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Sunday, June 7, 2015

. . . . . . . . . . . . A Different Perspective

First the Rapture . . .
Then the Mysterious . . .
“Half-Hour of Silence in Heaven”
Kay Frances Graves

Dear Readers:

2 Thessalonians 2 describes the rapture/escape/rescue as the “gathering together unto him” [unto Jesus], as taking place after the “falling away”/apostasy of professing believers and after the revealing of the identity of the “Son of Perdition”/anti-christ.

The purpose of this article is not to participate in the well-worn debate regarding whether the “falling away” and revealing of the “Son of Perdition” events have already taken place or will take place in the near future. 

Instead, I would like to invite you to join me in taking the unique, less-beaten path, of brainstorming Revelation, Chapters 6-8, by examining these Scriptures using the “Alpha and Omega” method, of which God reminds us, every time He introduces Himself and/or interjects His Word into our culturally-drenched consciousness (which we mistakenly call, “reality”) when He declares: 

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
I will give unto him that is athirst
of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
-Revelation 21:6

What is God promising in this verse?

Obviously He is telling us that He is the One and only God, the One that has existed from the very beginning and will remain even unto the very end.

I think you will agree that His Alpha and Omega statement perfectly covers everything in history that has ever happened as well as everything that will ever happen in the future.  It is important to keep reminding ourselves of this because the opinions of the majority are usually wrong.  Therefore, in order to avoid “jumping onto everyone else’s bandwagon” when it comes to end time events, we need to forever keep in mind that the road to eternal life is narrow and only a few will be found on it.

This verse is also telling us that if we are athirst” or really, really thirsty—actually craving the “water of life” (i.e. Word of God)—as opposed to those who don’t see the value of it . . . if we sincerely desire to know the truth about the beginning and the end, He promises to grant our request.

Does this mean that God is going to bring us to completely perfect conclusions all of the time?  No.

It is okay to misinterpret now and then along the way, as we grow in knowledge and experience.  “Who can know the mind of Christ?”  (1 Cor. 2:16) Wow!  Just ponder the depths of that question for a moment. 

This same verse goes on to declare that those who know Christ actually “have the mind of Christ.”  This does not mean that we become equal to God or know everything God knows, but by becoming familiar with His Word, it is possible to see things from God’s perspective to some extent.  Nevertheless, digging for this treasure will take time and tenacity.

Neither does every little thing we discover have to be set in stone, but can be saved in case it happens to fit the bigger picture later on.  This is the reason we are “brainstorming” today in this article.  The way we avoid becoming proud and maintain a learner’s spirit, is to admit that we will never “know it all” nor ever be able to take any credit for what we happen to discover, because God is the one that gives us the truth as we “ruminate” on His Word (if you will), letting each Word harmonize throughout the total context of His Word, engaging in fellowship in the Word with other believers, as well as throughout the events that take place in and around our personal life.

As we diligently work at and process this information, God will eventually (in His time) fulfill His promise to increasingly reveal the Truth to us.  In any case, our main focus and ultimate priority is to know exactly which road we are really on and remain committed to staying on the narrow road.

What is the “Alpha and Omega Method?”

 This is not some special method gleaned through a Bible course or church doctrine.  I am calling it a “method” because I don’t know what else to call it.  One day I discovered that my perspective of Scriptural time-frames was not large enough.  I was caught falling in sync with the crowd (a very easy thing to do now days) and suddenly remembered a cartoon I had seen.

In the cartoon, a multitude of sheep were flocking together and all flowing like a great river in one direction toward the edge of a cliff.  Because they were all packed so close together, they could not see beyond their own space so they did not realize that the sheep way in the front of the flock were all falling off the cliff—that is, except for one sheep who was going in a contrary direction—the other way—saying, “Excuse me . . . Excuse me . . .  One sheep coming through.” as he struggled against the current of the white woollies

It seemed like God was saying, “See those sheep?  That one sheep going the other way—should be YOU!”

God’s “Alpha and Omega method” involves using a unique, uncommon perspective.  In order to do this, we first need to see the common perspective and then consider whether that perspective could somehow be enlarged by going back to the very beginning and making sure that we are carefully examining everything written from the beginning until we get to the last Word of the last chapter of the last Book at the end.

