Tuesday, July 28, 2020

7.28.20 Prophecy Fulfilled Updates!!



Prophecy fulfilled 2020: All Glory Be To Almighty God!!

9.30.19 Word from The Lord
You shall see the rewards and be exonerated of false accusation, that scapegoat spirit is being loosed from you says the Lord. My anointed will not be the scapegoats for the outright rebellious deeds of the family line, or heads of business, in govt, they will no longer blamed for following Me, walking circumspectly before Me, choosing to walk and talk with their Abba Father, they will not be blamed for the broken disjointed reckless choices of those who think they can mix darkness and light in a tonic and expect not to get sick. 

Dr Francis Myles had a vision recently of a goat that had the blood of others thrown on it and everywhere it walked there were these bloody footprints. However there was innocence in the eyes of this goat. The Lord showed him this was the plan against the President make him a scapegoat and throw the blood of others shed onto him and blame him for that

February 9 2020
A tidal wave says the Lord thy God this day you will see a tidal wave Heading up to November, it shall be triggered by a violent shaking Says the Lord thy God this day.
May 26 2020 is when the violent protests began being attributed to Mr floyd
Phenomena will break out across the earth that will be compared to biblical events they will be very similar in nature get ready get ready says the Lord for what pharaoh witnessed at the hand of Almighty God the countries that have hardened their hearts and are serving a false versions of Me will see these biblical phenomena break out and it will be historical says the Lord thy God this day.
(voanews.com) Chinese authorities issued more flood warnings Friday as weeks of torrential rains have caused the worst flooding in more than 30 years, destroying the homes and impacting the livelihoods of millions of people, with experts warning the worst is yet to come.  
According to the Ministry of Emergency Management, floods have left 141 people dead or missing, destroyed at least 28,000 homes, affected at least 38 million people and caused around $8.6 billion in economic losses. Heavy rains are expected again in provinces in the southern part of the country in the coming week. 

As many as 33 rivers have reached record highs, while alerts have been issued for a total of 433 rivers, according to a release by China’s Ministry of Water Resources on July 13. Poyang Lake, formed from the overspill of the Yangtze River, is 2.5 meters higher than its warning level.

Vice.com  As if 2020 hasn’t thrown enough curveballs already, desert locusts are setting off a global panic.
From Kenya to Pakistan to, most recently, Argentina, locust swarms have been on the move. The infestation is most advanced in East Africa, which is experiencing the worst locust outbreak in generations.
There’ve been six major locust plagues in the last century, one of which lasted nearly 13 years, according to the U.N. But the current infestation in East Africa is technically an upsurge, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization. Depending on locust control efforts and favorable breeding conditions in terms of moisture and soil, the upsurge could spread even further and get upgraded to a plague.
(Dailymail.co.uk ) Chinese officials have warned that parts of the country could be ravaged by a locust plague between now and September after armies of the insects already 'invaded' the country.
Swarms of yellow-spined bamboo locusts have destroyed about 26 square miles of fields in Pu'er after raiding the city from China's border with Laos, the local government said.  
The Pu'er forestry authority yesterday issued an early warning, predicting a potential locust 'disaster' in China's southern border regions after the spread of the pests 'accelerated'. 

May 21 2020 Watch Detroit and Chicago,
Police: 64 Shot, 11 Killed as Weekend Violence Continues in Chicago (wttw.com)

July 20.20 Gunfire in a Detroit eatery late Sunday that killed three men and put a fourth in the hospital was one of the latest examples of what the city's Police Chief James Craig called a "senseless shooting," which is a part of a rising violent crime rate. (Detroit free press) \
The word said watch Chicago and Detroit and now these are the two with the most violence on the rise and the talk of now sending in federal agents



June 30, 2020 A medical breakthrough for those suffering from Emphezema will come forth, there will be multiple medical breakthroughs including the brain and eyes to see says the Lord of Hosts this day.
July 15 2020 Israel to perform first Synthetic Cornea transplant, this is a huge breakthrough with covid 19 because they were researching an alternative to human corneas

June 30 2020 There are plans being made with the conventions, watch the sequence of events leading up to them, says the Lord of Hosts this day. 
NOTE: Watch for a MAJOR event to come forth from Florida, Florida is a key in November says the Lord of Hosts this day.

July 23 2020  NPR: The Jacksonville, Fla., component of the Republican National Convention has been canceled, President Trump announced on Thursday, as cases of the coronavirus continue to spike across that state.


June 30 2020 July will be a BIG month of BIG change and transition, some chapters will close in July and others will open. There will be much activity in Washington DC in July as well watch and see says the Spirit!

