Sword of Gideon (Article One):

A Similitude of the Hidden Messiah
(Updated 2/13/17)
BY LEVI
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Judge Gideon is oftentimes overlooked by Jews and Christians as one of the great heroes of the Bible, although he was one of the mightiest deliverers for the Israelite people during their centuries before kings. Great patriarchs and matriarchs such as Noah, Moses, Deborah, and Samson often to come to mind, but Gideon is one of those names in which preachers usually know well while congregants, more often than not, would be hard-pressed to retell his story. Many Christians in the West might recall an organization that hands out free “Gideon’s Bibles” to the less fortunate and prisoners, but it would probably be asking too much for most people of our generation to explain Gideon’s victory and its messianic parallels. 
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In my reasoned opinion, God designed His story of Gideon in such a manner, so easily overlooked, for Gideon was a judge and deliverer who probably best exemplifies the hidden, underestimated, and mysterious aspects of Messiah. What I imply by this assertion is that Yeshua (Jesus) was hardly the expected “Deliverer” whom 1st century Jews patiently awaited- a Man born in a small town’s manger and known as the Son of a carpenter.
Nonetheless, all biblical stories offer us amazing revelations of the once-lightly esteemed Christ, and in this article we will draw Gideon’s parallels out of biblical obscurity and into the illumination of the Holy Spirit for prophetic enlightenment.
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And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah [fawn, timid and unweaned offspring], that pertained unto [belongs to the estate of] Joash the Abiezrite [YHVH-given, Father of help]: and his [YHVH-given] son Gideon [warrior-destroyer, fell-er of obstacles] threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites [children of strife]. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD [YHVH] is with thee [joined with Gideon, beside him], thou mighty man of valour. (Judg. 6:11-12) KJV; all intrpl. mine
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Here we find the Lord YHVH announce Himself to Gideon with an unexpected honor. Gideon, according to God, was a “mighty man of valor,” although at the time he was found threshing wheat in a secretive manner, hidden from Israel’s oppressive enemies. At that moment, conducting his seasonal harvest duties while avoiding detection, he probably did not feel like an honorable warrior or even a slightly mighty man. Indeed, even the Benjaminite town that Gideon made home was named after tender and unweaned, timid creatures. Hence, what does the Angel of YHVH’s presence do? He sits under a strong oak tree and smiles, knowing that Gideon would soonafter transition from a secretive harvester to a mighty deliverer who would thereafter fell his enemies like trees.
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Of course, this unexpected salute to Gideon has greater meaning in the panoramic deliverance of God, and it shows the two different views people would have of Christ: the carnal view of men who underestimated Him or the Spiritual view.
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Gideon was the son of Joash the Abiezrite, and this fact indicates that he foreshadowed the Son given by Father YHVH- given to help the elect. Gideon and his threshing work were hidden behind the winepress, and this correlates to Messiah coming secretly like a thief in the night, with a new name, as He separates the wheat from the chaff in the harvest of God. Like a winepress, the world will see the wrath of God during the Apocalypse, but the Messiah will be hidden from their vision as He accomplishes His mighty work.
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And I saw heaven opened [spiritual revelation, vision], and behold a white horse [righteous movement]; and he [Messiah] that sat upon him was called Faithful and True [the world will confess], and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire [refining, Spiritual perception], and on his head were many crowns [a worldwide dominion]; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood [bringing atonement to the elect and recompense to His enemies]: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven [spiritual warriors] followed him [the Word of God] upon white horses [pure, righteous movements], clothed with fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword [the whetted Word], that with it he should smite the nations [fell His global enemies]: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron [powerful and strong guidance during the Great Sabbath]: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness  and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Rev. 19:11-16) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Harvest Threshing, PDI

Several passages, from both Old and New Testaments, support this assertion that the winepress and secret threshing of Gideon’s harvest are signs of God’s spiritual work through Messiah. Like Gideon and his prophetic name, Christ is both the Savior to Israel and a destroyer of the elects’ wicked enemies (cf. Isa. 52:15; 53:1; 63:1-4; Matt 13:30; Rev. 11:18). Like similar-appearing chaff and wheat, He and His angels will separate the two groups during the sealing on the Year of the Redeemed, at the end of the Apocalypse.