However, in addition to seeing the total context, there is another very vital component in this method.  We must also walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15)  In order to walk “circumspectly” from the beginning to the end, we must also learn how to place Scripture in its proper historical environment. 

Yes, we need to also study some history.  I assure you, this history will not be b-o-r-i-n-g . . . on the contrary; it can actually be very exciting to walk circumspectly in harmony with the truth of the Scriptures.  The other good news is that today’s technological resources can help us locate the info we need with the click of a mouse. 

However, let me interject a warning here, from the famous conspiracy author, George Orwell . . . and be sure the historical evidence you are considering comes from sources worthy of your trust or you will be following a white rabbit down a bunny hole that leads to the Devil’s door via the world’s “edited” version of history. 

Also remember to be flexible with the pieces of the puzzle you find and take the time to discover where they really fit before trying to put the picture into a permanent frame.

When we walk circumspectly, we are able to use not only all God has said in His Word, but also all He has done in history—which some have accurately concluded is really “His-Story.”

What missing piece of the puzzle could history possibly provide?

First of all, the “Alpha” in “Alpha and Omega” tells us to go back to the very beginning of history, because history can reveal the main “players” in the world and expose the belief systems they have carefully preserved and propagated to this present day—belief systems designed to undermine genuine Christianity.

Not being able to see at a distance (whether into the past or into the future), is called, spiritual “nearsightedness.”  Professing Christians today should really be wearing spiritual glasses, because they tend to be like that flock of sheep that can see only what exists in front of their nose. 

Because most church-goers are only focusing on life through their current culture and time-frame; they may see a few indications that they could be headed for trouble, but usually assume they still have plenty of time before they will get to the edge of the cliff—if there really is a cliff.  They think that it is waaay tooo sooon to sound any alarms—so they go back to sleep.

Most also believe that the four horses of the apocalypse are either nowhere in sight or have barely begun to come on the scene.  But, what if we could look back into history and discover that some of the horses were actually let out of the gate a long time ago??

Oooops . . . sorry—this is probably contrary to what your Bible Study teacher or pastor has been teaching.  When you attend their church, they teach you what they believe.  The question is: “Do you really know what YOU believe?” or have you decided to believe whatever they believe instead of studying these matters on your own and taking personal responsibility for what you believe?  Just wondering . . . Again, if you want to think outside the box and consider a different perspective, let’s be flexible and see where that can take us.

A simple way to begin is by writing a very brief outline of each chapter in the Book of Revelation—just listing the key events in chronological order so you can keep them in mind as you examine the details.  (Leave a comment if you would like me to post my sample list.)

Now let’s consider some interesting “What ifs” in Chapter 6. 

What if . . . the four horses of Rev. 6, which everyone is waiting for, have already been let loose little by little, throughout history, until we are presently seeing the last horse coming on the scene?  Do you remember reading in Revelation that the last horse could be a horse of a different color?  In the KJV it’s called, a “pale” horse, but some linguistic researchers are saying that the word used there really means some sort of “Green” color.  Can you recall if anything pertaining to the color, “green,” has been in the news lately?  Just thinking “what if. . .”

What if . . . those martyrs in Heaven, in Rev. 6, asking God “how long” until He will avenge their blood, are really the persecuted martyrs throughout history?  What if God is giving us a peek into Heaven and letting us hear this question because He especially wants us to hear His reply (“. . .a little ‘season’ until. . .their brethren. . .be killed as they were”).  Letting us hear these words could help us understand how close to the end we really are . . . just ”a little ‘season’. . .”  [The word, “Season” could also be a specific clue to God’s time-frame.] 

Please do not tell me that “we cannot know the day or the hour.”  If you take another look at that “day and hour” Scripture, you might see that it could actually be referring to the warning found in the preceding Words of Jesus in reference to the end of all things, not specifically to the rapture.  But even if it could refer to the rapture, we are still told (1) to “watch,” (2) that we “will know” when He is at the door, and (3) that genuine believers “will not be caught unaware” by a “thief in the night” scenario like the worldlings who are busy partying and not paying any attention.

What if . . . this past March and April, we already experienced a period described in Rev. 6 that made the sun look “black as sackcloth of hair” because it was a FULL solar eclipse followed by the moon that looked red “as blood” . . . a red moon taking place during that time?

