The Storm tossed days we are entering in
23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves:
but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him,
and awoke him,
saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him
He is the only one that can bring us safely to the shore. To dry land and to the promised land. We thought that we were in control, but now we find ourselves in deadly peril.
If ever there was a time to call upon the Lord it is now. If ever there was a time where we need the one who calms the storm it is now. If ever there was a time where we need to awaken our sleeping Lord it is now. No Yeshua is not sleeping, but He is awaiting our company, He will rebuke the enemy when we collectively call upon Him. The Holy Spirit within us should be rising within as the waves get higher. We need Him. And the Lord delights to show His power at such a time as this. A time when ...
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
In a way God has given us a gift through this Corona crisis. That gift is to feel vulnerable in a way we have perhaps not fully felt before. We are being shaken. And the shaking has just barely begun. I do not wish to add to your burden, but to encourage you to pray, to seek the face of the One that calms the storm and rebukes the waves.
And I hope to somehow encourage you that you are not alone. The Lord is with us in the boat which is our lives. And we are all together no matter where we are and how separated we are from one another.
I have been recently encouraged at a prayer meeting here in Australia. We have been so dead cold and asleep in our overly blessed and rich little Babylon. I have been sore tried by the lack of prayerfulness in this country. How hard it is for men in particular to seek the face of God corporately and passionately. Passion is only to be seen on the football field or the Olympics. It takes a demonic storm that threatens our very lives to motivate us to 'wake Yeshua'. We often focus on the fact that Yeshua calmed the storm, and rightly so. But often overlooked is that fact that indeed it was the disciples that awoke the Saviour. We are to pray for those in authority, and God can hold back and rebuke the storm. But what if the Lord wants to do a whole new thing? What if He wants us to wake Him as the waves come crashing down. And what if He wants to bring us to dry land?
Back to Dry Land
I do not say this lightly. I have pain in my heart just thinking about it. But the prophetic clock is ticking and it is time to sift the House of Israel as wheat, which includes the Torah following believers in Yeshua.
In scripture, the nations are often compared to the seas while Israel is referred to as the land. So metaphorically the Disciples on the boat in the Galilee represent the believers amongst that nations, the water.
Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Isaiah 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
The nations are in turmoil, not just because of sin, but because it is time for the Dove to return to the land. It is time for the remnant of Israel, the 10 lost tribes of the House of Israel, to begin the long journey back to the promised land.
Psalm 107 - Returning by Boat
The disciples in the boat with Yeshua represents those that put their trust in Yeshua adrift amongst that nations. But it is also prophetic regarding our literal return by boat (among other things).
How do the 10 Lost Tribes return to Israel when there are oceans of water between us and the promised land? Do we stroll in there after a few hours in a passenger jet? Do we come back on a cruise liner? As of this writing the international passenger planes are hardly flying! The entire transportation industry is being closed down because of a crown ('Corona' means crown). Is this coincidence or is there more behind the shutdown of the world economy? Is Satan shutting down the world and planning mass depopulation in order to prevent the regathering of Israel? Yes indeed. And he is contesting every soul in the courts of heaven. We are on trial in the heavenlies!
Both America, Australia and New Zealand are geographically separated from the land of Israel by oceans. Britain also is separate but it has a under sea channel tunnel that connects it to Europe. So the english speaking nations are separated from the continents that Israel is connected to. Europe, Africa and Asia are physically linked, but not the nations where the bulk of the lost tribes live. So there maybe some of us in those nations that return to the promised land via boat. Yes quite literally by boat as Psalm 107 clearly states if you read it literally. The Psalm is about the regathering, and it is about the Lord's goodness and mercy. At first glance you may think it is talking about the first Exodus from Egypt. But Egypt is South of Israel. In verse three we are clearly told that He gathered them from the 'lands', that is, plural, not singular. He did not gather them from one land, Egypt, but from many! This has not happened yet. This is future. It is about our regathering. This is not when we are resurrected. It is not a 'Rapture', it is a regathering here on earth, the regathering of believing Israel. And yes I do believe in a Rapture, but not before the Tribulation. But this Psalm is about a mystery hid from most of the church, it is the mystery of the regathering of the 10 lost tribes of the House of Israel.
