Samson went and caught 300 foxes. What do foxes stand for? First they are among the 'beasts of the earth' and Jesus and the second Adam is obeying God's commandment to Adam in Genesis 1:28, to subdue the beasts of the earth or earthly demonic powers. [See 'which of You Convicts Me of Sin?' By Bill Somers]
Secondly foxes speak specifically of demonic forces that come against the Church.
In Nehemiah, where the people are building the walls of Jerusalem, we see their enemies ridiculing them and their walls as weak enough for a fox to destroy. So a fox is a beast of the earth whose assignment is to attack the holy city, the Church.
Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall. Nehemiah 4:3
In the Song of Solomon, foxes are depicted attacking vines, and we know the bible commonly uses the vine or vineyard to speak of the Church.
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15
Lamentations mentions foxes as part of the judgment on Jerusalem or Zion [the Church]
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. Lamentations 5:18
In Matthew, Jesus mentions foxes and birds. These are the beasts of the earth and the fowls of the air. [Demonic Forces]. Because of their inroads into the Church, the holes and nests, the son of man is hindered from taking his place as the head. He cannot come to his rest and rest his head upon his body the Church till it is purged by judgment. The holes of the foxes are the enemies breaches in the wall. They are points where the hedge is broken down allowing the fox entrance to the vineyard. They are places where sin has opened a way for the enemy to come in. They are the Gates of Hell. The nests of the birds are spiritual strongholds of wrong thinking and false doctrine that fill the Church today.
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Matthew 8:20
Later in Matthew, Jesus speaks of King Herod as 'that fox'. Recall that Herod was a leader in persecution of the Church, and suffered a terrible judgment for it in the book of Acts.
And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Luke 13:32
Note also the use of the phrase 'third day' in that quote. This speaks of the resurrection on the third day, and of the coming perfection of the Church on the millennial third day. Reinforcing our understanding that these things take place during the millenium. [See 'The Third Day in Prophecy' by Bill Somers]
It is this perfection of the Church that results from the redemption. It is made possible by the subduing of the foxes. When the foxes holes are closed off, and the birds nests are eliminated, then the Son of Man will have that place to lay his head, a Church purified and holy, and dedicated only to serving him. A Church that is finally willing to die for Him.
Now back to Samson [verse 4,5], his use of the foxes was to destroy the Philistines crops. Their corn, their wine, their oil. Their entire economy was laid waste. From our end time perspective this speaks of world wide economic disaster, one of the judgments we expect during tribulation. So when the world falls apart, the Church will come together!
Now obviously [let's face it] verse 6 pictures the final persecution of the Church.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. Revelation 11:7
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: Revelation 13:7
Notice the Philistine reaction to these disasters:
6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, "
It is like the world will realize that these judgments are acts of God, and take revenge against Christians out of frustration. But God says:
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19
[See 'The How and the Therefore' by Bill Somers]
In Joel there is a reference to the vine and the fig tree.
He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: Joel 1:7
As the vine is taken to mean the Church, the fig tree is often used to mean Israel.
And so we see that verses 7 and 8 picture the Lords final revenge against those who have destroyed his vineyard [the Church]. The next section looks at the end time finale with a focus on the Jews, the Men of Judah. This shows the Lord's final revenge against those who have barked his fig tree [Israel].
9 Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.
10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.
11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them. [See Joel 3:4]
12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.
14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.
15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. Judges 15:9-15
Now to understand this point here, reread the passage and filter out any reference to binding Samson, these details are irrelevant in this case.
What this is saying is that there will come a time when the World [Philistines] will come against Israel [the men of Judah] to make war. They pitched and they spread themselves means they come ready to fight.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14
At this time the Jews of Israel will Call Upon the Lord, [Samson up on the rock of Etam] who will come down from the rock [down from heaven] and fight their enemy for them! So this part of the Samson story is a picture of the Battle at Armageddon. When the Lord will save his people and destroy the remainder of His enemies.
The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. Joel 3:6
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