The names of Dan and Gad are prophetic in themselves.This is seen in the way Jacob,their father,prophetically weaved their names into the future events.

Let’s begin with Dan:

“Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.”-Gen 49:16

The fulfillment of this prophecy could be seen in Samson,a powerful judge in Israel.He was a Danite:

“And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.” -Judges 13:25

“And Samson judged Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.”-Judges 15:20

Jacob continued his prophecy about Dan:

“Dan shall be a serpent in the way,a viper by the path,that bites the horse’s heels so that his rider falls backward.”-Gen 49:17

If you went through the last post,you would understand this prophecy better.Leah was symbolic of the horse’s rider while Rachel used her maid Bilhah to produce a ‘venomous snake'(Dan) that stabbed Leah in the back.

Let’s go through the prophecy concerning Gad:

“Gad,a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.”-Gen 49:19

Rachel pulled a ‘troop’ by contracting her maid to sleep with Jacob to bear sons for her,but Leah overcame the troop by making her own maid to sleep with Jacob.That led to the birth of Dan who according to this prophecy would always fight back when he was attacked and got the victory at last.

Gadites were later famous in Israel for their resilience,fighting spirit and strength-1 Chronicles 5:18–19.

Watch out for the next post on Naphtali and Asher…