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The Shipwreck of Paul The Days of the Winds and the Double

10.06.2019, Daniel Glimm


As people of God, we inevitably come at times when we are facing different categories of winds in the form of change. In order to understand what this means for us and even society, we must turn to the Word of God.

Change, Transformation, Storms and Winds

In this context, the Holy Spirit led me to the scripture from Acts 27, dealing with Paul's departure for Rome to be presented before the emperor. At that time Paul was a prisoner. This journey was a transition that had to do with much change, transformation, storms and winds.
 
Acts 27 carries a deep revelation which we must understand. At first I would like to explain the facts and events of this journey and later extract the essence of God's speaking to us.
 
The Changing of Ships, the Winds and the Water
 
On his way to Rome Paul changed ships three times to get to the emperor (see Acts 27:2.6; Acts 28:11).
 
Acts 27:2.6:
2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. …
6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board.
 
Acts 28:11:
11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island – it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.
 
During this time Paul experienced the power of the winds and the water (see Acts 27:4.7-8.13-14), so that he even had experienced a shipwreck.
 
Acts 27:4.7-8.13-14:
4 From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus (means “copper => repentance”) because the winds were against us. …
7 We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus (note: means “stinging nettle => fire of God, sanctification, purification”). When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete (note: means “lie and deception”), opposite Salmone (note: means “calm => rest of God”).
8 We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Kaloi Limenes (note: means “fair haven, beautiful harbors”), near the town of Lasea (note: “It is a good protected bay towards south-west. => fullness that leads securely into a new season”). …
13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.
14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster (note: Euroclydon), swept down from the island.
 
Paul passed through many places (note: Sidon, Cyprus, sea of Cilicia, sea of Pamphylia, Myra in Lycia, Cnidus, Crete at Salmone, Kaloi Limenes, Clauda, Malta/Melita, Syracuse, Rhegium, Puteoli) to reach his destination.
 
The Northeast Storm ‘Euroclydon’

Through the northeastern storm ‘Euroclydon’ the corn ship (see Acts 27:38) on which Paul and the 275 persons were had been driven from the surroundings of Crete to the open sea (see Acts 27:14). This only occurred because the captain had listened more to his navigator than to Paul. Since the ship was a sailing ship, it was impossible for the sailors to turn the ship in another direction because of the strength of the wind (see Acts 27:9-10).

Acts 27:9-10:
9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement (note: Yom Kippur). So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.”
 
What is the ‘Euroclydon’?
 
Euroclydon” is a northeast storm, which was also considered a hurricane. It was called the “north wind” or “black striker” causing high and strong waves.
 
The Island of ‘Clauda/Cauda’ and the Lifeboat
 
When the ship passed the island ‘Clauda’ (note: means “the closed one”) during this time, the sailors could with difficulty pull the lifeboat, which they had in tow on board to secure the main ship (see Acts 27:16-17).
 
Acts 27:16-17:
16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis (note: shoal, vortex at sandy places; possibly swirls in the water), they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along.
 
The Pretense of the Sailors
 
During that difficult and life-threatening circumstance, some sailors were trying to leave the ship by pretending to get themselves to safety. Paul then exhorted the captain so that they stopped their plan (see Acts 27:30-31).
 
Acts 27:30-31:
30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow.
31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.”
 
Yom Kippur, the Great Day of Atonement
 
In Acts 27:9 it is written about a one-day fast, which was the day of Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement. In order to understand the connection between this day and Paul's subsequent experiences, it is significant to know what the Day of Atonement implies. Yom Kippur is also called the great Day of Atonement, which included a one-day fast (see Leviticus 23:32).
 
Leviticus 23:32:
32 It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.” (see Leviticus 16; Leviticus 23:26-32; Numbers 29:7-11)
 
Yom Kippur is described as a solemn fast day on which any work is forbidden. Its central themes are atonement and repentance.
 
