Samson’s Riddle: The Lion of Judah (Part Two)

What is Stronger than a Lion and Sweeter than Honey?

God and Salvation of Life
BY LEVI   (Updated 2/27/17)
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In Part One of Samson’s Riddle, I analogized how the mighty warrior/judge of ancient Israel foreshadowed the Messiah. In the story of Samson’s engagement to a Gentile bride, chose from among Israel’s Philistine enemies, I correlated it line-upon-line to prophecies about Christ’s New Covenant with people from all over the world (see Rom. 11:29), as well as to truths of the Gospels and other New Testament writings. One of the main points I made was that Israelite family of Samson engaging the Gentile woman foreshadows the tribes of Israel that will soon be restored, joining Jewish and Gentile believers. However, Samson’s engagement also provided God a means to judge the Philistines, even as judgment comes upon the entire world during the Apocalypse.
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In this article, we will continue with parallels of the Nazarite Samson to the Nazarene Yeshua, with correlations that lead into the Apocalypse and Messiah reigning with His “Bride” (Jerusalem citizenry) in the land of Israel.
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New Jerusalem, Levi
New Jerusalem, IM

Also, this article- following the example set in the Bible- serves as a warning for unfaithful Christians who miss the wedding: the covenant gathering between the King and elect citizenry for the coming Kingdom of Heaven. One point of the last article is that the twelve tribes of Israel will be restored as many faithful Gentiles and lost Israelites are brought into the Jewish family under the King Messiah, via the New Covenant. Yet, as asserted in the previous article on Judge Samson, the New Covenant makes all nations accountable to God’s judgment, even as God used Samson’s bride to bring judgment on the Philistines.

To better comprehend how Samson receiving his Gentile bride is prophetic, we should consider that Christians will suffer persecution that brings spiritual refinement during the end of the age, just as the ancient warrior’s fiancé suffered at the hand of her own people so that she might betray Judge Samson. As the Spirit works to unite people from around the world for the Marriage Feast of the Lamb, to eat of His scriptural meals, the evil ones of the world will increasingly persecute Jewish and Gentile believers who stand for God’s Word. The reason is, the world wants to create a global utopia without having to acknowledge the prophetic judgments and messianic truths of the Bible (Old and New Testaments).

The Word of God is like the manna that Israelites ate in the wilderness; to some people it tastes like honey and sweet salvation, but to much of the world it is despised, and they have grown tired of consuming it. The Word is bitter when we only taste of the coming judgments and forget the coming salvation and peace- the honey. The prophets discerned this spiritually when prophecies tasted sweet while consuming them but bitter during digesting, simply because the coming judgments are unsettling (cf. Ezek. 2:8-10; 3:1-3; Rev. 11:8-11). Just as not all Israelites (and foreigners joined to them) entered the “land flowing with milk and honey,” not all people in our age will journey out of the spiritual wilderness of the world to enter the coming Kingdom, for the Word is rejected by so many people today, especially in the West.

