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Interpreting the Bible the Gospel of John chapter 1 43-end
43. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and find Philip, and said unto him, Follow me.
And Philip dropped everything and followed Jesus, of course, God had spent decades preparing Philip for just that moment, though Philip was totally unaware of it.
44. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Meaning that all three had grown up with similar childhoods, exposed to the same teachings and have been prepared by God for just this experience.
45. Philip found Nathanael, and said unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
See, Jesus fulfills the prophecy, he is “that prophet” that Moses said would come. We ran into this back in verse 21 when John was asked if he was “that prophet.” It comes from:
Deuteronomy 18: 15. The Lord your God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall hearken;
46. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said unto him, “Come and see.”
The Messiah was supposed to come from Bethlehem, not Nazereth. Jesus was about to blow Nathanael’s mind, as it is recorded in the next verse.
47. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile!
“guile” is deceit or cunning, so Jesus was saying that Nathanael was, exactly what you seen, as honest as the day is long, and could be trusted with anything.
48. Nathanael said unto him, how do you know me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before Philip called you, when you was under the fig tree, I saw you.
Now how is that possible, how could Jesus see Nathanael, when he was quite a distance away. We don’t know how far apart they were, but it was definitely beyond seeing distance, or Nathanael would not have asked the question. The answer is simple, the Holy Spirit, in that fig tree was probably a bird, what kind of bird is not important. We were told in Revelation 4, Ezekiel 1 & 10 that if a bird sees something, God sees it, since Jesus was in contact with the Holy Spirit at all times, it was a simple matter for an angel who was monitoring Jesus and one who was monitoring Nathanael, to make contact and send the vision of Nathanael as seen by the bird, and Jesus would have received it as a vision, superimposed over every thing Jesus was seeing with his eyes.
49. Nathanael answered and said unto him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.
See, Nathanael just had his mind blown, and I promise you that if something like that happened to you, it would definitely blow your mind, because things like this, just do not happen, except when God is in the process of making Himself known to a future prophet.
And important note to remember here Nathanael becomes the first to declare Jesus the son of God and King of Israel. Peter will do it later, but Nathanael is the first.
50. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto you, I saw you under the fig tree, you believe? you shall see greater things than these.
And as we know from the Gospels, he definitely did see much greater things than this, but what he just saw, was totally impossible until 15 years ago with the creation of cell phones with cameras, unless you were an angel of God and had access to the Holy Spirit.
51. And he said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
This is exactly what every prophet of God sees when God opens their eyes to who He is and how He works in the world. Nathanael was just beginning that journey, which would last for years.
With knowledge on loan from God