Chapter 84

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We have already noted that God utilizes every conceivable code so that His Word will become crystal clear to we who are His intended recipients. If we individually miss one code then we can receive another or another or another. God uses geography as a communication code.



The Jordan river runs from north to south. This river is the general eastern border of the land of Israel. Our understanding will be extremely helped if we turn to a topographical map in the back of just about any Bible, because God purposefully drew us a physical picture and we ought to look at it. In Hebrew, Jordan means: descending, the/a descender, flowing river, river of judgment, their descent. Thus, the water of the river Jordan represents the Holy Spirit. The river Jordan flows through part of a continental rift valley that runs from north to south into Africa. This rift valley or geological fault contains the lowest body of water on earth. Three bodies of water are connected by the Jordan river. The Waters of Merom, the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea.


In Hebrew, Merom means: high place, the lifting up, eminences, elevations. The Waters of Merom are the headwaters of the Jordan river. Merom is about three miles in diameter and is the northernmost point and beginning from which the Jordan river descends. Merom is 230 feet above sea level. From Merom, the Jordan rapidly descends 10 miles into the Sea of Galilee at 700 feet below sea level and then 70 miles more, as the crow flies, into the Dead Sea which is 1290 feet below sea level. The Jordan issues forth from the "high place" and descends to the low place.


In Hebrew, Galilee means: circuit, wheel, revolution, heap, the circle. The Sea of Galilee spans approximately 7 miles at its widest point by 13 miles long. Other names for it are the Sea of Chinnereth or Chinneroth which means "harp-shaped" in Hebrew, the Lake of Gennesaret, and the Sea of Tiberias. The fishing industry thrived on this sea. On and around the Sea of Galilee Jesus did most of His teaching and performed 18 of His recorded 33 miracles.


The Dead Sea (a name not in the Bible, but originated about 200 A.D.) or Salt Sea (mentioned 9x only in the O.T., lastly in Joshua) is approximately 10 miles wide by 50 miles long. The surface of the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. That is very interesting! The water is extremely salty because of the continual evaporation that separates the water from the hard minerals. The Dead Sea is fed by the river Jordan and by sulfurous springs. It has no outlet, i.e., no escape. The salt and mineral content of the Dead Sea compose about twenty-five percent of the water as compared to six percent in the ocean. Because of the extraordinarily high salt and mineral content, the Dead Sea is virtually dead. Although Jesus lived His whole life within relatively a few miles of the Dead Sea, He never went to it nor visited it on any occasion. Neither did He ever refer to it. Isn't that interesting?



All things emanate from God. From Him all waters flow. His is the "high place," the headwaters from which the waters of life descend to us. His place is Merom. The waters of the Jordan swiftly descend from God to the abode, the habitation of men which is the Sea of Galilee. It was in and around the Sea of Galilee that Jesus preached and taught. Men are likened unto fish in the Bible. We are to become fishers of men. But before we can become fishers, we are first the fish and must be caught. Lots and lots of fish want to be caught because they all dwell under the convicting water pressure of the Holy Spirit. He totally permeates their environment inside them and outside them. In an exact analogy, the air (H204) that we breathe is a thinner water (H20) that permeates our environment.


Great numbers of fish came to Jesus through the nets of Peter, James and John on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1-10). So many fish came that both ships began to sink with the astonishing draught of fishes taken up. These fish were eager to be caught up as illustrated later in the ministry of Jesus when He sent Peter to the sea to "cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money." (Matt 17:27).


***Take up, Peter, the fish that is first in line, the one most eager among those desiring to be caught. That fish shall bear thee a gift. That gift is his self.***


However, many fish avoid the nets and swim up near the brightness of the surface just to take a look at the fisherman, and then swim back down into the dark depths hidden from the light. Jesus Christ opened His earthly ministry in Luke chapter 5 by taking up fish out of the depths of the Sea of Galilee. He closed His earthly ministry in John chapter 21 by taking up fish out of the depths of the Sea of Galilee, like bookends. What happens to a fish that is caught? The fish decides to eat the bait and becomes hooked. What bait? There are many types of bait but the worldwide universal common denominator bait is bread. It seems that many fish are attracted to bread.


I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:51)


A fish eats the “bread of life” and is “caught up” (Gk: harpazo) out of his or her natural realm into a much higher realm. It flops around for a while, and dies (John 12:24). Then it is used for God's purpose. Caught fish support the fisherman that he may catch more fish (John 21:9). The fish are eaten and ingested by the fisherman. Having become one with the fisherman, the fish has become the corporate fisherman. Obedient sheep support the shepherd that he may shepherd more sheep. We must die to live.

1.       (John 12:24,25)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn [Gk: kernal of seed] of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

2.       (John 21:9,10)  As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.


What happens to a fish that is not caught? It too dies but in the natural lower realm for it has “rejected judgment.” The carcass (Matt 24:28) bloats and becomes “puffed up” and floats to the surface of the Sea of Galilee where it is picked at by the birds and carried away by the moving waters (Holy Spirit) of the current. From the Sea of Galilee the river Jordan continues its flow down 70 miles as the crow flies and into the Dead Sea from which there is no outlet or escape. However, the dead fish is not a crow and so will be carried ever swiftly down by “the descender, the river of judgment” 200 miles as he weaves a winding, serpentine (snakelike) path over rushing rapids, through curving sandbars, and into the Sea of the Dead.

1.       (Mat 24:28)  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles [“vultures” NIV] be gathered together.

2.       Commentary: The latter verse clearly illustrates a complete difference of interpretation and meaning regarding the Greek word for eagles (aetos), opposite in fact, between the KJV and NIV.


The Waters of Merom, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea: life and death for the fishes. Life flows from above and terminates below. The only escape from eternal death is to be "caught up" (Gk: harpazo; to take for oneself, i.e. to prefer:--choose) by the Great Fisherman.

1.       (2 Cor 12:2-4)  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven [i.e., the Most Holy Place]. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise [Gk: a park, i.e. (spec.) an Eden (place of future happiness)] [i.e., a return or restoration to Eden, a type and shadow of Heaven], and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

2.       (1 Th 4:17)  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

3.       (Rev 12:5)  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.



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