Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel Chapter 47

 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Even the waters of the dead sea will probably be healed. Everywhere these waters go there will be a healing. 

This shows that God really prefers to bless and do good things for His people. The whole 1000 year reign of Christ seems to be to show Israel and through them the whole world what it is like to trust in God and have Him in control of all things. 

Here we see the fishing trade will flourish and be good. There will be no one starving during the reign of Christ. Israel will be the nation that rules and blesses the whole earth as they were intended to do from the days of Abraham. 

God's promise to Abraham was to inherit the land of promise. Israel has never yet received all the land promised to them. During the reign of Christ, they will receive all that God promised Abraham. 

Through Abraham

  • Genesis 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 
  • 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 
  • 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 
  • 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

I love that last phrase: I will be their God.

  • Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 
  • 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. 

Those of us that are not of Israel are blessed by the same Lord Jesus our Christ if we live for Him and obey His voice. He never left the believing Gentiles out of His salvation. 

  • Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 
  • 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God promised Abraham that he will be blessed and his seed after him. Israel was his grandson and the promised passed to Israel. Through Israel the whole world will be blessed materially and spiritually. 

They are blessed spiritually through the Messiah, Jesus Christ who came through the lineage of David and the seed of Israel just as prophesied. Israel could have had all this before but sin caused their land to be taken away until the end times.

The sin of idolatry is grievous and warned about many times in both the Old and New Testament. 

We must get rid of idols in the church today and have no part of images that we bow down to even if they represent God, Jesus or Mary. Get rid of them. Evil deceiving spirits are behind every idol. They make us feel religious and think we are right with God but it is a false god. God forbids us to use images in our worship of Him.

We are to worship God in spirit and in truth. Israel was cursed many times because of the sin of idolatry and lusting after Babylonian ways. 

The church during the Middle Ages also mixed with Babylonian religion and lost their way for a season. God and Babylon do not mix. We must avoid all false religion and find the real God through faith in Jesus Christ. 

We must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Setting up idols, images and icons to represent God is very dangerous and leads us to worshipping devils, not God. Its so deceptive that we fail to recognize it for what it is. 

False religions prevail only when first Israel and then the church backslide and get away from the truth. We have a great responsibility to stay on course, follow the Lord with all our hearts and not depart from the written word. 

The description of worship during the Millennium show us the way it was meant to be for Israel. 
This precedes the final end when there will be a New Heaven and New Earth which God and the Son Jesus Christ reigns eternal and there will no longer be a need for the temple. 

For this time period it is set up for all natural people living at this time have not yet been saved or "born again" by the spirit of God. This is the final trial period for mankind to see what life under the lordship of a righteous ruler will be like. 

  • Ezekiel 47:10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto Eneglaim; 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. 
  • 11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. 

This shows us the environmental importance of marshes and miry places. 

  • 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. 

Look at this part here. During the reign of Christ there is plenty of food, healing and even medicine. This is how it is meant to be. Sin has prevented the earth from bearing perfect fruit. Sin keeps out healing and good blessings from God. 

Again the definition of sin is transgression against the law God set up. Sin is rebellion against God's laws. Sin separates us from God which is why Jesus had to come and offer Himself up as a sacrifice for our sin. When we repent of sin and turn to Christ, we are reconciled to God and brought back into His fellowship. 

All who have received Christ before this time period comes, are with Him now, ruling and reigning with Him. The rest of the earth have not all come and believed as yet; and I believe that is why this type of system is set up. 

I don't claim to understand everything and I may get a few things wrong but I encourage all of us to search out these things and study the scriptures to discover truth and learn more of God. James says that if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God. 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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; 
  • 16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazarhatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 21 So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel. 

Despite what the world says and what even some churches teach, God has not forsaken Israel. Each tribe will be restored the land originally promised to Abraham. During the Millennium, they will live in peace and nothing shall hinder them from receiving all that was promised to them. 

  • 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. 
  • 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.

God even provides for the people that abide with Israel that are considered Gentiles or non-Israelis. What a wonderful God we have. We see His healing and His care for all during this time. 

This occurs after the latter day great tribulation and time of Jacob's trouble that shall try all that dwell upon the earth. We see here the time after that when Jesus has returned with His saints and He sets up a kingdom of righteousness greater than any kingdom before.

After this 1000 year reign another test comes when Satan is set free for a short time. The bible does not say how long. It is to see who will rebel with Satan and who will stay faithful to Christ. 

Those that have already made the 1st resurrection and are reigning with Christ will not be affected by the release of Satan. They cannot be tempted or harmed any longer. In other words, they already made it and have received their reward and their new bodies which can never die. 

When Satan is set free he can only deceive the natural people living at the time, not those that have already been through the 1st resurrection. 

  • Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 


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