Before that time comes, His messengers prepare the way before Him to give warning of the winepress of His wrath, when Elohim YHVH rises mightily to deliver His spiritually fruitful people and cast down the workers of iniquity.
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And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair [covering of a burden-carrier], and a leather girdle about his loins [bodily discipline, restriction]; and his meat [strong doctrine that sustained him] was locusts [consuming armies of the enemy] and wild honey [unorthodox teachings of salvation]. Then went out to him [gathered to him] Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan [elect near the waters of the Word], confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees [religious sects] come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers [subtly venomous men], who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring therefore fruits meet [appropriate for] repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father [will be saved because of fleshly inheritance]: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham [fulfill promises]. And now also the axe [whetted edge] is laid to the root of the tree [will cut off the unfaithful from Israelites]: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water [cleanse by the waters of the Word] unto repentance [turning back hearts]: but he [Messiah] that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear [cannot loose His sandal and claim engagement to the spiritual Bride]: He shall baptize you will the Holy Ghost [Ruach Kodesh], and with fire [spiritual refinement]: Whose fan is in his hand [ability to disperse wicked elements with the Spirit], and he will thoroughly purge his floor [threshingfloor], and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matt. 3:4-12) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Before John the Baptist issued such stern warnings to Israel, that the wrath of God would be poured upon the rebellion, and Christ would purge the threshingfloor, the Book of Matthew informs us that “This is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the LORD; make His pathways straight.’” Yet, as I, the scribe, have pointed out in other articles, the correlating passage from Isaiah prescribes a different, contradicting approach to Elijah dealing with Jerusalem and Jews, where God’s message to him is to “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” and the reason was because Jerusalem had already “received from YHVH’s hand double for all her sin” (cf. Matt. 3:3 and Isa. 40:1). Hence, the axe already “laid at the root of the tree” was not a particularly comforting message to 1st century Jews, and Jerusalem was completely destroyed (for the second time: first by Babylon and then Rome) within a generation after John was beheaded (70 A.D.). What this should tell readers is that one of the messengers during the Apocalypse will be Elijah, to comfort and announce the Deliverer of Israel and Jerusalem, during trying times, rather than warn of utter destruction.
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This is relevant to the foreshadowing of Gideon, because the Prophet Malachi reveals that the message of Elohim YHVH is actually a warning for Israel to remember the Law of Moses, lest their hearts are not turned back when Elijah prepares the way of the Lord. Utter destruction is the alternative to repentance and salvation (see Mal. 4:4-6). In order for Elijah to comfort the people of God with assurance of deliverance (see Rom. 11:26-27), the laws given by Moses, and the exodus journey, must be remembered and embraced. The hearts of the children must be turned back to the truths of the fathers of the faith. 
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Consider the following passage, how doing this released God’s power to save ancient Israel when the Angel of YHVH visited Gideon:
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And Gideon said unto him, “Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this [evil] befallen us? and where be all his [YHVH’s] miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” And the LORD looked upon him, and said, “Go in this thy might [strength of remembrance], and thou shalt save Israel from the hand [forces] of the Midianites: have I not sent thee?” (Judg. 5:13-14) KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine
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Christ threshingIf, as I assert, the story of Gideon truly foreshadows the coming deliverance of the King Messiah, its enigmatic message must convey that salvation will come to the nation when they remember the former things of Prophet Moses and petition God in prayers for the miracles of the former days. When they do, they will have a transformation with Christ, from victims of historical injustices and oppression to a mighty and righteous nation that can conquer every enemy, even as Gideon was comforted in like fashion- with a message that God had not forsaken them.
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And he [Gideon] said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh [forgetting], and I am the least in my father’s house. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man [single enemy entity]. (Judg. 6:15-16) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Again, we find more attributes of Messiah, from God teaching- concerning His heavenly throne and rebuilding of His earthly Temple- that He will look upon Him (the Messiah) who reveres His word: One who is of a poor and contrite spirit (cf. Isa. 53; 66:1-3). Hence, Christ explained that He was meek and lowly of heart (see Matt. 11:29) as an example for those who will inherit the earth and enter His Great Sabbath. Further, He often explained in His ministry that the least would become the greatest and the last would be first. The former sorrows and pains and judgments will pass away for those who enter His rest, as something Christ compared to a woman forgetting all her tribulations in giving birth after her child is born into the world. This is likely why the Spirit inspired Gideon to respond that he was of Manasseh (forgetting, the first son of Joseph), for the tears of our trying journey, and the things that humble us in life, will be replaced with joy for those who inherit the coming Kingdom with the Messiah (see Rev. 21:1-7).
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As for the second son of Joseph, Ephraim, his names means double fruitfulness which implies that the second coming of the Son of God will be even greater, for God lifts the humble valleys whilst He brings down mountains of pride. Like Gideon, the glory of Messiah was hidden in His ministry, born as a meek servant of God during Roman oppression of Judea. And like the story of Gideon, God will turn the tables to exalt Him in Israel:
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For He [the Lord] has gathered them [nations against Zion] like the sheaf of the threshingfloor. Arise and thresh daughter of Zion [Israel/Zion reborn], for your horn [growth in power] I will make iron [as the Romans were], and your hoofs [treading of enemies] I will make bronze [as Greeks were]. And you shall crush many nations. And I will consecrate [make pure in devotion] to YHVH their corrupt gain, and their wealth to the Lord of the entire Earth. Now gather [unite, band, legion] together, daughter of a troop [child of Greco-Roman might]- a siege someone sets against us [Zion]. With a rod, they [the Roman troops] shall strike upon the cheek the One judging Israel [cf. John 5:22-30; 9:39]. And you, Bethlehem of Ephratah [Ephraim], being the least town among among the thousands of Judah, out of you shall He [Messiah] venture forth unto Me [see Dan. 7:13-14]: the One to become Ruler [or One ruling] in Israel- and His venturing forth from of old, from the days of infinity. Therefore, He [Messiah, the Judge] will give them up [Jews, Judah] until the time that the one giving birth [Zion, see Isa. 66:6-13] has given birth [nation of Israel]; then the remainder of His brethren [Ingathering of Sukkot] shall return to the sons of Israel. And He shall stand and pasture [feed as a Shepherd] in the strength of YHVH, in the majesty [royal glory] of the name of YHVH, His Elohim. And they [His brethren] shall sit [be seated for governing], for by now He is great unto the ends of the earth. (Mic. 4:12-14; 5:1-4) PIT; intrpl. mine 
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Please read the two remaining articles on Gideon.
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2 comments on “Sword of Gideon (Article One):

  1. One of my favorite parables of hidden manna thank you old friend for your faithfulness in providing fresh foods with spicy dishes and meats!!

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    • A little encouragement, it goes a long way! So, thank you. A lot of dark forces are coming down, but I will do as I can. By the way, I just added the rest to the article. It has a lot to do with Moses, so you should find it interesting, my friend.

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