The Waters

The Waters

What are waters symbols of?

“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

(Revelation 17:15 KJV)

“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 shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.”

(Isaiah 17:12–14 KJV)

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

(Revelation 19:6 KJV)

What is it that moves upon the face of the waters?

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

(Genesis 1:2–3 KJV)

What is the light (glory) that is given to the waters (peoples)?

“And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.”

(Exodus 24:17 KJV)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”

(Isaiah 60:1–3 KJV)

“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

(Proverbs 6:23 KJV)

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

(Isaiah 8:20 KJV)

“Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.”

(Isaiah 51:4 KJV)

Who was the “spirit” that the disciples saw?

“And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.”

(Matthew 14:25–26 KJV)

Did Jesus call anyone to come walk above the waters with Him?

“But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”

(Matthew 14:27–29 KJV)

Does God call His people to be set apart from the nations (waters)?

“Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

(Deuteronomy 14:1–2 KJV)

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”

(Exodus 19:5–6 KJV)

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

(Revelation 20:6 KJV)

What does God liken the wicked to, those who do not walk above the waters (peoples, nations) with Him?

“For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”

(Isaiah 57:17–21 KJV)

Is there hope for the troubled sea (restless nations)? Will they respond to the Spirit moving on them or to the light (law of God)?

“Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.”

(Isaiah 60:4–5 KJV)

What is it that converts the soul, turning darkness into light?

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”

(Psalms 19:7–11 KJV)

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

(2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV)

Rob’s Commentary: The Waters

The scriptures teach plainly that the seas represent nations of peoples. The Son of God comes to the nations in His glory (keeping His Father’s commandments), bringing them light. The light is a symbol for God’s instructions, or commonly his “law”, and we will see additional examples of that later. The light / law is closely connected with His glory. The Hebrew word for glory (Strongs 3519) means “to make weighty”. 

3519. dwøb;Dk kabowd, kaw-bode´; rarely dOb;Dk kabod, kaw-bode´; from 3513; properly, weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness:—glorious(-ly), glory, honour(-able).

dOb;Dk dwøb;Dk,” Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary of the Old Testament, n.p.

3513. dAb;Dk kabad, kaw-bad´; or dEb;Dk kabed, kaw-bade´; a primitive root; to be heavy, i.e. in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable; causatively, to make weighty (in the same two senses):—abounding with, more grievously afflict, boast, be chargeable, x be dim, glorify, be (make) glorious (things), glory, (very) great, be grievous, harden, be (make) heavy, be heavier, lay heavily, (bring to, come to, do, get, be had in) honour (self), (be) honourable (man), lade, x more be laid, make self many, nobles, prevail, promote (to honour), be rich, be (go) sore, stop.

dEb;Dk dAb;Dk,” Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary of the Old Testament, n.p.

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