Most are looking forward to this fall and the next solar eclipse, thinking that it is going to complete the end time picture—but that solar eclipse is only a partial eclipse, so does not qualify as “black as sackcloth of hair” which is followed by another blood moon on September 28th.  So just “what if” God has been pointing to the sun/moon event this past March/April as the actual complete events that fulfill this Word regarding the Rapture scenario?

In that case could the sheep actually be too far-sighted to see just what took place right before their very eyes?  I guess we would have to call this, near-sighted farsightedness then.

What if . . . Chapters 6, 7, and 8 are actually in chronological order and everything in Chapter 6 has already happened, except for a huge earthquake and the rapture/escape/rescue/gathering together unto Jesus?

How likely is a huge earthquake right now?  Just search Google for “likely huge earthquake.”  Could be anywhere any moment?  Really?

What if . . . we are actually living in the Chapter 6 time-frame and during, or immediately after, a huge earthquake, Jesus will appear in the clouds where everyone can see Him and will call the genuine believers to Himself? 

What if everyone left behind wants to hide from the face of Jesus, the earthquake, and the wrath of God, that they know is next on His list, so they run into the “mountains, dens, and the rocks”?  Could it be that worldlings have read their Bibles too and know what is coming?  Could it be that they have been preparing for this for years?

Google search, “underground homes and bunkers”.

What if . . . the rapture comes sooner rather than later when most people do not expect it?  Will the event then come upon the non-attentive worldlings “like a thief in the night?” (1 Thess. 5) . . .  Could be. 

Let’s consider some other “What ifs” in Chapter 7.  

What if . . . Jesus is there in the clouds and before the wrath of God is poured out the angels make sure that all genuine believers have been sealed and counted by God?  What if all of these genuine believers really represent the completely perfect number of God’s children  . . . “the multitude of people numbered from every nation and language”?  

What if this multitude is rescued before the wrath of God is poured out and safely taken (extracted right out of) the tribulation into Heaven, clothed in white robes, and at this point in Scripture, are found standing before the throne of God?

Let’s consider some other “What ifs” in Chapter 8.

What if . . . there really is “silence in Heaven for a half-hour?”

Two things we need to ask about this mysterious silence: 
(1) What is the purpose of this silence in Heaven? 
(2) What exactly is a half-hour?

What if . . . the purpose of this silence in Heaven is to tell us that everything has settled down and it’s back to life as usual, end time events are taking a break, and nothing significant is happening at this point in time?  Maybe this is when everyone has successfully rationalized away the rapture, believing that it was really alien abductions or something else—or thinking maybe that wasn’t the real Jesus they saw, just a “false flag,” or some holographic trickery.

Maybe at that point, they all have a good laugh and say, “Peace and safety” to one another—but suddenly the Wrath of God is poured out (1 Thess. 5:3).

What if . . . we were able to count the lineages and discover (like Nania of 9Nania YouTube channel) that Jesus’ definition of a “generation” is 67.21 years so we could actually determine the end date of the generation that sees Israel become a nation and by calculating arrive at the end date of September 7, 2015, which means Jesus could possibly come for His Bride/genuine believers—sometime BEFORE September 7th when this generation ends?

What if . . . the silence in Heaven is there to also tell us that the rapture and the wrath are not going to be simultaneous, but that there will be a period of time between these two events?   

What if . . . an “hour” can also mean “a season” . . . and a “half-hour” can mean a “half-season” or the “middle of a season?”

Since we are in spring and will remain in spring until June 20th/21st, that could make summer the “season” in which the rapture could occur. Speculating on this theory, it could also mean that the wrath/asteroid could possibly arrive around August 3rd or 4th—not September 23rd/ 24th.  If this happens, once we get to September 7 it could be too late—the “generation” could have ended and all of the movie and occult symbolism could be proven wrong—this time.  What a super deception that would be!  Huh?    

What if . . . it would be wise to become suspicious simply because the majority is going in the wrong direction?  Since there were only a few—only 8 in the ark, maybe we should really consider looking for a different, less popular, time-frame. 

Jesus said that the road to eternal life is narrow and there are only a few on it.  If the rapture/escape/rescue could possibly occur in the spring, it would have to take place, not only before Sept. 7th as Jesus indicated through His reference to “the last generation,” but would also have to occur any time BEFORE June 20th/21st, which is the end of spring—the end of that season.