7.13.20 I the Lord am removing the dam, the block
By My mighty power and outstretched arm it shall be dismantled. To open up a flow disrupted
Forceful removal of the dam. The dam blocks and contains. I the Lord am freeing and causing what has been disrupted to flow
Constant flow, the enemy has to try too hard to disrupt a constant flow.  All that was blocked by the dam will now bring forth a STRONG current, a strong flow. You will see a dam a large dam breaking in the natural to confirm this

7.26.20 : China’s 3 gorges dam, largest in the world in danger of collapse
Portandterminal.com
BEIJING – Weeks of heavy rain have put the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower project in the world, in danger of collapse putting 400 million people at risk.
The flooding has been described as the worst since 1949 with natural disasters being declared in 24 provinces and municipalities in the southwest and central China, especially in areas near the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam,  causing the reservoir’s water level to exceed the flood control line.

The Washington post July 7 2020 TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese public health authorities are taking precautions to prevent a bubonic plague outbreak in a remote northern region after a herder contracted the disease, although experts say the risk is low given the limited number of cases so far and the availability of modern medicine.
The health commission in Bayannur in Inner Mongolia raised its public health warning to its third-highest of four alert levels on Sunday and banned the hunting, skinning and transportation of rodents that might carry the bacteria, known as Yersinia pestis. The municipal government raised its alert level by one notch to “standard plague outbreak alert,” which means humans have been infected.

June 22. 2020 A spirit of terror has been released to paralyze people with fear, to cause people to bow to groups they have no business bowing too, for I am Almighty God and the only bowing that should be occurring is to Me before My throne!! Those groups that have literally caused others to bow will find themselves especially their heads forced to their knees says the Lord of Hosts this day.

All over the news the increase in violence in chicago, detroit, and cities across the country

7.28.20 READ THE BIBLE WITH Amanda Grace: GENESIS CHAPTER 15 THE COVENANT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING!!


Genesis Chapter 15: THE PROMISED HEIR & ISRAEL’S TRIALS FORETOLD

Genesis Chapter 15 begins with the word of the Lord coming to Abram in a vision.
And the Lord says:
Look at how Genesis 15 begins after THESE things the word of the Lord comes to Abram. After what things?
The answer is in the end of genesis Chapter 14 when Abram REJECTS all the wealth the King of SODOM (which would later be totally destroyed for its wickedness) offers him. It is Kind of a picture of when satan in Matthew 4 would offer Jesus all the kingdoms in the world if Jesus would bow down and worship him. I mean what a joke those Kingdoms are the Lord’s anyway to do with what he pleases. This is in a way of what happened to Abram because sodom was a pagan nation. Abram rejects that wealth because the Lord is his SOURCE for provision, not the King of Sodom. Satan does not want your riches he wants to own your soul.  In the end This was a test for Abram, and he PASSED! So after these things occur THEN the word of the Lord comes to Abram because Abram after these events has truly set himself apart.
Genesis 15:1 “Do not be afraid, Abram,
I am your shield;
Your reward [for obedience] shall be very great.”
DO NOT BE AFRAID! You know the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever Glory to God.
Look at the second part “I AM your shield” There is the first mentioning it seems of the shield of faith in the Old Testament
It is very interesting because in many of the words the Lord has given me as of late you hear him say “FEAR NOT MY CHILDREN FEAR NOT”
Now why would He say this to Abram? Well.. the Lord is the Word which is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). So…..
Abram has had to leave his whole family, leave the land he knew, he almost loses Sarah to a womanizing pharaoh. So maybe needless to say Abram is on edge. The Lord Also knows there is something else Abram is very concerned about having to do with an heir and we see this in verse 2
However, Abram is also in canaan and VERY concerned these kings in whom’s buttocks he just wiped the floor with because of the might of Almighty God being with him, that these wicked kings were going to want retribution and come back after Abram. He was afraid.
Genesis 15:2 Abram said, “Lord [a]God, what reward will You give me, since I am [leaving this world] childless, and he who will be the owner and heir of my house is this [servant] Eliezer from Damascus?”
So Abram and Sarai have been Barren for so long I mean I believe at this point Abram is 99 and Sarai is 100. You see back in that time a male heir was crucial to a families survival of its line and next of kin.
Abram tells the Lord that Eliezer, his servant born in his house, is going to inherit all he has since the Lord has given him no child.
At this point verse 4 the Lord interjects with a Word
Genesis 15:4 Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man [Eliezer] will not be your heir but he who shall come from your own body shall be your heir.”
Now Abram is 75 years old, he has just been told By God Almighty he is going to have a baby AT 75!! What do you suppose Abram was thinking at this point? SAY WHAT?!!! Um God are you feeling ok?
Our bodies are the masterpieces of their Creator, Yahweh, Almighty God. So if the Creator wants to cause a 90 and 99 year old set of bodies to produce a child, the Creator can masterfully engineer it to do so.
So the Lord wants to drive this point home to Abram so the Lord has him go outside
Genesis 15:5 And the Lord brought Abram outside [his tent into the night] and said, “Look now toward the heavens and count the stars—if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “So [numerous] shall your descendants be.”
After Abram hears and sees all of this genesis 15:6 is KEY here to it coming to pass
Genesis 15:6 Then Abram believed in (affirmed, trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord; and He counted (credited) it to him [a]as righteousness (doing right in regard to God and man).
Then Abram BELIEVED THE LORD, He trusted what the Lord said was not only true BUT was going to come to pass.
Now the second part here He (the Lord) counted or credited to Abram as righteousness
Now what is the basis of Credit, using Credit. You are receiving something now with a PROMISE in TRUST that the bill will be paid for later. This also was Grace, Grace was Abram’s hope and God’s Grace is our hope today that has not changed
Romans 4:1-4: What then shall we say that Abraham our father[a] has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was [b]accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted [c]as grace but as debt.

(Biblegateway.com notes) This was crucial to God’s plan of salvation, as can be seen above in Rom 4. There was simply no way that anyone except Christ, the spotless lamb, could ever be sufficiently righteous to meet God’s standards and avoid condemnation. Having faith in God and placing one’s trust in Him was not in itself something that could be a substitute for perfect righteousness, but God graciously determined to accept faith as an equivalent for that righteousness nonetheless. So in a sense, Abraham—and all believers since him, who are his spiritual descendants—received righteousness on credit, and the bill for that righteousness was paid by the death of Christ on the cross. Jesus, Yeshua, paid the price for us therefore purchasing us because he paid our bill, included the righteousness attributed to Abram on credit until the time of the Cross.
Genesis 15:7-8 And He said to him, “I am the [same] Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land as an inheritance.” But Abram said, “Lord [a]God, by what [proof] will I know that I will inherit it?”
How Lord do I know for sure this is my inheritance? Hmm sounds like mistrust doesn’t it? Why would Abram say this. After everything that had happened, Abram was still a man and his faith was waivering a bit.
Now the second part to this, back in that time when it came to inheritances or promises if they were real they had structure. There was always some type of physical agreement made or procedure to follows, or act to solidify that indeed they would inherit property, gold, silver, servants etc… it ratified it. God is a God of Order so there was going to be an order to this covenant as well.
Whether you know it or not, people want to deal with God on their cultural terms, as did Abram. Example what good would it to give proof to an American in a form that only someone from Egypt would understand in their culture? It would mean nothing to us, and the reverse applies as well.
You must also understand that Abram is in Canaan, he is far OUTNUMBERED by who I like to call the ITES (Amorites, hittites, canaanites)
You see Abram was entertaining all of these fears about being childless, and being outnumbered (in his mind) in Canaan. So the Lord is dealing with these fears and putting them to bed shall we say so they do not HINDER Abram because where the Lord is taking Abram he is going to need to have firmly rooted faith and a deep trust in Almighty God. You see during that time it was believed a man lived on through his heir, what you cannot see. And for a woman one of the most shameful things that could happen to her was to fail to produce an heir. So in a way Abram and Sarai are an oddity during that time and Sarai has been bearing all of this shame of being barren
Abram is waiting for God to put this promise into a middle eastern structure he can see and understand so he knows it is solidified.
The Lord makes it clear to Abram that He alone is going to protect him, and an heir will be produced through his bloodline, because to Abram it appears as if none Of this is happening or will ever happen. So the Lord is going to physically make this covenant that has huge spiritual implications
So in Genesis 15:9 the Lord tells Abram to go get a few things to ratify this because it is visible and socially recognizable for that day
We must understand to when the Lord makes a covenant, things on so many levels including in the realm of the Spirit are altered to now satisfy the terms of the covenant
Ancient records from different peoples during that time are full of these same type of covenant ceremonies. However NO WHERE in those records is there a God in one of these ceremonies who promises an irrevocable piece of land to a people as long as time is in existence
So God said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
These are all what the Bible would consider clean animals
Now the Hebrew word for covenant is Beriyth which means to cut or divide. This is why as well with the covenant made on the cross Jesus himself had to be cut to ratify it.
So basically each animal is killed and cut in two EXCEPT for the birds the birds were left whole.
However these animals were not sacrificed, there was no altar, there was no burning up of the animals, rather this is God’s gift to humanity. This is the Lord swaring upon Himself, making a promise, and being bound by that promise to be true to his own.
So this action was ALL GOD, Abram was simply the recipient of this act
So now Abram is sitting and watching, he is even chasing off birds of prey because that spread looked like the Golden Corral to them and they thought they would swoop down and partake of this buffet. However Abram would have none of that.
However, there is a deeper meaning here. First of all what were these birds of prey. Well vultures go after carcasses of dead animals. And in the Bible vultures symbolize death. Who represents death but satan. You see even satan wanted to stop this covenant because it meant major damaging implications to him and his kingdom. So the birds of prey were sent to attempt to devour the carcasses BEFORE nightfall to attempt to steal the covenant. However, Abram chases them off. And as these vultures come down Abram instead of sitting there and doing nothing he ACTS. He gets up and chases them off.  Abram driving those vultures away we could view as the New testament equivalent of
