what about it? Are you going to wait until the Millennium
to drink from the water of life, or are you thirsty now?
This is all Ezekiel sees at this point. Notice he does not say he sees any trees.Also, remember this outer East Gate was shut after the Glory of God entered it and we know that only the priests of the Zadok can directly approach unto Him during the 1000 years.However, we shall see that His Spirit shall flow forth from Him into all the earth in ever increasing volume and depth.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.
It is most significant that the number one thousand denotes "Divine Completeness and The Glory of God". Here's a quote from the book "Biblical Mathematics", by Ed. F. Vallowe, pg. 232. 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 ancles.
That about sums it up!"This number (1000) is connected with DIVINE COMPLETENESS AND THE GLORY OF GOD. It is usually used with angels especially in the book of Revelation. It reveals His Divine care and protection to those who are in Jesus Christ."
The water is beginning to getting deeper.We are now at 3,000 cubits.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.
We are now at 4,000 cubits and the river is so high that Ezekiel cannot ford it."4" is the number denoting "Earth", even as this river of living waters flows from the throne of God into all the 4 corners of the earth. It is also interesting that the farther the river flows the more volume it accumulates and the deeper it becomes. Real H20 couldn't possibly do that flowing from a single source, could it? Well, with God all things are possible and it seems to me, judging from the size of the Stone of Scone, that the waters flowing from that rock would have had to do the same thing in order to adequately "water" a multitude the size of which was before Moses. Think about it! It was a miracle after all! 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.
Got the picture? The prophet Joel, quoted by Peter in Acts 2, said that in the last days God's servants would see visions, which means they would spiritually SEE and understand the visions of the prophets, like those of Ezekiel beginning even in chapter one. The question then is to you, son of man (no gender implied), "Have you SEEN this vision?"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.
Look here! Behold! When Ezekiel returned to the "lip" of the river there were lots and lots of "TREES". Trees are symbolic of people throughout the Bible.Ezekiel 47:7
Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
So there are very many people drawn to the banks of the river of life, on BOTH sides of the river, meaning both of Israel and those of all the other nations (ethnos).Where did these trees come from? Let's find out!
The "Dead Sea", symbolic of "dead spiritual waters" that nothing can live in, shall be healed. 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.
If you have the VISION Ezekiel is describing PICTURED in your mind, then notice now what our Father says "Shall come to pass"!
The healing waters from the throne of God will go forth into ALL the earth to give life to every thing and there will a VERY GREAT multitude of fish!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.
En-gedi means "fountain of a kid" and En-eglaim means "fountain of two calves".These two locations are fixed on to comprise the whole "dead sea", meaning that the "dead waters" are healed by the living waters and made pure so that the "fishers" can cast their nets even there. (In other words, truth shall abound and Christianity will flow unto all nations. There will be no more idolatry and whoredoms.) And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; 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.
Who then are these "fishers" who cast nets? Well, as we learned in the 2nd and 3rd chapters of this book,
had to eat the whole scroll,
the whole Bible,
before he was appointed a watchman and shown the visions of the Millennium.
we read in the New Testament that it is the disciples of Jesus Christ
who are "fishers" who cast nets.
However, they are not fishers of fish, but of men!
Is that not what Jesus Christ told Peter and his brother Andrew they would become?
Matthew 4:19 "And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you "fishers" of men."
it is the followers of Jesus Christ who "cast nets"
to draw the fish out of the waters.
We can document it in John 21 where Christ appeared for the third time to the disciples.
John 21:6 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.
We'll explain in a moment.
 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.
Like we said, it is a time of GREAT healing.
fact, there will be more people saved in the Millennium
than at any other time in the salvation plan of God.
John 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
remember how many thousands of people He fed
with just a few fish and a few loaves of bread?
Now let's understand this next verse:
 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
One hundred and fifty-three is symbolic of God's elect, great fishes. So what have we learned about Ezekiel's vision? Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, and hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
It is recorded that during the Millennium Satan will be bound for the entire 1,000 years and the Word of God, His Spirit of Truth (Jn. 15:26, 16:13), will go forth and fill the whole earth. But just because the Word of God is available to all doesn't guarantee that everyone will come to Christ. As we have read, the people must still be taught to "learn to discern" for themselves between the holy and the profane. That is where the fisherman come in who draw them to shore where they now become trees who can stand tall because they are watered by the river of life.
So on the banks of both sides of the river, both of Israel and the ethnic nations, many trees will spring forth, as "very many" are drawn from the nets of the disciples of Christ from ALL nations and brought to Him! This is exciting and thrilling and it is a wonderful and beautiful vision of the future, to know and understand that God's plan of salvation will draw many, many of His children back to Him.
Ezekiel 47:11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
or she can always stay in the mucky water or even turn back as did Lot's
who turned to a pillar of salt.
Salvation is still a matter of free will.
Ezekiel 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.
trees are symbolic of people,
even as we shall read in Rev. 22 that Jesus Christ is the tree of life who brings forth fruit.
There are good trees who bring forth good fruit and bad trees which bring forth corruption.
Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
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.
 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.
you going to wait until the Millennium to drink from the water of life,
or are you thirsty now?
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.
Blessed are they indeed!
Jesus Christ said so!
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Come to the Water.
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