As we daily seek the Lord to discern what’s upon His heart, heavenly revelations can be quite intriguing and encouraging. In the most recent prophetic vision I received, The Holy Spirit zoomed in to an area beneath a well where rainbow trout were swimming in a circle but could not be accessed. I heard in the Spirit, “Free the fish.”
In the second scene of this prophetic vision, I saw a man’s work boot stomping down some soil to compact the dirt around the well. It was sort of like he was putting the finishing touches upon this evil intent.
Next, I heard, “Unstop the well.” The reference to this wording can be found in the scriptural account of Isaac and Abimelech in Genesis 26:1-25. As this vision unfolded, I knew by revelation that the well had been stopped by human means.
When we consult the Biblical timeline in the book of Genesis, there was a famine in the land, so Isaac traveled to Gerar where he encountered Abimelech, king of the Philistines. This particular Abimelech was a different man than the one mentioned in Genesis 20 as there’s an approximate 100 plus year time difference. The easiest way to think of the various “Abimelechs” is like the different Roman Emperors who were called “Caesars”, i.e., Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1), and Claudius Caesar (Acts 11:28).
God had appeared to Isaac and instructed him to not go down to Egypt, but to stay put in the land of Gerar. This was in accordance with God’s covenant with Abraham to give him the Promised Land (Genesis 12:1-3).
“Then Isaac sowed in that land [Gerar], and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth.” (Genesis 26:12-15)
Continuing to read through this chapter, we can readily sense why the Philistines, the original inhabitants of the land, seethed with envy and hatred toward Isaac. After all, in their eyes, a “squatter” plunked himself down on their land. Lo and behold, Isaac sowed in the land and reaped a 100-fold harvest in the same year all amid a famine! Small wonder they stopped up the wells that Abraham’s servants had previously dug.
Names, Symbols, & Spirits.
(A)The word Gerar means lodging place. It was a Philistine town and district in what is today south-central Israel. Archaeological evidence points to the town having come into existence with the arrival of the Philistines at around 1200 BC and having been little more than a village until 800-700 BC.
(B) Philistia or Philistine stands for migratory. (Genesis 10:14 and 21:32; and Psalm 60:8)
(C) Fish symbolize the souls of men; conversions (catching fish); humankind (potential believers); and spiritual food (the gospel of Jesus Christ).
(D) A well represents salvation or eternal life; The Holy Spirit; the human heart; God’s word; the fountain of life -Jesus Christ; cleansing; the fear of the Lord; the voice of the righteous; Godly wisdom; and the cultural center of life.
(E) Beersheba mentioned in Genesis 21:14 means the well of the oath or well of seven. We don’t know if this was exactly the 7th well that Isaac’s servants dug where they were finally able to find water and settle peacefully.
(F) Genesis 26:14 tells us that the Philistines envied Isaac. There have been innumerable volumes written on the spirit of jealousy (Numbers 5:15) and its destructive consequences. Acts 12:1-3 indicates that it can be generational which is substantiated by the 100 plus years of the descendants of the Philistines stopping up the wells dug by Abraham’s servants. With Philistine meaning migratory, the spirit of jealousy often migrates.
Manifestations of this spirit are hate, cruelty, competition, anger, rage, revenge, and the horrible list goes on. For a water supply to be cut off endangering the lives of humans, animals, and vegetation, this spirit was alive and well during Isaac’s time. But the love of God and the workings of The Holy Spirit in our daily lives can and will prevail and overcome because the ultimate goal is to free the fish (souls of men).
On June 28, 2021, I wrote of another “spiritual fish encounter.”
The New, Big Bend In The River Of Your Life
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living:
#1. Where’s a present-day “Gerar” in your life?
#2. Look for the wells that have been stopped up as these are God-ordained opportunities for the exact days in which we are living.
#3. As a believer, we have the river of living water flowing from within us to touch the world and impact it for Jesus Christ. (John 7:38)
#4. God has readily prepared the heart soil of these people (souls of men – one of the symbols for fish) to receive the gospel.
#5. Perseverance is required for this project as we learn from reading the entire chapter of Genesis 26. Isaac continued to dig wells in the land until he found a place to finally settle.
#6. Contending with the spirit of jealousy (evidenced by the Philistines) is not for the faint of heart, but the thing we must keep in mind is that he who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30)
"A true witness delivers souls." (Proverbs 14:25a)
#7. God has a strategy and perfect timing to unstop every well to free the fish!
#8. As you ruminate upon the symbolisms for this prophetic vision, what other interpretations or spiritual thoughts come to mind? What is God leading you to do during the time of this great harvest to help bring souls into His kingdom?
You will have to check the fishing regulations for your state to see the time frame in which you can legally fish, if applicable. However, in the kingdom of God, fishing season is open all year long!
Jesus’s command to brothers Peter and Andrew still apply to all Christians today, “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:18-20)
May God richly bless you as you follow Him and share the good news of the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
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