James 4:7 So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.
That act of getting up and running towards those vultures was resisting the agent that wanted to steal away the promise.
The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy John 10:10
So there was an attempt made to steal however, Abram acted, he got his hands dirty, he fought for it, and he was triumphant because those vultures departed, they fled.
Genesis 15:12-14 12 When the sun was setting, a deep sleep overcame Abram; and a horror (terror, shuddering fear, nightmare) of great darkness overcame him. 13 God said to Abram, “Know for sure that your descendants will be strangers [living temporarily] in a land (Egypt) that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. 14 But on that nation whom your descendants will serve I will bring judgment, and afterward they will come out [of that land] with great possessions.
We see this deep sleep before in the Bible with Adam. This was not an Abram got tired so he went to sleep. No, the Lord put him to sleep
Now this great darkness, horror, dread that came over Abram. The Hebrew Word for this is chashekah- this does not mean darkness such as no lights. This is the same term used back in Genesis 1. It describes a spiritual sort of darkness, death, blindness. This is a negative term
What scares Abram so much is what God is telling him. That his descendants will become slaves for 400 years! Sounds lovely doesn’t it? I believe what Abram was feeling in that darkness and dread was the pain and oppression that his descendants would experience.
The difference here is that word oppressed. Because to Abram slaves were just purchased family members. Abram for sure did not oppress his slaves infact they were treated so well that had Abram died childless his servant Eliezer would of inherited everything Abram had.
However these descendants of Abram were going to become slaves and would be treated so horribly by who we now know to be the Egyptians.
The saving grace here is that the Lord assures Abram he would bring judgment upon the nation that does this to his descendants and they would leave that nation with a great amount of wealth. And we know from Exodus that this does happen when Moses is raised up to lead the Jews out of Egypt.
We must understand that God only performed all of this to give Abram peace of mind ultimately because Abram needed to be onboard with this plan for it to proceed. So God in His Graciousness lowered Himself and performed the standard human covenant solidification for that time, as a sign to Abram of the validity of possession of land, descendants, and most importantly a male heir
So God promises an identity, a national identity, to a people who are not even yet in existence! If that does not show you that the Lord is the Alpha and Omega. He is making a promise to a people who don’t exists yet!
In genesis 15:15 the Lord assures Abram that he would live to a ripe old age and die in peace, go to his fathers in peace. This indicates they live a full lifespan and not be cut off due to judgment, wrath, or pagan nations
We must understand that there was no clear understanding of an afterlife or heaven in this time
They probably expected to meet their ancestors in some way after death but had no concept of Heaven
Genesis 15:17-18 17 When the sun had gone down and a [deep] darkness had come, there
appeared a smoking [a]brazier and a flaming torch which passed between the [divided] pieces [of the animals]. 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant (promise, pledge) with Abram, saying,
Now smoke and fire in the bible usually was the representation of the presence of God. So God, Yahweh, walked between these animal pieces signifying that the covenant was sealed and the terms would be fulfilled.
It was not Abram who walked between these pieces, why? Because this covenant, the fulfillment of the terms, was ENTIRELY on God to fulfill, therefore it was only God Himself who walked between those pieces
Genesis 15:19-21 is where the Lord calls out the boundaries of the land He is going to give to Abram and his descendants, the terms of the covenant: 19 [the land of] the Kenites and the Kenizzites and the Kadmonites 20 and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
So Israel was at its peak size or capacity during the reigns of King David, and then His successor, his son King Solomon. However even at that size it never reached the boundaries that are stated in these passages.
Sometime in the future Israel will be larger than it has ever been and will fulfill the boundaries spoken of in this covenant. Although you have the Palestinians, nations as apart of the UN that are just salivating to chop it up and Divide it
Guess what, it is NOT their land to divide, AND they will NEVER succeed at it because there is a COVENANT in place with Israel that Almighty God ratified through a promise to Abram and ALL of his descendants.
I find it interesting that the animals were divided in 2 and each half placed opposite eachother because that is what they are trying to do to Israel cut it up and Divide it! Except the division of the animals brought a wholeness to that land that would be theirs.



