Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Beach and the Fish Nets Vision 10-17-12
I am walking along the familiar beach again in the vision. The sun is just rising and the ocean is glistening in the dawning sunlight. I can feel the water lapping at my toes and I smile at it's wake as it crosses over my feet. The water feels so smooth, almost like silk. What a wonderful place, I think to myself. I look up past where I am and I see someone walking towards me on up the beach. I can see that it is the Lord and I quicken my pace to greet Him. He is smiling as I draw near. "Good morning Lord!”, I say. The Lord smiles again, and reaches out His hand to me. I take His hand and we walk along the waters edge. I feel such joy walking together in the morning that I burst out singing. I couldn't hold it in. It just seemed to boil over within me. I laugh and sing. Jesus is laughing with me, enjoying the moment with me.
All of a sudden I feel something brush against my toes in the water. I stop singing and look down. I reached down and it was a piece of an old net that has washed ashore. It looked pretty worn and it was rough knit. Jesus watched me with interest. I could see His eyes sparkle, and I knew that this was something more than just a mere piece of a net. So I put it on the sand. When I set it down, another piece floated by my feet. I reached down and picked that piece up too. Then I looked out into the ocean, and other pieces were now floating ashore. Soon, there were many fragments of the former net that had all came ashore around where we stood. I picked each of them up and carried them to the place where the first one laid on the sand. Now I had a pile of fragments. They all were tattered and roughly made. Some had seaweed tangled in them. Others had knots in them. "This net has seen it's day", I said. "Yes it has", the Lord agreed. "How will the people fish now?", the Lord asked. "They would need to make a new net", I said. "Yes, they could. But even that net would eventually fail them too. What do fish nets represent?" I thought for a moment and said, "The nets typify of what we do to draw men to ourselves. Our methods or ways in which we attract them and then bring them in?"
"Yes. That is one thing they represent", the lord agreed. "Men tend to take what they are familiar with or what they are comfortable with, and they make it into that which reflects themselves, and they use that to draw people to themselves. Everything that you build or erect, and everything that you utilize in this earth is limited to this earth and to it's fallen condition. That is why things break, and things wear out and fail, and things can be corrupted, and things are misused. Men keep trying to fish for men with man-made tools, such as these nets. They do catch some men, but they are not attaining my highest wish using these methods. Nets are meant for fishing for schools of fish, or masses of fish. But the nets in your day are mostly old, worn, and roughly assembled. What you currently have operating is not able to bring in the great catch that is drawing near now. You do not have enough fishermen to hold the net securely, so I let it all fall apart. It will not do for what I am about to do in the earth. What is made from men will rot and fail in this hour. It will crumble in your hands, because it can no longer stretch and expand with Me, because I am on the move continually. The time has come to let old things die. The tides I bring in will carry them all out to sea. There will be no old nets, or crudely constructed tools in my service anymore. It is time for my fishers to have new tools. Where do you think they shall they go to buy their new tools?"
The Lord looked at me, and waited to see what I would say. I thought, "Well, they would have to go to the fishermen that make the nets, to get new nets." The Lord nodded. "Yes, that is true, only those who make the things you will need, can supply you with what you need. If what you have used in the past no longer works, then what do you do?" I thought, "Well, then you would have to search for someone that is making new different things to fish with and get his advice." The Lord smiled. He said, "That is what most people do, but very few ask Me." I looked at Him, and then I understood. The Lord continued, "Men are more comfortable in asking others what they use to fish with, and they compare results to see what works better than theirs, but they never ask if Me it is My will for them or not. They do not think to ask Me if this is what they should be doing. Most of what the church currently uses to reflect Me in the evangelistic areas is only a mere reflection of themselves. There are many things in the earth that you can use to illustrate Me and My ways, as a witness, but they are never meant to be a substitute for Me. I am bringing this tendency to a halt in My House. I want a new reflection to be seen. I want My People to only reflect Me. So I am going to open My People's eyes to see Me as I am. Then, when I am lifted up correctly, I will draw all men unto Me. I am the net, and it is My Life that draws them in, and as they come to Me, they are reaped correctly into My Kingdom. Men cannot build their own nets, or their ways of presenting Me, and think that this will suffice, and will meet My requirements for them. I am not pleased with second hand offerings, nor half-hearted methods. If their whole hearts were in it, then I would be in it, for I would be first in their hearts. But because I am not first in their lives, other things will crowd Me out, and then what they want even more becomes their self-image, and is also the method by which they present Me to others. This I am bringing to an end. I want hearts fully desirous of only Me, fishing for Me."
