Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thursday - Ezekiel 47 – Fishing in the Kingdom

ODAY we read about Ezekiel wading into an unusual river. In the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John the Apostle, it is recorded that in the New Jerusalem there will be a river of life that will flow forth from the throne of God, which will run along the golden boulevard that we might call heaven's Main Street (Revelation 22:1-2). John's description of the postmillennial New Jerusalem is not the same as Ezekiel's description of the holy land during the millennium, but there are a few parallels, namely this river that is described in Ezekiel 47.

Of all the measurements and descriptions that we have read so far, I can't imagine that any one of them could have been as unexpected as this spring of living water that will be flowing, as from an artesian well, right out of the temple itself. And, rather than the spring dwindling away by sinking into the ground... being soaked up by plant life or sand, thereby ceasing to exist at some point, it is obvious by reading Ezekiel's record (of his little escapade into this river), that  the  quantity  of  water  steadily  increased  the further on Ezekiel traveled away from the spring itself. Within a mile or so from the temple, Ezekiel's wading pool had deepened into a sizable estuary. Yet, this river will be different than every other river that has ever flowed. The Nile, the Amazon, the Jordan, the Mississippi, the Euphrates, the Yangtze – in every case the waters eventually blend with a larger body of water and take on the characteristic of that larger body. This river will be filled with super water though. As it empties into the Dead Sea, the Dead Sea will be healed. The Dead Sea will become a living sea. Men will fish for every sort of fish right there (Ezekiel 47:10).

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