THE EIGHT “SIGNS”

IN JOHN’S GOSPEL

 

Image result for the eight signs of john/ImagesTHE SIGNIFICATION: We are now in a position to examine these eight “signs” more minutely; and are able, at once, to see that the points which correspond are intended to emphasise the signification of each.

Two things stand out most clearly: they all manifest ISRAEL’S need, and condition of helplessness and death; MESSIAH’S glory and His ability to meet that need and restore Israel’s (Our) lost condition. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/newfuture.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm.

We need not go outside these to learn the signification of these “signs”. All else must be by way of application and not interpretation. Messiah was baptised and anointed by the Holy Ghost “that He might be manifested unto Israel

 

John 1:31 (KJV) ‘And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.’

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm

 

The first sign is called “the beginning”, and the next is called the “second” to intimate to us that we are to continue the enumeration, and thus be led on to emphasise the signification of each. It “manifested forth His glory”. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thesufferingsandglory.htm This is the signification of the whole eight.

 

The Marriage in Cana (John 2:1—11, and the Draught of Fishes (John 21:1—14).

The signification is the same in each case, as to Messiah. In the first “He manifested forth His glory” (John 2:11); in the eighth He “manifested Himself” (John 21:14, note the same word in each): as to Israel, it was to manifest the depth of the nation’s destitution. He alone could supply that need by becoming “the glory of His People Israel” (Luke 2:32). Apart from Messiah, Israel could have no joy, no supplies, no blessing, and no glory, (much like today).

The first sign signified that need: “they have no wine” (John 2:3), while the last signified that with all their toil they had “caught nothing” (achieved nothing), and had “no meat”; but it signified also that Messiah could supply both the one and the other—sustenance and joy. Religion with all its punctilious (exact) observances could not supply either. Religion grossly corrupted (Cp Isa 1:22), was in full evidence: the “water-pots” and the “purifying of the Jews” only manifested the TRUTH of the indictment of Isa:

 

 Isaiah 1:10-23 (KJV)

10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.’

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me?’ saith the Lord: ‘I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.’

12 When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread My courts?’

13Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.’

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hateth: they are a trouble unto Me; I am weary to bear them.’

15 ‘And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.’

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil;’

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.’

18 Come now, and let us reason together,’ saith the Lord: ‘though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’

19If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:’

20But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.’

21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.’

22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:;

23Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.’” 

 

It is more an indictment for us scattered ten tribes of today. What do most people care about? Themselves only.

 

The next recorded event (John 2:13-16) manifested that they were destitute of all idea of true worship of Jehovah. The discourses which followed carried the signification further, and showed that this spiritual destitution could be remedied only by the Divine gifts; yea, in spiritual regeneration and resurrection. Nicodemus, who was attracted by the signs:

 

John 3:2 (KJV) The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him.”

 

and was taught the need of spiritual birth from:

 

Ezekiel 36:24-32 (KJV)

24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.’

25 ‘Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.’

26 ‘A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.’

27 ‘And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.’

28 ‘And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God.’

29 ‘I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.’

30 ‘And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.’

31Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.’

32Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, ‘be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.’”

 

The word “must” of John 3:7 & 3:14 enforced and explained it: Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman {Eve], and between thy seed [Satan]and her seed; it [He] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel (crucifixion) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm

 

John 3:7 (KJV) “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ‘Ye must be born again.’”  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm

 

John 3:14 (KJV) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage5.htm

 

While the Gift of God was the only answer to His question “How?” John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

From Jerusalem and a ruler He goes to Samaria (The northern State of Israel) like Peter in in a later day; and again shows to a Samaritan woman, the need of Spiritual worship, enforcing it by the same “must”; and answering her question “How?” by the same gift of God.

 

John 4:4 (KJV) And He must needs go through Samaria.

 

Acts 8:14—25 (KJV) (The Ten Tribes). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm

14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

16 (For as yet He was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

19 Saying, “Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.”

20 But Peter said unto him, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.’

21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.’

22 ‘Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.’

23 ‘For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.’”

