THE MIRACULOUS DRAFT OF FISHES

But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. [John 21:4]

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DAY FOLLOWS NIGHT

And darkness is obliterated by Light.

Anyone with an ounce of spiritual understanding knows very well by now that a probable majority of those who call themselves Christians in America are spiritually clueless, especially when being clued-in matters most. For example, a great many instantly bought into the false virus narrative early in the year and most have apparently refused to budge since. As one who has been doing my part in trying to wake Christians up over the last few decades before it became obvious to all that most were snoring away and living in a nether world, and not being appreciated for disturbing their deep slumber and whatever Sunday school dreams they were having, now that it has become not only obvious put proven to be so, those who see know there is not only a Great Awakening currently taking place but also that said majority “did not know that it was Jesus.”

He’s right over there, standing on the beach. But they didn’t know. They had no clue. They failed to detect His presence. Why? Maybe because they barred the door to His presence. Maybe because they were working in darkness. They were working fruitlessly. They were having church and throwing their nets and preaching to one another and catching nothing and mainly spending much energy and effort achieving not a dadblamed thing. Sound familiar? “But that’s the way we do it!” Said one. “That’s the way we’ve always done it!” Said another. They fished all night and caught nothing. They were used to working at night catching nothing. It was part of their culture. This is the picture of our present dead head Christians who insist on an alternative gospel that coddles the flesh and pacifies simple minds.

UH OH. WHAT’S THIS?

Then the day began to break. That is, spiritual Light began to shine. Light started to come upon their dark little world. Their sight began increasing beyond the mere gray waters beside the boat to several yards out and beyond. Vague shadowy shapes began appearing off in the distance, the ambiguous outlines of great hills and landscapes separating from the dark gray sky, and then a few individual trees and eventually the distant shoreline. They were done fishing and were about to announce the benediction and head for restaurant row.

Then the daylight progressed to the point that a form became visible on the beach—it was a Man, a Man appeared, standing there alone—but who was it? They didn’t know. They had no clue. The Light had come but it didn’t register. They didn’t get it. Then they actually saw the Lord but didn’t know they were seeing the Lord, thinking Him to be just a man, a man they didn’t know. They should have known, because they used to know this Man. But they were spiritual deadheads and didn’t get it.

Then He spoke:

“Children, you do not have any fish to eat, do you?” [John 21:5]

They all began thinking, what? What’s He talking about? We never catch any fish. We come out here after sunset, work all night fruitlessly every Sunday, never accomplish anything whatsoever spiritually, then close the service and head for the buffet line before it gets too long. What does He even mean, have fish to eat? And who is this guy? He doesn’t look familiar. But He does appear strange and somewhat otherworldly.

“No.” They said.

AND THIS IS WHERE IT ALWAYS STARTS WITH THE LORD

He, of course, knows that a probable majority of Christians are a bunch of stubborn smiling half-wit lame brains who oppose the Lord more often than support Him. They wouldn’t touch an Upper Room experience even if there was money in it. They are absolutely fine and dandy with Christianity in the dark. Light makes them uncomfortable. It shines too close to home. It reveals them for the pretenders they are. And they really don’t like it when the Lord sends them a messenger, especially if the messenger is the Lord Himself.

So here we have a strange conundrum. These Christians were fishing. But they were not really fishing for fish. They were just going through the act of fishing. They would cast out their nets, draw them in with not so much as an old beer can, and repeat the process ad nauseum all night long. This was their life. It was their tradition. “My daddy taught me. My daddy’s daddy taught him. And his daddy did the same going way back. It’s all we’ve ever known and we ain’t about to change.” There could be no variation in the venue, no matter how dumb the whole thing was. But there was something in that question asked by the Stranger that wouldn’t leave them be. They felt like idiots answering Him but when they did a little spark went off in their closed minds. A few brain cells were suddenly activated and every one of them cocked his head in unison like a dog hearing something far off that no one else heard.

“Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find the fish.” [John 21:6a]

This was the dumbest thing they ever heard. You might as well have told them to overcome their dead church institutional custom with a real live jumping Acts Chapter 2 spiritual happening! And yet even though they had been told forever that all that Acts 2 stuff had died out with the apostles and there had never been any fish in the lake though we must go through the motions anyway and always have, they suddenly were compelled to obey the Stranger.

So they cast it, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great quantity of fish. [John 21:6b] 

What just happened here? We were always told this would never work! Where did all these fish come from? You would think that after a million casts by multiple generations over several centuries that one of them would have caught at least one fish at some point but they never did because they were fishing in the dark and kept insisting to all and all future generations to never change a thing because this is how we do it and people who actually catch fish are WEIRD, especially in the daytime. But the miracle before them began changing minds post haste. Light dawned. Recognition came.

“It is the Lord!” [John 21:7][1] 

Instantly, when something so incredibly miraculous takes place everyone immediately knows it is God. There is no question. And they tell everyone they know. And they lose all semblance of caring about church social standing and street cred.  

Of such are Great Awakenings.

All Christians must do is quit laboring fruitlessly in darkness, find the Light and walk in it instead of running from it, recognize the Lord instead of treating Him like a stranger, and do what He says rather than refuse His will.

Then people wake up.

Then the dead are raised.

Then the Gospel works.

Then your nets, whatever they may be, are miraculously filled to overflowing.

© 2020 by R.J. Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on October 28, 2020, in Teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. And we become fruitful even in the drought. What has seemed a drought to many the Lord turns into blessing for those grounded in Him.

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  2. “Judge not that you be not judged” and “By the same token(s) that you judge others (calling them “dumbasses” etc.) so shall you be judged by your Heavenly Father” – not to mention “specks” and “planks” in ours/others eyes, which analogy/warning came from Christ Himself, (who also said “HEAVEN AND EARTH SHALL PASS AWAY, but My Words will NEVER pass away.”)
    In Agape christian Love from a fellow offender who learnt the hard way to change his language, without changing his message. Shalom/God bless+++

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    • Thank you for reading and for the comment. Agape Christian love to you as well.

      The Lord Jesus is the Truth. We are instructed to know the truth and tell the truth. Sometimes we must be tactful. Other times not so. When the time came to rebuke the Pharisees and the Scribes, et al, the Lord didn’t hold back. He told them exactly what they were. He was not “judging” them but was exposing them. They were operating in darkness and pretending to be the opposite of what they were. They were deceivers. He revealed them as such. He revealed them as hypocrites. He even called them names. He also called them the most serious and vile name a Rabbi could ever use by calling them snakes and vipers, relating them directly to the serpent in the garden:

      Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. [Genesis 3:1]

      “You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, express any good things? For the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart.” [Matthew 12:34]

      “You snakes, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” [Matthew 23:33]

      “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” [John 8:44]

      But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his trickery, your minds will be led astray from sincere and pure devotion to Christ. [2Corinthians 11:3]

      Regarding your accusation that I am judging people, I am not judging anyone. The fuller meaning of the Greek word krino used in Matthew 7:1-2 is “condemn.” It is the act of pointing to a particular individual with an attitude of prejudice and discrimination, and condemning him as one who has failed to adhere to a specific standard and is thus “cancelled” or censured beyond reprieve.

      Robertson says this: “The habit of censoriousness, sharp, unjust criticism. Our word critic is from this very word. It means to separate, distinguish, discriminate. That is necessary, but pre-judice (prejudgment) is unfair, captious criticism.” [© Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament]

      Thus, I am not condemning anyone. I want everyone to know the Lord, to have salvation, and go to heaven. I know the Lord can save anyone. His sacrifice was powerful enough to save anyone and everyone. But to accuse me of violating Scripture when I am merely doing the exact thing the Lord did, though on an infinitely lower level, when revealing Christian pretenders and hypocrites for what they are, is ludicrous. Whereas other Christians name names and accuse other Christians directly, like you are doing here, I never name names. I am speaking of general principles. It is a fact that most Christians in America are Biblically illiterate. It is a fact that most Christians refuse to follow the full teachings of the Lord. It is a fact the most Christians exist in a state of spiritual unregeneration. I am not “judging” them for this but simply stating facts.

      If every American Christian was honest, sincere, and a real disciple of the Lord Jesus this would be a different country. But as it is the devil has invaded many churches and has many disciples in such places. This is a fact.

      Once one states to the world he or she is a Christian and most especially a Christian “leader,” he or she is obligated by God to teach the full curriculum of the Lord Jesus and nothing less. Unless they simply don’t know any better and would change their tune upon greater knowledge and revelation, those who likely know better but refuse to teach the full curriculum of the Lord Jesus are guilty of the same sin as the Pharisees, who sat in the seat of Moses.

      This is what the Lord said using these general terms:

      “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” [John 3:17-18]

      Here we have a clear statement of the Lord revealing the dichotomy between those who will be saved and those who will not be saved. He is not judging anyone nor did He come to judge anyone, but He still says some ARE judged whether He does anything or not. Who are judged? —Everyone who does not believe in the Name of the only Son of God. How does one escape this judgment? —By believing in Him. And, according to His teachings, what does believing in Him entail? It entails a wholesale change of heart—an absolute spiritual transformation.

      The evidence for this wholesale change of heart and spiritual transformation is lacking for a probable majority of Christians in America.

      My post is about the miraculous draft of fishes in which all things are possible with God. Because we are in the early stages of a national Great Awakening it means many Christians in America will be seriously advancing their walk with God, their discipleship, their Biblical knowledge, and their understanding of His full curriculum. We all gain by walking in His Light to ever greater degrees. Filling up their nets to the fullest through miraculous means and the Lord’s direct intervention heralded the vast millions gaining salvation in the immediate and far distant future. There are many more miraculous drafts of fishes to come.

      Blessings to you.

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  3. I love this. I’m still in Ch. 14 of John, which I’m seeing from a whole different perspective as I prepare to write each day. I have bookmarked this post of yours for when I get to ch. 21 🙂

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    • Thanks Linda. I appreciate it. This post just came out of the blue earlier in the week. I am thankful. This particular Scriptural event has a special meaning for me because I wrote a short paper on it many years ago after getting a powerful revelation. I had been praying a lot about a financial breakthrough. We were in a new location and I was trying to get a business off the ground. I was praying one time in the midst of this and the Lord just dropped it into my spirit and spoke very clearly. He instructed me to cast my nets “on the right-hand side of the boat” or the other side from which I had been casting. I was blown away with the import of what He was commanding. It hit me really hard. I immediately knew what He meant though had no idea how it would work out.

      I was not doing anything wrong but was only working from the usual natural positioning. We must do this, of course, but we must also add a spiritual element to our efforts. I had often used a strong spiritual element in my work and was often blessed, but this was something different. Sometimes we must make a substantial change which we cannot see so clearly. We have no experience or point of reckoning.

      The apostles knew that simply throwing their nets on the other side of the boat made little sense in the natural. But they learned that day to obey the Master no matter what. The most experienced fishermen would have never done it unless commanded by the Lord and they never would have obeyed if they didn’t respect Him and believe in Him.

      I remember at some point after I got the revelation I had to call my pastor. He was impressed and said he would use it. And I thought, well, I wasn’t telling you this so you could use it in a sermon, which is great, and he was a great encouragement. I also wondered if he had received the revelation before. Apparently not. He was an excellent preacher.

      I started doing my best to make the correct application. It took a long time because so many changes were necessary. Switching over to thinking and operating primarily in the Spirit while also doing the usual natural takes a big adjustment, especially when dealing with the Lord, because in order to bring about the prayed-for result and to bless us it requires changes we would otherwise never even attempt. Things got more difficult. Many changes ensued. It even demanded a later change in location. But the day came, when everything was at last in place, that a blessing like I had never seen before began flowing in. What took the apostles a few minutes took me quite a bit longer. But it happened.

      God CAN do it and WILL do it but we must conform to His will and the parameters of the miracle. We MUST cast our nets on the right-hand side of the boat. This means in part that we must quit engaging in the usual spiritually fruitless efforts over and over even though we never get the result we seek. We have to break out of such a cycle. We have to go to a place we’ve never been before.

      Blessings to you.

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