=> Sacrifices were offered earlier that day in the temple of Jerusalem. At that time, Yom Kippur was the only day on which the high priest – alone and strictly shielded – was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies in the temple in order to receive the forgiveness of sins on behalf of the people. There he sprinkled the ark of the covenant with the blood of two sacrificial animals and proclaimed the name of God three times, whose pronunciation was otherwise forbidden. Likewise the lot was cast over two goats. One was sacrificed, the other was chased into the desert as a scapegoat after the high priest had imposed the sins of the people on it.
Yom Kippur is in the order of the holidays after the holy weekly Shabbat; it is considered the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year in terms of repentance, remorse, and reconciliation. Eating, drinking, bathing, personal hygiene, wearing leather (including leather shoes), and sexual relations are forbidden on this day. Fasting – the total renunciation of food and drink – begins shortly before sunset and ends the following day after nightfall.
Yom Kippur is the conclusion of the ten Days of Awe (note: remorse and repentance), which commences on the New Year's Day called Rosh Hashanah.
Although repentant prayer is possible at all times, it is considered particularly effective on this day <= (note: part excerpt from: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jom_Kippur).
 
At Yom Kippur the high priest Aaron was to place two goats in front of the entrance of the tabernacle. These were the goats of the sin offering (note: forgiveness, sanctification, purification; see Exodus 16:5).
He had to cast lots for both goats, a lot “for the Lord” and a lot “for Azazel” (see Leviticus 16:6-8).
 
Leviticus 16:6-8:
6 “Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household.
7 Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting.
8 He is to cast lots for the two goats – one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat (note: Azazel).
 
Azazel and the Two Goats
 
The Hebrew name ‘Azazel’ means “to remove, the one who is rejected or who has withdrawn”.
 
The goat on which the lot “for the LORD” fell was to be offered by Aaron as a sin offering before God.
 
The goat, on which the lot “for Azazel” fell, was to be put alive by Aaron before the LORD in order to serve for atonement. This goat was sent to Azazel into the desert (see Leviticus 16:9-10). This means into the realm of dominion of the devil (see Isaiah 34:11-15).
 
We should not forget at this point that the devil was the first who appeared and tempted Jesus in the desert (see Luke 4:1-13).
 
The Giving Up and Confessing of Sin
 
After Aaron had completed the process of atonement for himself, the sanctuary, and the people, he took the living goat over which the lot was ‘for Azazel’, and by confessing the sins with the laying on of hands he sent it into the desert/wasteland (see Leviticus 16:21-22).
 
Leviticus 16:21-22:
21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – all their sins – and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task.
22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.
 
The Fasting Day of Paul and the Meal of the Sailors
 
With this understanding about Yom Kippur, Paul fasted. But that was not enough. The one-day fast of the Day of Atonement was extended by several days (see Acts 27:33).
 
Acts 27:33:
33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food – you haven’t eaten anything.
 
Paul encouraged all persons on the ship to eat enough food to have sufficient strength for being saved (see Acts 27:34-36).
 
Acts 27:34-36:
34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”
35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.
36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.
 
The Throwing of the Grain into the Sea
 
After eating, they threw the grain into the sea and also loosened the anchors (see Acts 27:38.40).
 
Acts 27:38.40:
38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea. …
40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach.
 
The Stranding on the Sandbank of the Unknown Island
 
While they had separated themselves from all burdens and securities, they set sail to run on the sandbank of an unknown island at that time.
 
The water region in which they stranded was a place where two water currents met. The island, as it later turned out, was Malta/Melite (note: means “honey river, flow of honey”; see Acts 28:1).
 
The Time Frame of the Winds and the Change of Structure
 
At different time periods, we as God's people are not excluded from getting into situations in which many winds affect us. These are spiritual and earthly circumstances in which God demands from us spiritual maturity, which includes applying effectively what we have learned over the years.
 
Flexibility and Spontaneity
 
In this time we must respond in flexibility and spontaneity to the influences in the spirit. If the Lord wants to change a structure or an environment with us, we must be ready for it. We are bound to the ‘chains of light’ (note: Paul was a prisoner when he was transported to Rome) and thus we are slaves of God and no longer free (see Romans 6:18.22; Ephesians 6:18-20).
 
Romans 6:18.22:
18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. …
22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
 
Ephesians 6:18-20:
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
 
It is indifferent to God whether there is a challenging wind or a wind of the Holy Spirit in our environment. For the Lord states that all things must serve us for good (see Romans 8:28, James 1:2-4).
 
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 
James 1:2-4:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
 
Take Advantage of the Resistances
 
We cannot see the wind directly, but we can hear it and respond to its pressure by setting our spiritual sails (note: faith) as using the power of the wind for the purposes of the kingdom of God (see John 3:8).
 
John 3:8:
8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
 
The Winds and the Waters
 
As God's people, we must understand that the winds and waters of circumstances must support us. This means that they push us or carry us to the next part goal. The Holy Spirit also exerts pressure (note: in terms of challenge), which doesn't mean that He doesn't carry us.
 
In times of pressure, it is important that we remember the time of Jesus offering Himself on the cross, which is our lifeboat and gives us real security and protection.
 
Living each Day in the Day of the Atonement of God
 
It is important that we stay on the way to our destination in the Day of Atonement of the Father, which Jesus Christ fully established or fulfilled (see John 3:16).
 
John 3:16:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
 
He took all our sins upon Himself and carried them on the cross for us (see Isaiah 53:4-5)!
 
Isaiah 53:4-5:
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
 
The Extended Day of Atonement
 
The reason why the sailors and also Paul didn't die is hidden in the days of fasting which they continued after Yom Kippur. They extended, so to speak, the Day of Atonement and prophesied with their hunger, Paul's words for the future, which he spoke to the Galatians:
 
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
 
The Different Places
 
In all this, as we walk with Jesus Christ, we should be aware that we pass through different places which the Lord is showing us in order to teach us things.
 
He shows us, for example, where there is:
in or around us.
 
The Withdrawal from Difficult Circumstances
 
It may be that in difficult times people even want to leave their situation because they are looking for their own security. In all of this we should not be afraid because it is the school of the Holy Spirit.
God will stand with us and accompany us through His teaching phase.
 
People who reject the training of the Holy Spirit because their training seems too difficult will not pass their tests and cannot enter deeper into their destiny. It is important that difficulties are dealt with.
 
Eating of the Word of God
 
It is also very important that we continuously take the Word of God into us (note: true bread of life) in order to reach our goal. Sometimes there are even situations where we don't even know what lies ahead and still have to take the step to reach the place of the flow of sweet revelation (note: vision for the future).
 
The Field of the Double of God
 
It is necessary that we understand the price that it costs to enter into the double blessing of the Lord.
By obedience we can find ourselves quickly in the field of the double, so that many difficulties are prevented.
 
Even though the centurion was not obedient to the words of the Lord at the time of the apostle Paul, God didn't change the decision to send Paul into the double field of His blessing. He made His creation prophesy by showing his servant Paul a “double storm” (note: northeast storm => beginning of a new governmental power of God) and delivering the whole ship from the false sight of lies and deception.
 
But this was not the end of the entire process of transition. God led the ship to a point on the sea where He brought together two streams of water (see Acts 27:14.41).
 
As I received this revelation, the Lord said the following:
 
My church, I press you into the structure of My double field! Be confident that I will carry you!”
 
The final result was that Paul arrived on the island of sweet revelation (note: Malta/Melite => “honey river, flow of honey”, see 1 Samuel 14:27) and entered from there into the double structure (see Acts 28:11).
 
Acts 28:11:
11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island – it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.
 
Thus it becomes clear that it is crucial for us as the body of Christ to reposition ourselves according to the will of God in order to reach the next destination in Christ.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm




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