24 Then answered Simon, and said, “Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.”

25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

 

John 4:24 (KJV) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

John (4:10) Jesus answered and said unto her, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, ‘Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and he would have given thee living water (Trurh).”

 

When Messiah gives joy to the nation, it will be filled “up to the brim.”

 

John 2:7 (KJV) Jesus saith unto them, “Fill the water-pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.

 

Now Compare Isaiah 9:2—7 (KJV)

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.

5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

 

John 21:11 (KJV) 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.

 

And when He fills the Land with restored Israel in resurrection, it will be unto the last one.

 

Ezekiel 37:12—14 (KJV)

12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, “Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.’

13 ‘And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves,’

14 And shall put My Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it,’” saith the Lord.

 

For in the eighth sign Messiah was the Caller, signifying that He will be the Gatherer: http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm

 

Jeremiah 31:10 (KJV) Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.’”

 

While the seven disciples signify the Spiritual perfection with which Israel will be gathered, yea, “one by one” to the last one (“153”).

 

Isaiah 21:12 (KJV) The watchman said, “The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.”

 

John 21:2 (KJV) There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. https://levendwater.org/companion/append10.html

Seven.  Denotes spiritual perfection.  It is the number or hall-mark of the Holy Spirit's work.  He is the Author of God's Word, and seven is stamped on it as the water-mark is seen in the manufacture of paper.  He is the Author and Giver of life; and seven is the number which regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man.

 

For “though Israel be sifted among the nations, as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth”.

 

Amos 9:9 (KJV)For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”

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The Ruler’s Son (John 4:46—50  & The Sister’s Brother (11:1—44).

If in the first and eighth the signification was national destitution of all good, in the second and seventh it is destitution of national life. The “sign” in each case was connected with death; and, as in all the other pairs, the latter is an advance on the former: so here,  the son being on the point of death, in the death chamber, the brother is actually dead and in the tomb.

 

John 4:47 (KJV) When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto Him, and besought Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

 

The signification being that in the former, which took place during the first period of our LORD’s ministry, which was the proclamation of the kingdom, the nation was at the point of death, though not actually dead:  In the Four Gospels the Ministry of our Lord is divided, not into "years", but by subjects, which are of far greater importance than time.  The "years" are mainly conjectural, but the subjects are Divinely recorded facts. https://levendwater.org/companion/append119.html But in the latter case the “sign” was given in the third period when the King had already been rejected, and national life, was in God’s sight practically dead.

 

John 10:39 (KJV) Therefore they sought again to take Him: but he escaped out of their hand,

 

John 11: 8, 53 (KJV)

8 His disciples say unto him, “Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?”

53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death.

 

John 12:10 (KJV) But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death.

 

 The nation’s only hope was in Messiah, the great life giver. He would raise it again from the dead according to Ezekiel 37.

 

There is a reference here to Hosea 13:14 (KJV) I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm

 

Can there be a reference also in the “two days”.

 

John 4:43 (KJV) Now after two days He departed thence, and went into Galilee.

 

John 11:6 (KJV) When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where he was.

 

To - Hosea 6: 1—3

1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.

2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.

3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

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The Impotent Man  (John 5:1—47), and the Man born Blind (John 9:1—11).

In both these two “signs” the condition of Israel is “manifested” in another phase, as being of long standing, and hopeless: and Messiah is manifested in His grace as the only Helper and Healer.

 

John 5:5 (KJV) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

 

John 9:1 (KJV) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

 

In both cases Messiah is the Seeker, and takes the initiative; while in both the preceding pairs He was the one sought. Both “signs” were manifested in Jerusalem, and thus have special reference to Government and its seat. (John 5:1 and 8:59 with 9:1)

 

John 5:1 (KJV) After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 

John 8:59 (KJV) Then took they up stones to cast at Him: but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

 

John 9:1 (KJV) And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from His birth.

 

Both are associated with a pool (John 5:2, and 9:7,11), and may signify that Pool of spiritual cleansing which in a future day is to be “Opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.”

