JESUS PLAINLY TEACHES THE WAY TO HEAVEN BY EMPLOYING
A COMPACTED GEOGRAPHICAL PICTURE OF THE SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION
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The brightness of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines (our building blocks)
(Mat 14:22-24) And straightway [while Jesus was standing on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, i.e., the wilderness] Jesus constrained [Gk: to necessitate, compelled /// needful] his disciples [(only)] to get into a ship [a biblical symbol of the church], and to go before him [(into the storm)] unto the other side [i.e., unto the Promised Land on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, a type and shadow of Heaven], while he sent the [unbelieving] multitudes away. And when he had sent the [unbelieving] multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray : and when the evening [Gk: late afternoon (early evening) or nightfall] was come, he was there alone. But the ship [and crew] was now [“toiling in rowing” (Mark 6:48)] in the midst [Gk: middle] of the sea [a biblical symbol of humanity] , tossed [Gk: tormented: pain, toil, vexed] with waves: for the wind [of the world] was contrary [Gk: opposite; fig. antagonistic: against] [3,4].
1. (Acts 1:9) And when he [Jesus] had spoken these things [to His apostles (disciples)], while they beheld, he [Jesus] was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
2. (John 6:19) So when they had [painfully] rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs [about 3 ½ miles], they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
a. Commentary: a “furlong” equals 1/8 of a mile. Thus “about five and twenty or thirty furlongs” equals 3.125 to 3.75 miles, or “about” 3 ½ miles in the “midst” (Gk: middle) of the Sea of Galilee, thereby indicating that the Sea of Galilee was “about” 7 miles wide at that time, which generally corresponds to historical records. Please note the re-emergence and biblical prominence of the number 3 ½ as seen in the amount of years that Jesus Christ ministered, and the first half of Daniel’s 7 year tribulation. The number 7 symbolizes “completion.”
3. (1 Cor 10:13) There hath no temptation [Gk: a putting to proof; by adversity /// test] taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer [Gk: permit (allow)] you to be tempted above that ye are able [to withstand: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7]; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [Gk: endure] it.
a. Commentary: That which God commands us to do, He also empowers us to do (i.e., His commands come with the power to accomplish). Jesus commanded His disciples to “get into a ship” and go “unto the other side” (i.e., to Heaven); and all those persons that He sends, if they are obedient, i.e., if they don’t “fall away” (Gk: desert: withdraw self) (Luke 8:13) and jump ship into the mouth of the deadly storm, will arrive. The point? Don’t jump ship.
b. (Mark 6:48) And he [Jesus] saw them toiling [Gk: tormented: pain, toil, vexed] in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them [demonstrating (proving) that His commands are accompanied by empowerment].
(Mat 14:25-28) And in the fourth watch of the night [around 6 am, dawn] Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea [expressing Kingship, the sea is a biblical symbol of humanity]. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
1. Commentary: For a comparison, the average pace of a walking person is 3 miles per hour. Jesus sent the disciples “unto the other side” in the early evening, perhaps around 6 pm. Later, around dawn or 6 am, coming from the east, Jesus appeared to His disciples “walking on the sea.” By that time, the disciples had been laboriously and painfully continuously rowing through the horrific storm (tempest) for a span of 12 hours. At normal walking speed, the disciples should have rowed (3 mph x 12 hours) 36 miles, but they had managed to row only 3 ½ miles and that achievement in the face of tremendous opposition, a life or death struggle with frenzied Satanic forces vainly attempting to stop the disciples from getting to Heaven.
2. Commentary: “bid me” = Why did Peter say that to Jesus? Peter was testing Jesus (a measure of unbelief), knowing that if this “spirit” who appeared to be Jesus commanded Peter to do something impossible (miraculous), and Peter did it, then the command was accompanied by the empowerment to accomplish, and it was truly Jesus who commanded.
(Mat 14:29-33) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water [empowered by the Holy Spirit], to go to Jesus. But when he [took his eyes (and thereby his thoughts) off Jesus and] saw the wind [of the world] boisterous [Gk: forcible: mighty, powerful, strong], he was afraid; and beginning to sink [Gk: drown], he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth [Gk: to extend] [to reach out (outreach)] his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt [i.e., the “if” question]? And when they were come into the ship [connoting the protective covering of the church], the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship [the church] came and worshipped him, saying [(their verification herein has overcome their “little faith”)], Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
1. (John 6:20,21) But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly [Hebraism: to delight in] received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land [Heaven] whither they went [a very sudden startling miracle].
2. Commentary: Please note that when Jesus entered into the ship (ref. His second coming) in “the midst” (Gk: middle) of the sea of Galilee (3 ½ miles gone, 3 ½ miles to go), that the disciples were “immediately” raptured (Dict: ecstatic joy or delight) (Rom 8:18; 1 Thes 4:17), and were not further “constrained” (Gk: compelled) to travel through the remaining 3 ½ years of worldly Great Tribulation, but the disciples were “immediately” (“in the twinkling of an eye” 1 Cor 15:52) “at the land whither they went [i.e., Heaven].” Jesus is herein prophesying that His disciples will be raptured, caught up, before the 3 ½ years of Great Tribulation