[Please Note:  June 20th/21st is labeled "First day of Summer" on our calendar, but according to Jewish tradition, "Spring" was determined by the time of the spring harvest.  Nania also mentions that harvest, in the past few years, seems to actually take place about a month later . . . suggesting that the calendar could be off approximately one month.  If that is the case and the rapture does not occur before June 20th, it could still occur in July . . . something to keep in mind.] 

What if . . . September 23rd/24th, the Day of Atonement on which so many are focusing and considering as a sign, represents something more than a time we rejoice because Jesus paid the sin debt for those who belong to Him?

What if. . . we should also consider that the Day of Atonement represents the day the payment is due for all sins because it is the day the atonement is made?—In other words, the Day of Atonement is “pay day.”

Thankfully, both the Old and New Testaments document that God has provided a substitute as payment for the sins of His people . . . HOWEVER the significant thing about that day is that the sin debt of those left behind—those who have rejected Christ as payment for their sins—has not been paid—so the payment must still be paid.

After the rapture, how will the debt be paid?

. . . God tells us:
For the wages of sin is death;
[payment for sin is physical and eternal death
executed by the wrath of God]
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord
-Romans 6:23

What if . . . there was a way to have our sins paid, a Way to get on the narrow road that leads to eternal life, and a Way to be rescued from the wrath to come?

The Good News is:  There is a Way . . . To discover how you can have your sin debt paid right now (1) just scroll to the top of the page, (2) click on the gift wrapped in gold, and (3) follow the directions.  

What if . . . the rapture doesn't happen this spring?

It's okay.  God has everything under control.  We just keep praying, watching, and studying.

But . . . What if . . . It really does happen?

God Bless . . . and see you when we get there!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

. . . . . . . End Times: How to Walk on Water

Like the disciples in Matthew, chapter 14, all believers will face storms of biblical proportion sooner or later.  The Word of God tells us that this becomes inevitable, when we exchange our love for the world and the broad road that leads to hell, to follow Christ on the narrow road to eternal life.

 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Tim. 3:12

Jesus walking on water is more than a miracle—it is a multifaceted lesson regarding spiritual survival during times of chaos and it illustrates how our life (spiritual as well as physical) is completely in the hands of God:

 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Matt. 16:25

If we think there is anything we can do to save ourselves, we have certainly been deceived.  Only God, alone, has the power to save us.  But this saving relationship has given us something else—supernatural encouragement and peace of mind, by understanding how “walking on water” provides the faith to remain faithful through any storm.  Jesus gives a detailed demonstration how this takes place in the following steps found in Matthew 14:

Step #1:  Jesus gives a command

 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples 
to get into a ship,
and to go before him unto the other side,
while he sent the multitudes away.
Matt. 14:22

Walking on water is a serious matter, not a magic trick for the sake of entertainment, nor a selfish power trip.  The real lesson Jesus is teaching His disciples is not about literally walking on literal water.  It is more important than that. The principles of walking on water are designed to save physical lives as well as eternal lives; even though the specific purpose, at the moment, may really only be known to God Himself. 

In this first step, we see that the ability to walk on water is initiated by a command of Christ.  “Jesus ‘constrained’. . .” or “commanded” the disciples to get into a ship.

This was not the first time Jesus had told the disciples to get into a ship, but this time the command was different.  Their environment was becoming more dangerous—the world was beginning to turn against Christ and His followers. 

Earlier in this chapter, we learn that Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, had just been beheaded by Herod for exposing sin and preaching the truth.  When Jesus heard that John had been killed, He went into the desert intending to get alone and grieve.  However, when the multitudes discovered where Jesus had gone, they followed, bringing their sick to Him to be healed.  So instead of taking this time out to be alone and grieve, He spent the day ministering, healing, and feeding over five thousand of them.

So it was almost evening when Jesus was finally able to get away.  He wanted His disciples to understand the urgency regarding His need to be alone, so He “constrained” them to get into a ship without Him.  

“Constrained” is a very strong word—more forceful than a mere suggestion.  Here is the evidence of this being a serious matter.  

He was telling them to “Get into the ship now and go ahead to the other side!”

Nevertheless, Jesus' desire to get away neither stopped Him from unselfishly ministering to the multitudes, nor kept Him from positioning His disciples for their next lesson—an equally urgent and vital lesson designed to prepare them for the changes that were beginning to take place in the world.

