River From the Temple
This river is similar to the river mentioned in Revelation 22:1, 2: (Verse 1) And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the lamb. (Verse 2) 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. And the leaves of the tree were for healing of the nations.
Verse 1 – Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.
Verse 2 – He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
Verse 3 – Then, when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles.
Verse 4 – Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.
Verse 5 – Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.
This can also be applied to the gradual discoveries of the plan of salvation: First the patriarchal ages; then the giving of the law; then in the ministry of John the Baptist; and then in the full manifestation of Christ by the communication of the Holy Ghost.
This vision can also be applied to the growth of a believer in the grace and knowledge of God: First, there is the seed of the kingdom; the blade from that seed; the ear of the blade; and the full corn in that ear.
I also see it as God being the only source of life that flows through His grace to restore, replenish and bless.
Verse 6 – He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
Verse 7 – When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other.
Verse 8 – Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.
“The sea,” is a term commonly applied to the Dead Sea. It’s too salty and nothing can live in it. However, when this water flows into where nothing lived before, where the grace of God from His temple and altar flows, it heals the corrupt nature of man. God’s power can transform us no matter how lifeless or corrupt we may be.
Verse 9 – “And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the river go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.
Verse 10 – “It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea (the Mediterranean Sea), exceedingly many. (En Gedi and En Eglaim were on the western shore of the Dead Sea.)
The fish shall be according to their kind – all nations, and kindred’s, and people shall be called by the Gospel; it shall be an including system, for its Author tasted death for every man.
Verse 11 – “But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.
These swamps and marshes – Heretics who do not live by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Those whose foundation is built on counsels of traditions and lying miracles. If Jesus Christ is not the foundation of one’s belief, they are lost.
Verse 12 – “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not whither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
This endless supply of water that flows from God’s Sanctuary, will give an endless supply of nourishment for the trees. See Revelation 22:1-5. Even the leaves, the holy profession of the righteous, is a spiritual medicine.
Boundaries of the Land
Verse 13 – Thus says the Lord God: “These are the borders by which you shall divide the land as an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions.
Joseph getting two portions of land is in keeping with what Jacob told Joseph in Genesis 48:22. “Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”
Verse 14 – “You shall inherit it equally with one another; for I lifted My hand in an oath to give it to our fathers, and this land shall fall to you as your inheritance.
This inheritance was speaking to the tribes of Israel, not to the individual.
Verse 15 – “This shall be the border of the land on the north: from the Great Sea, by the road to Hethlon, as one goes to Zedad,
Verse 16 – “Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim (which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath), to Hazar Hatticon (which is on the border of Hauran).
Verse 17 – “Thus the boundary shall be from the Sea to Hazar Enan, the border of Damascus; and as for the north, northward, it is the border of Hamath. This is the north side
Verse 18 – “On the eat side you shall mark out the border from between Hauran and Damascus, and between Gilead and the land of Israel, along the Jordan, and along the eastern side of the Sea. This is the east side.
Verse 19 – “The south side, toward the South, shall be from Tamar to the waters of Meribah by Kadesh, along the brook to the Great Sea. This is the south side, toward the South.
Verse 20 – “The west side shall be the Great Sea, from the southern boundary until one comes to a point opposite Hamath. This is the west side.
Verse 21 – “Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.
Verse 22 – “It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who sojourn among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as a native-borne among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
Not only will the Israelites by descendants have an inheritance but those who join themselves to Israel by allegiance to the true God, shall have a right of inheritance . Here are the blessings which were to occur to the Gentiles through the seed of Abraham (Romans 0:24).
Verse 23 – “And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger sojourns, there you shall give him his inheritance,” says the Lord God.
Both, Jew and Gentile, made one in and through Jesus Christ!