Sunday, July 19, 2020

READ THE BIBLE WITH AMANDA GRACE JULY 7-19-2020

The Armor of God Part 4: Gideon Part 2: THE BATTLE AND THE 300!! JUDGES 7

Judges 6:
So where we left off at the end of Judges chapter 6 last time, Gideon had not once, but TWICE, put fleeces out to the Lord as a way of testing whether.  God was truly greater than baal, because Gideon still was not convinced because all of Israel was in TEBEL, confusion, by having the Lord do specific things with the dew of the ground and a sheep's fleece Gideon put out. Baal was known as god of the rain, storm, and dew so if the Lord in Gideon’s mind could truly do this, do greater than what baal was supposed to be known for, God was then greater for sure than baal. 

The fleece was not a positive thing, it is not a sign of spiritual maturity or one with great Faith. We are not to put the Lord thy God to the test like this. HOWEVER, through God’s Mercy he ALLOWS it because the Lord has to get Gideon to trust Him to take Gideon victorious through this upcoming battle, and to be the great judge the Lord has called Gideon to be…

Judges 7:1:
The Hebrew moreh is derived from the verb yarah, "to teach," "to direct," and indicates one who directs, or gives oracular answers. We might therefore read "hill of the teacher," the height being associated with such a person who had his seat here. The hill is named only in describing the position of the Midianites before Gideon's attack.

NOTE: Gideon’s name, Jerubbaal, meaning “let baal strive against him.”

Keep in mind the midianites are in a valley, it seems nothing good in God’s word happens in a valley. Psalm 23: “yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

If we put these two pieces together right off the bat in Judges chapter 7 there is much symbolic meaning. For the true teacher, Almighty God, was about to teach the Midianites and baal a lesson about striving against His people Israel and luring them into idol worship!

Judges 7:2-2:
Then the Lord said to Gideon, “There are too many people with you for Me to hand over Midian to them, otherwise Israel will boast [about themselves] against Me, saying, "My own [a]power has rescued me.'"

What is interesting here is now the Lord is going to TEST Gideon, where as in the end of Chapter 6 Gideon Tested God. Well now Gideon is going to get some tests from God to ensure he will listen too but HAVE FAITH in the instructions and power of the Lord Adonai.

The Lord says to Gideon that basically he has too many men with Him for God to get the glory for the Victory, because the Victory is a sure thing. You see The Lord is THE WORD!

Hebrews 4:12 12:
For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [a]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. Exposing and judging the thoughts and intentions of the heart…The Lord already knew because Israel have lead themselves into TEBEL, confusion, with this mixing of idolatry with the law of the Lord that Israel, being their hearts were already corrupted would not give God the Glory for this Victory but themselves!. They would boast (paar in hebrew) in their own strength The Lord already knew this.. The Lord wanted Israel to understand that He is the one who gives Israel its Victories. This is all part of bringing them out of tebel (confusion) So the Lord was going to put Israel and Gideon in a position where they not only had to trust the Lord for their safety but to give them the Victory, in turn glorifying the Lord.
The Lord then has Gideon issue 2 tests, a WEEDING out process, with Israel’s men, because after all the tares are removed the true wheat remains.

Judges 7:3:
So now, proclaim in the hearing of the people, ‘Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men returned [home], but ten thousand remained. That is 2 out of 3 men left.

This was just following the law of Deuteronomy 20:8: Then the officers shall speak further to the soldiers and say, ‘Who is the man who is afraid and lacks courage? Let him go and return to his house, so that he does not cause his brothers’ courage to fail like his own.’

Because fear is contagious. It can have disastrous demoralizing effects on an army of large group of people. There is a prophetic mouthful for what we have seen happen with this whole Covid issue. The fear has spread quicker worldwide than any virus did. It seems a staggering amount of people were infected with fear more so than any viral contagion. We are having a paper towel and toilet paper shortage because of fear. Fear is an amazing and excellent way to control a large group of people. Just look at any dictator is history going all the way back to Pharoah, they controlled the people through fear. 