So to reiterate, the lion of Judah that Samson killed represents Christ (the Lion of the tribe of Judah) sacrificing Himself to provide sweet salvation (honey) for everyone who eat of his sacrifice (i.e., the honey in the dead lion). Thus, in Samson we find both a victorious judge/ruler over Israel and a self-sacrifice that foreshadowed the cross. Before the Book of Revelation disclosed this with symbolism of the Lion of Judah receiving the Divine scroll as a sacrificed Lamb, Prophet Hosea foretold that God, our Elohim YHVH, would be as a “young lion” to the House of Judah; He would be torn and return to His place. And with this, Hosea left a promise of Him returning “on the third day,” which means after two thousands years. According to the prophet, the people would learn that His coming is already prepared as the Former and Latter Rain, i.e., two harvest seasons. With these things now clear, we shall proceed with our messianic foreshadowing that was hidden in an ancient Israelite riddle.
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SLAIN LION AND CONQUERING LAMB
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And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book [inside the Revelation scroll], neither look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof [seven years]. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (Rev. 5:4-6) KJV; intrpl. mine
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If one story is told over and over in the Bible, it is the affirmation that our God lifts the weak and meek as ultimate victors as He brings down the haughty and prideful mountains of men. We find this in the story of David and Goliath, the story of Hebrew slaves’ exodus from Egypt, and in the story of Christ’s servitude and sacrifice for sins. When the “Lion of Judah” is announced in the Book of Revelation, the reader is let to expect His victory through a conquering beast, but his or her attention is immediately turned to the slain Lamb, which means that God does not need to utilize the strength of carnal beasts (or strong nations) to accomplish His objectives in the world.
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In fact, the devouring Beast is the enemy in the book. Likewise, in the story of Samson we find something that seems patently absurd to the carnal mind: a youthful Judean lion is defeated and slain by an unarmed man in hand-to-paw, man-to-beast combat. Although the normal takeaway from the story is that Samson is the mightiest hero of all time, at least in his manly strength, there is another meaning to be gained: that a man of God can conquer the destructive and devouring nature of the beast if the Spirit comes upon him as he engages in his spiritual battles. And this is the essence and message of the cross: that victory in God’s eyes is not necessary what we mortals might expect; indeed, sometimes the most humiliating defeats ultimately become triumphs, for His strength is “perfected in weakness.”
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RIDDLE ME THIS, O YE BRIDE OF MESSIAH
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In ancient Jewish wedding ceremonies, a matrimonial feast was kept for seven days after the bride was taken to the bridegroom’s house (or, usually, his father’s house), which ended with the physical union of the two lovers on the seventh day. On that day, the virtue of the bride was tested (i.e., to see if she was a true virgin). If she was able to confess the blood of their new covenant, all was well for a lifelong union, but if the sheets of the covenant did not confess the blood of her virtue, the covenant was thereafter was made null and void. With the latter result, she was harshly put away from the bridegroom, as per instructions of the Divine Law:
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But if this thing be true [her not being a virgin], and the tokens [sheets] of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel [the potential wife] to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly [sexual corruption] in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you. (Deut. 22:20-22) KJV; intrpl. mine
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As we look back on the harsh ordinances of the Law, we must understand that every line was written to foreshadow greater things concerning the Messiah, and much of it concerns the union of Messiah with the citizenry of Jerusalem during the Apocalypse. During the coming tribulations, all people who seek to become what the Book of Revelation calls the “Bride,” who cannot confess the New Covenant blood of Christ, will be cast out and suffer judgment with the rest of the rebellious world. Israel will be a holy nation, but the Babylonian “Harlot” who betrays the faith for worldly lust with the nations will not be accepted. Thus, God exclaims, “Come out of her My people, and be not partakers of her plagues.” (NB: In other articles I explain how holy matrimony and male/female anatomies were designed to profess the holy union of Christ and the Jerusalem citizenry at His return; but I will not here go into details over things that should be self-evident for those who know their Bibles.)
