Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 27, 2014

The Storm on Galilee

“Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.” Matthew 14:22-36

Is this a picture of the future? The disciples were in a boat trying to get to the other side and having difficulty. Apparently they rowed all night(?). In any case, Jesus comes to them in the fourth watch of the night, just prior to sunrise. Is this a picture of the troubles that will happen to Israel just prior to the Messiah coming to them standing on the Mount of Olives? The fourth watch was a three hour period. One eighth of a day. Could this describe the trouble that will be on Israel for about 125 years just before the Day dawns and Jesus comes? This would equate to 2253-2378AD. Will the Jews ‘get out of the boat’ when they see Jesus, but then lose heart and fear for their lives? But then Jesus will save them and there will suddenly be peace. When they see this salvation of Jesus, they will burst out in worship. Shortly after this there will be Immense healing. Yet the healing requires people to touch his garment – demonstrate concrete faith through action.

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