The Lord is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart and already knew the hearts of those 22,000 men had way too much fear in them which could hijack and take Control away from what the lord wanted to do. If there were 32000 men total and 22,000 were fearful, that means majority rules and they could of completely prevented the other 10,000 from following the Lord’s instruction.
22,000 was enough to cause mass panic and in mass panic there is confusion, TEBEL. The Lord is trying here to deliver them out of tebel not throw them into even greater confusion than they already are.

Look what is happening today. There are groups and media outlets hell bent on throwing the masses into deeper and greater confusion and fear as a way of stealing their liberation and gaining power that they would then severely abuse.

It is the FEAR that becomes contagious that then causes people to give up FREEDOMS for a safety that is not safe because that safety is being provided by very corrupt people hungry for power over the people not to empower the people.

NOTE: So total Israel starts out with 32,000 men!

Right off the bat, “whoever is scared can run their heinies home now!!! Then just like that 22,000 men hightailed it home!So now they are left with 10,000 BUT the Lord tells Gideon, NOOO that is still too many!!

Judges 7:4-5:
Then the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many people; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water, and the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels down to drink.”

So out of the 10,000 those who drank the water but scooping it up in their hand and bringing it to their mouth was 300, the rest all 9,700 other men kneel down to drink. The separation between the two categories is vastly different and Gideon is left with 300 men, the cream of the crop the best of the best to go in with.

So this is how it works, all 10,000 men left would have to get down on their knees because there was no other practical way back then to drink from a stream. HOWEVER exactly how they drank from that stream would be the determining factor.

So those who use their hands like a cup and bring the water up to their mouths would be put in one group. And those who pet their mouths down to the water and drank it like a dog would be in another group.

So here is the idea. The ones who cupped the water in their hands and brought it up to their mouths were instinctively better fighters because they were wary, even while they drank being aware of their surroundings, always watching. The ones who put their face down to the water, were looking at the water and not what was around them and instinctively were not good fighting men.

So the first test lets the fearful go home. And the second test weeds out those who are careless.The result from this weeding process of the Lord were a mere 300 men were left to go to battle with Gideon. As far as the lord was concerned this was the right balance so He would have to give them the Victory. They would now have to solely depend on Him and have FAITH in His power because in the natural the odds were completely stacked against Gideon and the 300! Only 1% of the men who showed up willing to fight were going to be used. It Kind of gives a different perspective to the verse in Matthew. 

Matthew 18:12-13: 
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost? And if it turns out that he finds it, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost. The midianites and Amalekites had 135,000 including women and children as that is how these nomadic armies functioned, the families traveled with them 135,000 forces to 300 This is a ratio of 400 midianites to every one Israelite soldier. OVERWHELMING ODDS in the midianites and Amalekites favor!

Now The Lord wanted to make this idolatrous generation of Israel VERY aware that he was still watching, he is Still Acting , He is still saving. He is still the God of Israel and he is still Ruling and reigning on the throne. There is none other like Adonai and he still loves Israel even though they have grossly strayed.

Gideon obeyed God on the weeding out of the 300 men. He is not totally comfortable with all of this, he is still skeptical. When we step out of our comfort zones under the leading of the Lord, God does not expect us to remain comfortable. This is the entire point!

We do uncomfortable things in faith. So do not think you are not demonstrating faith when facing a very difficult challenge, a challenge that really makes you step way out on a limb with the Lord, and you have fears and worries along the way. We are in the flesh we are going to have them, especially when the Lord is stretching our faith and processing us to raise us up for His Glory. Because you see the Lord is taking us through the same process He took Gideon. Getting us to TRUST in His abilities as Almighty God and Have FAITH that no matter the odds the Lord will Deliver us because he said it and so shall it be!

Ask any soldier, army, marines, who has ever been in combat if they were afraid…And there answer, ABSOLUTELY, the issue becomes controlling that FEAR so you control the fear instead of the FEAR controlling you and dictating your actions. So,Even though Gideon would have to be in appearance sure and confident to His men, the 300 chosen, nothing frightens troops more and makes them uneasy than a wavering leader in the face of adversity.

Judges 7:7-8:
And the Lord told Gideon, “With the three hundred men who lapped I will rescue you, and will hand over the Midianites to you. Let all the other people go, each man to his home.” So the three hundred men took people’s provisions [for the journey] and their trumpets [made of rams’ horns] in their hands. And Gideon sent [away] all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but kept the three hundred men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley. So Gideon in a way has a birds eye view of the midianite/Amalekite Army. They are camping in a valley, not a very good sign for them
So this is different than the battle of Joshua. The Israeli forces here were a militia while the midianites were a nomadic group of bandits, they were raiders they knew how to attack camps and take them for all they had,so the Midianites are deployed by Mt Moreh, but they are in the valley, the Jezreel valley, which is where they nomadic bandit groups preferred to come every year.
They valley of Jezreel is so key to practically every battle concerning Israel. Why this is so key is because in the book of revelation when the Bible speaks of the battle of Armageddon, that battle takes place in the Jezreel Valley.

