The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 47

The Healing of the Land

     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.

     This water is not H2O water but rather a spiritual water. Being in a spiritual body at this time, we probably don’t need to intake water, although we could, but this spiritual water refreshes the soul and spirit.

     Do you remember that stone that Jacob rested his head on that night, when running across the desert in his attempt to outrun Esau, so he wouldn’t kill him? Jacob considered that stone and the area to be sacred to the point that they fit an iron ring on each end and stuck a pole through them and carried it around for hundreds of years.

     That stone was also the source of water for the Israelites and kept Moses from entering the land of Canaan because of his anger at the people. It eventually made its way to the British Isles and rested under the coronation chair, that chair that was used for the coronation of many monarchs in Scotland, and those of the United Kingdom.

     It still exists to this day. Will this stone be present during the Millennium and the Eternity? I’m convinced that it will. Could this stone be present under the altar and from it comes the spiritual water?

     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.

     That east gate is closed but our Lord’s spirit still comes through it.

     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 through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

     This may be spiritual water but still it has substance to it. If we were to use that standard cubit, a thousand of them would be about 1700-1800 feet or about 1/3 of a mile.

     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.

     The stream of water coming out from under the Sanctuary has now gotten deeper and wider because the water is now up to Ezekiel’s waist. So far, he has measured 3000 cubits which is just short of a mile.

     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.

     The man has completed his measuring and we have a total of 4000 cubits and a distance of a mile and a third. 1 1/3 miles.

     Apparently, this is fast moving water because Ezekiel could not swim over to the other side. Let’s see what this “water” is in the Hebrew….

     Water_ OT:5158 nachal (nakh'-al); or (feminine) nachlah (Psalms 124:4) (nakh'-law); or nachalah (Ezekiel 47:19; 48:28) (nakh-al-aw'); from OT:5157 in its original sense; a stream, especially a winter torrent; (by implication) a (narrow) valley (in which a brook runs); also a shaft (of a mine):

     A torrent, which is fast moving water, much like a flash flood.

     And it was a river that I could not pass over. This spiritual river of water has created a division because Ezekiel cannot cross over to the other side. Is it important to remember that Ezekiel is of the house of Israel?

     There will be many things written concerning the Millennium, in which we will not understand, nor will the words of men be able to describe what we will see when we get there. In this life, we go on vacations to see sights like the Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon…earthly sights that fill us with awe because of their grandness. We cannot even imagine the sights and sounds of the Millennium, much less, the Eternity.

     One thing is for sure…where ever that water goes, the spirit of our Holy Father is there.

     Ezekiel 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.

     Son of man, hast thou seen this? Can you understand this, Ezekiel? Even though he is standing there, in the spirit, looking at it I doubt that he understood what he was looking at.

          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.

     What is this telling us? For one thing, the water is moving so quickly that Ezekiel cannot swim over to the other side, but he CAN SEE over to the other side because he sees the line of trees along the river bank.

     Ezekiel 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.

     This sea is the Dead Sea and these spiritual waters will cleanse the water in that Sea from all the impurities that mankind has put into it.

     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.

     This spiritual water cleanses everything. The trees that line that river of spiritual water will produce fruit, a different fruit every month.

     And there shall be a very great multitude of fish. Hey, we’re talking about the Dead Sea here, and NOTHING lives in that Sea because the water has a salt content of 33%, considering that the oceans are around 8%.

     If taken literally, the spiritual waters that issue out from the Sanctuary will remedy that and make it clean and pure again. Spiritually, our Lord is that Living Water of today.

     For they shall be healed. Healed from what? We are currently in a perfect, spiritual body that can never get sick, break a bone, or grow old and wrinkled, so what is there to heal?

     It’s my belief that it will remove any boredom or depression, so it doesn’t affect the body but the soul and spirit.

     Ezekiel 47:10 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.

     Remember that we are in a different dimension from where we are today, and we know of a certainty that there will be no flesh and blood, whether it be of animal, fish, or human beings, so what exactly these “fish” really are is a mystery.

     I have read and studied the works of Bible scholars from long ago, and explanations are all over the map, so I think that we’ll have to wait until we get there to find out exactly what this means.

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

     They shall be given to salt. That is, they shall remain salty, they will not be touched by the healing waters that removed that brine from the Sea. It seems that salt will still be needed during the Millennium, for whatever Fathers’ purposes are.

     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.

     Here we are back at that river again. The word meat doesn’t mean steak or hamburger but rather it’s a word used for food in general…

     Meat_ OT:3978 ma'akal (mah-ak-awl'); from OT:398; an eatable (includ. provender, flesh and fruit):

     Whose leaf shall not fade. The leaves will not turn brown and fall off of the tree like they do today.

     Neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed. It will not all be used up, there will be plenty for everybody. In the Hebrew, it means “first fruit” or “early fruit”, and at the beginning of each month, the trees will bear new fruit.

     And the leaf thereof for medicine. Why would we need medicine when the body that we’re in will never get sick or die? Again, I believe that this is to relieve boredom, depression, irritability, and such. It has to be for the soul and spirit.

     Many people have this idea that we’ll all be standing in a group and be singing and praising our Lord or our Father until there is time no more. Essentially, we would be like billions of robots, singing and praising 24/7.

     How boring that would be to us and to our Lord. There’s going to be LIVING during that time. Remember back in the 44th chapter where it was stated that the Elect will be able to go to family members and help them along if they are still falling short.

     The Elect will be able to go in and out of the Temple, so we’ll be moving around, we’ll be active.

     Before we leave this verse, I want to go to the 22nd chapter of Revelation. In that chapter we are through with the Millennium; Satan has had his “short season” wherein he tried to tempt and deceive those that participated in those thousand years; the Great White Throne Judgment is over and those that did not overcome have walked into the Lake of Fire and it has been sealed over…

     Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. KJV

     We are in our eternal bodies and the Eternity has begun and what do we see?

    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.

     Just as it was during the Millennium.

    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.

     A duplicate situation of the Millennium so it seems that being in a spiritual body REQUIRES the spiritual fruit and leaves for healing. And that’s no mystery to us, we know that our Lord is the Living Water and from Him comes everything that we need.

     Ezekiel 47:13 Thus saith the Lord God; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.

     This river of spiritual water will be a border or a separator and on the other side it shall be for the twelve Tribes of Israel and their land allotments. The reason that Joseph will have two portions of land is because his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, will receive the land portions. Joseph was never a Tribe of Israel.

     Ezekiel 47:14 And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.

     In the book of Joshua, chapters 13:1 through 22:34, Father gives out specific boundaries of land for each of the Twelve Tribes. So it will be in the Millennium and the Eternity. Israel will live among their own peoples as will the other ethnic peoples and they will have their own kings and queens over them.

     However, the borders will be different during the Millennium.

     I’ll let you read about the borders on your own.

     Ezekiel 47:15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad;

     Ezekiel 47:16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazar-hatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.

     Ezekiel 47:17 And the border from the sea shall be Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.

     Ezekiel 47:18 And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east side.

     Ezekiel 47:19 And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the river to the great sea. And this is the south side southward.

     Ezekiel 47:20 The west side also shall be the great sea from the border, till a man come over against Hamath. This is the west side.

     Ezekiel 47:21 So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

     Ezekiel 47:22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

     Ezekiel 47:23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord God. KJV

     A stranger is simply someone that is not of that ethnic persuasion.

 

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