Q. Out of the eater came forth meat, out of the strong, came forth sweetness. A. What is sweeter than honey and what is stronger than a lion?
That is Samson's riddle. Did you notice that the answer is a question? And naturally a question calls for another answer. What is the answer to the answer? Now this is interesting, the answer to the answer is, so to speak, the ultimate answer! And The Ultimate Answer is Jesus Christ! For it is He who is sweeter than honey and He who is stronger than a lion!
In the first article on Samson's Riddle we found the following conclusions: [see Samson's Riddle by Bill Somers]
a. Samson is a type of the Lord Jesus b. Samson's wife is a type of the Church c. Samson's father is a type of God the Father d. The Philistines are a type of the world e. The honey is a type of the Word Of God Revealed In Depth, or Revelation Knowledge f. The answer to the riddle is Jesus Christ g. The act of giving the answer is a type of The Revelation of Jesus Christ! This is the Word Of God Revealed In Depth h. The act of Samson's wife telling her people the answer is a type of the Church revealing Jesus to the World. That is preaching the gospel to all the world and completing the great commission.
i. One of the main lessons is that the Church cannot effectively reveal Jesus to the World till she receives that revelation in depth herself! That is till Jesus reveals Himself to the Church. Then the world will see Jesus in the Church.
Now let's draw some conclusions from this allegory:
Looking at point G above, we understand that this speaks of Revival. That is Jesus coming to the Church and revealing Himself in awesome holiness and irresistible power is what we really mean by revival. Not lots of people getting converted. That comes next. Point H speaks of the harvest or ingathering that must follow revival.
Now the text tells us that this took place on the 7th day. Prophetically this means the 7th 1000 year period, in other words, the Millenium. Thus the revival and harvest will take place not before the Millenium but on and at the very beginning of the Millenium!
Now what else does the text tell us will happen at that time? What is the 'Rest of the Story'?
We just said that the revival and harvest take place at the beginning of the 7th millenium, not at the end of the 6th. Are there other elements here in Judges 14 and 15 that speak of other end time events?
If we look carefully, with spiritual eyes, there are several. I'm going to share what the Holy Spirit has allowed me to see so far. This includes:
a recapitulation of the cycle of judgment, redemption and harvest;
the outpouring of the spirit;
further judgment on the world's economy;
the final persecution of the Church;
the redemption of the Jews;
the final battle and return of the Lord.
Before going into all that, lets look at some loose ends from part one and their relation to the 'Rest of the Story'.
In part one to explain the meaning of the sweetness in the riddle, we said:
The honey, the sweetness is the word of God.
Then said Jonathan, ...: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey. 1 Sam 14;:29
And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: ... Rev 10:10
In each case here we took a passage out of context to make a connection between the sweetness and the word of God and the understanding it brings. But in each case there was a down side; a 'Rest of the Story' that we did not go into.
For Jonathan, eating the honey brought him under a sentence of death! There was a price to pay.
Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must die. 1 Sam 14:43
In the book of Revelation, when the prophet eats the book, there was a price to pay, a bitter result.
And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. Rev. 10:10
Now in our discussion of Samson's Riddle and him revealing it to his wife, the 'Rest of the Story', the downside is that, shortly after that, SHE DIES! What is this telling us? Is it a picture of the Church being caught up and away from the judgments? Is it a picture of the Church surviving through a period of judgments and caught away at the end? Or is it a picture of the Church persecuted and overcome by her enemies? The 'Rest of the Story' is that the Church must die. But what chess player would not sacrifice his queen to checkmate the enemy? [The Lord spoke this to me as I was writing this.]
Now let's look a some specifics:
16 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 it thee?
17 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.
18 And the men of the city said unto him 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, ye had not found out my riddle.
19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, 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.
20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend. Judges 14:16-20
In verses 16 and 17, Samson's wife [the Church] weeps before him and pleads until he reveals the answer to the riddle. This illustrates the Church weeping in repentance before her Lord. She presses in till the great revelation comes and immediately reveals it to the world. It is a case of the cycle of judgment, redemption and harvest. Some judgments having brought the Church to her knees in the first place.
Verse 18 shows the reason for the Lord's anger against the enemies of the Church who have "plowed with his heifer". So, in verse 19, following this redemption, during this time of harvest, the Lord executes further judgments on those who have come against His Church. "The gates of hell shall not prevail." Verse 19 ends with the phrase 'he went up to his father's house'. This clearly speaks of the Lord's Visitation to the Church. But what about verse 20? In Young's translation it reads:
and Samson's wife becometh his companion's, who is his friend.
Who was Samson's companion? I always had the impression that he worked alone! Who was this mysterious guy who shows up out of nowhere and is never heard from again? At any rate, for the purpose of our end time prophetic vision; if Samson is a type of Jesus, then his companion and friend must be the Holy Spirit. Therefore to say his wife became his companion is to say the Church becomes the possession of the Holy Spirit! The Church is then possessed by the Holy Spirit; much in the same way that the virgin Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit in Luke 1:35. This is another way of saying what the Lord said at the end of verse 19. That is He comes to visit and to dwell in his Fathers house, the Church.
This is the first statement of the judgment and redemption cycle. Now lets move on to Chapter 15.
1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said,
1 will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in.
2 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.
3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
4 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.
5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.
6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this ? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.
7 And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. Judges 15:1-8
The cycle is partly restated here in Chapter 15. Verse 1 speaks of the Lord desiring to Visit his wife, his bride, the Church at wheat harvest. This is the time of Pentecost! Also in this verse the father causes a delay in the visitation. In verse two he says " I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her." This speaks of the judgment the Lord must bring against his Church first. [Judgment must needs begin at the house of God.] These judgments will be so severe that it will appear that the Lord had abandoned his Church but it will not be so. For the redemption comes quickly after. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. Isaiah 54:8
Psalm 79 shows this in two phases:
This is the Church interceding under judgment.
1 O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
4 We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
5 How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
And this is her warfare prayer calling on the Lord to judge his enemies.
6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.
8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.
10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.
11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
12 And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.
Samson's next move [verse 4 and 5] is an illustration of the Lord answering the prayers of the Church above.
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