Psalm 107 tells us quite explicitly that we shall return by sea! And we don't just return from many lands, but specifically from the East, West, North and South. That is a global event! Now do you understand why you cant get on a plane and go globetrotting? The sifting is coming and then the 2nd exodus, the wheat has to be gathered into the barn. And because that involves crossing the oceans for those in New Zealand, Australia and America, boats will be involved.
But before we get to our boats, according to verse 4, we will be wandering in the wilderness in a solitary way. We will be driven out of the cities and there won't be a city that will have us. But the Lord will take care of us in the wildernesses of our nations. It will be a blessing because the Lord will supply our needs while the vaccinated cities are judged. Before we leave our nations we wont have a city to call our own. When we have exhausted all our provisions and our bodies are hungry and thirsty it is only then that we call upon the Lord, יהוה.
These times that shall try us are also going to prove to us our Loving Father's tender care for our needs. For some it will be difficult because of rebellion. According to verse 18 they shall draw near to the 'gates of death' (Probably where Bill Gates lives! - joke). At this point I would strongly advice my readers to push deeply into the Lord in Worshipful obedience. (Please Help us Father to obey you with all our hearts, to hear Your Voice. I don't want to go through such a trial if I can avoid it by obedience.) But if they repent then He will break their bars of iron and set them free, verse 16.
Next we read of the journey by sea. I think that it will be bumpy if we don't trust Him with a thankful heart. But the Lord calms the storms when they cry out to Him. It's all about His goodness. He is proving His reliability in every situation to save His people. At every moment all they have to do is call upon His Name.
After our journey by boat, we reach our safe haven, verse 30. But the journey then continues by foot. We are going to see the Lord do great wonders in the wilderness. This is most likely in the middle east. He won't allow the wicked to win. But He will make the fruitful places barren due to the wickedness of the people. And He will cause us to have water and food no matter where we are.
We then begin to settle in this new place, build a city and plant vineyards. And God causes the barren place to become watered and fertile.
The Psalm seems to stop short of stating that they have returned to Zion. I suspect that the city is in the North Country. Hopefully they are not rebuilding Babylon, but some other place in the North Country. There they will come together as a nation, the House of Israel. Later they will join with the House of Judah and return to the land of Israel itself, but this is outside the scope of this Psalm.
I am sorry that it is not just a wonderful waltz into the promised land. But we will see the Lord lead us every step of the way. And we have much to do between now and then.
Don't be discouraged by the hard things in the Psalm. I think if our hearts are good and deeply focused on Yeshua and not the waves then we will escape much of the trouble. But the sifting we are entering will bring to the surface what lurks within. God only wants us to get right with Him.
The good news in Psalm 107 is that the Lord is merciful and proves it time and time again in all of these upheavals. We just have to keep our eyes on Him and not complain.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Nuns & the Ark in the Wilderness
The upside down nuns appear 7 times. In verses 23-28 they appear 6 times, one on each verse. These verses concern the voyage by sea. In verse 40 there is another one. This verse speaks of those Princes that the Lord pours contempt upon and causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way. He then goes on to set up the poor on high. Praise the Lord.
There is another place elsewhere in scripture where the upside down nun appears.
35 And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.
36 And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel
The Lord is bringing His people home, this time through the sea via boats. Most likely fishing boats. That would be appropriate. I must admit I would prefer a cruise liner. Perhaps there is a place for cruise liners in the exodus, the ships of Tarshish (Spain) etc, Isaiah 60:9. But that discussion is for another day.
הֹדוּ לַיהוָה כִּי־טֹוב כִּי לְעֹולָם חַסְדֹּֽו׃
1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.