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When Christ comes for His “Bride,” the Harlot (i.e., unfaithful idolaters not cleansed by the blood of sacrifice) will suffer hailstones from the heavens, which will be on the seventh year of the unveiling (the Apocalypse). Hence, the message is that we should not give into lusts over the vain gods of this world, which are not gods at all; rather, we should be prepared to enter the chupah (covering canopy) in the House of Israel. Christ explained via His parables that many people will be cast out of the coming Kingdom of Heaven, for they worship other gods and not present themselves as spiritual virgins in His sight. They will not possess wedding garments of righteousness from the Lord.
Knowing these things, the parable that God wove into the life and story of Samson and his potential bride make much more sense in the panoramic plan of redemption and judgment.
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So his [Samson] father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do [was customary for them]. And it came to pass, when they [Gentiles/Philistines] saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty changes of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it. (Judg. 14:10-13) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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On the seventh day, Samson would have the sheets needed for the consummation of marriage with his bride, if they could not solve his riddle, plus the garments that bridegrooms were culturally expected to provide companions of the bridal chamber. Samson, who is often thought of as a brute beast, wisely perceived that the wicked Philistines would pressure his future wife to disclose his mystery; if they could not get the answer to the riddle from her, he would then know that she was a virtuous woman, able to resist temptation and pressure. Hence, she would likely be a virgin as she asserted. If they could solve his riddle, Samson would know that they were able to receive the answer from his bride, and he would not need sheets and wedding garments to be with her; he might as well give them away and punish the Philistines in the process. In other words, he would discern that- if she dishonored her fiancé during the wedding feast- she was not likely to be a true virgin in the first place nor faithful and honest during marriage. So, in the least, he would learn that she would likely betray him later in life. Moreover, the riddle was also a secret test for her, although she did not perceive it at the time.
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As for the prophetic perspective, we know that the Messiah will join His Bride on the mourning of the seventh millennia day from Adam, in the seventh year of the Apocalypse. At that time, Christ will reward those who solve His mystery of redemption and punish those who do not confess the Gospel of His New Covenant. Those who solve the Great Mystery of God and the messianic mystery of the Ekklesia will will be given glorious white robes as the blood of Christ is verified. And remember that Christ comes with a garment dipped in blood when uniting with His virgin Bride. Those who lack the blood of the covenant, who cannot confess the mystery of the Messiah, will owe Him the price that He paid to share His covenant of redemption. The price of the Suffering Servant Messiah’s blood was thirty pieces of silver, and it was given for all who will be joined to Him as companions. However, the price of His blood will be required from all who do not know Him and reject His works.
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And I said unto them, If ye think it good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. (Zech. 11:12) KJV
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At the coming marriage of the Lamb, the virgins who solve the mystery will showcase their spiritual reward from the Judge and Deliverer of Israel in righteous garments:
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And white robes were given unto every one of them [martyrs of Apocalypse]…And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him [the messenger], Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulations, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Rev. 6:11; 7:13-14) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Whether we are alive and remain until Christ is revealed or become martyrs for teaching the Gospel truth during the Apocalypse (then resurrected), we will be clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This comes with acceptance of the price paid for us, and by this we are able to join the Great King when He takes His everlasting dominion (cf. Matt. 24:30-32; Rev. 1:7; Isa. 33:17; 1 Cor. 6:20). If we are unable to solve the mystery, we must pay the price with our own lives nonetheless (cf. Isa. 1:18; Dan. 11:33-35; Eccl. 9:7-8; Matt. 22:10-14; Rev. 19:20; 20:25).
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In the midst of the seven-day-feast, which directs us to the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Feast of Tabernacles, Samson posed a riddle that looked back to his peculiar slaying of the lion of Judah. What this tell us is that we must be able to look back to the cross to enter the New Covenant union with a confession on the seventh millennial day.
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And he [Samson] said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson’s wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father’s house with fire: have ye called us to take what we have? is it not so? (Judg. 14:14-15) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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New Beginning, Cross and Universe
Sun of Righteousness on the 3rd Day, IM

