Scripture References: Matthew 24:4-8; Matthew 14:13-36; John 6:1-21; Revelation chapters 1-3; Isaiah 57:20; Psalm 110:1; John 10:27; Revelation 1:7; Luke 17:21; Luke 18:8
Excitement is in the air! It is beginning to be a significant challenge to keep our focus on Yahushua as events described as the “beginning of sorrows” unfold before our very eyes (Matthew 24:4-8). We are constantly bombarded with the signs of Yahushua’s return such as earthquakes in various places, famines, and wars. Also, the internet is rife with predictions of alien (fallen angelic) invasion, Mayan calendar prophecies, and planetary asteroid collisions. It’s no wonder that sometimes watching the “signs” gets in the way of watching the Savior.
However, when this happens, a redirection in course is needed. We find our true direction in the Word of Yahweh and through prayer. The Master Yahushua knew that end time believers would need explicit directions and examples to help us to endure unto the end. Many of the parables, historical events, and miracles found in the Bible provide such examples of encouragement for us. However, we must have our spiritual ears and eyes open to grasp the spiritual concepts conveyed.
Spiritual Code Within Scripture
The more I study the Word and pray, the more evidence that I find that most if not all of the Scripture contain spiritually coded messages underneath the natural message presented. Examples include the feeding of the 5000 and the 4000. When Yahushua fed the 5000, 12 baskets of fragments remained and were taken up. At the feeding of the 4000, 7 baskets of fragments remained and were taken up. The gospel message is the food that was fed to the multitudes; it was given by Yahushua at the hand of the disciples. I believe the 12 baskets of fragments represent the remnant of the 12 tribes of Israel to be saved. The 7 baskets of fragments represent the remnant of the 7 churches to be saved as described in Revelation chapters 1-3.
Another example of significant spiritual messages being hidden in plain sight within Yah’s Word is the account of Yahushua walking on water. The event took place right after the multitude was fed. This account is not merely about trusting in Yahushua to get us through life’s storms, but it gives details about our end time journey to eternal life in the Promised Land.
Walking On Water: Decoded?
Let’s break down the miraculous event described in Matthew 14:22-32 and John 6:21 line by line.
- Scripture (verse 22): After feeding the multitudes, Yahushua urged his disciples to get into a ship and go before Him to the other side of the sea.
Decoded Message: Yahushua’s disciples were sent on their journey to their destination which is the kingdom or the Promised Land. Yahushua indicated that He would come to them later representing the Second Coming of the Master.
- Scripture (verse 23): After sending the multitudes away, Yahushua went up into a mountain to pray. When evening was come, He was there alone.
Decoded Message: “Up into a mountain” symbolizes His ascension into to the right hand of Yahweh in heaven. He went there to pray indicating His status as our Great High Priest after the order of Melchisedek who makes intercession for us. His being there alone at evening indicates that He is the firstborn of many brethren. He is the first to overcome; he alone had overcome at that spiritual time of evening. Currently, we know from the signs of the times that spiritual evening has past, and the night is far spent.
- Scripture (verse 24): The ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves for the wind was contrary.
Decoded Message: The “ship” that the disciples were in was like a place of safety even though the circumstances looked bleak; just think of Noah’s ark. The sea symbolizes people in scriptures. Isaiah 57:20 states that the wicked are like the troubled sea; Jude 4-13 and Revelation 17:15 also confirm the definition. I believe the adversary or satan makes his appearance when the verse describes the ship being “tossed with waves for the wind was contrary.” We cannot see satan just as we cannot see an ill wind. However, we can see the results of his works in the actions of the people he uses. These people symbolize the waves. (Note: Luke 21:25 gives a description of the end times by stating, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;”)
- Scripture (verse 25): In the fourth watch of the night, Yahushua went unto them, walking on the sea.
Decoded Message: To me this means that the Father is going to send Yahushua back to save us at the time right before daybreak. The fourth watch of the night is the last watch of the night before dawn of a new day. It’s also interesting that Yahushua stated that no man knows the day or the hour but for us to watch. The verse depicting the coming of Yahushua on the water indicates that we may know the “watch;” the fourth watch includes the 10th, 11th, and 12th hours. I believe that we can’t know the day because Yahweh’s calendar seems to be tied to the appearance of new moons.