"I am bringing a death to all things that do not clearly reveal Me. Take care how you present Me to others. Do not put Me on a new cart, like those in My Word did. Do not put Me on fancy stages, or on gilded book pages. I want men to stop presenting Me as what I am not, to please their own goals. My Fires will now burn up all that is of self and of your own making. Every net that men have made will now rot and fall apart in their hands. I want My Life and Light to expand! It is time to ask Me to teach you how to fish.”
“I want you to fish with My Presence. I want you to release My Fragrance out of your lives. I want you to pour out My Love to all men, for then I will draw them in. I want you to reflect Me in all you do. These are the things that will draw the harvest to you. I am the Life given for all men, and this is the Life that will be seen through My Fishermen. It is time to ask me to make you into My Great Harvest Net. I will weave you all into My Net, and you will become a Great Net-Work, and a Glorious Work-Man-Ship in My Hands. My sincere Leadership will be My new workmanship. My nets are always made of my men and women. I have always had a witness in the earth, and it has always been My People. You are to begin to come together even more, and are to be built into My Nets. I will gather you each into where you will fit, and I will heart-knit you together, so that you will fit and complete each other, and this will cause you all to reap together, even as one man. Hand in hand will you together expand. You are My Fish Nets, and you are My Fishermen. You are to become, what I will now make of you. When I need a net, then I will throw you all into the seas of humanity, to reap a large catch. When I need a fisherman, I will set you before men to draw them in, one by one. I have many uses for you in the days ahead. Learn more of Me. Become more like Me. Let My Love flow. You must yield to Me more, and let Me weave Myself through each of you, till you all reflect Me the same, then you can be a net worthy of My Name! I am doing a new work in the earth. That which is born of Me will last for eternity. It shall be built upon Me. It shall bear fruit, even as Me. With joy shall you labor with Me. Look and see My New Nets that are being fashioned for you."
I looked to where Jesus was pointing, and up above our heads, was a brilliant golden fishnet shining with golden hues and radiant glistening threads. It came down and rested just above both our heads. I wondered at the beauty of this net. It was so glorious. The Lord's eyes twinkled again. He said to me, "Close your eyes and reach up for the net." I closed my eyes and reached upwards, and I felt the net go right down my arms down into my belly. I could see it within me. It was resting in my spirit. It was shining and it felt like it was tickling deep inside me. "That is My Life opening up more within you. When My Life fully comes within, it quickens all that is within. I am a Quickening Spirit. My Life gives life to all men. That is what draws men unto Me. My Net is also My Life, and when you release My Life, it will always bring a response. I want all of My People to be full of My Life, and then I want them to pour My Life out to those that I will direct them to. I know where the harvestable fish are, and I know when they are ready to respond to Me. My Nets are descending from above, and it is time that My People enter into that which I am now releasing in your day, and to get more full of My Life, so that they can effectively reflect Me, and work more effectively for Me. I am calling for the new Fishers. I am calling for My Golden Net-workers. I am calling for all who are willing to come and be gathered in. My Harvest will be fully brought in, by those who will allow Me to not only transition them, and but to also reposition them from within their own spirits. My Golden Nets are falling, but who will let Me be the Fisher within them?"
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men--he gathers and receives them for eternity].
Matthew 4:19 And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples--letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!
Mark 1:17 And Jesus said to them, Come after Me and be My disciples, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Matthew 13:47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.
John 12:32 And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself.
John 21:1 AFTER THIS, Jesus let Himself be seen and revealed [Himself] again to the disciples, at the Sea of Tiberias. And He did it in this way: 2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas, called the Twin, and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, also the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, I am going fishing! They said to him, And we are coming with you! So they went out and got into the boat, and throughout that night they caught nothing. 4 Morning was already breaking when Jesus came to the beach and stood there. However, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said to them, [a]Boys (children), you do not have any meat (fish), do you? [Have you caught anything to eat along with your bread?] They answered Him, No! 6 And He said to them, Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find [some]. So they cast the net, and now they were not able to haul it in for such a big catch (mass, quantity) of fish [was in it]. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! Simon Peter, hearing him say that it was the Lord, put (girded) on his upper garment (his fisherman's coat, his outer tunic)--for he was stripped [for work]--and sprang into the sea. 8 And the other disciples came in the small boat, for they were not far from shore, only some hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. 9 When they got out on land (the beach), they saw a fire of coals there and fish lying on it [cooking], and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, Bring some of the fish which you have just caught. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, 153 of them; and [though] there were so many of them, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, Come [and] have breakfast. But none of the disciples ventured or dared to ask Him, Who are You? because they [well] knew that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so also [with] the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus revealed Himself (appeared, was manifest) to the disciples after He had risen from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.