How do we apply this principle to our own personal relationship with Christ?

When He gives a Word from the Scriptures that (1) strikes us with a compelling sense of urgency and that (2) requires obvious action on our part—when we sense in our spirit that He is “constraining” us to do something, this is often the first step to walking on water. 

We will be better able to identify this specific type of situation, if the action we are called to take requires more wisdom, strength, or courage than we think we possess—a scary situation that involves some type of “risk.”

Only Jesus knew what was about to transpire, so when He gave the command to get into the ship, the disciples had no idea that this boat ride was going to become an unnerving lesson about how to walk on water.

Step #2:  Recognize the Preeminent Source of faith.

 And when he had sent the multitudes away,
he went up into a mountain 
apart to pray:
Matt. 14:23

Jesus was about to teach His disciples a life-sustaining spiritual lesson:  How to put the spiritual Word of God into physical action.  He was bringing this lesson from the spiritual dimension into the physical dimension in order to demonstrate how genuine faith works to enable us to walk on water.

(These dimensions are discovered in the principles of physics, which Jesus created and used to create all things—not from some new age idea or satanic doctrine—See Genesis, chapter 1.  Jesus first emphasizes this difference between the spiritual and physical dimensions in the New Testament, in John, chapter 3; when teaching Nicodemus how to be born-again. By comparing the Holy Spirit to the effects of the wind, Jesus was revealing to Nicodemus that an unseen spiritual dimension exists and while we are not able to see this dimension, we are able to see the effects of it.) 

So Jesus sends His disciples away and goes to pray—to get alone with the Father.  Here is another example that walking on water is not something we just decide one day to do on our own.  Jesus knows how the power of God works through the Word.  Therefore, before He can do anything more, He must pray—exchange Words
. . ."commune" with the Father. 

The Preeminent Source of faith is the Father.  This is validated in Matthew 6 by Jesus’ instruction and demonstration regarding how to pray.
 After this manner 
therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.

Just as Jesus is praying—getting instruction from the Father in the heavenly realm/dimension, so we are to ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, to give us instruction and the faith to act upon it in the physical realm /dimension.  How do we acquire the instruction we need and the faith to act upon it? 

So then faith 
cometh by hearing,
and hearing 
by the word of God.

The “Source” of our instruction and faith is the Father in Heaven through the Son, who became flesh and IS the Living Word—the very unique and specific Word that is alive today.  This is the same Word that created all things; verified in the first chapter of Genesis.  Therefore, Jesus demonstrated through His prayer, that the Father is our preeminent, ultimate-instruction-and-faith-giving-Source

However the Scriptures also tell us that, as sinners, we are not permitted to address the Father as Jesus addressed Him; yet Jesus tells His disciples that when they pray, they must address the Father.  So how can this be done?

We can only address the Father, when be believe the Word of God, turn from going our own way, and get off the broad road to destruction by calling on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and cleansed us from all unrighteousness by shedding His Blood on the cross.  It is the Blood of Jesus, the Living Word, that cleanses us; and we continue to be cleansed “with the washing of water by the word”—the God breathed, written Word.

 That he might sanctify and cleanse it
[the church—believers in Christ]
with the washing of water by the word,
Eph. 5:26

***Keep in mind: The Word of God is likened to waterhere***

Step #3:  Remember believers’ unique position in Christ. 

 Wherefore he [Jesus] is able also 
to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him,
seeing he [Jesus] ever liveth 
to make intercession for them.
Heb. 7:25

The prayers of the children of God may be feeble, but they are not the only prayers the Father hears.  Jesus, Himself, prays for those who belong to Him. 

6 I have manifested thy name
[Jesus has declared/glorified/revealed 
the Preeminence of the Father]
unto the men which thou gavest me
out of the world:
thine they were, and thou gavest them me;
and they have kept thy word.
Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me
are of thee.
For I have given unto them
the words
which thou gavest me;
and they have received them,
and have known surely that I came out from thee,
and they have believed that thou didst send me.
I pray for them:
I pray not for the world,
but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
Jn. 17:6-9

Make no mistake about it.  Genuine believers have access to all the power they need to walk on water.