Note that the passage reads that the Philistines could not expound the riddle within three days, yet it continues on to explain that on the seventh day they threatened to torch the woman’s father’s house, lest she comply. This indicates the connection between the third millennial day from the cross and the seventh millennial day from Adam, which are one and the same. From the time that the mystery of the Gospel went into the world until the Antichrist and False Prophet (Euro-Muslim alliance) threaten to destroy the churches and House of Israel (a.k.a. House of the Father), there is persecution, but the Messiah comes as the Deliverer on the seventh great day- the Great Sabbath- to revenge His people. 

The Philistines of the time postured that Samson’s bride had called them to the wedding but to take their possessions. These same sentiments can be found today among conspiracy theorists who blame Israel (and Zionists) for financial gains by Jewish bankers and progressive globalists. Likewise, Palestinians revise history and accuse Israel of stealing their land and possessions. Western Christians are also accused in these Muslim-based theories, and several Islamic nations teach their children that Christians and Jews must be submitted and destroyed before paradise can come on Earth (e.g., Iran, Saudi Arabia, Palestine). Indeed, Muslim threats and conspiracy theories are regularly spewed out.
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Already Christians suffer genocide in several parts of the Near/Middle East and North Africa, as Armenians suffered by the Ottoman Turks, but the great temptation will soon envelop the entire world. It may be that the Lord expresses His global enemies as Philistines in the story because Palestinians are the greatest thorn in the side of Israel during these final years leading to the messianic Kingdom, and a common denominator of Israel’s enemies is that they condemn Israel as they sympathize with Palestinian terrorists and victimhood schemers.
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And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell thee? And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people. (Judg. 14:16-17) KJV
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For seven millennial days the elect of God have earnestly prayed and sought to comprehend the mystery of God, ever since Adam. On the seventh day, during the seventh year, the Great Mystery of God’s Word will finally be disclosed. Then, the Lion of Judah will be revealed to the world. When the Bride of Christ is put to tribulations by the Gentile world, she will beg God as if forsaken, praying that He will reveal His mystery to save her Father’s House. At that time, all things will be completely restored.
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And he [messenger of YHVH] had in his hand a little book open [disclosed]: and he set his right foot upon the sea [to Gentiles], and his left foot on the earth [to Israel], And cried with a loud voice [for all to hear], as when a lion roareth [echoing the Messiah]: and when he cried, seven thunders uttered their voices [contributed loudly to the mystery]. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices [loud revelations from Heaven], I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up [keep secret] those things [revelations] which the seven thunders uttered [truths of the Lion’s voice], and write them not [do not include in the Book of Revelation]. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the land [uniting the peoples of God] lifted up his hand to heaven, And swear by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven [creationism], and the things that therein are, and the earth [creationism], and the things that therein are, and the sea [more creationism], and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer [no delay in appointed time to solve the mystery]: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound [expound], the mystery of God [YHVH] should be finished, as He hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Rev. 10:2-7) KJV; intrpl. mine
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God declared to the prophets that there would be a seventh day when all things are revealed- a day when all things that are being revealed are complete and restored. From the passage above, we discern that not all things have been revealed, but the remainders of the revelations will be complete at the end of the age.
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Likewise, Samson’s father and mother (his own Jewish people) did not discern the mystery of his riddle, which is something that alludes to the patriarchs and matriarchs of the faith awaiting the full revelations of God at the end of the age- i.e., on the seventh day (see Dan. 12:8-9). A veil has been cast over the eyes of all the nations (of Jews and Gentiles), like a bride waiting to clearly see, but at the coming of our God it will be cast off (see Isa. 25:6-10). Even the prophets who received the mystery by the Spirit awaited full discernment of the times concerning the suffering Christ and His coming reign as the Great King (see 1 Pet. 1:10-11).
