They were to Him as sheep without a shepherd. As the only true Shepherd, He took them in His arms and blessed all and satisfied the needs of all who came to see Him.
At the end of that day, when YAHSHUA had satisfied the crowd, there was another thing He had to do and this time it was related to His disciples, whom He directed to go to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. He was going to spend some personal time dismissing them before He headed up to the hills to pray and meet the disciples on the other side of the sea later. Evening came, He was still alone praying; the disciples were a long distance away from Him in the boat going to the “other side” as He commanded them. Meanwhile, a storm of great proportion came against them many miles away from the land. Sailing that boat in the dark in the midst of the storm was not the easiest thing to do. YAHSHUA, however, aware of their situation, came to them at the time determined when the storm had reached maturity. It happened at the fourth watch, which is between 3:00- 6:00 in the morning. Significantly enough are these numbers to consider as we develop the symbolic meaning of this storm. He came walking on the water, causing a stir among the disciples with fear of what they were witnessing. They were terrified for not have recognized YAHSHUA. Instead they thought Him to be a ghost. His voice assured them when He said, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! That was the same voice heard by Moses in the wilderness when YAHSHUA introduced Himself to Moses saying, I AM as His name. Peter, their spokesman, would not believe without proof. He said, If it is You, command me to come to You on the water. That was courageous of Peter to challenge the Lord. In other words, representing the other disciples, he meant, we will not believe that it is You unless You command me to come to you walking on the water. So YAHSHUA accepted the challenge and did as Peter asked. Come, He said. Half believing and half not, Peter got out to meet Him walking on the water. The wind was still strong, for nothing had changed at that moment. Meanwhile, Peter lost focus on the Lord by switching His attention from Him to the winds. As a result, he started to sink. Fear took over him and no longer could Peter keep walking on the water as YAHSHUA commanded him. His faith faulted him, but YAHSHUA was still Whom He had said He was, in spite of Peter’s failure in His belief. “If it is You, command me to come to You on the water,” YAHSHUA perfectly and satisfactorily answered the disciples, but Peter failed Him in His representation of Who YAHSHUA was.
At Peter’s cry, the Lord held his hand and secured him to dry land. Something was happening at that moment as the future was being transported for a short time in the lives of those disciples through the storm and YAHSHUA saving them. It was a significant event which points out to the prophetic utterances of God’s servants, the prophets of long ago. YAHSHUA was revealing to the disciples and to all of us who desire to understand His Word, the future of Israel in the end times. That storm did not just happen and disappear without a reason. It symbolizes the nations coming against Israel and God coming to deliver them in the midst of it. Peter cried to the Lord for help and it came. He represents the nation of Israel crying unto the Lord in their affliction. That’s when Peter finally believed YAHSHUA and in their future tribulation, Israel will finally acknowledge YAHSHUA as their Messiah and call on His name to be saved. Something special had to happen before the winds would calm down: when YAHSHUA and Peter got into the boat. They walked together in the water through the storm, this time YAHSHUA holding Peter’s hand leading him to the boat, the place of refuge. Only then did the storm cease.
The time of reconciliation and acknowledgment came when YAHSHUA got in the boat. It became obvious to them that YAHSHUA was truly the Son of God, the Messiah Who was to come. They knelt and worshipped Him, proclaiming, You are the Son of God. The time frame of the period of the fourth watch is important because one speaks of resurrection, while the other speaks of man’s weakness and the manifestation of sin in his life. Number 6 brings judgment upon men, but the number 3 brings salvation. Israel’s time of restauration is certain when they call on His name. The Prophet Hosea invites his nation to return to the Lord, in spite of Him having torn them, for in it there is healing; on the third day, he said, He will raise us up that we may live before Him (Hosea 6).
I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses rifled and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city; then shall the Lord go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from the east to the west by a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north and half of it toward the south…and the Lord my God shall come, and all the holy ones with Him (Zach. 14). Israel will finally call on the name of the true God in those days; He will hear and answer them; He will say, It is My people; and they will say, The Lord is my God (Zach.13: 9b).
After John’s death, YAHSHUA shone His messiahship brighter in ways that His disciples could see and understand Who He was. This latest experience confirmed that. Little did they know what was happening in those hours of panic and fear; little did they know that was God rehearsing the future of Israel in those hours and that His intent was not to cause them harm, but the assurance of their future.
A boat, a storm and twelve disciples constituted God’s plan being revealed to the world in those dark hours, but only a few can perceive and see the immensity of meanings revealed all through Scriptures related to the future. Today, we believers are sailing through the agitated waters of hatred from the world. However, all we need to do is to call on YAHSHUA’S name and soon our deliverance will arrive in a most beautiful and promised way: through YAHSHUA descending from heaven with a loud cry of summons, through the sound of God’s trumpet, the voice of the archangel calling us up, up, up! Then there will be calm when we all enter into Heaven for ever and ever. Amen and amen!