Because the Word of God is alive with His power, it is not like any other “word.”  It is able to give life and bring all things into existence.  Therefore it can also bring forth the faith to be faithful.  It can provide all that we need in order to be in harmony with the will of God.

This does not have anything to do with “name it and claim it” doctrines, salvation via “good works” or somehow trying to acquire a position of "sinless perfection." 

This is solely about learning to walk on water—walking with, living, and growing in harmony with the Preeminent Most High God, Creator of all things—according to His established written Word. 

It is His position as Creator which makes Him Preeminent and the Source of all things, including the faith required to walk on water.

Note that believers have another very unique position in Christ that the Father has given them as well.  The above passage tells us that this position is located out of the world”—separated from the belief system of this world.  Since satan is the “god of this world,” this means that genuine believers function freely outside of satan’s domain; regardless of their situation.  They physically benefit the world, by existing in the world, but are not of the world."  

Because they know Christ and belong to Him, the Truth has set them free from the bondage of satan, because Jesus IS the Truth. . .the Way. . .and the Life.

Back to walking on water. . .

The disciples have been commanded to get into a ship—to remove themselves from “terra firma” and get into a vessel—and like Noah’s ark—their ship will no longer be supported on shore by the earth/world but will, instead, be supported by water”/the Word of God.

When He told them to get into a ship, it’s like Jesus just told them to “get into the ark!” and (as Noah and his family could observe the flood waters cleansing the earth) the disciples/believers will also be able to observe the salvation of God from this Word-of-God-supported-ship.

Step #4:  Understand that accessing the power to walk on water requires times of isolation.

and when the evening was come, 
he was there alone.
Matt. 14:23b

Jesus had to separate Himself from the multitudes and go alone, up into a mountain to get His own instructions from the Father before He could instruct His disciples.  He had to isolate Himself in order to give the Father His undivided attention.  If we desire to walk on water, we must also experience times of isolation so we can also give the Father and His Word our undivided, uninterrupted attention.

Therefore expect in times of trouble, that believers will likely find themselves isolated and know that this is intended to be a blessing from God—not a curse.

  20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers,
and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little moment,
until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:
the earth also shall disclose her blood,
and shall no more cover her slain.

Step #5:  Recognize a scary situation when we see it.

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea,
tossed with waves:
for the wind was contrary.
Matt. 14:24

The disciples were just doing what Jesus had told them to do—they obediently got into the ship.  However, now they find themselves in the midst of the sea being tossed about, bobbing in the water like a fishing cork, under attack from a “contrary,” chaotic wind—not a wind like the Spirit of God, but a negative, destructive, evil “wind”—that would probably have a lot in common with an evil spirit, no doubt a “prince and power of the air” -type-of-wind. (Eph. 2;2)

They were just doing what they were told.  They didn't do anything wrong.  They hadn't made any wrong choices.  This very scary situation was not their fault.  Nevertheless, it became perfectly clear to them that they were under attack. 

What they still did not know is that this attack was going to be used to teach them how to walk on water. 

Step #6:  Jesus comes to help the disciples in a very unexpected way.

And in the fourth watch of the night
[the last part of the night or just before daylight]
Jesus went unto them,
walking on the sea.
Matt. 14:25 

Now it’s the “fourth watch of the night”—it’s about as late as it can get and still be called, “night” and the disciples are clinging to the ship for dear life. 

Jesus finally comes to help them—but not in any way they would have ever imagined.  This other-worldly scene—witnessing Jesus walking on water—generates a great amount of fear in the disciples.  It is no doubt “the last straw” after a very exhausting, stressful night battling the storm.

Step #7: A point in time arrives when it becomes necessary to process the fear.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea,
they were troubled, saying,
It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Matt. 14:26 

At this point, the disciples have lost it.  They don’t even understand what they are seeing.  These grown men are terrified enough to cry out—actually scream in fear.  At first they think that some evil spirit has somehow slipped into their physical dimension—to escalate the attack against them.  They have had a long rough night and it seems that a very bad situation is getting much worse.  They are now physically and emotionally drained and certainly do not feel up to facing what appears to be some new, strange-type-of-threat. 

Step #8:  Jesus quickly comforts and encourages the disciples telling them not to be afraid.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying,
Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Matt. 14:27 

The great love Jesus has for His disciples motivates Him to quickly identify Himself; then comfort and encourage them. . .and in this exhortation. . .He also reveals His purpose. 