So here we have in the old testament a picture a snapshot of this battle of Armageddon in Revelation…Those who oppose the antichrist (baal in this case), and this enormous army of bandits who serve baal (the anti Christ).

Judges 7:9-10 :
Now on that same night the Lord said to Gideon, “Arise, go down against their camp, for I have given it into your hand. But if you are afraid to go down [by yourself], go with Purah your servant down to the camp.

Because the Lord discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart, he knows Gideon is still not fully convinced that the Lord is going to deliver them. Remember God is undoing in Gideon many years on indoctrination that came from mixing baal worship with that of the Lord. So Gideon takes his servant and goes down to the outpost of the camp of the midianites and the Amalekites
Now this is what they say.

Judges 7:12:
Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east were lying [camped] in the valley, as countless as locusts; and their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

However, the Lord ALLOWS Gideon to be privy to a conversation being had within the camp between 2 guards. In this time that Gideon was in dreams were considered very important and were taken quite seriously.

Judges 7:13-14:
When Gideon arrived, there was a man telling a dream to his friend. And he said, “Listen carefully, I had a dream: there was a loaf of [b]barley bread tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.”  And his friend replied, “This [dream] is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel. God has given Median and the entire camp into his hand.”

Now why would this soldier interpret this dream in such a manner that is fatal for their army? Why does he see Israel being symbolized by a barley loaf or round , tselil in Hebrew? This is a flat bread sort of cooked on a griddle like surface, so in this dream there is round barley loaves tumbling into a tent.

First of all they were very aware how many, 32000 men, had initially answered the call of Gideon to battle. If these biblical numbers are accurate it meant midian had a 4 to 1 advantage over Israel. Now if this was a racehorse in the Kentucky derby and a horse had 4 to 1 odds over the rest of the field at face value you would think that horse was sure to win. However these favorable odds were not comforting to this midianite soldier.

Secondly in Gideon’s time barley was used by the poor to make bread. Barley was far less desired than wheat when it comes to bread making. Barley was used because it ripened in late winter to early spring where wheat would ripen during the summer months.

Barley at times has been used to represent Israel in the Bible, including in this instance. However take notice of what season the nomadic midianite army arrives in the valley. We find this answers here in 

Judges 6:11:
Then the angel of Adonai came and sat under the pistachio tree in‘Ofrah that belonged to Yo’ash the Avi‘ezri. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from Midyan.
Gideon was threshing wheat, wheat matures in summer, so the midianites were arriving in the valley of Jezreel to confiscate the wheat harvest from Israel. You see the Lord is doing this with Gideon step by step to bring him out of tebel, confusion, and into knowing what the Lord god Adonai says is true and just. The Lord is also building Gideons FAITH by doing this with him because its 135,000 to 300. So Gideon needs steadfast faith in the Lord that he will indeed deliver them. That truly God is far greater than baal or any other false idol there is.

So what does Gideon do when he hears all of this......

Judges 7:15:
When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down in worship. Then he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the camp of Midian into your hand.”

He bows down immediately and worships the Lord! There is the submission, there is Gideon completely now submitting to the lord and giving himself over to be utilized for the Lord’s purposes! Now he is filled with the Spirit of the Lord and boldness and faith. He tells his men to arise, get up now!!! Gideon was ready to march right on in! 

Throughout the Bible Israel has used deception or a sneak attack in the dark hours of the night to triumph over their enemies (deceive the deceiver). He was armored up, he was braced with the armor of God, the Spirit of the Lord, and his faith was now at the level it needed to be to triumph against such a vast army. You see in this case with the natural odds overwhelmingly against Gideon God, Adonai, is the equalizer. It did not matter they had only 300 men because they had an army of millions of waring angels ready to go to battle with them. They had the Lord leading and instructing them. When the lord says he is going to give you the victory, it is a sure thing. Gideon now KNOWS this.

Now Gideon does something very interesting.....

Judges 7:16  
Then he divided the 300 men into three columns, and he put into the hands of all of them shofarot and empty pitchers, with torches inside the pitchers.

NOTE: Shofarot definition: A trumpet made of a ram's horn, blown by the ancient Hebrews during religious ceremonies and as a signal in battle, now sounded in the synagogue during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur.

