THE SIMON PETER MINISTRY
Simon Peter was not always brave. He denied Christ three times on the night Christ was arrested. (See
Matt. 26:34,35,69-75.) Simon Peter was not always the first to understand. John knew the risen Christ at
the sea of Tiberias before Simon Peter did. (See John 21, quoted below.) But Simon Peter was a man with
great zeal for the ministry of Christ. "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." (John 21:7). When Simon Peter realized Christ was waiting on
the shore, he jumped into the water and swam to meet Him.

Additionally, Simon Peter was a man of astuteness and faith. "When Jesus came into the coasts of
Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they
said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.   
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ,
the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for
flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 16:13-17).

Christ foresaw Simon Peter's zeal and faith and astuteness, He gave Simon the surname Peter, which
means a rock or stone. "One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon
Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias,
which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He
said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."
(John 1:40-42).

Christ chose Simon Peter to be the founder of His church. "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter,
and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give
unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in
heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 16:18,19). Simon
Peter did begin the Christian church. On the day of the Pentecost that followed the resurrection of
Christ, Peter preached a sermon that added 3000 souls to the disciples. (See Acts 2:14-41).

While He was with the disciples at the sea of Tiberias, Christ gave a message to Simon Peter. "This is
now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to His disciples, after that He was risen from the dead. 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. He saith
to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; Thou
knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son
of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me?
And he said unto Him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto
him, Feed My sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and
walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and
another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake He, signifying by what
death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me." (John 21:14-
19).

The message Christ gave Simon Peter, which I will explain shortly, was to be fully understood in the end
time. I base that conclusion on the events at the sea of Tiberias on that day.

"After these things Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise
shewed He Himself. 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. Simon Peter saith unto them, I
go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship
immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on
the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye
any meat? They answered Him, No. 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.
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. 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. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of
coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now
caught. 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. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And
none of the disciples durst ask Him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord." (John 21:1-12).

In parable, Christ likened the Kingdom of God to a net and God's people to fish. "Again, the kingdom of
heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full,
they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it
be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and
shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. 13:47-50).

As you see, this separation of good fish from bad fish is a judgment which takes place in the end time.
This judgment is described in Ezekiel 9. Nine is the number of judgment. Additionally, the net is cast into
the sea in the end time, and first the 144,000, a numbered company, and then the great multitude, an
unnumbered company, are gathered in the net. The number associated with the good fish is 144,000 and
the number associated with the bad fish is nine. The net miraculously held together for the 153 fish
which Simon Peter and his fellow disciples caught; it would never have held 144,009 fish. Note however,
that the sum of 144 and 9 is 153, "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." So the 153
fishes caught that morning are a symbol of the harvest and the judgment that takes place in the end
time. That symbol marks Christ's message to Simon Peter as a message for the end time.

The message itself is in several parts. Here is the first section. "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." (John 21:15). Lambs are fed mother's milk.
And mother's milk for all new Christians is found in the Gospels. This is the message of the blood of
Christ for our reconciliation with God, the good news of His sacrifice for us and the living water of His
words. The Christian church does a magnificent job of teaching this message.

The second section of the message is in two parts, here are both. He saith to him again the second time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He
saith unto him, Feed My sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?
Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him, Lord,
Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep. " (John 21:
16,17). Peter could understand that he might be asked to feed both the lambs and the sheep, but he was
grieved when Christ asked him a third time if he loved Him. Peter did not actually understand the
message, because it is more for our time than his.

Most of the Christian church's ministry are intent on preparing people for the rapture. But they don't
consider what the Christians who are caught up to God's throne do when they are standing on the sea of
glass before God. The rapture is described in Revelation 15. Scripture shows that the raptured saints
sing God's praises, a very special song.

"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the
beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of
glass, having the harps of God. And
they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the
Lamb
, saying, Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou
King of saints. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy: for all
nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest." (Rev. 15:2-4).

The Lamb is Christ, "the song of the Lamb" is the Gospels, indeed all of the New Testament, exactly the
message that Christ meant when He told Simon Peter, "Feed My lambs." There are a great many
Christians prepared to sing the song of the Lamb.

The "song of Moses the servant of God" is probably a mystery to most Christians. The two great events
associated with Moses are scarcely on their radar. Moses delivered the tribes of Israel from the
bondage of Egypt and he carried the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai, and recorded the rest
of God's Law as God told it to him.  