By specifically encouraging them not to be afraid He is, at the same time, leading them to consider that a lesson could be hidden in this chaos as well.  The disciples know that Jesus would not tell them to “be of good cheer” without also providing what they need to do that.  Jesus is there to take control of the attack.  All they need to do now is trust Him and discover the lesson.

Step #9:  Realize that this is an important lesson about how to walk on water.  

 And Peter answered him and said,
Lord, if it be thou,
bid me come unto thee on the water.
Matt. 14:28 

Peter is the first to realize that this scary experience is really a lesson of some sort.  He knows that if the person they are seeing walking on water is the real Jesus, then this has to be a lesson on how to walk on water, since the foundation of Christ’s teaching has always been about following Him and His example.   

But as usual, Peter only sees the physical part of the picture.  Yes, impetuous Peter sincerely wants to be like Jesus and walk on water, but he does not yet understand that this lesson is about something more important than walking on water.

They are actually about to be taught how to access the spiritual faith to overcome a physical situation.

Step #10:  Under-estimating what it takes to walk on water.

 And he said, Come.
And when Peter was come down out of the ship,
he walked on the water,
to go to Jesus.
Matt. 14:29

Yes!  A-m-e-n!  Peter wants to walk on water!  What an experience!  All he has to do is “believe”. . .right?

So he comes down out of the ship, walks on water, and makes his way toward Jesus.

But when he saw the wind boisterous,
he was afraid; and beginning to sink,
he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Matt. 14:30 

BUT. . .there is more to walking on water than Peter first thought.  After all, Peter is only human and it is the tendency of humans to fear when they find themselves in a terrifying, physical, real-life-threatening situation.  Human courage can be a very fickle thing. 

“. . .when he saw the wind boisterous. . .”

If Peter “saw” the magnitude of the wind—how “boisterous” it was, that means he had to take his eyes off Jesus to be able to focus on this fearful situation.

Remember “washing of water by the Word”?

The Word of God—the Living Word, Jesus Christ, as well as the written Word, the Holy Bible, are both involved in cleansing and empowering believers. . .providing the faith to be faithful—giving us a supernatural ability and courage to “walk on water” when the storms of life threaten us.

However, if we take our eyes off Jesus/the Word, it is impossible to be supported by the Word/water and consequently we will be overcome and sink.  We can only endure the storm and reach our ultimate destination by keeping our eyes only on Jesus/the Word, because it is the Word /“water that (1) either supports us, because through it, God provides what we need to stay afloat, follow Christ’s example, and be united with Him, or (2) it condemns us to the depths, because we reject it (and God’s help) and find ourselves among the fearful and unbelieving in the end.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things;
and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, 
and sorcerers,
 and idolaters, and all liars,
shall have their part in the lake which burneth 
with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death.
Rev. 21:7-8 

We may be like Peter and underestimate what it takes to walk on water, but if we really belong to Jesus, the good news is that He will stretch forth His hand to us too and catch us when we begin to fear and doubt . . . and He will also give us some sort of wake-up call to make us aware that our level of faith is not adequate—that the water of the Word is somehow not sufficiently supporting us. . . either because (1) we are distracted and not focusing on His Word or (2) do not have enough of His Word successfully retained in our memory bank.

 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand,
and caught him, and said unto him,
O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Matt. 14:31

Walking on water is a matter of consistent faith—not running back into the boat and pulling a tarp over our head—but paying more attention to what the Word of God says than to what is going on around us.  

While we need to diligently watch what is going on in the world, prepare, and pray; at the same time, we need to filter all that we see and hear, through the Word of God because it will provide the understanding and strength we need to be able to keep walking on water.  

If we genuinely belong to Christ, He will by grace, continue to give us the faith we need to be faithful—so we are able to ultimately overcome unbelief and fear. 

And when they were come into the ship,
the wind ceased.
Matt. 14:32 

When will the wind cease and this chaotic storm end?

We must remain steadfast and keep walking on water according to the Word of God, consistently united in fellowship with Christ through His Word—focusing only on Him until one day, like Noah, all genuine believers will enter the “ark,” which is Jesus, and be carried safely to our new heavenly home.

And I saw
 new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;
and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo,
I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world.
Matt. 28:19-20 

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