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Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:22
posted by Yeriel Evenpinah
Shalom, Jimmy Evans
I hope this finds you well and unable to count the many ways the Lord has shown kindness to you and your family.
The situation that the Corona Virus has created may be ‘a sign of the times’. Let me know what you think.
Inasmuch as Israel is now requiring that anyone travelling to the country make arrangements to spend the first two weeks in quarantine, the doors to the country have been closed. Israel is now a country in isolation. While letting this fact sink in, I was reminded of the account in the John 21:1-12. You must read it before continuing.
After these things Jesus let himself be seen again by the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and it came about in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas named Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were all together. Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing. They said to him, And we will come with you. They went out and got into the boat; but that night they took no fish. Now very early in the morning Jesus was there by the edge of the sea (though the disciples were not conscious that it was Jesus). So Jesus said to them, Children, have you taken any fish? They made answer, No. And he said to them, Let down the net on the right side of the boat and you will get some. So they put it in the water and now they were not able to get it up again because of the great number of fish. So the disciple who was dear to Jesus said to Peter, It is the Lord! Hearing that it was the Lord, Peter put his coat round him (because he was not clothed) and went into the sea. And the other disciples came in the little boat (they were not far from land, only about two hundred cubits off) pulling the net full of fish. When they got to land, they saw a fire of coals there, with fish cooking on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, Get some of the fish which you have now taken. So Peter went to the boat and came back pulling the net to land, full of great fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and though there was such a number the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, Come and take some food. And all the disciples were in fear of putting the question, Who are you? being conscious that it was the Lord. (John 21:1-12 BBE)
The applicable point of the account in John for our current situation in Israel is the fact that there were 153 fish. Many years ago, shortly after we made aliyah to Israel, I was reading this account and wondering why the writer bothered to mention the quantity of fish if he wasn’t planning to say something about it. Why was it significant? I suddenly received a brain flash (from God) and called the Office of Statistics in Jerusalem. When I asked the woman who answered, “From how many countries have the Jews returned to Israel?”, she said, “147”.
I knew then that the significance of the number had to do with Jews someday returning to Israel. Looking at the lake scene depicted in John, the body of water would represent the nations of the world. The net is the tool used to bring the Jews onto the shore of Israel. In another account having to do with fish, it was customary to toss the non-kosher fish back into the lake. The kosher fish have both fins and scales and are the only sea creatures designated by God for eating. They would have done the same thing this time. After getting rid of the non-kosher fish, they not only took the time to count all 153 of them; it was important enough for the number to be included in the Bible.
So, when Jews of the world will have returned to Israel from 153 countries, a notable dispensation of time would have reached fulfillment. It was only a few weeks ago that I read an article concerning something else in which was mentioned that the Jewish Agency had reported that Jews had returned from 153 countries. I am currently trying to get confirmation of this and a list of the countries, but in the meantime the significance that Israel has closed its doors to the world right after it was clear that all 153 ‘fish’ were accounted for, is very profound to me. In Gamatria, the number 153 means ‘goal’.
With this ‘goal’ having been reached, possibly the next step in the end of days sequence can now occur.
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Jimmy Evans is an American pastor and a published author who takes the complicated subject of victory and makes it understandable. He serves as senior pastor at Gateway Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He also serves as a senior elder of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, and is the founder and CEO of MarriageToday, a ministry involved in preaching and ensuring the sanctity of marriage.
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