1,000 year Millennium. (Judg 8:4).



(Judg 8:4-7)  And Gideon [Heb: feller: to fell a tree: cut down, hew down] [a type of Jesus Christ] came to Jordan [from Israel (the Promised Land)], and passed over [eastward into the wilderness], he, and the three hundred men [the 300 warriors] that were with him, faint [Heb: thirsty, weary], yet pursuing them [the remaining 15,000 Midianite warriors]. And he said unto the men of Succoth [Heb: booths; a hut or lair: tent] [1], Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah [Heb: sacrifice] and Zalmunna [Heb: withheld], kings of Midian [Heb: brawling, contentious, discord, strife]. And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand [i.e., are their hands under your control] [2], that we should give bread unto thine army? And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear [Heb: thresh] [connoting separation of husk and seed] your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.

1.     Commentary: the people of Succoth were Israelites from the tribe of Gad who, along with the tribe of Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh, had declined Joshua’s offer to enter into and dwell in The Promised Land and instead had homesteaded immediately east of the Jordan river – in the wilderness. Symbolically, these two and one-half tribes of professing/believing Jews had declined an invitation to dwell in the synagogue/church/heaven.

2.     Commentary: “now in thine hand” = the princes  of Succoth were Jews who chose not to live in Israel (the Promised Land), were “fearful and afraid” (Judg 7:3) of the Midianites, and who did not believe Gideon/Jesus Christ/God for the victory.



(Judg 8:8,9)  And he [Gideon] went up thence to Penuel [Heb: the face of God /// to turn away (back)] [living farther eastward away from God], and spake unto them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him. And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower [Heb: a tower (from its height): castle, pulpit] [i.e., pride] [1,2].

1.     (2 Co 10:4,5)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds [Gk: fortified, a castle; fig. arguments];) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought [i.e., disobedient spirits: fallen angels, unclean spirits, demons, and devils dwelling within us] to the obedience of Christ;

2.     (1 Tim 4:1,2)  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly [Gk: distinctly] [with great emphasis], that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy [Gk: acting under a feigned part; deceit]; having their conscience [Gk: moral consciousness: completely] seared with a hot iron [Gk: branded (cauterized), rendered unsensitive];

(Judg 8:10-12)  Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men [15,000 Midianite warriors], all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men [120,000 Midianite warriors] that drew sword. And Gideon went up [farther eastward, deeper into the wilderness] by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host [unexpectedly]: for the host was [thought itself] secure [Heb: safe]. And when Zebah [Heb: sacrifice] and Zalmunna [Heb: withheld] fled, he pursued after them, and took [Heb: captured] the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited [Heb: caused to shudder with terror, fear: quake, trembling] all the host.



THE MEN AMONG THORNS (men of little understanding)

(Judg 8:13-16)  And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up [i.e., before the full power of the Millennium began], And caught a young man of the men of Succoth [Why did Gideon circle back and return to Succoth first?] [1], and enquired of him: and he [the young man] described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen men [77 elders]. And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me [“scoffed at me” Amplif. Bible], saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary? And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers [2,3], and with them he taught [Heb: caused to know (understand), made submissive] the men of Succoth.

1.     (1 Pet 4:17)  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

2.     (Mark 4:18,19)  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares [Gk: distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in [i.e., thorns invade our bodies], choke [Gk: strangle completely] the word, and it becometh unfruitful [Gk: barren].

3.     (Luke 8:14)  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection [Gk: to completion (maturity): to ripen].



THE MEN OF STONY PLACES (men of no understanding)

(Judg 8:17)  And he [Gideon] beat down [Heb: tore down: cast down, destroyed, overthrew, pulled down] the tower of Penuel, and slew [Heb: killed, put to death, slaughtered] the men of the city [1].

1.     Commentary: Why were the men of Penuel “killed” rather than “taught?” Answer: because the men of Penuel, men of stony places, had “no root” (Mat 13:21; Mark 4:6; Luke 8:13) of Jesus Christ (Isa 11:1,10; Rom 15:12; Rev 5:5; 22:16) embedded within them, and consequently they were killed (utterly destroyed) because they had no understanding [“likewise,” as the “way side” people: Mark 4:15-17].  Whereas, within the men of Succoth, men among thorns, the root of Jesus Christ was embedded and watered [i.e., took root]. The men of Succoth, among thorns, were saved but remained immature and had little understanding. They were not fully matured (developed) and were therefore unable to bring forth any ripe fruit, so Father God caused them to be taught, (threshed – separating the chaff from the seed), rather severely with the thorns and briars of the wilderness, so that they would most definitely learn, remember…, and bear fruit for Father God.