When the verse stated that Yahushua came “walking on the sea,” it does not mean that His mission is to step on people! However, the Father said that all of his enemies would be put under his feet; the Father told the Son to “come sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool” (Psalm 110:1). Also, the ship represented the place of safety for the disciples; all those not in the ship would be considered enemies.
Revelation 21:1 describes the new heaven and the new earth. The statement given within that verse, “…and there was no more sea” probably does not pertain to an actual body of water. It most likely represents the sea of humanity (individuals and kingdoms) that have made themselves enemies of Yahweh through rebellion and sin. Remember the political beast that arose from the sea in Revelation 13:1?
- Scripture (verse 26): The disciples were fearful when they saw him walking on the sea; they thought it was a spirit.
Decoded Message: The disciples were aware of the spirit realm just as we are now. We know that there are many counterfeits but only one Yahushua so it stands to reason that we would be wary of false spiritual activity. Some of us are even fearful about the coming anti-messiah and must be reminded that the gates of hell will not prevail against Yahushua’s church.
- Scripture (verse 27): Yahushua identifies Himself right away and tells His disciples not to be afraid.
Decoded Message: He said that my sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow Me (John 10:27). He will identify Himself to His believers at His coming. Every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7).
- Scripture (verse 28): Peter asks to join the Master on the water.
Decoded Message: Peter knew that if it was the Master walking on the water, the Master would ask Peter to follow Him; Yahushua said that His sheep follow Him (John 10:27).This demonstrated faith and leadership abilities within Peter. If it had been some other spirit approaching them, the disciples in the ship would know the imposter, but Peter probably would have physically perished! However, Peter knew the Master’s voice because he had cultivated a close relationship with Him.
- Scripture (verse 29): Yahushua tells Peter to come to Him, and Peter walked on the water toward Him.
Decoded Message: Yahushua said that He would come back but asked if He would find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8). He knows that we can only please the Father by faith. Yahushua approved of the test to which Peter put Him. The answer is that there will be faith on the earth upon Yahushua’s return! This account of Peter indicates that some end time disciple(s) is going to get out of the boat at risk of his or her temporal life to meet the Master at His coming by faith.
- Scripture (verse 30): Peter saw the effects of the wind and began to be afraid; he cried out to the Master when he began to sink.
Decoded Message: Peter took his eyes off of Yahushua and focused in on the works of the enemy all around him just as we tend to focus on some of the horrific “signs” of Yahushua’s return. The key for anyone who steps out of the ship is to always keep the focus on Yahushua and not on the satanic attacks. We walk by faith and not by sight. When Peter looked with his natural eyes, he started to sink. All he could see with his natural eyes were the troublous waves.
- Scripture (verse 31): Yahushua was right there to save Peter.
Decoded Message: This verse shows the expectation and the perfection of the Master. He was pleased to have Peter demonstrate the faith to step out of the boat, but He reproved Peter for doubting afterwards. He said that Peter had “little faith.” (Note: To most people, if they had walked on water for only a few seconds, you couldn’t tell them anything. They would think that they were all that and two bags of chips!!) Yahushua wouldn’t let Peter perish either. He knew just when to stretch out His hand to save. He will do the same for all of His disciples who put their trust in Him.
- Scripture (verse 32): When Yahushua and Peter came into the ship, the wind ceased.
Decoded Message: Only at the appointed time of Yahushua’s return will satan be silenced. Yahushua could have chosen to rebuke the wind early as He had on a previous occasion with the disciples, but I believe He didn’t because he wanted his actions to symbolize the end time triumphant entry of the King of Israel. The miraculous event was not only for the original 12 disciples, but it was a special message for us.
- Scripture (John 6:21): When Yahushua was willingly received into the ship by the disciples, the ship was immediately at the land wither they went.
Decoded Message: The account in John states that the ship was immediately at its destination when Yahushua was welcomed on board. We are in a journey to the Promised Land. When Yahushua returns, we will be gathered together and immediately given glorified bodies. We will have reached the Promised Land which is eternal life. Yahushua did say that the kingdom of heaven is within you (Luke 17:21).
The account of Yahushua and Peter walking on water is a reminder to us to keep our attention on the Savior and not the signs as we approach the Promised Land. Hallelujah!!!!