The Battle of Gideon is a Shadow of the Battle of Armageddon

Shadows or types are those things in the Bible which point to greater truths. This is taught in several places.  Of especially poignant use is Colossians 2:16-17:

Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

While all types or shadows ultimately point to Christ, they can at times point to future events as part of the greater scope. Ecclesiastes 1:9 teaches that what has been is what will be and what has been done will be done.  The future is hidden in the past. So if you want to know the future you can look to shadows of upcoming events in Scripture. One such possible shadow deals with Gideon’s battle. It may surprise you to learn that this could be a picture of the final battle of Armageddon, or the time soon before and including the vanquishing of the Anti-Christ.  As shadows or types go this one is admittedly tenuous.  The only way to be completely certain if something was a shadow or type is to have verification of the fact from Scripture itself.  Therefore, this author could very well be wrong in his belief.  Nevertheless, there is enough evidence to at least speculate that there may be a connection.  Please consider the following correlations:

Judges 6:1 tells of the Sons of Israel being given over to their enemies (the Midianites) because they did evil in the sight of the LORD. Compare this to Daniel 9:27 where the Anti-Christ makes a covenant with the Hebrews for one “week” (seven years). During this period God will put Israel through some especially hard times so as to bring them to faith in Messiah (Zech. 12:10).

Judges 6:2 records Midian causing the Hebrews to hid in caves and mountains. Matthew 24:16 has Christ telling those Hebrews living just as the Abomination of Desolation is revealed to flee to the mountains. Isaiah 26:20 even has the Hebrews hiding in their “secret places.” Isaiah is also speaking of this tribulational period. As a point of interest, the enemies of Christ will also be forced to do this (Is. 2:19, Rev 6:15).

Judges 6:3 records the “sons of the east” going against the Israelites along with the Midianites and the Amalekites. Revelation 16:12 tells of the “kings of the east.” These kings will take part of the final battle in the valley of Har-Magedon (Rev. 16:16).

Judges 6:11 records the Angel of the LORD appearing to Gideon as he was threshing wheat in the wine press. The Angel of the LORD goes on to tell Gideon that he is with him. Though it cannot be covered here, the Angel of the LORD is a Christophany/Theophany (a pre-incarnate Christ). Compare this to Revelation 14:19; 19:15 where the wrath of Jesus is described as Him treading a wine press.

Judges 6:27 records Gideon taking ten men and did as the LORD had spoken to him. Revelation 17:12 speaks of ten kings who are allied with the Anti-Christ.

Judges 6:33 records the Midianites, the Amalekites and the sons of the east making camp in the valley of Jezreel (Har-Magedon). Revelation 16 records the great battle between Christ and the Anti-Christ as occurring in this very valley.

Judges 8:3 records God giving the two leaders of Midian (Oreb and Zeeb) to the Israelites. In Revelation 20:10 it can be seen that the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet have been cast into the lake of fire.

After examining these comparisons it seems to be completely reasonable to posit that the battle of Gideon was in fact a shadow of the battle of Armageddon.

Comments

  1. Matthew I think that there is great potential in this as a type. I do feel however that you are requiring people to make too many metal leaps. I can see that you have a theological mind like me and therefore I am able to overcome what others might write off as mere assumption.

    Just a suggestion here “Judges 6:27 records Gideon taking ten men and did as the LORD had spoken to him. Revelation 17:12 speaks of ten kings who are allied with the Anti-Christ.” The “good guys” in the type become the “bad guys” in the anti-type? you cannot take a picture of good and make the fulfillment something bad. Just because it correlates means nothing. Well unless you think it does but then you never explained how it does this – I cannot even make that mental leap.

    Your writing is really good Matthew, unusually clear, and theologically sound. But I think that this post may need further development. If it means 3,4, or 5 posts then by all means. This is not about changing the minds of those opposed to our position but about strengthening and arming those who already hold it with sound arguments. There has been so much capitulation to the other side despite the fact that it is completely unsound, it is unfortunately due to the fact that they have on too many occasions been able to articulate it better. That is sad.

    • Thank you for reading and taking the time to respond. I purposefully chose this possible type as it is not as obvious as many others. Indeed, it may not be a type at all. However, given that there were enough interesting comparisons I thought it would make for interesting speculation. It’s not something that I have spent a great deal of time on as I do at least some other subjects.

      You said, “Just because it correlates means nothing.” I disagree. It may or not mean something. By itself I would think nothing of it. However, when combined with the other examples I believe it warrants a mention. But yes, the two points could very well be unrelated.

      I have edited the post to make it clear that this claim is not one that I am certain of. And yes, I agree that there has been too much capitulation to the, “covenant” side. It really is a shame because they are working from a presupposition that ultimately undermines the plain meaning of Scripture.

      In Christ,
      Ervin

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