 

John 5:2 (KJV) Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

 

John 9:7, 11 (KJV)

07 And said unto him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”, (which is by interpretation, Sent) he went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

11 He answered and said, “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.”

 

“Opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.”

 

Zechariah 13:1 (KJV) In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

 

In connection with this it is significant that these two “signs” are the only two out of all the eight that have reference to sin: as the second and the seventh are the only two connected with death.

 

John 5:14 (KJV) Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”

 

John 9: 2, 24, 25, 34 KJV)

02 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, “Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.”

25 He answered and said, “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”

34 They answered and said unto him, “Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?” And they cast Him out.

 

John 9:33-37 (KJV)

33 “If this man were not of God, He could do nothing.’

34 They [Pharisees] answered and said unto him, ‘Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?’” And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”

36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?”

37 And Jesus said unto him, “Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.”

 

Sin had been the cause, in the case of Israel, both of the impotence and the blindness.1 (Which indicates the disciples believed the Babylonian “tradition” of reincarnation). 

 

John 2:18—22 (KJV)

18 Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, “What sign shewest Thou unto us, seeing that Thou doest these thing.”

19 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20 Then said the Jews, “Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?”

21 But He spake of the temple of His body. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm

22 When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.”

 

It was the cause of Israel’s thirty eight years’ of typical and helpless wandering, before the nation entered into rest; as it was the cause of the suffering of the impotent man (lacking power or strength, weak), before he met with the great and only Giver of Rest. This rest is emphasised by the reference to a “Sabbath Day”. And by the “sign” that Messiah (the true Joshua) can alone lead them into that true rest and Sabbath keeping that yet remains for Jehovah’s People.

 

John 5:9 (KJV) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.

 

John 9:14 (KJV) And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

 

Hebrews 4:4-10 (KJV)

04 “For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works.”

05And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest.’

06 ‘Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:’

07 Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, ‘Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.’”

08 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day.

09 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.  http://godsplan.org.uk/futurekingdom.htm

 

Messiah is Himself not only the Seeker http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm John 5:6 (KJV) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” 

 

But He is also the Finder:

 

And John 9:1 (KJV) And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth.

 

John 5:14 (KJV) Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”

 

John 9:35 (KJV) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”

 

The double reference to Moses’ words (John 5:45—46) and 9 :28—29), and to the Father’s works (John 5:17 and John 9:4) are both “signs” also, full of the utmost significance as deepening the sin of Israel, and enhancing the grace of God http://www.godsplan.org.uk/necessityofgrace.htm Who had raised up Messiah as the Prophet, like unto Moses (Deut 18:15—19), and sent His Son to seek and to find and to save that which was lost (Luke 19: 9—10). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm Hence:  http://godsplan.org.uk/futurekingdom.htm

 

John 5:45-46 (KJV)

45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.’

46 ‘For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me; for he wrote of Me.’”

 

John 9:28—29 (KJV)

28 Then they reviled Him, and said, “Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.”

29 “We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is.”

Just like today, the same connotation written above; applies.

 

John 5:17 (KJV) But Jesus answered them, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work”.

 

John 9:4 (KJV) “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

The LORD must work while the clock ticks; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm but when the time runs out “the night cometh, when no man can work”. http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 (KJV)

15 “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto Me; unto Him ye shall hearken;’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage5.htm

16 ‘According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.’

17 And the Lord said unto me, ‘They have well-spoken that which they have spoken.’

18 ‘I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him.’

19 ‘And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him.’”

 

Luke 19:9-10King James Version (KJV)

09 And Jesus said unto him, “This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.’

10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’” http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm

Image result for Feeding of the Five Thousand Images KJVThe Feeding of the Five Thousand (6:1—14), and the Walking on the Sea. (6:15—23).

 

These are the two central “signs”, and are emphasised by being the only “signs” which are recorded in the other three Gospels; thus implying that all four Gospels are needed in order to give us their full application. Both “signs” are followed by the LORD’S own signification in the discourses which manifested the special glory of His Deity.