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Hence, it is written that the Gospel of the Kingdom will go out into all the world during the Apocalypse, and at that time the messengers who preach will fully know the things in which they proclaim, for all things will be restored.
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And the men of the city said unto him [Samson] on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer [dug deeply into earthly things with his fiancé], ye had not found out my riddle. And the Spirit of the LORD [YHVH]came upon him [Samson], and he went down to Ashkelon [lit. migrants], and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil [possessions], and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house. But Samson’s wife was given to his companion, whom he used as his friend. (Judg. 14:18-20) KJV; intrpl. mine
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When we confess the revelation of the sacrifice of the Lion of Judah, we are saved from death and glorified with the robes of righteousness, though we had formerly been the enemies of Christ because of our trespasses. As for the religious people who have but an appearance of righteousness, yet confess not the Lion of Judah, even that which they think they possess will be taken away from and given to the saints of the Most High. In the story of Samson’s riddle, we are naturally appalled that the wicked who schemed were rewarded while the seemingly innocent were slain, but the panoramic message of redemption from God is that even those who have persecuted the Bride of Messiah can be redeemed if they learn of Him and confess His sacrifice for their sins (confess the Lion of Judah). And those who cared not to participate in His mystery will still have the price in which He paid required of them.
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Saul the Pharisee, born late in the Gospel, in his own comparison to the twelve primary apostles, initially persecuted Christians to shut down the message of the Gospel of Salvation, but he went on to glory with a robe of righteousness, but Esau, the firstborn of Isaac, counted his inheritance menial, and it slipped into the hands of Israel. Thus, it is not where one has been that separates them from the life and gifts of Christ; rather, it is how willing one is to hear and confess the redemption that is granted once- by any means- it is perceived.
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And the disciples came, and said unto him [Yeshua], Why speaketh thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing [with mortal eyes] see not [spiritual things]; and hearing [mortal hearing] they hear not, neither do they understand. (Matt. 13:10-13) KJV; intrpl. mine
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If a man calls his wife a cow, she will almost certainly get angry, to say the least, but Samson spoke metaphorically of the deep things of God- things in which we should heed. Scripturally, God compares all of His people to cattle and sheep, especially when we are put to tribulation under the yoke of oppression. Sadly, this is often the only time when His people will preach the true Gospel of the Kingdom (rather than worldly gain). Cows can stand still and supply the milk of doctrine, as we see with the preaching of today, but producing milk does not leave a mark on the earth as do tribulations. When God looked down upon men for a great prophet to continue in the work of Elijah, He did not choose from among the prominent men of Israel, among royalty and dignitaries. Instead, He had Elijah cast his cloak towards Elisha whilst he plowed earnestly in the field. God’s looking for harvesters who will break up the earthly soil and bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom. Samson, likewise, knew good and well that if his riddle was solved within seven days that it would come when his wife was persecuted to reveal it. Although he was angry that His mystery was solved by ill-gotten means, he stayed true to his word.
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The Roman Catholic Church and her straying Protestant daughters (Great Babylon, mother of spiritual harlots) have not been altogether faithful to Christ during times of worldly temptation and tribulations, but Elohim YHVH will call His faithful people out of her and errant churches and back to His Father’s House, even as His vengeance is poured out on the unbelieving world. His purpose is served despite the state of the Ekklesia, since teaching the Gospel under duress still brings many enemies of God to salvation.

