The River of Life

The Waters Will Be Healed

Book of Ezekiel Chapter 47:1-12

Since Chapter 40 the Prophet Ezekiel has been giving us information about a Temple that has never been built in the history of the nation of Israel.

This Temple according to Ezekiel, will be built during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

King Jesus will restore worship to the people of Israel, and we can only guess that He will show them where they went wrong.

Things we know:

1) The entire creation as we know it will be made as it was in the days of Adam.
2) All unbelievers have been removed by the wrath of God.
3) The time of the Church has ended, and the Church is with Christ Jesus forevermore.
4) The Lord will be dealing with the nation of Israel and the strangers that have helped them.
5) The Temple according to Ezekiel has been built.
6) King Jesus sits upon the throne of David (which means He is the government) in Jerusalem.
7) All the world will be ruled by King Jesus!

Ezekiel says that pure, healing waters will flow from this new Temple.

Spiritually speaking, water is a type of the Holy Spirit, but we should accept these healing waters just as written to us by Ezekiel, inspired by the Holy Spirit of God.

What did Jesus say?

Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

What did the Lord describe to the Apostle John?

Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

What is the truth of this river from the Book of Revelation?

Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. “And let him that is athirst come”. “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely”.

What can we learn from this water flowing from the Temple that Ezekiel describes which will be in “typology” a picture of the things of the New Heaven?

*Eze 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
Eze 47:2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

This house of God is the Temple described by Ezekiel, which is not like any of the previous temples.

We should understand, that at this time near the beginning of the Millennial reign of Christ, all the world has undergone many physical changes. The lands will be restored as in the days of Adam and will all the world except a certain designated place, will resemble the Garden of Eden.

Jerusalem will be located upon the highest mountain and the Temple described by Ezekiel will be the House of King Jesus.

All the world will be ruled by King Jesus and He will be worshiped as God, because He is Jehovah God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!

Water is one of the chief necessaries of life!

Before this event in our future, water could be very scarce in the area called Palestine by this world.

Besides the bodily needs of water to live, water is also used in the sense of purification, “washing away of sin” which is impossible as it can only wash away the filth of this world.

Cool clear water is a symbol of great good!

Muddy and stagnate water is a symbol of mire and filth!

Isa 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
Isa 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

Troubled waters are a symbol of the multitude of nations.

Isa 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
Isa 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

These troubled waters were against the Lord Jesus Christ!

Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

After all the things of the old world are gone, we now see that the purest of all water will flow from beneath the new Temple, the House of God.

This water can now be called the “River of Life”!

Now we must not be mistaken, these things are not of Heaven but are of the restored earth after the devastation of those 7 terrible tribulation years!

We must know that without water there would be no life and without the House of God there would be no Spiritual Life!

As we will read that this water flowed south of the altar after it passed the eastern gate, then toward Judah, then means this water must have originated from the Holy of Holies!

The Millennial Temple will:

1) Demonstrate the Holiness of Jehovah.

The people of Israel had rebelled against Jehovah on and off since the time of Adam.
They had turned to idolatry and it became necessary that Jehovah would judge this people.

Now after they repented, they would witness the divine “grace” of Jehovah.

2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2) Provide a temporary dwelling place for the Shekinah Glory of God.

Remember the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah had returned in all His glory.

Eze 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.

3) To provide a place for the “memorial” of salvation.

We know that this nation of Israel now knew that they rejected the Messiah when He first came, but now, they had a personal relationship with Him as He had returned as He had promised.

The sacrifices that will be made in this new Temple of Ezekiel’s vision, will be for memorial just as the feast of the Passover was for memorial.

To remember the day they were delivered for the second time, this time forever!

4) To provide a center for the Divine Government of Jehovah God.

The center for the government of all the world will be this Temple.

Isa 9:6 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.
Isa 9:7 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.

5) To show the victory over the curse.

This river of life issuing and flowing southward in ever increasing volume of refreshment until it flows into the Dead Sea where it will cleanse and heal the Dead Sea of all impurities, and both banks of this river will be clothed with luxurious trees of never fading leaves and perfect fruit to provide medicine and food.

Even the desert south of the Dead Sea will be healed!

Joh 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.

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

This flow of water from this Temple increased as it flowed toward the Dead Sea.

*Eze 47:3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Eze 47:4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
Eze 47:5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

The cubit can be estimated to be 18 inches so a thousand cubits would be 1500 feet.

Our lesson also says 1500 feet, but others will use different measurements for the cubit. Some use 21 inches, some 22 inches, some 18 inches we are using today. It is not worth an argument.

We should understand that the trickle of water that was coming from the Temple had now grown to a flow ankle deep in 1500 feet.

In another 1500 feet it was knee deep.

In another 1500 feet it was waste deep.

In another 1500 feet it was so deep Ezekiel could not pass over unless he swam.

Waters so deep that only the experienced swimmer could pass over them!

The direction of the flow of this River of Life was in the direction of the waste land of Israel.

In all the years of Israel, there has never been enough life-giving water flowing in this land.

One purpose of this water would be to nourish this land, cleanse this land, and bring life to dead wilderness and the desert.