The clay pots were used to conceal the torches light so the midianites would not see them coming
Gideon divides the men into 3 groups of 100 each. He gives each of them a shofar and empty pitchers with torches in those pitchers. There in 3 groups but 1 army, they are three but they are 1 surrounding the camp. Sound familiar (Father, Son, Holy Spirit, They are 3, but they are one).

He gives them these instructions:

Judges 7:17-18: 
Then he said to them, “Watch me, and do what I do. When I get to the edge of the camp, whatever I do, you do the same.  When I and everyone with me blow the shofar, then you blow your shofars all around the whole camp, and shout, “For Adonai and for Gideon!”

Now why for Adonai and for Gideon? 

Because it fulfills the dream of the Midianite soldier using his own words Judges 7:14:
And his friend replied, “This [dream] is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel. God has given Midian and the entire camp into his hand.” God supernaturally gives this dream to this Midianite soldier so Gideon could hear it. You see the Midianites made a choice of their free will to come, However the Lord was now making a choice to supercede their will to defeat them!

Judges 7:19-21
Gideon and the hundred men with him, arrived at the edge of the camp, a little before midnight, just after they had changed the guard. They blew the shofars and broke in pieces the pitchers that were in their hands. All three companies blew the shofars, broke the pitchers and held the torches in their left hands, keeping their right hands free for the shofars they were blowing; and they shouted, “The sword for Adonai and for Gideon!” Then, as every man stood still in place around the camp, the whole camp was thrown into panic, with everyone screaming and trying to escape.

Now it was unusual for all men in an army to have their own shofars, usually only the leaders had them, But this was a supernatural battle where all men would need a shofar
All 300 blowing those shofars was a battle cry that reached the Heavens and compelled the Lord to respond. All of them IN ONE ACCORD, blowing the shofars in agreement, in obedience, releases the fierce power of God, the Lion of Judah, against the midianite/Amalekite army
The number 300 is associated with Victory over the enemy. But not just any victory. A Victory that comes by the by the hand of God that defies human ability (livingwordin3D.com).
It is interesting Gideon divided them into companies of 100 each. Abraham was 100 when Isaac, THE PROMISE, was birthed forth. So what was promised has been birthed. The Lord promised Gideon if he had faith and did what the Lord told him to do he would attain the promised Victory that the Lord was going to give. So it is very interesting they were divided into 3 groups of 100. They were about to receive the fulfillment of this promised Victory.

Now something VERY interesting happens in Judges 7:22:
Gideon’s men blew their 300 shofars, and Adonai caused everyone in the camp to attack his comrades; and the enemy fled beyond Beit-Sheetah near Tz’rerah, as far as the border of Avel-M’cholah, by Tabat.

This is very interesting because first we see all Israel in tebel, confusion, doing things they should not be doing mixing idolatry with the worship of Almighty God. The Lord brings Gideon out of tebel, confusion, and into FAITH and serving the Lord. And now the entire midianite/amalekite camp is thrown into complete confusion and they turn on each other and attack each other
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In the mythology of Canaan, baal, the god of life and fertility, locked in mortal combat with Mot, the god of death and sterility. If Baal triumphed, a seven-year cycle of fertility would ensue; but, if he were vanquished by Mot, seven years of drought and famine would ensue this was the end of a 7 year oppressive rule the midianites had over Israel. 

The Lord was sending a message with this. Not only Gideon and the 300, but other tribes, were called upon then to come fight and pursue the midianites who were fleeing for their lives.

So this was the Lord’s way of symbolically saying the midianites and baal’s free ride off the people of God is OVER and they were now going to experience some famine because baal has been defeated by Adonai, Almighty God!

This demonstrates that no matter the odds against you, when you submit to the Lord and His leadership and put on the armor of God, no matter how many gather against you the Almighty God and the weapons he provides of your warfare that are not carnal but MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN AND DESTRUCTION OF STRONGHOLDS, you will have the Victory if You trust in Him, His strategy, and have FAITH in Who Almighty God is!

Psalm 91:2-4
Who say to Adonai, “My refuge! My fortress!My God, in whom I trust!” —
he will rescue you from the trap of the hunter and from the plague of calamities; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his truth is a shield and protection.
There is the shield of faith right in verse 4. The shield of faith is TRUTH. Faith in the Lord is trusting in His authority, power, ability to lead you through what you could not be victorious on your own. This is exactly what the Lord did with Gideon and was one of the greatest Victories Israel had against their enemies.

Israel then entered 40 years of peace (there is that number 40 again) under Gideon’s leadership as a Judge!