The River

As a Church, we believe that the River of God is still flowing.  Ezekiel 47 shows this to be so.  It shows a River flowing out of the Temple, flowing to the East from under the threshold of the Door, from the right side of the house at the south side of the Alter.  The waters were measured four times; 1,000 cubits each time and each time the water became deeper, till they were waters to swim in.

Ezekiel 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.
Ezekiel 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.
Ezekiel 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 though the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Ezekiel 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.
Ezekiel 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.

What does all this mean?

Firstly the waters are coming from under the Door of the Temple. John 10:7-10 says that Jesus is the Door and the Life Giver.

John 10:7
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:8
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
John 10:9
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

As we read Ezekiel 47:9 we find that the river brings healing and life to wherever it goes.

Ezekiel 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.

We see this same River in Revelation 22:1-2 proceeding out of the Throne and the Lamb.

Revelation 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.
Revelation 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.

See what Jesus says of the Holy Spirit in John 4:10-15 and John 7:37-39

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.
John 4:11
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: for whence then hast thou that living water?
John 4:12
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
John 4:13
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
John 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.
John 4:15
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

John 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.
John 7:38
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 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.)

The River was measured every 1,000 cubits.   This represents 1,000 years, a year for a cubit, prophetically.  So 4,000 years for four thousand cubits.

When did they begin?  We believe with Abraham offering Isaac, Abraham's only begotten son, a wonderful type of the Lord Jesus Christ.  From Isaac to Elijah 1,000 years, Elijah to Jesus 1,000 years, Jesus to the middle of the dark ages, 1,000 years, until now, waters to swim in and still flowing bringing life, healing etc for those who the River touches. It is still getting deeper.

Who is the Life Giver?  Jesus is.  The River is coming from the right side of the House.  The right side of the Altar.

Who is sitting on the right side of the Altar?  Who is sitting on the right side of God and who had His side opened with a spear releasing blood (still fresh) and water (still flowing) Revelation 22:1-2?  Jesus.

For those who desire it, there are waters to swim in.  When you swim in a river, the river has control of you.  But if your feet are on the bottom of the river, you have control and not the river.  Give yourself to the River.

Psalms 1:1
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalms 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalms 1:3
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 

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