In the parable, Samson left his bride’s house and returned to his father’s house, which means the age of grace to the churches will come to an end, and Messiah will rule over the world from Jerusalem. At that time, the friends of Christ will rule with Him over the nations of the world (cf. Dan. 7:27; Matt. 19:28; John 15:15; Rev. 2:26-27). Babylon, however, will be left to the wrath of the Antichrist, which is also suggested in the similitude of Samson’s bride.
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Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [what is stronger than a Lion?] is the Lord God who judgeth her. (Rev. 18:8) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Nevertheless, Christ will gather all who repent and  remain when He is revealed at the last, seventh trumpet.
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Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. (Luke 12:35-36) KJV
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Prophet Isaiah wrote that the world would break the everlasting covenant of God and indeed invite His wrath (see Isa. 24:4-6), and King David wrote that the leaders of the Earth would seek to loose the bonds that their nations have with the Messiah (see Ps. 2), but the good news is that all who remain faithful until the end will be saved, even those who are martyred. There is an appointed time for the marriage of the Lamb that many people will miss, and they will not be sealed for the last year, and there are those who will go (or be there) who will be cast out, but the important thing is to put on the righteousness of Christ wherever you are.

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 22:11-13) KJV
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A BURNING VENGEANCE
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As we continue in the exciting life and times of Judge Samson, consider the following theme in light of the Messiah coming to punish His enemies with fire, as the Holy Scriptures proclaim. The Lord will leave the Babylonian Church to fornicate with the anti-Christian world and receive her fate, but He will also punish the leaders of the world for their part in hindering His spiritual harvest.
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But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest [harvest of souls, end of Apocalypse], that Samson visited [returned to] his wife with a kid [goat sacrifice for atonement]; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father [priesthood] would not suffer him to go in. And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore, I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her. And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn [or grain], with the vineyards and olives. (Judg. 15:1-5) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Not All That Grows In the Vineyard Is Saved, PDI
Not All That Grows In the Vineyard Is Saved, PDI

Like Samson, Christ will set the foxes- which represent cunning beastly rulers such as the Roman emperors (see Luke 13:31-32)- against the people of His world harvest, and the apocalyptic fires will consume away the withered vineyard who do not abide in His Word. Vineyards, grain fields, and the like all represent His soul harvest in biblical symbolism, so the message gained from the passage is that Christians will suffer tribulations when they forsake the coming of the Lord for the Antichrist system.

Samson bound them tail-to-tail which symbolizes the end (tails) of worldly powers and how they are bound together to resist the coming Judge of Israel during the Apocalypse. In Christ’s parables, fields often represent the world, and He explained that He would have the tares bound together for the fire.   
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I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth 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; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.- Jesus Christ (John 15:5-6) KJV
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After the Beast of nations and the children of the False Prophet Mohammad cast down the harlot church and burn her with fire, blaming her for the Lord’s wrath, they will then meet the long awaited wrath and vengeance of Almighty God, our Elohim YHVH. This is what we see foreshadowed in Samson’s vengeance upon His Philistine enemies:
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Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite [son in Torah, God’s portion], because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burned her and her father with fire. And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease [rest in Great Sabbath]. And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter [Armageddon]: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam [Mt. Zion exalted as Eagles’ lair]. (Judg. 15:6-8) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The Framework For All Biblical Things, Restored
Framework For All Biblical Things, Restored

After Babylon is burned with fire, including the priestly house (Vatican), the Lord will slaughter His remaining enemies at the Battle of Armageddon. After that He will finally rest with His people, but the rebellious nations will be ruled with a “rod of iron” during the millennium. Most eschatologists- the ones who accept that Christ will return to reign from Jerusalem for a millennium- teach that world peace will come all at once for the entire duration, yet several passages suggest that there will be reasons for Christ to reign with a “rod of iron” over the nations. How willing the rest of the world will be to His dominion is yet to be seen, but what is certain from Scriptures is that the whole world will learn righteousness until the Kingdom is delivered up to God on the eight millennial day: the Great White Throne Judgment.

TO SLAY ONE THOUSAND
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The number 1,000 is reoccurring in Scripture because it emphasizes that a global government in which many political leaders seek (and have sought)- a new world order- cannot come to fruition except by Christ. In the story of King Belshazzar of Babylon, the king drank unworthily of God’s Temple chalices with 1,000 of his royal friends and dignitaries (see Dan. 5:1), and in that moment the finger of God wrote a message on the wall concerning his fall. When Hitler came to power, he saw himself as an anti-Jewish messianic figure who would usher in a global utopia for 1,000 years- a 1,000-year-Reich, but God cut his plans short with everlasting condemnation.

Likewise, the Roman Catholic Church has vehemently denied the coming 1,000 years of Christ’s reign on Earth; instead, they count themselves as the Vicars of Christ already reigning in a figurative millennium (a-millennialism). Some of them postulate a post-millennial return of Christ, wherein He still does not reign on Earth but merely gathers the elect to spiritual Heaven. Indeed, they do not preach the coming Kingdom of Heaven at Israel, and, in fact, they have denied it since Augustine reinterpreted Revelation.
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For the rest of Judges, Chapter 15, I encourage readers to consider the symbolism concerning the millennium for yourselves, with the help of the Holy Spirit. It offers another look at the coming vengeance of the Messiah on His enemies, and the highlight is Samson slaying 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. While I could continue line-upon-line correlating all the shadows to their fulfillment in Christ, it benefits Bible-believers much more to start personally comprehending similitudes and parables, which is why Christ came and taught them. In the final article on Judge Samson, we will continue with the story of Delilah and end it with the self-sacrifice of Israel’s great deliverer.  
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If, however, any questions remain about things excluded, leave a comment, and I will be sure to answer.
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