It is these two great events that define the "song of Moses the servant of God." As a people, we are to
be brought out of Egypt and into the Holy Land and brought again under God's Law. "As I live, saith the
Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule
over you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are
scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you
into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your
fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause
you to pass under the rod (give you a judge), and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant  
(reestablish My law among you)..." (Ez. 20:33-37). "Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I
commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." (Mal. 4:4).

Christ as well pointed to these three messages when speaking of those who overcome Satan's wiles.
"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will
write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name." (Rev. 3:12).

As we read of the 144,000, the scripture said that they already had "His Father's name written in their
foreheads..." (Rev. 14:1), "I will write upon him the name of My God." This is the Law of God written in
their minds. They belong to God through the blood of Christ and the renunciation of sin.

The name of New Jerusalem is also to be added to the 144,000, "I will write upon him... the name of the
city of My God, which is New Jerusalem." That means that the 144,000 have committed themselves to
teaching the message of God's Kingdom come to earth, exactly as envisioned by John in Revelation 21.
"And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God
is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with
them, and be their God." (Rev. 21:2,3). These two messages, God's Law and His Kingdom, are the "song
of Moses the servant of God."

Finally, there is the new name of Christ. It is found in prophecy. "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute
judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this
is the name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness. Therefore, behold, the days come,
saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, the Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of
the land of Egypt; but, the Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel
out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them: and they shall dwell in their
own land." (Jer. 23: 5-8). This is obviously the beginning of the Millennium Kingdom, where the Lord will
be our God and Christ will be our King under His new name, Branch. What Christ does for us in the end-
time is also part of the song of the Lamb.

In conclusion, Christ told Simon Peter "Feed My lambs" once, for "the song of the Lamb," the Gospel
message, and "Feed my sheep" twice, once for each part of the "song of Moses the servant of God," the
message of the Kingdom of God and the Law of Moses as amended by Christ.

There was more of Christ's charge to Simon Peter. "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young,
thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch
forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake He,
signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow
Me." (John 21:18,19). This part of the message indicated that those teaching the three fold message that
Christ committed to Simon Peter would grow old and need help, and be forced to leave their homeland
when they would rather not. Nevertheless, they must go where Christ leads. In our day this will also be
true of those teaching the threefold message of God's Law, His Kingdom and Christ.

I have never promoted this message, except to give away copies. I felt that a message from God did not
require a salesman, but would fulfill God's purpose in God's good time. However, I do have something to
say to ministers reading this website. If it strikes your heart that some of the parts of this message are
correct, and you are certain they are, teach those parts with the zeal, and faith and astuteness of Simon
Peter.

I say this to you for two reasons. First, it is for the good of your flocks, lest they be destroyed for lack of
knowledge. "Therefore My people are gone into captivity (of Satan), because they have no knowledge:
and their honourable men are famished (they have no bread of the word), and their multitude dried up
with thirst (for living water). Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without
measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp (their great throngs in stately churches),
and he that rejoiceth (Satan), shall descend into it (hell)." (Is. 5:13,14). Let this not be said of your church.

Second, for your sake, you must raise your voice. The ministry are the watchmen of their flocks. "But if
the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword
come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require
at the watchman’s hand." (Ez. 33:6).

Also Isaiah 56 speaks of watchmen (shepherds) that fail in their duty. "Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye
judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the (Bible)
sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger,
that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from His people:
neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep
My Sabbaths, and choose the things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant (walk in God's Law);
even unto them will I give in Mine house and within My walls a place and a name better than of sons and
of daughters (who despise the covenant): I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the
Lord, to be His servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My
covenant; even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer: their
burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon Mine altar; for Mine house shall be called an
house of prayer for all people. The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel (the scattered ten
tribes) saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him (the great multitude
of Revelation 14). All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest (this is the
result of the great and terrible day of God's judgment, bodies will lie unburied all over the earth and be
eaten by animals - see Jer. 25:33; 16:4).
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb
dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can
never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand
: they all look to their own way,
every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves
with strong drink (be deluded); and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant (despite
prophecy, they believe that the Lord will never gather His people and slay the wicked)." (Is. 56:1-12).

If you are a shepherd who takes the tithe and you fail to act as a watchman, raising your voice to warn
your flock, God will judge you. He will consider you and ministers like you "shepherds that cannot
understand," watchmen that "are blind... ignorant... dumb dogs... sleeping, lying down, loving to
slumber... greedy dogs which can never have enough..." No minister worth a blessing can refuse to
preach a message he believes is true.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden