From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Six
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"Fishers of Men; Parable of fishes; Apostles"
Fishers of Men
The Age of Pisces began around 210 B.C. , so Christ took the sign of the Fish as his main symbol, and the Virgin (Virgo) as the opposite symbol. Jesus was born from a virgin of the Royal blood of God.
The Pharisees rejected the "New Covenant" and refused to let Jesus, "take man's burden upon himself." They rejected Mary also and believed the Virgin to be Eve and her function during the day of Pisces would be to give birth to the Messiah of Aquarius. They symbolized the Fish as an obligation of the entire Chosen People to spread throughout the earth like the fish in the sea.
As you can see sometimes people can get a simple message all screwed up!!!
"Jesus was also symbolized as a lamb, because although the Age of Aries (Ram) had ended before his birth, the effects of the age were still continuing, and mingling with the incoming characteristics of the New Age, whose symbol was a fish and is very much associated with the Nazarenes. He was thought of as a lamb who was slain, but in his resurrection was symbolized as the fish, and he promised his disciples that they should be fishers of men!"
From "Temple of the Stars" by Brinsley le Poer Trench, page 184.
Multiplication of the loaves and fishes
Five or Seven Loaves, two or a few fishes
And seven or twelve Baskets
And the miracle that fed 4000 or 5000 men, and other women and children
- John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
- Luke 9:13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.
9:14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
9:15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
9:16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
9:17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.
9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
9:19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
9:21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;
9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
- Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
14:17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
14:21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
- Matthew 15:34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
15:35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
15:36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
15:37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
15:38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
- Mark 6:37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
6:39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
6:40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
6:41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
6:42 And they did all eat, and were filled.
6:43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
6:44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
- Mark 8:5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
8:6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
8:7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
8:8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
8:9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
It is noteworthy that the cross was not adopted as a symbol of Christianity until long after the death of Jesus. The symbol previously most used was the fish. Christians used the sign of the fish as a secret sign for a long time before the cross came into general usage. When two travelers would meet on a path, one would take his staff and draw an arc in the dirt, if the other responded with an opposite arc drawn through the previous one, then they both knew where each other's faith was. This symbol described is the sign of a fish or the Sign of Pisces .
Fishers of Men
The definition of a Cross or Crucifix is the upright post with a transverse piece upon which Jesus was crucified. A symbolic representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified.
Piece of money in a fish
- Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
- Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
The Nets of the fishes
- Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
For a translation of the following verses see the first section of Chapter Six called:
The Signs of the Age, the results of the Twelve Minor Prophets.
- John 21:5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
21:8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
21:10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
21:13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
- Luke 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
5:7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
5:9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
Seek and ye shall find
- Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
- Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
King Herod was warned by his astrologers of the birth of a long prophesied ruler, and he hoped to save the throne by the massacre of all young babies around Bethlehem. Just as Noah of Gemini was told to 'hide himself' by Enoch, and Abram of Taurus was switched with another child and saved from Nimrod, and Moses of Aries was hidden from the Pharaoh, so was Jesus of Pisces as a baby, hidden from King Herod who did not want any changes to come about in his empire. Taken off to Egypt, the repetition continues as he survived and was said to be thirty years old when he reached spiritual maturity and began his ministry on earth.
The Fish, a water sign, jumps from the exoteric to esoteric meaning of water, the transition from the Ages of Fishes to the Age of the Water Bearer, gives us a reason to suspect his Second Coming in the Age of Aquarius.
In Jesus' ministry he caused many miracles such as:
- medical cures for blindness, incurable diseases, etc.;
- defying gravity by walking on water, and ascending from baptism;
- prevented starvation by feeding thousands of people with only five loaves of bread and two fishes and also starving himself in the wilderness for forty days;
- and living after his death in a miraculous resurrection.
Jesus told us that our world really belonged to the devil, and he defeated the world of the devil, by refusing temptations and gathering a strong following of persons committed to his world. He brought a revived law to the people which did not add onto Moses' Laws.
In Colossians 2:14, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;"
In Galatians 3:13, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"
In Galatians 6:2, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
Matthew 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." The New Testament (Covenant) was to teach not only in the salvation of a man's soul, but the resurrection of the body. It maintains that there is an angel world where there are servants of God, these angels have planted the Hebrew-Christian religion in the minds of men.
As in John 8:56-58, Jesus responded, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad." "Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am."
Also in John 8:23, Jesus said, "You are from below, I am not of this world." Regarding this verse also refer to Chapter Four section entitled Another view of the Heavens - Zodiac and the Ten Sefiroth.
Jesus administered the same prophecy as all the prophets before him about the Revelation and his Second Coming, except he clarified it with a more accurate chronological order of its events. This is seen in Matthew 24:3-40, Mark 13:3-37, and Luke 21:7-36 in which he answers their questions about what events will signal his return and the end of the age, comments on the days of horror and the anti-Christ, and when the Temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed.
Jesus Christ was the primo example of a major revolutionary. He single-handedly upended the entire religious authority of his time without using violence or breaking their legalitys. Finally he was crucified, and an eclipse of the sun threw the land into darkness as Christ hung suspended from the cross or tree. A violent earthquake that claimed many lives followed. At this point the Almighty God tore the veil of the Temple in half so that no one would ever have to use a priest, bishop, or head of state for a soul to go before God and to know Him. It was at this point that the Levi priest and tribe were not required for there services any more.
- Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
- Mark 15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
- Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
Jesus had his miraculous Resurrection, which sent his twelve disciples on their way as the fishers of men.
The Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Letters and the Revelation followed.
The term "Apostles" comes from a Greek verb meaning "to send out" and suggests an emissary. The term refers primarily to the twelve closest disciples whom Jesus chose to send out to preach as his representatives. The twelve were constant companions of Jesus and received his teachings. The task of spreading the good news of the kingdom of God and of healing the sick would rest with them after his death. They were important to him not only because they would carry on his work after him, but because they formed a traveling community that practiced the values he proclaimed. Before his death, Jesus warns them of the kind of reception they are likely to receive, both in the present and in the future. They are to expect hardships; trust in God; and fear no one. They lived, worked, and ate among the outcasts, the sick, and the poor. Lists of who the twelve disciples were are given in four different books of the New Testament. There are small differences in the lists, but the number is always twelve. The number twelve is important in Jewish history because of the twelve tribes of Israel. The fathers of the twelve tribes had founded Israel, and in Jesus' time, the twelve disciples were seen as founders of the new kingdom he had come to establish.
Of the twelve disciples who formed the inner circle with Jesus, three were considered favorites: Peter, James, and John. They were always closest to him and witnessed certain events, including the raising of Jairus' daughter, the transfiguration; and the agony in the garden of Gestheme. Peter was the recognized leader. He had received the promise of the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
This file updated on July 30, 2006.
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