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Ezekiel 47

by on November 14, 2014

 

The study of prophecy is one of the most fascinating studies of all time. The Bible contains much prophecy. In fact, most of the Bible is either history or prophecy. Those two subjects are of great importance to God.

Ezekiel 47 is one of the most unique chapters on prophecy. Ezekiel lived during the time of the destruction of Solomon’s temple. In chapters 40 to 48 God gives Ezekiel visions of the coming rebuilt temple. This temple is going to be the millennial temple – existing during the coming 1000 year reign of Jesus on this earth spoken of in Revelation 20.

On the subject of Jewish temples – there have been two of them so far.
Temples
1. Solomon’s temple was destroyed in 586 BC by Babylon.
2. Ezra and Nehemiah tell of the temple built by Jews returning from Babylon.

3. Herod’s temple of Jesus’ day was actually the Jew’s second temple that was enlarged by Herod. This temple was destroyed in AD 70.
4. There will be an end-time temple where the antichrist will sit as God II Thess. 2:4.
5. Millennial temple – this is the one Ezekiel is shown in his visions. Zechariah further explains this temple: Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

In Ezekiel 47 waters issue from the temple and flow to the sea. This river of water heals the Dead Sea so fish can live there. Trees grow along the banks of the waters. These trees have fruit for food and leaves for medicine. This seems to be a return to the days of the Garden of Eden. This same image is in Revelation 22:1-2 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Another wonderful passage on prophecy is Zechariah 14;4, 8: And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.
Here we see the large valley caused by Jesus’ return: And in that day it shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.
So, Ezekiel 47 gives a picture of the millennial temple and the waters out of it which flow to the Mediterranean Sea and to the Dead Sea. The waters grew deeper as they went along. They nourished trees for food and healing.

Application
God wants to dwell with His people
There will be cataclysmic changes to the earth when Jesus returns.
Jesus will rule over all the earth at that time.
Believers of the Church age are the temple of the Lord
Personally– I Cor. 6:19
Collectively – I Cor. 3:16

Water
The Spirit of God moved on the waters to produce life.
Jeremiah 2:13 – people rejected God and living water and chose broken cisterns
John 4 – Jesus offered the woman-at-the-well living water and no more thirst
John 7:37-39: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Believers are filled with the Holy Spirit of God and thus rivers of living water flow from them. Believers are the river of life in the world today. The Spirit of God produces fruit for healing and nourishment and blessing.

The river of Ezekiel 47 grew and grew larger and larger. The Holy Spirit in the life of the believer grows greater and more powerful and more transforming.

II Corinthians 3:17-18: Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

This is true for believers today. Someday it will be true in a geographical and material way when Jesus returns to claim His creation again.

Meanwhile, rivers of living water flow from the hearts and lives of His children.

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