In verse 30, we see that "the dead which he slew at his death were more than [they] which he slew in his life."
Thus his moment of greatest defeat was really his greatest victory. Samson died in victory. Jesus' moment of greatest defeat, on the cross, was really his moment of greatest victory. The destruction of the Church will be Her moment of greatest victory!
We have said that the Lords of the Philistines represent heavenly powers. Samson brought destruction to the Philistine rulers of his time.
Likewise the martyrdom of the church brings about judgment on the powers of heaven at the end of the age.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Matthew 24:29
Samson's second purpose was achieved because by the destruction of the Philistine power base, the people of Israel were set free.
When the church lays down its life, it's for the purpose of setting the people of Israel free. The fall of the powers of heaven is what is needed to remove the veil of spiritual blindness over Israel.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. [Here the brethren speaks of Israel.] (1 John 3:16)
If we look at Romans 12:1-2, we see it speaks of laying down our lives.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
When the Lord uses the word 'therefore' it's there for a purpose. And the purpose for this is found a few verses back on Romans 11.
And so all Israel shall be saved Rom 11:26
As the power of heaven fall, Israel shall see clearly her need to repent and call upon Messiah Jeshua to come and save them. This is what will make them cry out Baruch Ha Ba B'Shem Adonai (Blessed be Him who comes in the name of the Lord.) It is then that Jesus will come again to His people.
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. Jeremiah 50:4
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zechariah 12:10
Verse 31 mentions that "Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought [him] up ".
This is a reference to the Second Coming of the Lord and the resurrection. His brethren and all the house of his father are Christ and all the saints. When Jesus comes for the Church it will be to resurrect her. Bringing Samson up and burying him with his fathers speaks of resurrecting the church and setting her in a place of honor. This happens right after her death. "Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19
The conclusion is that Samson knowingly and willingly laid down his life for the purpose of destroying his enemies and setting Israel free. That is exactly the pattern that Jesus followed to set his people free. That is the pattern that the Church is called to follow as we become conformed to the image of Christ.
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