The truth is, there has never been such a river as this one upon the face of this earth!

There were no other sources of water to increase the flow of this river, so Ezekiel was witnessing a true miracle.

According to some, it is 15 miles from the City of Jerusalem to the head of the Dead Sea and there has never been this much pure living water flow into the Dead Sea since the flood in Noah’s day.

If we remember that the Temple of Ezekiel will be on the highest mountain of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea is the lowest place upon this earth, we can imagine how the flow of this river would increase just be gravity.

We must also know that the earth before the return of Christ cannot be compared to the earth during the Millennial reign of Christ!

What we should understand is that when King Jesus sits upon the throne in Jerusalem, He will transform this entire earth.

Israel will be as the Garden of Eden and a model or example of the New Jerusalem.

*Eze 47:6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.

In all his days, Ezekiel had never seen real peace in Judah.

He had witnessed sin and destruction.
He had preached against these things.

The Lord now showed him such wonderful things, it would change his message of doom to the people of Israel to a message of hope.

Sure this river is in the future and during the Millennial reign of Christ, but it teaches us the lifegiving power of God.

Because the Dead Sea is the lowest place upon this earth, all filth and trash run into it and there is no life in the Dead Sea.

With all things dead removed, Israel will become the garden spot of all the world.

*Eze 47:8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
Eze 47:9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

The water of this river will bring life to everything that it touches. It will transform the land from death to life!

Animals will multiply.
Fish will abound in a sea that has never held fish.
Everything will live where there was only death.
The trees that grow along the river side will flourish with abundant fruit.

This land will be revived.

The power of this river is not in floods. The power of this river is in life!

In reality, the Dead Sea is the Sea of Sodom because it did not exist until Jehovah destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone.

Even this land will be healed. This water flows from the Temple of God so in reality, it is a River of Grace!

It heals the corrupt nature of this land just as Christ heals the corrupt nature of all believers!

In reality mankind is like a dry place, is like as a salty barren land, but all these things did not hinder Christ coming as a river of life.

Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

It is by Jesus Christ that the Holy Spirit will flow upon us as the water of life!

Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

I was a dry place until Jesus found me!
I was without strength.
I was without desire.
I was without life and Jesus now flows in me with His river of Grace.
My old dry parched nature is gone!

There will be a new song sung in all of Israel.

Isa 12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
Isa 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isa 12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Isa 12:5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
Isa 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Everything shall live that this river of life touches!

*Eze 47:10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

Engedi lay south of the Dead Sea and was west of the lake of Sodom.

Englaim was a city to the north. East of the Dead Sea and the Scriptures say fishermen will spread forth their nets on the west side of the that old Dead Sea which will become the Sea of life. Full of life and multitudes of fish.

This will be another miracle transformation!

The wilderness will be turned into a fisherman’s dream!

It will take an enormous amount of pure water flowing into the Dead Sea continuously to make such a transformation.

It will be the same for the Word of God that will flow from the Temple of God, throughout this entire world as the pure Word of God will flow in abundance through that entire New World.

The fishers of men will cast the “Gospel” net into the sea of life and our Lord will still take those men and clean them and make something that our Father in Heaven will accept as His children!

Those of us who already know the Lord Jesus Christ can never forget the day He saved us.

It will be the same for all these!

All life flows from our Savior to become the eternal children of our Father in Heaven.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

In these Scriptures we see a picture of the “Amazing Grace” of God.

Isa 12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
Isa 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isa 12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Isa 12:5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
Isa 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

But there will still remain some miry places!

*Eze 47:11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

1) There is always a need for salt.

There is a “Covenant of salt” made to these children of Israel.

2Ch 13:5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?

This covenant of salt was a covenant of perpetual obligation.

Newborn children were rubbed with salt.

Eze 16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,
Eze 16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.
Eze 16:4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

The disciples were likened to salt.

Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

2) Salt can also be a sign of wickedness.

Zep 2:9 Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
Zep 2:10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.

3) Salt can be a blessing.

Lev 2:12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.
Lev 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

4) Salt can heal some waters.

Most of us know that salt is used in many swimming pools to make those waters safe to swim in.

2Ki 2:21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
2Ki 2:22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

Salt was to be offered and never wanting in every meat offering in the Temple!

Eze 20:40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.
Eze 20:41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.

We should also understand those of Sodom and Gomorrah will never be healed. Though there are several places in the Scriptures where we witness the wrath of God, I do not believe there is any of those places where death and destruction are so vivid as Sodom and Gomorrah, until we get to the apocalypse.

Deu 29:21 And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:
Deu 29:22 So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it;
Deu 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
Deu 29:24 Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?

On the banks of the pure waters of this miracle river shall there be fruit trees for all occasions. For meat and for medicine and these trees would not be subject to seasons!

*Eze 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

The seasons depict the true of the “Gospel”! The death the burial and the resurrection to new life. These things will not be necessary because all will accept the truth of the Gospel during the Millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

In this New World there would be no tree of the knowledge of good and evil!

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

A lot of Scriptures are used but the most important thing is, that the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ will bring a healing to this world that will last for 1000 years.

The waters of this world will certainly be healed!


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