 

John 6:1—14 (KJV)

01 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

02 And a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased.

03 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

04 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

05 When Jesus then lifted up His eyes, and saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”

06 And this He said to prove Him: for He Himself knew what He would do.

07 Philip answered him, “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.”

08 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto Him,

09 “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?”

10 And Jesus said, “Make the men sit down”. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

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.

12 When they were filled, He said unto His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”

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.

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.”

 

John 6:15-23 (KJV)

15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.

16 And when even was now come, His disciples went down unto the sea,

17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.

18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.

19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

20 But he saith unto them, “It is I; be not afraid.”

21 Then they willingly received Him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto His disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with His disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;

23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

 

The two “signs” are connected together by the parenthesis of (John 6:23), which shows that the signification is one, manifesting Messiah as Divine; in the former as the Creator and the only Supplier of all His People’s needs; temporal as in (John 6:13), and Spiritual as in (John 6:32—51); in the latter, as the Creator of the elements 

 

John 6:23 (KJV) (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

 

John 6:13 (KJV) 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.

 

John 6:32—51 (KJV)

32 Then Jesus said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.’

33 ‘For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.’”

34 Then said they unto him, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.”

35 And Jesus said unto them, “I am the bread of life: He that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and He that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

36 But I said unto you, “That ye also have seen Me, and believe not.”

37 “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”

38 “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.”

39 “And this is the Father's will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”

40 “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”

42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?”

43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, “Murmur not among yourselves.”

44 “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

45 “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me.”

46 “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.”

48 “I am that bread of life.”

49 “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.”

50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

The discourse which follows is to signify the enormity of the sin of His rejection, as shown in (John 7:1, 11,12, 25,30, 32, 43,44,45;) as the second and seventh are the only two connected with death.

  Thus, these two central “signs” manifest the two central TRUTHS which are common to all the four Gospels : viz., the glory of the Messiah,  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thesufferingsandglory.htm and His rejection by the nation. They were connected by His departing from them, and going up into a mountain (John 6:3 and 6:15), signifying He was about to depart from them, until His return from heaven on the repentance of the nation. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

 

John 7:1 (KJV)

07  After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for He would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him.

11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?”

12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Him: for some said, “He is a good man”: others said, “Nay; but He deceiveth the people.”

25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, “Is not this He, whom they seek to kill?”

30 Then they sought to take Him: but no man laid hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come.

32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning Him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.

43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm (Much like Brexit today).

45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, “Why have ye not brought him?”

 

CONCLUSION

As to the eight “signs” as a whole, they are divided into seven and one; the seven taking place during the ministry of our LORD; and the one (the eighth) after His resurrection; the number eight being symbolical of that fact: Eight (8) Denotes resurrection, regeneration; a new beginning or commencement. The eight is a new first, hence the octave in music, colour, days of the week etc. It is the number, which has to do with the Lord, who rose on the “eighth’’ or new “first-day’’. This is, therefore, the Dominical number.(belonging to the Lord, as the Lord’s prayer, The Lord’s Day) By Gematria ‘Iησоűѕ (Jesus) makes the number 888. It, or its multiple is impressed on all that has to do with the Lord’s Names, the lord’s People, and the Lord’s works. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/significanceofnumbers.htm The Resurrection having taken place on the eighth day  

The seven are divided into two, three, and two; the first two occurred in the first period of His ministry, which was the proclamation of the Kingdom. (http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm    http://www.godsplan.org.uk/threestages1.htm  Bottom (right) of page http://godsplan.org.uk/futurekingdom.htm Links 1—12 ).

             

Sign 1: water into wine (2:1-11) Sign 5: walking on the water (6:15-21)

Sign 2: healing nobleman’s son (4:46-54) Sign 6: healing the man born blind (ch. 9)

Sign 3: healing the paralytic (5:1-16) Sign 7: raising of Lazarus (ch. 11)

Sign 4: feeding the five thousand (6:1-14) Sign 8: multitude of fishes (21:1-14)

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gospelofjohn.htm   https://levendwater.org/companion/append176.html